Why do candidates ever use absolute terms like 100%?
OBAMA: And 100 percent, John, of your ads — 100 percent of them have been negative.
MCCAIN: It’s not true.
OBAMA: It absolutely is true.
A quick search yielded this ad, which does not mention Obama, and focuses on McCain’s strengths. CNN and MarketWatch (part of the Wall Street Journal digital network) have also called the claim by Biden and by Obama false.
Sen. John McCain did go “100% negative” for at least one week during his current campaign for the presidency, a study finds….the Wisconsin Advertising Project says the GOP candidate aired only negative ads for the week of Sept. 28 to Oct. 4…Throughout the entire campaign from June 4 to Oct. 4, 47% of McCain’s ads have been negative, 26% were positive and 27% were a mix. For Obama, the mix has been 35% negative, 39% positive and 25% mixed.
It may be true for 1 week, but without that qualification to say 100% of McCain’s ads have been negative is a lie.