(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
The Publicans are saving Obama.
This is why I respect McCain. He will run on his own merits and not throw mud and personal attacks towards a canidate that has no control over what another person says. I also know that the Clinton campaign are the ones who gave the tapes of Rev. Wright to ABC news and told them to "have at it". Hillary Clinton is the last person we need in the White House. Hasn't there been enough blood shed and economic woes, because of this war? Hillary is waging another war against a member of her own party, which proves she is not a uniter and will destroy anyone who gets in her way. She scares the hell out of me.
McCain doesn't stand a chance against Hillary or Obama.
Good for John McCain a man of integrity and character VERY presidential. It is good to see that some of the candidates are really trying to change the nature of politics in the US. I hope Hillary and Barack will take note!!
Good for Senator McCain. I believe him when he says his campaign won't use the race card to win the race against Obama.
When Obama wins the Democratic nomination, the debates between these two honorable men will be informative.
Time to move on. What about National Security, Illegal Immegration, Taxes, Jobs?......
I applaud Senator McCain for doing what he has done. I believe this campaign should be about the issues facing this country not about what their supporters say.
He also knows that anyone who questions Senator Obama's patriotism will have it come back to bite them. Americans are not stupid they will see through all the right wing spin rhetoric.
Good for McCain! I probably won't vote for a republican anytime soon because of their policys, but its nice to see one with integrity. It will be nice to see a race between Obama and McCain –it might actually focus on the issues.
The damage is already done. McCain is just like the rest of them... well, maybe he's surrounded by a few more lobbyists.
Did Obama really not know his churches platform on politics?...I think that may have cost him the election...politics/religion...ultimate choices...our devine choices...we need to think them through with all the facts!
I am voting for Barack Obama if he wins the nomination, but John MCCAIN will be my second choice !!!!!
Obama/Edwards08 Si Se Puede
Congrats senator. You show leadership and you are above all tumoils. We need to focus on the issues.
Bravo, McCain – now if only Hillary would follow your lead.
Congratulations John McCain for tthat. We want issues on this and not people like your staffer.
The right to do McCain. I do not know if I will vote for you in Nov but such gestures may win me.
Way to go McCain. I wish my party would be so smart and stop dragging each other through the mud. Now just change some of your bad choices on economy and war and we may get some where.
i tip my hat to you senator mccain. you are a good man, and an honorable american – but you are too similar to bush and a bit old-fashioned.
Barack has my vote
Mccain is a real nice person . But he is either too forgetfull or plain ignorant. He says Iran is training Alqaida terrorists . Apparently he knows nothing about the 1000 years of hatred between the sunnis and shias . How many more ignorant presidents can we have in this country ? . The plus point for Mccain is that he is not as ignorant as the current president !
I guess it's good that McCain has taken this action, but it's kind of shutting the barn door after the horse is gone...
Nice job McCain camp, way to be agressive on this one and run a tight campaign. We appreciate it!
Hooray for McCain supporter who can see Anti-American Obama in true light. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If Obama doesn't win the Democratic nomination you have my vote!
suspends???? why not FIRED????
It isn't necessary to protect Obama Racist friends or Obama teaching his children Hate and unholy religion
I can honestly say... If Obama does not get the nomination, I feel very comfortable in voting for McCain. Here's a man that may not have all of the answers, but has amazing Integrity. His actions over the last few months have spoken louder than Hillary's rhetoric. Just the little stuff like this.. What a great person.