What Does McCain Mean When His Robocall Says Obama Voted Against ‘Protecting Children From Danger’?

By Nitya

Oct 23, 2008 8:03am

Talking Points Memo snags another McCain robocall.

"Hello, I’m calling for John McCain and the RNC," the call says (listen HERE), "because Democrats are dangerously weak on crime. Barack Obama has voted against tougher penalties for street gangs, drug-related crimes, and protecting children from danger. Barack Obama and his liberal allies have a disturbing history of coddling criminals, so we can’t trust their judgment to keep our families safe. This call was paid for by the Republican National Committee and McCain-Palin 2008 at 866-558-5591. Thank you, bye."

I asked the RNC to explain how Obama has voted against "protecting children from danger."

Its response:

"In 1999, Obama Voted ‘Present’ On A Bill Requiring Mandatory Adult Prosecution For Aggravated Discharge Of Firearms On Or Near School Property. (S.B. 759:  Senate Floor Third Reading, Passed, 52-1-5, 3/25/99, Obama Voted Present)

"In 2001, Obama Voted ‘Present’ On A Bill Restricting ‘Adult Use’ Establishments Near Schools, Churches, And Homes. In 2001, Obama refused to support a bill restricting ‘adult use’ establishments by prohibiting locations of such establishments within 1000 feet of schools, parks, places of worship, preschools, day cares and other residential areas. (S.B. 609: Senate Floor Third Reading, Failed, 33-15-05, 3/29/01, Obama Voted Present)."

- jpt

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