Rove: McCain can't use computer because he was POW
Karl Rove lambasted the Obama campaign on Fox News Sunday for its recent ad criticizing Sen. John McCain for his supposed inability to use a computer.
Asked by Chris Wallace to comment on negative campaigning by Sen. Obama, Rove said that McCain's injuries suffered in a Vietnamese prison camp were responsible for his computer illiteracy.
"But they then say he doesn't ůsend e-mail. Well, this is because his war injuries keep him from being able to use a keyboard. He can't type. You know, it's like saying he can't do jumping jacks," Rove said. "There's a reason he can't raise his arms above his head. There's a reason he doesn't have the nimbleness in his fingers."
However, Rove did admit in the same interview that advertisements from both campaigns "gone one step too far," Politico reported.
"Both campaigns are making a mistake, and that is they are taking whatever their attacks are and going one step too far," he said. "They don't need to attack each other in this way."
A Huffington Post report claims McCain is learning to use a computer and is capable of using electronic devices.
Although Rove said "you can't trust fact-checking organization," he added that McCain's attack ads on Obama are "sort of attributing to Obama things that are, you know, beyond the 100-percent-truth test."
The Obama campaign has ramped up negative ads about John McCain in recent weeks as the emerging popularity of his running mate Gov. Sarah Palin and a slew of ads attacking Obama have given McCain a lead in election polls.
Pursuing a tougher stance on the "war hero" and "the mom" is a strategy the Obama campaign must embrace if it is to win the election, according to U.S. News and World Report.
This video is from Fox's Fox News Sunday, broadcast September 14, 2008.