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article imageOp-Ed: McCain Said 'Lipstick on a Pig' at Least Three Times

By Chris V. Thangham     Sep 10, 2008 in Politics
Republican presidential candidate, John McCain, and his campaign were outraged when Barack Obama used the phrase “lipstick on a pig.” But McCain himself has used this phrase at least three times, including one time against Hillary Clinton.

McCain uses the phrase 'Lipstick on a pig'.

Obama's response to the controversy
DigitalJournal.com citizen journalist Susan Duclos covered the recent story about Barack Obama using the phrase “lipstick on a pig.” The phrase caused outrage after critics said Obama was referring to Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin.
Obama said:
"You can put lipstick on a pig, It's still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It's still gonna stink. We've had enough of the same old thing.
The McCain campaign was very upset about this statement from Obama and accused him of attacking Palin personally.
McCain's campaign released a new ad attacking Obama over the “pig” line, and while it is no longer available on YouTube, you can watch it here.
But what the McCain camp has not mentioned is the fact McCain himself has used the phrase at least three times, one of which is shown in the video above. McCain used the same phrase to describe Hillary Clinton’s healthcare plan.
At a press conference on the Iraq war strategy on Feb. 1, 2007, McCain said:
"It gets down to whether you support what's being done in this new strategy or you don't. You can put lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig in my view."
National Public Radio also said McCain used this phrase on the same day in a similar context:
"It's all about withdrawal or not withdrawal, okay? I mean that's what it's all about. You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig."
Obama responded to the controversy and said the parties should focus on real issues.
"We've got an energy crisis...We have an education system that is not working for too many of our children and making us less competitive. We have an economy that is creating hardship for families all across America. We've got two wars going on, veterans coming home not being cared for -- and this is what they want to talk about.
According to Wikipedia, the phrase lipstick on a pig "...is an American colloquialism that means, 'making the unattractive superficially attractive,' with overtones of futility or of a lost cause."
In her article, DigitalJournal.com citizen journalist Duclos rightly commented:
The audience may have assumed Obama was referring, at least partially to Sarah Palin, but many others on both sides of the aisle, see it for what it most probably was, and that is an expression that has been used by many, in politics and in every day life.
I think both parties should move on and concentrate on real issues and focus on the $75 trillion horror, which should garner more outrage than this silly phrase.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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