2012 White House race 'nastiest' ever

2012-03-18 22:11

Washington - The Republican campaign to choose a candidate to take on President Barack Obama in November is "the nastiest" ever, presidential campaign veteran John McCain said on Sunday.

McCain should know - he was the target of a barrage of destructive rumours himself in his losing 2000 campaign against George Bush to become the Republican presidential candidate.

In an interview with NBC's Meet the Press, he blamed the mudslinging on the so-called "super PACs," which can raise and spend unlimited sums in support of a candidate so long as their campaign activities are not directly co-ordinated.

"The super PACs have played a key role, unfortunately in my view, because most are negative ads, [have] driven up unfavourables of all the candidates and made it much more difficult to win the election," McCain told NBC television's Meet the Press.

He called the US Supreme Court decision that made super PACs possible in 2010 "the worst decision the United States Supreme Court has made in many years," saying it was the outcome of "naivety and sheer ignorance".

"This is the nastiest [campaign] I have ever seen," McCain added.

McCain has endorsed former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who is battling former senator Rick Santorum, former House speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas congressman Ron Paul for their party's nomination.

During the 2000 Republican primary, McCain was the target of damaging rumours that he had fathered a black child out of wedlock. His adopted daughter Bridget is from Bangladesh.

Other rumours suggested the Arizona senator was unstable as a result of being tortured while a prisoner of war in Vietnam, and that his wife Cindy was a drug addict.

Although McCain lost the nomination fight to Bush, he went on to win it in 2008, only to lose the presidential elections to Obama.

  • George - 2012-03-18 23:46

    If he has black child that is not a sin because we would not have the coloured nation

      Fred - 2012-03-19 01:17


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  • malcolm - 2012-03-19 07:19

    George W Bush smuggled drugs and was also an addict. Who cares what embicile becomes next president of that country. They have no power anyway. They are owned property of big corporates who pay to get them into power in the first place. They are no more than well managed puppets.

      Fred - 2012-03-19 07:32

      George Bush had an alcohol problem. Period. The US has not power? Yeah right. It's the biggest economy in the world by far, and the strongest military, also by far.

      eric.vanvuuren - 2012-03-19 13:25

      malcolm - I agree with everything you said except "well managed puppets". Look a little closer to what really matters, you will see them failing on an epic scale, not much different from us. There is a definite trend becoming more and more clear around the world. Governments around the world are shoving less and less regard for the people they claim to be representing. With the next revolution we must stop the forming of any form of political government. Or else there will be death and self-destruction again in the near future. All this nonsense we live through today is because of the actions of a generation of greedy opportunistic politicians.

  • richard.fahrenfort - 2012-03-19 11:09

    Ron Paul is the most sane candidate choice.

  • Lorraine - 2012-03-19 11:29

    This is an ad John McCain did and it wasn't only about his opponent, it was nasty about all of us? - Identity

  • lyn.valentinoperigueux - 2012-03-19 12:58

    Nastiest ever, John? REALLY? Gee, I would neeeeeeeever have known (rolling eyes).

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