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. Brett

    This is obviously an Obama support site. Go McCain!

    October 6, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  2. Deb, IN

    The truth HURTS!!!!
    Barak Obama is bad for AMERICA!!!
    Vote a 3rd party!!!

    October 6, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  3. ready

    i heard sarah palin had an affair with her husband business partner

    October 6, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  4. Patti

    I can't believe McCain distanced them self from the Sheriff's remarks isn't that what they have been calling him all weekend.

    I hope the debate tomorrow night is about issues. That is what America wants to hear about not all the mudsling. Hopefully someone in the McCain camp will finally realize that is what the voters are worried about.

    October 6, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  5. Billy

    Disgusting and frightening.

    McCain and Palin need to stop this hate for the good of the country.

    I fear, some wacko-right winger is going to do something terrible if they don't.

    October 6, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  6. HP

    Be carefull PeIin/Mcsame you are playing with fire. No firefighter will be able rescue you.

    October 6, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  7. steve

    this in an outrage, if this is all that MCcain has to offer the american people then i dont want nothing to do with it he has just lost my vote.

    October 6, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  8. Big T

    this really scares me that McCain is going to scare these people so bad that one of them might do something stupid. it really really scares me and i hope one of you of faith starts praying for Obama.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 6, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  9. Smart Repubs for O

    Well, just goes to show you the rednecks are bringing this country down. Call me an "elitist", but I'm not going with them.

    Anyone who thinks Palin is just being "folksy" and "talking to you"....newsflash: she's talking DOWN to you. I come from middle America, and sorry, Sarah, we speak proper English.

    Thanks, but no thanks, McCain!

    October 6, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  10. Greg

    Its obvious the Americam people are ignorant. When the democrats won the 2006 congressional races the dow jones was at about 12150 and now not even two years later it is under 10000. The bailout was a quick farse to take the spotlight off the true cause of the Wall Street collapse which was the democratically run house banking committee and Franklin Raines debacle as the CEO of Fannie Mae. But lets continue to be ignorant in the name of change and blame it on GW Bush. Its amazing that no one has even asked how did this happen? But then again, if its not in the best interest fo the democrats then lets just sweep it under the rug, and who cares how much it cos the American taxpayer.

    October 6, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  11. Anita from Arizona

    You have no proof of any relationship between Obama and Ayers... NONE.

    BUT we have plenty proof of the relationship between McCain and Keating. It is true McCain delayed regulators in the banking industry in the 80s through Senate legislation which allowed Keating to steal money and costs tax payers around a trillion dollars in bailout money to banks. McCain totally abused his political power in that regard. The McCain camp is making a HUGE mistake with the personal and false attacks on Obama. Especially with the KEATING 5 fixed completely to McCain's judgment.

    October 6, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. Jared

    Awesome! The real republicans are showing their stuff: Hatred, intolerance, bigotry, racism. So much for their moral superiority!!!

    I love it...The more they use these attacks, the more the American people speak out against them. The ship is sinking for the Republican party, and its Captain is going down with it.

    October 6, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  13. Sean

    That follower is one view of a larger problem. Palin makes "comments" about Obama's "terrorist" ties, and then all of a sudden you have this? Just coincidence? I think not... People are impressionable, and Palin and McCain are acting irresponsibly.

    October 6, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  14. Voter

    Republicans – very partisan indeed...

    October 6, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  15. JayT.

    What's McCain's economic plan? Do we need any more proof that he doesn't have one?

    October 6, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  16. mitch


    October 6, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  17. Lesley

    If Palin and McCain keep this up and someone takes a shot at Obama, there will be no where for them to hide. They will be directly responsible for it because they are loading the gun with their desperate attempts to win this election. This is truly disgraceful and has gone beyond negative campaigning. It is dangerous campaigning and they will be responsible for a potentially deadly outcome.

    October 6, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  18. Beaz in NC

    If North Carolina goes Obama, I'm moving!

    October 6, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  19. LT

    McCain and Palin are imploding. Let them just keep it up...they are sealing their fate. Another thought, I wonder what Condalezza Rice thinks about all of this. What could a moron like Palin speak about with Rice? Ah yes....do you people eat moose steak?

    Centrist Independent for Obama

    October 6, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  20. Susie oklahoma

    he looked "startled"..HMMM, I'm sure he heard, he's defaming a great man for what?? OHH yeah, so HE can be President. God forbid that McCain wins because racism, downtrodden economy, wealthy getting more wealthy and the poor getting more poor ,etc will be what Americans will look forward to.

    October 6, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  21. EV

    What disturbs me about the Republicans isn't necessarily what they believe, it is the lengths at which they will go to discredit and smear those who do not agree with them. Look at the way McCain refused to look in the direction of Obama during the first debate. I got the impression that McCain hates him and thinks that he is less than human. This isn't what
    America is about.

    October 6, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. Candia

    Why can't the McCain campaign distinguish between a political opponent and an enemy? They're just stoking the dangerous fire of division and mistrust, instead of sharing a legitimate difference of opinion in the course of a democratic process.

    October 6, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  23. Sandra from Atlanta

    McCain and Palin have opened up this can of worms by their unethical attacks on Barack Obama. Why should he be surprised that some crazies take it a step further by calling Obama a terrorist? Heaven help us all if anything should physically happen to Obama because of this sleazy rhetoric. McCain and Palin need to realize that their are some real crazies out there. I'm not sure the American people would ever forgive or forget.

    All I can say is I have no idea of where the person I thought McCain was – honorable and truthful – went. He's sure not that person now.

    October 6, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  24. Brian

    Did you hear that? The sound of the Republicans hitting rock bottom. It is so sweet yet so sad. To try to scare the white Americans with this propaganda is both amusing and pathetic. Mostly however, it is racist, and that makes me sick. If Obama does not win maybe I will support my state of Vermont succeed from the Union.

    October 6, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  25. Smart Repubs for O

    Rednecks will fall for ANYTHING! Especially if it's in an email forward.

    These are the people who think being smart is being "elitist". Leave it to the Republicans to attack intellegence as a "bad" thing.

    October 6, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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