October 6th, 2008
05:13 PM ET
6 years ago

Attendee at McCain rally calls Obama a 'terrorist'

Palin held a rally in Florida Monday.
Palin held a rally in Florida Monday.

(CNN) - Some supporters of the Republican ticket stole a share of the spotlight at Monday campaign rallies with controversial attacks aimed at Barack Obama.

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, John McCain pushed his campaign’s most recent line of attack against Obama: that the Democratic nominee represents a relatively unknown risk. “All people want to know is: What has this man ever actually accomplished in government? What does he plan for America? In short: Who is the real Barack Obama?” Someone in the crowd responded by yelling: “Terrorist!” The crowd roared, and McCain seemed startled, but it is unclear whether he actually heard what the man shouted. He did not respond to the attack.

And before GOP VP nominee Sarah Palin entered a campaign rally in Estero, Florida, Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott took aim at “Barack Hussein Obama.”

“On November 4, let’s leave Barack Hussein Obama wondering what happened,” he said. As the crowd cheered, he gave a forceful salute.

The McCain-Palin campaign immediately distanced itself from Scott’s remark. “We do not condone this inappropriate rhetoric, which distracts from the real questions of judgment, character and experience that voters will base their decisions on this November,” said campaign spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt.

In March, McCain rebuked conservative radio talk show host Bill Cunningham for repeatedly referring to the Illinois senator as “Barack Hussein Obama” while warming up the crowd at a campaign event in Cincinnati, before the Arizona senator took the stage.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. B

    Senator McCain was pretty clear that he needs to run a sleazi campaign. He has seriously compromised himself as the Republican candidate.

    Hopefully, McCain,72, will retire now.

    October 6, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  2. Dameun Strange

    This said file under uncategorized because it shouldn't even be a news story. Why give these racist dividers any time with this nonsense.

    October 6, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  3. Peter (CA)

    Let's see if I got this right, McCain and friends are happy to gather up a pile of leaves, pour gasoline on it, leave a box of matches behind but are shocked when someone picks up a match and lights it??

    This is what is wrong with the right wing nuts jobs. How about issues?
    Better yet, how about something that is sort of like the TRUTH?

    October 6, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  4. indy chris

    a question for both candidates: how many times, if ever, have you committed an act of adultery?

    October 6, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  5. Greg in NC

    This Ayers deal is shady. How do people like that get jobs at our universities? I want to know more about this and how Obama is connected.

    October 6, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  6. outtouch

    mccaim is the terror of the ecomonic.

    October 6, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  7. Dameun Strange

    retire and go back to what ever country he was born in.

    October 6, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  8. Carl29

    Each of those people is just replicating what McCain/Palin are doing at the national level, why the surprise?

    October 6, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  9. John Oni

    It's so much of a joke, what is going on! This is the United states Of America, expected to show leadership to the rest of the world on all fronts of human endeavor. To see the way politics is been played to choose it's leader is sham.

    October 6, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  10. Smart in Ohio

    McCain 2000: "Uh, I, I just have to rely on the good judgment of the voters not to buy into these negative attack ads. Sooner or later, people are going to figure out if all you run is negative attack ads you don't have much of a vision for the future or you're not ready to articulate it." [The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, 2/21/2000]

    This quote seems pretty appropriate right now...

    October 6, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. Jean 2

    PALIN AND MC CAIN ARE PLAYING LOOSE AND RECKLESS IN THESE VERY SENSITIVE TIMES. PLAYING WITH THE IDEA OF SOMEONE BEING A TERRIORIST IS NOT SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE.

    THINK ABOUT THE LARGER PICTURE.

    October 6, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  12. the other jd

    pretty sad...

    Someone in the crowd responded by yelling: “Terrorist!” The crowd roared, and McCain seemed startled, but it is unclear whether he actually heard what the man shouted. He did not respond to the attack.

    McCain is just pushing his followers right to the edge, and then letting them launch the attacks for him. McCain is a merchant of hate, and sadly enough, there are still people out there who are buying.

    October 6, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  13. Honesty

    CNN is in the tank. The Obama tank.....pittiful

    October 6, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  14. Independant, Florida

    My whole family has always been republican, but after Bush making a complete mess of things, I started questioning giving my support to McCain. In the last week McCain's message has turned too sour to stomach. I don't think he has any solutions and I don't trust him now.

    October 6, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  15. Independent in America

    I thought John McCain said he would run a respectible campaign. I guess that is out the window!

    October 6, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  16. Angela

    I think this campaign has tarnished McCain's reputation more than the Keating Five scandal. Opening up this line of attack on Obama's personal character is just going to bring out the loony, crazy people, and McCain always seemed better than that. He is going to lose, but he can do so with honor or in disgrace. It is his choice.

    October 6, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  17. United Party

    This is truly pathetic!!!

    October 6, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  18. jason, tx

    they use that rhetoric and they are the one's fueling the fire. McCain's campaign is full of hypocrites.

    October 6, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  19. Mimi

    This is disturbing! How low will the McCain campaign go!!!!!!!!Dispicable

    October 6, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  20. Holly from Minnesota

    Here are just two domestic terrorist organizations linked to McCain: the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia and the World Anti-Communist League. Add this to "Keating Five" and you've got enough material for anti-McCain ads for months to come.

    If you're going to throw the word/concept of "terrorist" around, make sure you don't have any skeletons in your own closet.

    October 6, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  21. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    Great, a policeman taking aim on a black man. People in the crowd calling him a terrorist. This is raising the conversation Senator McCain and Governor Palin. Raising the tenor like this does no one any good as someone with malevolent intent may mistake this as a green light. I pray with my heart that nothing happens because of your comments Senator McCain and Governor Palin.

    October 6, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  22. Independent for Obama

    McCain knows what he heard, let's not play the dumb card now.

    October 6, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  23. McHoover Would Destroy What's Left of America

    I thought the Republicans were the moral fiber in this country.

    My experience is they are mean, selfish and arrogant.

    But they do run to church every Sunday which I guess makes up for their behavior.

    October 6, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  24. LEST

    No need to worry about the skepticism of the right wing. Those fouls should be ashamed of themselves. Not this time. Not in this election. We, the AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE FED UP WITH THOSE DECEITFUL TACTICS. SHAME ON YOU MACSAME....

    October 6, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  25. Frank

    The stench of desperation hangs thick where ever McCain goes.

    Fear and hatred are not going to prevail this time. Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us.

    Try to fool us a third time, you get tossed into the dustbin of history.

    Bye-bye, John.

    October 6, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
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