McCain Accuses Obama of Killing Immigration Bill

Dems, advocates call ad misleading, say Mac opposed it himself
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Sep 18, 2008 3:58 PM CDT
Protesters march during an immigration rally at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008.    (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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(Newser) – John McCain is accusing Barack Obama of trying to kill an immigration overhaul that both candidates supported, reports the Los Angeles Times. McCain is running a Spanish-language ad attacking Obama for undermining the immigration bill. He has also criticized the Democrat for supporting amendments “that would have killed the legislation.” But the director of an immigration group calls McCain’s attack “stunning in its misrepresentation.”

While both candidates supported the bill in the Senate, it was McCain who backed away from it at one point. Under heavy fire for his stance during the Republican primaries, McCain “said he would vote against his own immigration bill,” notes a Democratic senator. Many observers believe the compromise bill failed because of conservative opposition.