From CBS News:
The McCain campaign jumped hard on Obama’s use of the phrase “lipstick on a pig.”
In addition to an Internet-only video, their “truth squad” quickly set up a conference call. The claim: “Obama was talking about Sarah Palin.”
Former Republican Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift, a member of the Palin Truth Squad, said: “Sen. Obama in Lebanon, Va., this evening said [what] I can only deem to be disgraceful comments, comparing Governor Palin to a pig.”
What connected Palin to the comment? They say it’s a line from her convention speech: “What’s the difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom? Lipstick.”
The Facts: Obama had not mentioned Palin. He was focused on the central argument of his campaign: that McCain’s promise of change is hollow because his policies would be no different than President Bush’s.
I don’t know about you, kids, but I am sick of all this talk about lipstick on a pig! How about this instead…
The colorfully descriptive phrase is often used by politicians, including Sen. John McCain. Once he used it talking about the health-care plan of another female politician, Hillary Clinton.
Even Vice President Cheney used it during the 2004 campaign.
McCain’s campaign also released an ad criticizing Obama’s education record, which makes this claim: “Obama’s one accomplishment? Legislation to teach ‘comprehensive sex education’ to kindergartners.”
The Facts: The bill, introduced in the Illinois legislature, never became law. It called for non-mandatory sex education for grades K-12 that was “age and developmentally appropriate.” For kindergarteners, that included, among other things, “how to say no to unwanted sexual advances.”
Obama voted for the bill in committee and says he supports similar laws in other states. He said the point was to help parents teach their children how to deal with sexual predators.
To anyone who takes offense to my calling Captain Underpants a pig–don’t twist a bill meant to protect kids from sexual predators and present it as something perverted. Until then, I apologize only to pigs, not Captain Underpants and his minions. Disgusting!