Is McCain Push Polling?
We would like to think that if the Dark Art of push-polling is actually going on in Senator John McCain's Presidential campaign, he is not aware of it. McCain, you'll remember, was "swift boated" during racist push polls in the 2000 South Carolina primary that were widely thought to be the devisings of Karl Rove. Bush, then the Governor of Texas, denied any campaign involvement (as did Rove). Now this, from Politico:
"In an apparent push poll, a research firm has called Iowa Republicans this week praising John McCain and critcizing Mitt Romney and his Mormon faith.
"An individual in Manchester, Iowa, contacted me on Wednesday night saying he received a call with information about McCain's military service and anti-spending record.
"Then there were 'lots of negatives on Romney,' said the recepient of the call in an e-mail, including mentions of his 'flip-flops,' hiring illegal immigrants as landscapers and extensive discussion of Mormonism.
"'Statements were on baptizing the dead, the Book of Mormon being on the level of the Bible, and one about equating it to a cult,' said the Iowan, deeming them 'common criticisms of Mormonism.'
"'I think they asked twice if being a Mormon would be an issue,' this person added."