According to published reports, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who will be campaigning for Norm Coleman today, has been revealed to be the voice attacking Barack Obama on negative robo-calls - the very same robo-calls Coleman has condemned.
"Norm Coleman's hypocrisy stinks worse every day. We already knew that he employs the same smear merchant, Jeff Larson, who produces these calls. Now we find out that he's welcoming the voice of those attack calls to campaign for him in Minnesota. This is just another outrageous example of how Minnesotans can't trust a word Norm Coleman says. He should be ashamed of his campaign and ashamed of his hypocrisy."
Rudy Giuliani is portraying Barack Obama as soft on crime in robocalls being blasted out to swing states by the RNC and the McCain campaign.
The call comes on the heels of a mailer being sent out by the Florida GOP focused on crime, an indication 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, and the bill of particulars is tough.
"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 legally ensure that the RNC can 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."
One voter in Maine got the call this morning, a sign McCain is still pursuing the lone electoral vote in the state's 2nd Congressional District.