With his multiple wives and cross-dressing ways, Rudy Giuliani was never going to make it onto the Republican ticket, but that doesn't mean that Mr. "a noun, a verb, and 9/11" isn't willing to get down in the mud with John McCain and Sarah Palin. Here's a robocall that is running in Maine, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Ohio, and Colorado, starring Rudy Giuliani in the McCain campaign's latest smear routine:
Hi, this is Rudy Giuliani, and I'm calling for John McCain and the Republican National Committee because you need to know that Barack Obama opposes mandatory prison sentences for sex offenders, drug dealers, and murderers.
It's true, I read Obama's words myself. And recently, Congressional liberals introduced a bill to eliminate mandatory prison sentences for violent criminals -- trying to give liberal judges the power to decide whether criminals are sent to jail or set free. With priorities like these, we just can't trust the inexperience and judgment of Barack Obama and his liberal allies. This call was paid for by the Republican National Committee and McCain-Palin 2008 at 866 558 5591.
Really, Rudy? You read them yourself? Then how did you miss this little detail from Obama's own words?
Chief Justice Rehnquist observed that "one of the best arguments against any more mandatory minimums, and perhaps against some of those that we already have, is that they frustrate the careful calibration of sentences." Justice Kennedy stated that he "can accept neither the necessity nor the wisdom of federal mandatory minimum sentences." Justice Breyer, one of the architects of the Sentencing Guidelines, noted that "[m]andatory minimum statutes are fundamentally inconsistent with Congress' simultaneous effort to create a fair, honest, and rational sentencing system through the use of Sentencing Guidelines." Politicians of both parties have also come out against mandatory minimums. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will immediately review these sentences to see where we can be smarter on crime and reduce the ineffective warehousing of nonviolent drug offenders.
So, drop the word "minimum," throw in the word "liberal" a few times for good measure, pretend that Obama wants murderers roaming the streets, and you've got the latest installment of the McCain's desperate attempt to avoid the issues and continue with his campaign of lies and smears.Follow all of the McCain/Palin robocalls and mailers at TPM's Map of GOP sleaze