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Rove touts McCain’s adopted daughter he smeared in 2000.

Last night on Fox News’s The O’Reilly Factor, Karl Rove discussed Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) “compelling” life story. In addition to his time as a prisoner of war, Rove pointed to the fact that McCain adopted a daughter from a Bangladesh orphanage:

And today, that young child — who was near death — is their teenage daughter. I don’t think most people understand the compassion and love that would come from a moment like that.

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But as Nicole Belle points out, as an adviser to the Bush campaign in 2000, Rove attacked that young girl. From The Nation:

Rove invented a uniquely injurious fiction for his operatives to circulate via a phony poll. Voters were asked, “Would you be more or less likely to vote for John McCain…if you knew he had fathered an illegitimate black child?” This was no random slur. McCain was at the time campaigning with his dark-skinned daughter, Bridget, adopted from Bangladesh.

Last night, Fox News also failed to identify Rove as an adviser to the McCain campaign.

UPDATE: Raw Story has more.

Transcript:

ROVE: For example, I disagree. I don’t think people know a lot about him.

O’REILLY: Yes?

ROVE: They don’t know about his views and values that informed him as a young man. They don’t know about what drew him to service in the United States Navy. They don’t know all of the compelling story about the POW experience that he had. They don’t know about what motivated him, what people and places in Phoenix and Sedona touch his life.

Let me give you just one example. I think most of your viewers would be shocked to hear the story about Cindy McCain in Bangladesh, visiting an orphanage. And she has a small dying child thrust into her hands. And the orphanage — the people in the orphanage say we can’t care for her, she’s dying. We don’t know what to do. And Cindy McCain’s impulse was to hug that child to her chest, get on an airplane, and bring her home.

And when she got off the plane, there was John McCain. And he said what do you got? And she said I’ve child who’s dying. We need to get her care. And John said well, who’s she going to be staying with? And Cindy McCain was saying I was hoping she could stay with us. And today, that young child who was near death, is their teenage daughter.

O’REILLY: OK.

ROVE: I don’t think most people understand the compassion and love —

O’REILLY: I agree.

ROVE: — that would come from a moment like that.

O’REILLY: All right.

ROVE: And there’s a lot more in John McCain’s story that he needs to tell.