Election 2008

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Will Obama Get the Swift Boat Treatment?

May 16, 2008 12:17 PM
by Cara McDonough
The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth have vowed to attack Barack Obama in what could prove the beginning of negative campaigning against the Democrat.

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"We will attack Obama viciously on all fair issues, whether they are national security, whether they are taxes or the economy," said Chris LaCivita, one of the Republican strategists behind the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

The comment came after Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain recently voiced their disapproval of “527” groups, “which are not allowed to openly support a candidate but have helped define recent elections through negative advertising,” The Washington Post reports.

“But the 527s don't seem to have gotten the message,” according to the The Huffington Post, which cited LaCivita’s comment.

The emergence of the Swift Boat Veterans, who notoriously attacked John Kerry for his military record during his race for the presidency in 2004, may be the beginning of trend toward negative campaigning against Obama, especially as he draws closer to securing the Democratic nomination.

The Tennessee Republican Party on Thursday released a Web video targeting Obama’s wife, Michelle, for saying earlier this year that she was proud of America “for the first time in my adult life.”

The video, which coincided with Obama’s visit to the state, features Tennesseans saying why they are proud of America while repeatedly cutting to Michelle Obama’s comments, reports CNN.

The Obama campaign has called the attack “shameful.”

Headline Links: The Swift Boat Veterans are back

Related Topic: Tennessee Republicans target Michelle Obama

Opinion & Analysis: 527s not listening, and the “onslaught” ahead for Obama

Background: Swift Boaters tackle Kerry in 2004

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