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Obama Accuses McCain of Playing Politics with National Security

By Anne E. Kornblut
DULLES, Va. -- Sen. Barack Obama rejected accusations from the McCain campaign that he is soft on terrorism on Tuesday, saying that Republicans who have failed to capture Osama bin Laden over the last seven years have little ground to criticize him for supporting some habeas corpus rights for suspects.

"Let's think about this: these are the same guys who helped engineer the distraction of the war in Iraq at a time when we could have pinned down the people who actually committed 9-11," Obama told reporters on his campaign plane. He said his statements about Guantanamo were intended to suggest that suspects have a right to be heard, not freed, and accused McCain of playing political games on national security.

"What they're trying to do us what they've done every election cycle, which is to use terrorism as a club to make the American people afraid," Obama said.

Reminded that the Republican playbook worked in the 2004 presidential race, Obama countered: "Well, it's 2008."

"I'm looking forward to having a robust argument about this issue," he said. "I don't shy away from it. The way these issues have been framed have done a great disservice to America. They have not made us safer."

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 17, 2008; 4:39 PM ET
Categories:  B_Blog , Barack Obama , John McCain  
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