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

Attendee at McCain rally calls Obama a 'terrorist'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/06/art.palinhus.ap.jpg caption="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. Fleas

    Obama – the end of America as we once knew it. Ought to be running in Africa.

    October 6, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  2. npiper

    This and Mr. McCain's recent tactics are why we need someone who is actually DIFFERENT and a true change in Washington. McCain does not get this. Change means change. Barack Obama is truly a different type of politician, person and man with a vision. THIS IS GOOD!

    October 6, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  3. Kurt

    Mr. McCain, have you ever heard the expression,

    "When you lay down with dogs, you get up with fleas".

    October 6, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  4. Speider

    Attendee at McCain rally calls Obama a 'terrorist'
    ...and then declared himself a teapot, short and stout!

    We give $700 billion to bail out the people who took $16 billion in bonuses, $7 billion to a state that is mismanaged, $25 billion to keep Chrysler afloat while their CEO collects millions for driving the company further into the ground and this man has the nerve to point the finger and call Obama a Terrorist? Seems to me that more terror and damage has been done to this nation by those in office with republican ideals.

    October 6, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
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