February 27th, 2008
10:30 AM ET
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McCain apology angers conservative host


Watch talk radio host Bill Cunningham on CNN Tuesday.

CINCINNATI, Ohio (CNN) - A conservative radio talk-show host said that "he's had it up to here" with Sen. John McCain after the GOP presidential candidate repudiated the commentator's remarks about Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama at a campaign event.

"John McCain threw me under a bus - under the 'Straight Talk Express,' " Bill Cunningham told CNN on Tuesday, referring to McCain's campaign bus.

Earlier Tuesday, Cunningham spoke at a McCain campaign event in Cincinnati and called Obama a "hack, Chicago-style Daley politician."

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  1. CW in DC

    How ironic is this?! As much as I think what he said is detestable and as a black educated male, nor do I agree with Farrakhan's views, does this lead credence to Obama essentially saying you cannot pick and choose who supports you, nor can you silence their right to free speech? Sensing a double standard here. Just a thought. I'm not an "Obamabot" and actually straddle the fence as an independent.

    February 27, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Janetegg

    If McCain didn't know what type of rhetoric to expect to come out of Cunningham's mouth he isn't as intelligent as I want a potential president to be. But if he did know what to expect, he used it to his political advantage. He got out a message. And then apoloigized for it having been stated with the public praising him for doing the "right" thing.

    February 27, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. jange

    If McCain didn't know what type of rhetoric to expect to come out of Cunningham's mouth he isn't as intelligent as I want a potential president to be. But if he did know what to expect, he used it to his political advantage. He got out a message. And then apoloigized for it having been stated with the public praising him for doing the "right" thing.

    February 27, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. Connie, OH

    In case you didn't know.

    Do you think Barack's mom would had some vast conspiracy to name her son after a dictator, such as Suddam Hussein? Barack did not name himself–he was named by his parents.

    Someone said it's like schoolyard bullying to shout his middle name. It's so ridiculous. There are a lot of people named George, but we won't hold that against them because of our dictator president.

    Think America, we are going off the deep end.

    February 27, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Lori, Houston Texas

    McCain knew what Cunningham said and shame on him for not calling the jerk out in front of the crowd. Instead, he waited to talk to his people to see what they think is the best action to take for the public. Just like Bush – who let Rove,Rush and FOX run the smear campaign against McCain while he denied having anything to do with it. It's called Republican tactics and it's just as disgusting coming from McCain's campaign as it was coming from Bush's against McCain. McCain should know better and DO better.

    February 27, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. Kelly

    Cunningham got exactly what he deserved. For a guy who likes to dish out out, he certainly can't take it when the love is reciprocated. Grow a pair, buddy. No one wants to deal with your hatemongering. Your fifteen minutes are up!

    February 27, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. Obamacan!

    Why is this jerk even getting any attention? Don't we have better things to focus on?

    February 27, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. Jed in Texas

    McCain knew this guy would start a fire and allowed it.

    February 27, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. John

    These republicans are trying to run a politics of fear. But America is smarter this time around. The republicans are the ones destroying America.

    Yes we can 08.

    February 27, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. Brian

    Americans are rejecting the politics of the hate-spewing, fear-mongering extremist right wing in our country. Outbursts like these further galvanize the majority's opposition to their byzantine tactics.

    I feel for McCain... he has to cater to these groups' whims but can't accept their support. The republican party is truly in tatters.

    February 27, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. jhs

    Hey, at least Sen. McCain had the balls to denounce, reject, repudiate Cunningham's comments RIGHT AWAY! The same can not be said about Saint, oops, I mean Sen., Obama.

    February 27, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Paul

    Why does the media now demand an apology for using Osama's given name (three times)?

    February 27, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. Tommy

    My message is how do yal know whos going to win before all the results come in? I think TV is pushing for Obama to much talking good things about him and negative about Clinton. Im a liberal democrate if he gets the nominaion I will not vote in November. So put Clinton on the pedistal for a change. I really think there is a lot of people share my views, If Obama is the nominee Mc Cain will probably win as the winner.

    February 27, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. Michael

    Ken in Dallas:
    Incidentally, how do Christians get "conservative"? Wasn't Christian charity the ethical underpinning of liberalism?

    Actually, that "ethical underpinning" was fascism, back before it got ugly in the 1930's...

    February 27, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Terry, Dallas Texas

    Is that the best he can do? That Obama's middle name is the same as the DEAD Saddam? Okay well then McCains first name is the John and since that was also John Hinckley Jr's first name that means McCain is also crazy right? Jodie Foster better start hiding.

    February 27, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. Patrick

    The further McCain moves and distances himself from the far-right and therefore stays true to his core beliefs, the more electable he will become in the general election.

    February 27, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Larry Buchas

    Someone should have thrown this nut job off the stage.

    It's time for Hillary to "reject" Cunningham. Sound familiar?

    February 27, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. media

    sometimes media can get on nerves. Diana died bc paparazzi. Media thinks they can influence, manipulate everybody. But this is not right, it is wrong. We can see it in Hillary's case, she is so much put down, scrutinized, badmouthed, that some switch to .... ( the ones without back bone).

    February 27, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. Kevin

    Interesting he is choosing Clinton to support. This must be due to her similiarity to Republicans in economics and war hawk.

    February 27, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. Veronica

    It's Conservatives that went after Hillary Clinton like she was the anti-Christ and now they may get something even worse, Barack Hussein Obama, a left-wing liberal too far left for many Democrats. It's too late for choices now since many Republicans and Independents came into the Democratic primiaries and gave Obama the edge. That's real fair... People other than Democrats deciding the Democratic nominee. Now the Republicans have to choose between John McCain and Barack Hussein Obama. You don't have Hillary to kick around anymore. Hillary Rodham Clinton 2012!

    February 27, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Bukkphush

    King Hussein is also the leader of Jordan, one of our key allies in the Middle East. Hussein is to the Middle East as Smith is to America. It's just a common name.

    February 27, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. Vic

    Hey Bayou Joe,

    Remember that there is a large Muslim population in this country. "Exposing" someone's middle name that sounds Muslim is racist. The people we are at war with are not senators with the middle name "Hussein." If you want to play that game, I'll just call you ignorant because youre from the bayou.

    February 27, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. Sam Raleigh NC

    Who is to say that it wasn't planned by McCain so he could look good apologizing. Politicians they will do anything to get voted in. Dem and Rep alike

    February 27, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  24. Brenda

    All these liberal whites and proud blacks are so desperate to have a black president the they're blind to the obvious fact that Obama is not qualified to be president. Give me a break, two years in the Senate! Talk about a thin resume and the biggest affirmative action hire in our history. Let's all feel good about ourselves and get inspired by some recycled Deval Patrick speeches. This Obama is so full of hot air and I am just amazed at how many naive people are buying it up... it like beanie babies... a craze one day, can't sell it in a garage sale the next.

    February 27, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. Beans

    Who care is Cunningham is upset? He was way out of line. People get fired from jobs for talking like that now, and the racist name-calling he did has no place anywhere today. I'm appreciative that McCain apologized for him so quickly–much better than Clinton ever did. She always let her stuf fester for a day or so and make an impact. For shame on anyone who criticizes McCain for acting appropriately and trying to make this right. Let's have a civilized campaign for once.


    February 27, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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