Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
WASHINGTON - Barack Obama is fond of using a four-letter word to describe John McCain: Bush.
Weary and wary of being linked so closely with the president, McCain says Obama is spreading a falsehood voters won't buy when he says McCain as president would deliver a third Bush term.
Time was, it wasn't so awful to be associated with the leader of the country. But the political reality is that President George Bush's approval ratings are near record lows, which makes him an easy target.
Or at least not a guy being sought out for bear hugs. The White House likes to point out that Bush is not on the ticket. Yet he remains in the thick of it.
Consider McCain's speech as Obama clinched the Democratic nomination on Tuesday night.
Predictably, he spoke about his differences with Obama.
Pre-emptively, he outlined a history of differences with Bush to undermine Obama's line of attack.
"You will hear from my opponent's campaign in every speech, every interview, every press release that I'm running for President Bush's third term," McCain said.
"You will hear every policy of the president described as the Bush-McCain policy. Why does Senator Obama believe it's so important to repeat that idea over and over again?
"Because he knows it's very difficult to get Americans to believe something they know is false." - Sapa-AP