March 20th, 2008
03:34 PM ET
7 years ago

McCain camp suspends staffer over Wright video

 A video circulated by a McCain staffer questioned Obama's patriotism and included footage of Wright.
A video circulated by a McCain staffer questioned Obama's patriotism and included footage of Wright.

(CNN) - The McCain campaign suspended a staff member Thursday afternoon for distributing a YouTube video that questions Barack Obama's patriotism and includes footage from the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's controversial sermons.

“We have been very clear on the type of campaign we intend to run and this staffer acted in violation of our policy. He has been reprimanded by campaign leadership and suspended from the campaign,” McCain campaign spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker said.

The suspended staffer, Soren Dayton, works in the campaign's political department and distributed the YouTube video via the internet application Twitter earlier Thursday.

A campaign aide insists Soren Dayton was a low level staffer and who had “no role in the communications shop.”

McCain insists repeatedly that he will not engage in personal attacks on Democrats, and CNN was told last week that campaign aides are working on an op-ed to be published in the senator's name warning his surrogates and supporters not to do so.

– CNN's Dana Bash


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  1. Helen

    well McCain you have won my support if obama loses you are doing what should have been done from the very beginning just the issue need to be brought up not the personal stuff I really don't care what religion he is or what his preacher says, I am only interested in the issue, like where are the jobs, why is gas so high and why has food gone up that's all. Clinton's are a whole nother story we go from Bush to Bush again, and now we go from Clinton to Clinton again I don;t think so.

    March 20, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
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