McCain has been highly critical of an ad last week from MoveOn.org.
HILTON HEAD, South Carolina (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate John McCain criticized the field of Democratic presidential hopefuls Sunday for failing to apologize for the controversial MoveOn.org advertisement that referred to General David Petraeus as “General Betray Us.”
“Now, they acknowledge that [Petraeus] is an honorable and fine military man, but they refuse to repudiate MoveOn.org,” McCain said of the Democrats. “And as you say, if you can’t stand up to them, how can you stand up to the tough challenges that are presented to you as President of the United States? I don’t know the answer to that.”
The Arizona Senator was responding to a question from a military veteran in the crowd at a campaign stop here, who asked McCain how the Democratic candidates will have the courage to stand up to challenges they face in the White House if they can’t stand up to MoveOn.org.
McCain’s comments drew applause from the crowd of about 200 people, including dozens of veterans and their families, gathered at the Kingfisher Restaurant in this coastal resort town.
McCain has been campaigning on his “No Surrender Tour” in South Carolina accompanied by a blown-up version of the MoveOn.org ad, telling crowds that the ad is “reprehensible.”
- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby