Former Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani is portraying Barack Obama as soft on crime in robocalls being blasted out to swing states by the Republican National Committee and the McCain campaign, reports Politico.com. The call comes on the heels of a mailer being sent out by the Florida GOP focused on crime. The moves indicate that even while on the stump, John McCain focuses on contrasting himself with Obama on taxes and spending, his campaign and his party are using other wedge issues in a more targeted fashion as Election Day nears.
The focus is on the Democrat’s opposition to mandatory minimums. “You need to know that Barack Obama opposes mandatory prison sentences for sex offenders, drug dealers and murderers,” Giuliani says. “It’s true. I read Barack Obama’s words myself.” To ensure that the RNC can legally share the cost, the former New York mayor adds: “And recently congressional liberals introduced a bill to eliminate mandatory prison sentence for violent criminals, trying to give liberal judges the power to decide whether criminals are sent to jail or set free.”