This past Wednesday, the discourse between McCain and Obama helped weave the tangled web of the debate on the Iraq War. MSNBC’s article entitled “Obama: Time to ‘ratchet up’ pressure on Bush” speaks of this dialogue:
*McCain’s Position: Last Wednesday McCain stated that he believed the Iraq War to be “necessary and just”
*McCain misquotes Obama: McCain implied that Obama did not fully support the recent democratic timetable for troop withdrawal in Iraq. Specifically, he stated that Obama advised the passage of “a new bill to provide support to our troops in Iraq without substituting their [Democratic] partisan interests for those of our troops and our country.”
*Obama immediately noted that McCain’s statements regarding his position were not entirely accurate (“I wasn’t quite quoted properly there”).
This exchange caught my attention because, as already mentioned, one of the main critiques of Obama is his potential lack of a strong position on certain issues – but not the Iraq War. Will misquotes become a principal tactic of opposing candidates to make the public more wary of Obama’s already established views, and moreover, will this be an effective tactic in the case of Obama?