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


Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. BMartin, Duluth, MN

    When do we get to hear about the issues?

    March 20, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Vince Los Angeles, CA

    Good for you McCain. If Hillary Clinton is the nominee for the Dems....YOU WILL HAVE MY VOTE!!

    March 20, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. tie.lee3@sbcglobal.net

    Got my vote

    March 20, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. Sylvester

    Wow...McCain probably scored major points for politically maturity. That was a bold and admirable move.

    Hillary, you are KILLING the Democrats.

    March 20, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. Grif

    You don't need it John... They dig their own Holes...

    March 20, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. Nerakami

    I am falling more and more in love with McCain... still hate his policies, but am loving the man more everyday..

    March 20, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. Stacy Clarks, Texas

    WELL DONE MCCAIN!!!

    Obama still has my vote, but I can't wait till Obama and McCain runs so we can see what a civilized election season looks like!!!

    OBAMA 08!!!

    March 20, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. Amy in Iowa

    Can McCain teach his friend Hillary Clinton the same type of ethics?

    March 20, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. Karen p

    Good. However, it seems someone is always putting out smear stuff then McCain says ooops, we're not gonna do that. McCain needs to be PERFECTLY clear what his campaign will or won't do to his supporters and why it is bad for America.

    We're sick to death of "smear" and degrading remarks and tactics (that's Hillary's job).

    March 20, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. Lynnette

    Good for you, McCain.

    March 20, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Debbie

    Wow Hillary, McCain has more integrity than you do. Maybe you will put him in office after all since you said he is ready for day 1.

    March 20, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. Veterans for Obama

    Why can't Hillary show such integrity?

    March 20, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. Adam, Los Angeles

    McCain has no need to use personal attacks against Obama; Senator Clinton's campaign is doing fine job on their own.

    March 20, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. Derrick Martin

    This shows how afraid of Barack that they are. They know that they will have a better chance agaisnt the lying Hillary Clinton.

    March 20, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. Thomas

    WoW McCane looks much better then Obama the flip flopper!

    March 20, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. doug

    Swiftboat has begun. My biggest concern is that the economy is crumbling and J. Mccain says he does'nt know to much about economics.

    March 20, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Derrick Martin

    Why does everything I negative aboyut Hillary Cliton get moderated. Are you afaid of dissenting opinions. You all are playing a dangerous game with this electiion when it is not even a game.

    March 20, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. Ron, TX

    McCain is a good man. If Obama doesn't get the nomination, I'll definitely go for him over Hillary.

    March 20, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. ACE, Denver

    Thank you, Mr. McCain. I truly respect your integrity (and I'm an Obama supporter).

    March 20, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. jenny from Idaho

    Thank you McCain, being a jaded democrat, I am very surprised.

    March 20, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. Greg

    I don't think this is very smart of McCain. His only chance of winning in November is to find every possible way to denigrate his opponent. It's a fine line, of course. But it's a risk he must take. Besides, Obama's pastor and all the attendant baggage is relevant - the question is, why should these things NOT be brought to the public's attention?

    March 20, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. dAnnE

    Wow, I have a new found respect for McCain. We all have different beliefs on how to achieve a common goal...but we still need to be fair and respectful and McCain is both.

    March 20, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. Hattie / Chicago

    Good for you McCain.. Maybe you're not so insane after all !!

    March 20, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Tony Z- MD

    This action has to be applauded. He is is impressing the voters.

    This is one of the reasone I will vote for him if Obama is not the Democratic nominee.

    March 20, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. atimebandit

    McCain once again shows that he, and his campaign, takes pride in running a positive and respectful campaign.

    March 20, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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