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McCain Defends 'Celeb' Ad

By Juliet Eilperin
RACINE, Wisc. -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) defended his recent negative attacks on Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) today, saying that "differences have to be drawn" between himself and his opponent.

The presumptive GOP nominee explained his campaign strategy during a town hall meeting at the Racine Civic Centre, when a young woman asked him why he had launched an ad Wednesday linking Obama to Hollywood bad girls Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. Noting that McCain had earlier pledged to run a civil campaign, she said with skepticism, "Britney Spears? I was like, O.K.... It seems like you might have flip flopped on what you said earlier."

Before McCain answered, one member of the crowd cried out, "Thank you!"

"There are differences here. What we are talking about here is substance, and not style," McCain responded. "Campaigns are tough, but I am proud of the campaign we have run, I'm proud of the issues we have raised."

"We're proud of that commercial," the senator continued. "We think Americans need to know that I believe we should base this campaign on what we can do for Americans here at home, and what we can do to make America secure and prosperous, and that's the theme of our campaign."

As soon as McCain finished answering the question, a teenager stood up and encouraged him to continue pursuing these sorts of attacks.

"I'm eighteen years-old and I just have to say, Obama terrifies me," she said, as the crowd cheered loudly. "I think you need to call him on every shot. Don't let him get away with anything."

By Web Politics Editor  |  July 31, 2008; 2:18 PM ET
Categories:  Ad Watch , B_Blog , Barack Obama , John McCain  
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