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McCain Plays Down Va. GOP Leader's Remark Linking Obama and bin Laden

By Tim Craig
Republican presidential nominee John McCain responded this morning to the comments Virginia Republican Party Chairman Jeffrey M. Frederick made over the weekend comparing Democratic nominee Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden.

Speaking on Richmond's WRVA radio this morning, McCain said it's not fair to compare Frederick's remarks to those made recently by U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).

Lewis said over the weekend that GOP ticket was "sowing the seeds of hatred and division" at its rallies. Lewis compared McCain to the segregationist Alabama governor George Wallace, and through Wallace to the 1963 church bombing in Birmingham that killed four girls.

Frederick told a group of GOP volunteers in Prince William County on Saturday that Obama can be compared to bin Laden because "they both have friends that bombed the Pentagon," a reference to Obama's past association with Bill Ayers.

In his interview with host Jimmy Barrett, McCain said he's already denounced Frederick's statements but said Obama has yet to speak out against Lewis's.

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Obama needs to be aggressive tonight and NOT just sit on his "lead" -- because there may be no lead at all by Election Day.

Today's Politico lead story indicates that the Rev. Wright issue will be resurrected in McCain TV advertising... alongside of Rezko, Ayers and ACORN.

If McCain goes the "guilt by association" route, Obama should bring up the Alaska Independence Party; Todd Palin's membership in a group that advocates seccession from the U.S.; its founder's anti-American statements; and ask the question:

"Is your running mate Sarah Palin palling around with someone who pals around with enemies of the state?

If Obama lays back, he could see his lead diminish as the "fear factor" takes hold -- as it always seems to do in the waning days of recent presidential campaigns.


What if McCain's real strategy is aimed NOT at voters, but at the apparachik?


Posted by: scrivener50 | October 15, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin pal'n around with pals of Saddam!

click below:

McCain Transition Chief Aided Saddam In Lobbying Effort

Talk about the pot calling the kettle bla...WELL, you know what I mean.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 15, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

McCain's sleazemeisters now the bet waqy to keep a sleaze story alive is to let it float until it is fading, then send Captain America out to repudiate it...there's another cycle of coverage, and McCain looks more `Rushmore' than before.
But, it isn't working. McCain already has the hee-haw vote. They can only vote once.
Not even Gidget is maintaining her luster. Is it time to roll out First Dude for a fresh campaign look?

Posted by: jmf3210 | October 15, 2008 7:08 AM | Report abuse

John McCain has Hank Williams preform at his rally, Foul language and vulgar lyrics makes people boo and leave. watch clip.

Watch the debate tonight, then participate in a national poll, on the issues, at

Posted by: pastor123 | October 15, 2008 5:16 AM | Report abuse

See the winner of best Sarah Palin Impersonator

Want to see what Happens when MTV hosts the debate.

Posted by: pastor123 | October 15, 2008 4:45 AM | Report abuse

The McCain camp continues to blow me away. McCain is demonstrating, once again, his inability to learn from the lessons of history. Note to (some)Republicans (my apologies to all of the honorable ones whos party is raking itself through the muck): racism is real and we have a history of racial violence in this country. Linking someone to terrorism is a DANGEROUS game. It's all fun and games until you are complacent in a tragedy. No matter how much Republicans like to believe that racism is solely something perpetrated by minorities against "good, Christian white folk" our past does not bear this out. Stop treating it like it's a joke--go with whatever inspires the most fear and loathing, who cares if it's true?

Posted by: nomorehate | October 14, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

This is a dangerous time for America. The dirty tricks that Obama's campaign has pulled on Hillary and McCain is beyond the pale. They make Dirty Dick look like a saint!

Although linking the Big O to the small o may be a stretch, it's imperative that we address his past associations with dubious and subversive elements. It is a well known fact that "when you sleep with dogs, you pick up fleas" and the maxim "a man is known by the company he keeps" certainly applies in Obama's case!

I'm still not convinced that any greenhorn politician can raise that kind of money without "outside" help. That's where the danger lies, if Obama does turn out to be a proxy "Manchurian candidate" for "non-American" interests. Something just doesn't jive!

The way the polls and the lib. media, especially the NY Times, CNN, MSNBC and Huff. are in the tank for Obama only lends credence to my legitimate suspicion that Mr. Money-bags has bought them over!

Finally, the racialist 95 to 96% African American support will surely invite a backlash on Nov.4th!

Posted by: frankinlaw | October 14, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

McCain's Transition Adviser lobbied for Saddam Hussein.

Check it out:

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 14, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

"Kill him" was shouted again at McCain rally in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.

Boy, those angry McCain supporters need to attend some anger management classes and get some serious medications -- along with John McCain.

Read the Scranton Times newspaper story on the latest disgusting outburst at:

Posted by: mykolas1 | October 14, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin pal'n around with pals of Saddam!!!

