NH GOP - Launches “Stop The Smears” Campaign

CONCORD, NH – In response to Barack Obama’s comments yesterday in Virginia that, “You can put lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig,” the New Hampshire Republican Party today called on Barack Obama and his campaign to stop launching smears against Governor Sarah Palin.

At the Party’s Victory Office in Manchester, lipsticks will be on hand for volunteers, supporters and visitors to sign their names to a petition urging the Obama campaign to Stop the Smears and run a campaign based on issues – not insults.

Jayne Millerick, former NH GOP Chairwoman and a member of the Palin Truth Squad, issued the following statement in conjunction with the launch:

“Sarah Palin is the only candidate in the race who wears lipstick. When Barack Obama talked yesterday about dressing up a pig with lipstick, the crowd at his event knew exactly to whom he was referring. Falling poll numbers have driven the Obama campaign into panic mode. Rather than stick to the politics of ‘change’ he promised, Obama has concluded the only way out is to smear Governor Palin. Obama let down New Hampshire voters who hoped for a more respectful debate on the issues. Regardless, he owes Sarah Palin an unequivocal apology.”


Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPd4yk0x-eg

FactCheck.org: Attacks On Governor Palin "Are Completely False, Or Misleading." "We've been flooded for the past few days with queries about dubious Internet postings and mass e-mail messages making claims about McCain's running mate, Gov. Palin. We find that many are completely false, or misleading." (Brooks Jackson, Jessica Henig, Emi Kolawole, Joe Miller and Lori Robertson, "Sliming Palin," FactCheck.org, http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/sliming_palin.html , 9/8/08)

Pushing A Smear Against Governor Palin, The Obama Campaign Has Linked Governor Palin To Pat Buchanan. "Obama advisers and surrogates have linked Palin to conservative former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan. An Associated Press story from Alaska, dated July 17, 1999, stated that Palin, then the mayor of the small town of Wasilla, was wearing a Buchanan button during a Buchanan visit to Alaska." (Jim Kuhnhenn, "Palin's Husband Was Member Of Third Party," The Associated Press, 9/2/08)

Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) Said That Governor Palin Was A Supporter Of Pat Buchanan Who He Called A "Nazi Sympathizer." "Here's Rep. Robert Wexler of Florida: John McCain's decision to select a vice presidential running mate that endorsed Pat Buchanan for President in 2000 is a direct affront to all Jewish Americans. Pat Buchanan is a Nazi sympathizer with a uniquely atrocious record on Israel, even going as far as to denounce bringing former Nazi soldiers to justice and praising Adolf Hitler for his 'great courage.'" (Ben Smith, "Palin On Israel," Politico, http://www.politico.com , Posted 8/29/08)

The Obama Campaign Linked Governor Palin As A Supporter Of Pat Buchanan Who They Called A "Nazi Sympathizer." "'Palin was a supporter of [MSNBC analyst] Pat Buchanan, a right-winger or as many Jews call him: a Nazi sympathizer,' Obama spokesman Mark Bubriski wrote in an email." (Marc Caputo, "Obama Camp Connects The Dots For Jews: McCain...Palin...Buchanan...Nazis," The Miami Herald's "Naked Politics" Blog, http://miamiherald.typepad.com , Posted 8/30/08)

Democrat Strategist James Carville Falsely Smeared Governor Palin Calling Her A Member Of A "Cockamamie Secessionist Party." CARVILLE: "This is like the weirdest thing that I've ever seen. I can't even explain it. I have no idea why they did this. I think they must be having some terrible second thoughts at the convention right now, it's going to be all about -- it's all about Sarah Palin. They got every kind of story from the cockamamie secessionist party that she was part of up in Alaska to trying to get rid of books in the library and god knows what else." (CNN's "The Situation Room," 9/2/08)

Democrat Strategist Paul Begala Falsely Smeared Governor Palin Saying She Supposedly Cutting Special Needs Funding In Alaska. BEGALA: "She did sell it. But here's what bothers me more, the press has ignored this and I don't know why. She said, let me quote from her speech: 'To the families of special needs children, I pledge to you that if we are elected we will have a friend and advocate in the White House.' This is the mother of a special needs baby, who heroically chose live, to give that Down Syndrome baby life who is also the aunt, we learned from Kyra Phillips reporting in Anchorage, of another special needs child and yet she cut funding for special needs education by 62 percent. It was $8.2 million when she came in, she cut it down to $3 million. Now, that's a real issue. There are lots of moms and dads who have chosen life and who love their special needs babies in Alaska who now are not going to get the help they need because Sarah Palin put politics first. I think that's a more legitimate fib to talk about from Sarah Palin's speech." (CNN's " Election Center," 9/5/08)

The Obama Campaign Sent Out "Nearly A Dozen Different Press Releases" Hitting Governor Palin. "Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, as part of his endorsement of Obama, said Palin 'scares the hell out of me.' And Obama hit Palin in nearly a dozen different press releases one day after drawing laughs at a campaign stop by calling her a 'moose shooter.'" (Jim Vandehei & Mike Allen, "Obama, Dems Sharpen Personal Attacks On Palin," Politico, 9/5/08)