John McCain mentioned special-needs and autistic children more than once in last night’s final presidential debate.

And he noted that his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin, would "understand what it’s like to have an autistic child."

Except that Palin doesn’t have an autistic child. Her youngest son has Down syndrome.

OMG! Does McCain not know the difference? Gotcha!

No, no he’s not senile. He just didn’t clarify that Sarah’s older sister, Heather, has an autistic son, age 13.

Also, two of her cousins in her extended family have children with autism/Asperger’s.

McCain created some controversy recently by saying at a town hall meeting that there is “strong evidence” that mercury in vaccines causes autism.

What do you think about McCain using the special-needs kids in Sarah Palin’s family as a vote getter? Do you think it will make autism activist Jenny McCarthy vote for him? Bet Amanda Peet (spokeswoman for a vaccine advocacy group) won’t be voting Republican now.

And what do you think about his mercury/autism statement?

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Posted by:Elizabeth Snead