So the point is -- the point is that I have repudiated every time someone's been out of line, whether they've been part of my campaign or not, and I will continue to do that. –John McCain
That was John McCain's pledge during the third debate. Has he lived up to it? Not according to the current Robocalls that he approved. The script:
Hello. I’m calling for John McCain and the RNC because you need to know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, whose organization bombed the U.S. capitol, the Pentagon, a judge’s home and killed Americans. And Democrats will enact an extreme leftist agenda if they take control of Washington. Barack Obama and his Democratic allies lack the judgment to lead our country. This call was paid for by McCain-Palin 2008 and the Republican National Committee at 202-863-8500.
So this message is acceptable according to McCain. Exactly what would he consider to be "out of bounds"?
And which firm did the McCain campaign hire to make these calls? FSL Connect. McCain has a history with them. They're the same company that conducted slimy robocalls in behalf of George Bush's primary campaign in 2000. The calls were about McCain's "interracial child" and Cindy McCain's drug addicition.
When McCain was the target, he called the operation "hate calls." But that was then.