Even as he quoted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s words that "someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and evil," John McCain's own campaign ran advertising on a website run by a Northern Virginia blogger "to sign up members for his anti-illegal-immigrant organization" [Washington Post, 4/4/08; John McCain remarks, 4/4/08]
McCain's campaign is running banner ads on the website https://www.bvbl.net/, which includes posts blaming "illegal aliens" for the "real estate meltdown" and sensationalizes "illegal alien crime." The blog is credited with helping shape public opinion in Prince William County, Virginia, which has embraced policies to crack down on illegal immigration. [Washington Post, 4/4/08]
DNC Hispanic Caucus Chair Ramona Martinez, Black Caucus Chair Virgie Rollins, and APIA Caucus Chair Bel Leong-Hong issued the following joint statement calling on John McCain to stop advertising on the hate-promoting web site:
"John McCain can't apologize for one mistake while making another of the same ilk. As recently as 1994 John McCain voted to cut off funding for the Commission promoting Dr. King's holiday, but today says he made 'a mistake.' If McCain is truly regretful of those past actions, how can he justify advertising on a website that promotes the same type of hate and division Dr. King gave his life to end?"
The premise of the release is directly misleading -- McCain is running a banner ad via Google, not choosing to advertise on that specific site. It's reminiscent of the the Bush campaign's attempt to attribute member-created ads comparing Bush and Hitler to MoveOn.org -- yet another step in the trend toward liberals adopting spin tactics predominantly used by conservatives.