(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.
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.
This said file under uncategorized because it shouldn't even be a news story. Why give these racist dividers any time with this nonsense.
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?
a question for both candidates: how many times, if ever, have you committed an act of adultery?
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.
mccaim is the terror of the ecomonic.
retire and go back to what ever country he was born in.
Each of those people is just replicating what McCain/Palin are doing at the national level, why the surprise?
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.
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...
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.
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.
CNN is in the tank. The Obama tank.....pittiful
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.
I thought John McCain said he would run a respectible campaign. I guess that is out the window!
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.
This is truly pathetic!!!
they use that rhetoric and they are the one's fueling the fire. McCain's campaign is full of hypocrites.
This is disturbing! How low will the McCain campaign go!!!!!!!!Dispicable
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.
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.
McCain knows what he heard, let's not play the dumb card now.
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.
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....
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.