February 26th, 2008
02:40 PM ET
1 year ago

McCain distances himself from supporter's comments

 Local radio talk show host Bill Cunningham speaks to Sen. John McCain supporters.
Local radio talk show host Bill Cunningham speaks to Sen. John McCain supporters.

CINCINNATI, Ohio (CNN) - A supporter of John McCain, speaking at an official campaign event in Ohio attended by the Arizona senator, called Barack Obama a “hack, Chicago-style Daly politician,” and told the crowd “all is going to be right with the world when the great prophet from Chicago takes the stand, and the world leaders who want to kill us will simply be singing Kumbaya around the table of Barack Obama.”

“At some point in the near future the media, the stooges from the New York Times, CBS (The Clinton Broadcasting System), NBC (The Nobody But Clinton Network), The All Bill Clinton Channel (ABC), and the Clinton News Network at some point is going to peel the bark off Barack Hussein Obama,” said controversial conservative commentator Bill Cunningham, an Ohio native.

“That day will come and then you'll know the truth about his business dealings with Rezko, when he got sweetheart deals in Chicago,” he added, “and the illegal loans that he received, at some point the media will quit taking sides on this and maybe start covering Barack Hussein Obama the same way they covered Bush, the same way they covered Cheney, and they same way they cover every Republican.”

Cunningham also compared Hillary Clinton unfavorably to current First Lady Laura Bush.

McCain was not on stage during these remarks. Immediately after the event, he distanced himself from the comments, telling reporters that he had been informed about “disparaging remarks” about his potential Democratic opponents.

“I have repeatedly stated my respect for Sen. Obama and Sen. Clinton, and I will treat them with respect,” he said.

“I regret any comments that may be made about these two individuals who are honorable Americans, we just have strong philosophical differences, so I want to disassociate myself from any disparaging remarks that may have been said about them,” he said, adding later that “I absolutely repudiate such comments, and again I will take responsibility it will never happen again. It will never happen again.”

UPDATE: Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said in a Tuesday statement that McCain's remarks were appreciated: “It is a sign that if there is a McCain-Obama general election, it can be intensely competitive but the candidates will attempt to keep it respectful and focused on issues.”

–CNN's Dana Bash, Evan Glass and Shirley Zilberstein


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soundoff (345 Responses)
  1. s.h Portland O

    Cute. Get your hacks to make all kinds of stupid statements, then act all sorry about it afterwards. Gee, McCain... how very Bush of you.

    S

    February 26, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. Scott Cunningham

    This is an example of what is wrong with this country. The hate-mongors like Cunningham, O'Reilly, Hannity, Coulter, and most of all Limbaugh all need to retire to a home dedicated to brain atrophy and bigotry.....All of these folks represent a past that America needs to move away from!

    February 26, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. sherrie50

    I feel so sad for people who are behind Obama because when your heads come out of the clouds, it will be too late for you. I know what my candidate stands for and what she is capable of doing. When Mr. Obama did not attend the STate of the Black Union, I understood the content of this man and it is scary and frightening. I want be shocked or surprise, because I know the trurth which is why I am voting for HC,

    February 26, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. Bearcat

    How juvenile is it that you have to repeat his whole name emphasizing the Hussein. If base their vote on someone's middle name they have no business voting anyways

    February 26, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. BRIAN FROM GREEN COVE SPRINGS FL

    LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE ANOTHER ANGRY REPUBLICAN BIGOT WITH A MICROPHONE IN HIS HAND SPEWING HATE. HES NOT SURE WHAT HE STANDS FOR, BUT HE SURE KNOWS WHAT HE HATES. I FEEL SORRY FOR THIS GUY. I WOULDNT WANT TO BE CAUGHT ALONE WITH HIM IN AN AIRPORT BATHROOM. THIS DOESNT SOUND LIKE ANYTHING JOHN MCCAIN STANDS FOR AND IM GLAD HE HAS DISTANCED HIMSELF FROM THIS GUY.....

    OBAMA 08

    February 26, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. James, Houston, TX.

    Oh Listen, does that sound like Rupert in the background?

    February 26, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. Bubba

    Cunningham sounds 'local' to me. In fact, he sounds downright rural. I bet he wears red suspenders and says "goldang!" a lot, and he's eaten more squirrel dinners than I have beef. He's afraid that Obama might be a foreigner from the next county, here to steal his cow.

    February 26, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. BT

    Typical Republican – name calling, blaming, distracting others from teh messy reality, offering no solution. Just more negativity. Can't wait for a real leader to be in the WH!

    February 26, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. Cynthia

    Again, this is the type of politics America is tired of. It's the very reason we as a country have never been able to solve much of anything here or abroad. When do we stop the mockery and start and try to solve the problems that are most dear to the people who elect you to office. I am very glad I do not live in his state to know that I have someone of such high values to represent my thoughts and feelings. This is the very reason Barack Obama has reach the level in this contest because of this. Rethink your strategy. You are turning voters off and they are going to let you know come election time. Let's stop treating the symptom and apply our knowledge together to fix the cause.

    February 26, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. sm

    What percentage of Americans are labeled intelligent and respectable by foreign citizens? I wonder.

    February 26, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Jack Dorsey

    I love how the GOP must resort to calling Obama by his full name as if that's going to scare off voters.

    I guess the truly scary thing about it really is that it WILL scare off some of the voters...at least those who are more...well...susceptible to idiocy, ignorance, and intolerance. That should be the Conservative's credo. "Supporting Idiocy, Ignorance, and Intolerance Worldwide."

    February 26, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. monica

    Just one more reason we can't let the Republicans anywhere near the Whitehouse. Obama '08!

    February 26, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. changing times

    Before we jump on the Republicans, we need to get our own party back on track. Many here are hateful, spiteful, mean and insulting also.

    Look guys this country gives us a right to choose and may the will of the people go forth. We should be proud to take part in such a great system instead of encouraging insults of our 2 choices.

    Enough already with this foolish and all consuming hate. It makes America stink to high heaven. Haven't we learned anything over the years?

    February 26, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. Erik

    This is a Karl-Rove-quality swiftboating style maneuver. McCain should be ashamed, but he's probably secretly gleeful.

    February 26, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. k

    The man is crazy. Somebody please help him.

    February 26, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. zach

    i love willy cunningham.... a great american!

    February 26, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. Dony

    What a great American! This is what I am looking for in Hillary; Someone who shows great respect for an opponent. I will really hate to see a republican in the White House. However, if the race is between McCain and Hillary, I will have no choice but to vote for McCain.

    February 26, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Faizan Ali

    Who needs enemies when you have supporters like Bill Cunningham.

    February 26, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. snyggast

    typical right wing ignoramous.

    February 26, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. Avis C, Richton Park,IL

    This is why you must be careful who you surround yourself with. If this is a sign of what kind of people McCain will put in the White House, no thank you I don't want it.

    Everyone knows that Barack's father was from Africa, so it's not far fetch that he would have a name that's native from his fathers country. This country and Republicans talk about patriotism they must remember Barack is an American born citizen. This kind of dirty talk doesn't sound patriotic to me. Why aren't the talking heads calling this kind of action unpatriotic?

    This is very hypocritical behavior!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES WE WILL!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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