McCain Ad Links Obama to Castro

'Guilt by endorsement' ad runs on South Florida websites
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2008 2:12 PM CDT
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., holds a news conference in King's Supermarket in Bethlehem, Pa., Wednesday, July 23, 2008.    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – The McCain campaign is running an Internet ad composed of photos of Barack Obama and Fidel Castro side by side, with the caption “Fidel Castro thinks he is 'the most advanced candidate,'" the Huffington Post reports. The ad is running on websites catering to South Florida, home to many Cuban expatriates and deep anti-Castro sentiment.

While the quote is true, the association is misleading. Since Obama became the Democratic frontrunner, Castro has criticized him as a politician-as-usual, and Obama has slammed Castro as a brutal tyrant. This is not the first time the McCain campaign has tried to link Obama to a foreign dictator: An online ad in June put the Dem's face cheek-to-cheek with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.