(CNN) - John McCain's campaign is denying Democratic charges the presumptive Republican nominee flippantly dismissed a new book attacking Barack Obama that includes several documented falsehoods.
Asked by the Associated Press earlier Friday what he though of author Jerome Corsi's new book, "The Obama Nation," McCain said, "gotta keep your sense of humor."
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Those comments were immediately slammed by the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee, which e-mailed its 3.4 million supporters declaring, "John McCain thinks smears and lies are funny."
"Despite pledging to run a respectful campaign, McCain is just standing by while Corsi and his publisher, former Dick Cheney aide Mary Matalin, poison this presidential race," read the e-mail from DNC Rapid Response Team.
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But McCain spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said later Thursday the Arizona senator actually did not hear the question, and would not be commenting on the book.
The book, which is expected to debut No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, repeats many long-discredited falsehoods about the Illinois senator, including the claim that he is Muslim.
Corsi, who has said he's on a “mission” to take down Obama, also co-wrote "Unfit for Command" - the 2004 book that spawned the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attacks against then-Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.
everything is a big joke to McShame. john, the only thing funny is how
lame your oldschool hate tactics are going to backfire!
So the old man can't hear now...will he hear the phone at 3am?!?
McCain flat out lied when he said he would run a different kind of campaign. Shame on him.
John McCain was a Democrat? I have to quit drinking in the mornings. Its starting to mess with my memory!
I do not remember Obama questioning the charges that Bill and Hill were racist.
Obama encouraged his hateful thug supporters to trash and deride and insult Hillary Clinton.
He had no problem with the Bro before Ho and all the Bit*h references from his hopeful unifying supporters.
oh toooooooooooooooo bad, can not take a joke, DNC, hay, you guys are running with a biracial person, you should have picked hillary, then this would not be a problem, why did he change his name, and when and where, he wanted to sound like a muslim right
THE SHADY LITTLE GIMP HAS AN ANSWER FOR
ALL HIS SLIMY DISGUSTING POSITIONS, IF YOU
ARE A SLIMY DISGUSTING MORON AS WELL.
McCain did not hear...yet he answered...sign of being senile or old.
The book has nothing to do with John McCain.
Nice try CNN and Mooney.
Turn up your hearing aid, grandpa!
John McCain and his attack dogs have no since of right and wrong. If he is elected this nation will continue to drift into a state of benign ignorance.
McCain should take responsibilty for Corsi when Obama takes responsibilty for MoveOn. The Dems can't have it both ways. They let liberal 527 attack dogs go after McCain and when someone does the same thing with Obama they whine like little babies. This is the big leagues. Get over it you girlie-men.
What ever happened to understanding a question before answering it? Is that the kind of leadership and experience he's offering? Sorry, I take JUDGEMENT over experience any day.
Note to McCain's spokeswoman: You probably don't want to use the old "grandpa's Miracle Ear battery died, so he couldn't hear the question" as an excuse for McCain's (all too frequent) misstatements. It may give people the impression that he's, like, really, really old or something...
"then-Democratic presidential nominee John McCain" ?
Don't they mean John Kerry? Doesn't CNN proof read this stuff?
When is the public going to wake up & recognize that these extreme right-wing fanatics are destroying America? The Terminator is more believable than any of his books are.
Didn't they check gramps hearing when he had that physical earlier in the summer.
Come on now... Old people have a hard time hearing.
Mr. McCain is probably a smart man...right now he just needs to stick to the issues and knock it off with all of the personal attacks and snide comments. John we want to know your stances not how unfit you feel your opponent is.
the 2004 book that spawned the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attacks against then-Democratic presidential nominee "John McCain".
John McCain and his attack dogs have no sence of right and wrong. If he is elected, this nation will continue to drift into a state of benign ignorance.
Obama does not like smears and lies?
Isn't that what he used to knock Hillary out of the race?
I guess calling people racists just to rally AAs behind you is NOT smears and lies?
if by john mccain you mean john kerry, then yes, he did write that book
what is wrong Obama worried the truth is going to come out? if you don't have anything to hide then why all the fuss?
Didn't hear it? What? WMD? Oh, I thought you said something else.
If he really hadn't heard the question, why wouldn't Senator McCain politely say to the AP inquisitor, "Speak up sonny, I'm a bit hard of hearing"?