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Sunday, September 21, 2008
SNL Opening Sketch Satirizes McCain's Approval of Miselading Ads

The opening sketch of Saturday Night Live on September 20 featured Darrell Hammond as John McCain. In the sketch, McCain records a voiceover approving campaign ads that are clearly misleading. The requirement for candidates to identify themselves in ads is a direct result of the McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002. The bill's "stand by your ad" provision mandated that all campaign advertisements include a verbal statement to the effect of "I'm [insert candidate's name] and I approve this message."