Mac Misleads in Obama Sex-Ed Ad

Legislation Republican is criticizing meant to protect kindergartners from pedophiles
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2008 11:49 AM CDT

(Newser) – John McCain’s new campaign ad accusing Barack Obama of voting to teach kindergarten kids the explicit details of sex, is “deliberately misleading,” Margaret Talev notes for McClatchy. While in the Illinois legislature, Obama voted in favor “age-appropriate” sex ed—which for young kids would primarily consist of being able to recognize inappropriate adult affection.

Republican Alan Keyes also attempted to use the vote against Obama in the 2004 Illinois Senate race, Frank James writes in the Swamp blog; Mosheh Oinounou, writing for Fox News, calls the ad “stinging though slightly misleading criticism.” An Obama spokesman slammed the spot as a “shameful” use of a “recycled and discredited political attack”—noting that Mitt Romney used the line before it was revealed he’d supported similar legislation.