The Campaign Spot

A Tough But Fair Ad From McCain, Hitting Obama on Education

What prompted Obama’s spokesman Bill Burton to charge that McCain has no honor?

This ad:

ANNCR: Education Week says Obama “hasn’t made a significant mark on education”.
That he’s “elusive” on accountability.
A “staunch defender of the existing public school monopoly”.
Obama’s one accomplishment?
Legislation to teach “comprehensive sex education” to kindergartners.
Learning about sex before learning to read?
Barack Obama.
Wrong on education. Wrong for your family.
JOHN MCCAIN: I’m John McCain and I approved this message.

Team Obama argues that the comprehensive sex education bill was common sense and designed to protect kids from predators. Notice they voice no objection to the ad’s points on “no significant mark on education,” “elusive on accountability,” “staunch defender of existing monopoly,” etc.
On the sex ed bill, it’s possible that Obama had the best of intentions, but the bill text did include, “Each class or course in comprehensive sex education offered in any of grades K through 12 shall include instruction on the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, including the prevention, transmission and spread of HIV.” Do kids really need to know about STDs starting at age 5? Isn’t it a strong argument that the “good touch-bad touch” stuff could start that early, but the nitty-gritty about exchanging bodily fluids could wait until the kids are at least a little closer to double digits?