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Barack Obama attacks John McCain as a computer illiterate

September 12, 2008 |  8:02 am

After a day of joint appearances and a respite from election ad wars in recognition of Sept. 11, Barack Obama and John McCain’s campaigns are back at it -- firing ads at one another and preparing for the final 50-plus days until Nov. 4.

No sooner had McCain released yet another ad defending Sarah Palin than Obama fired off a new attack on McCain, paired with a commercial in which Obama speaks to the camera urging "real change."

The one certain to grab most attention starts with a picture of a much younger McCain and says: "1982, John McCain goes to Washington. Things have changed in the last 26 years but McCain hasn't."

It proceeds to ridicule the Republican for his self-confessed inability to send e-mails and vague grasp of computers. And of course there is a picture of President Bush, looking a little goofy, standing next to McCain.

The two spots come as Obama campaign manager David Plouffe issued an e-mail in which he attacks McCain for having "shown that he is willing to go into the gutter to win this election."

"His campaign has become nothing but a series of smears, lies, and cynical attempts to distract from the issues that matter to the American people," Plouffe's statement says.

Obama's new ads will be airing in battleground states. To help pay for the airtime, Obama is returning to Beverly Hills on Tuesday.

He will be holding fund-raisers at Greystone Estate, at $28,500 per ticket, followed by dinner at the Regent Wilshire, $2,500 per plate. Headlining the event will be Barbra Streisand.

-- Dan Morain

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