The politics of McCain's Iran ditty.

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April 20 2007 6:24 PM

MoveOn.org Bombs McCain

The politics of McCain's Iran ditty.

John McCain is enjoying his first big YouTube moment of the presidential campaign. He made a joke about bombing Iran at a town hall in South Carolina, it was captured on video, and the liberal group MoveOn.org immediately pounced, turning it into a television ad. Does being attacked by the liberal organization help or hurt the Republican candidate? Sometimes, in politics, your enemies can be your best friends. Watch the video here:

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