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McCain Promises to Keep It Civil

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Posted on Feb 27, 2008

Conservative radio host Bill Cunningham scored points with the audience while speaking before John McCain at a rally by repeatedly referring to “Barack Hussein Obama.” McCain apparently had no idea what Cunningham had said, but soon after the event addressed the matter in no uncertain terms: “Whatever suggestion that was made that was any way disparaging to the integrity, character, honesty of either Senator Obama or Senator Clinton was wrong. ... I condemn it, and if I have any responsibility, I will take the responsibility, and I apologize for it.”

That’s all well and good, but if John McCain is successful in rallying the conservative base and the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter behind him, then he will have much more to apologize for.

New York Times:

He called Mr. Obama a “man of integrity” and said he was someone he had come to know “pretty well and I admire.”

He also said that it was not appropriate to invoke Mr. Obama’s middle name in the course of the campaign.

“I absolutely repudiate such comments,” he said. “It will never happen again.”

Mr. Obama’s middle name, which is Muslim in origin, comes from his late father, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a Kenyan.

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By StrangeInterlude, March 1, 2008 at 1:17 am Link to this comment

I’m a Cincinnati resident, and I’d like to point out that this is by no means an unusual bit of behavior from local radio host Bill Cunningham.  He’s basically a low-rent version of Michael Savage, and that’s putting it nicely.  Pretty much every time this chump gets in front of a national TV camera (which has happened a few times in recent memory), he manages to make himself look like an even bigger goon than the right wing hacks that he’s fronting for.  Cincinnati’s got its problems, but it deserves a better national face than Cunningham.  Thank God for the Clooneys…

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By JimM72, February 27, 2008 at 12:55 pm Link to this comment
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Please dont call people “retards.” I work with retarded people and find the word very callous and demeaning. These are some of the kindest people on earth-they dont form snap judgements on others and are basically innocent of this world’s evils and corruption; they are trusting and like everyone they meet.
Besides, Bush is way too stupid to fit in that category.


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By Thomas Billis, February 27, 2008 at 12:00 pm Link to this comment

I was saying to my good friend John Mussolini Mccain what is in a name.Does his middle name mean that his supporters wear brown shirts and believe in fascism.Of course not.Well maybe not in the wearing of brown shirts.The shame of all this name stuff is not that one moron in Cincinnatti tried to use it for political advantage .The shame is that to a segment of the American voting public this stuff matters.I guess if Barak Obama changed his middle name to Johnwayne it would be all right to vote for him.People wonder how we could have elected a retard President and the answer is front of you on almost daily bsasis.

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By don knutsen, February 27, 2008 at 11:56 am Link to this comment
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So what if McCain says he plans to keep things civil ? The GOP machine that has adopted him make no such promise. Karl Rove still owns a phone. The fact that any republican even has a snowball’s chance at the presidency is a damning testament to how many still, after the last 7+ dreadfull years of the cheney/bu$h excercise in facism, refuse to see what these people are doing to our future. If a republican regains control of the executive branch, either thru vote rigging or via the election this coming Nov. then we will have shown the world that we are still a country of frigging idiots in large measure and we deserve the outcome. The question is, as we continue to dwindle as a superpower, as our ability to influence others evaporates, how long will the rest of the world put up with us ?

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By Marshall K, February 27, 2008 at 8:43 am Link to this comment

It truly is childish behavior to make fun of someone’s name, and I have seen quite a few Repub politicians, including respected representatives, use this (for lack of a better word) tactic.
This is so juvenile, and even though the Limbaugh/Coulter crowd may love it, it won’t do anything to swing the adults to their side.

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By Aegrus, February 27, 2008 at 6:19 am Link to this comment

Well, we’ll see how McCain’s supposed stance to run on public money and disavow the 527s goes. If nothing, this sets a tone for the fall campaign. One that provides some hope.

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By troublesum, February 27, 2008 at 6:03 am Link to this comment

McCain is saying the right things.  This is the first step in running a two tier campaign which has become a republican tradition.  McCain will establish himself as a candidate of the high road while the smear campaign against his opponent will conducted by groups funded by the RNC but whom McCain will disavow any knowledge of.

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