McCain's Own Terrorist Connection

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 14, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Their just mavricking around they don't mean it.............

Posted by: zubree | October 14, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Are we at the point where the secret service will start stepping in when stuff like this happens? McCain's campaign has repeatedly shown they're willing to let statements like this stand with no action, so somebody is going to have to do something.

These hateful Republicans were out there all along, but they've now been given a voice and some encouragement to spew their bile by McCain and Side Show Barbie. It only takes a few of them to incite more on-the-fence folks to grab their own pitchforks.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 14, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Probably a good idea to step away from that remark...

Posted by: parkerfl1 | October 14, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

When it comes to 'Change' this election year, are you hoping for a Presidential candidate who would make...

Big Changes
Some Changes
Little Changes
No Changes


Posted by: usadblake | October 14, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Mr McCain is a decent person, however misguided his policies may be. He suffers from the fact that there are many people in authority positions in this party who got there precisely because they are not people like John McCain.

The Republican Party has need a thumping since 2004 when it was apparent that all decency had left power in that party. I am sorry that John McCain has to be the recipient of this beating but the party needs a total realignment which an Obama victory will encourage.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 14, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Is "tit for tat" the best John McCain can answer with? This is a man with a quarter century of political savvy and answering in such a way reveals just how shallow a person he has become. This is not discourse, rather a tired lazy mind unable to engage. McCain's entire campaign, reorganized three times, shows the same level of shallow thinking and organizational skill. The good news is the contrast between Barack Obama and John McCain could not be more clearly understood.

Posted by: louismraskin | October 14, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I am still awaiting Barack Obama to denounce the racilly divisive comments made by Representative John Lewis (D-Ga) comparing John McCain to George Wallace.
Posted by: mwhoke | October 14, 2008 6:23 PM

Sen Obama has given a very reasoned response to Lewis's statement which puts it all into historical perspective. You have to be less demanding and remember that Mr Obama is a man of superior intelligence and takes nuanced positions both of which will leave you totally dissatisfied.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 14, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

The Hate Talk Express Is Up and Running...AGAIN!

Hey McCain! When your campaign has chosen a running mate (Palin) whose pals back home in Alaska are racist, anti-government far right-wing extremists, it's no surprise what sort of dangerous fanatics will continue to show up at her rallies:

"Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, made her first Scranton appearance today at Riverfront Sports Complex. She took the stage joined by her husband Todd and country singer Lee Greenwood. Gov. Palin spoke to a standing-room-only crowd for just over 30 minutes."

1:25 p.m.

"[Congressional candidate] Chris Hackett addressed the increasingly feisty crowd as they await the arrival of Gov. Palin."

"Each time the Republican candidate for the seat in the 10th Congressional District mentioned Barack Obama the crowd booed loudly."

"One man screamed "kill him!"

"Supporters have been noted shouting "kill him," "terrorist," "off with his head" and other equally incendiary terms about Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Others have directly suggested Mr. Obama is a Muslim, which he is not, or a traitor. Some comments even drew rebuke from Republican presidential nominee John McCain."

And, just yesterday, at a rally in Virginia Beach, one of your supporters shouted "Obama bin Laden" (it's at 1:07 in the video):

If you (McCain) have any honor and feel that your country deserves better, John McCain, please end this crap. Now!

Posted by: DrainYou | October 14, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

I have read the remarks by Lewis, and unless he was misquoted in all national outlets, he did not compare McCain to Wallace. He compared the inflammatory and inciting remarks made recently to the atmosphere that was present in the 60's surrounding Wallace. I am sad to say that he is right. But the real disappointment is not in the few on the fringe that make such statements, but on the acceptance and apathy displayed by all of the good people that were there. Was there even one who stood up and challenged those remarks ? Leadership starts at the top. John, where were were you ? Sarah, where were you ? Good citizens who know better, where were you ? Helping to right a wrong is a choice. Doing nothing is also a choice. I am thankful that I have never had any difficulty in deciding which choice is the right one. John, Sarah, what about you ?

Posted by: southernvet | October 14, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Whenever John McCain becomes aware of anyone connected with the Republican party making even a possible divisive comment he immediately denounces same.

I am still awaiting Barack Obama to denounce the comment made last month when Howard Dean stated that the Republican party is the party of white people.

I am still awaiting Barack Obama to denounce the racially divisive comments made by Representative Acee Hastings (D-Fl) about Sarah Palin.

I am still awaiting Barack Obama to denounce the racilly divisive comments made by Representative John Lewis (D-Ga) comparing John McCain to George Wallace.

I am still awaiting the NY Times or MSNBC to denounce the above and demand that Barack Obama rein in his surrogates.

The media and the Democrats have a double standard this year and the American people are not happy.

Posted by: mwhoke | October 14, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

With Howard Stern going around asking questions of Obama supporters, and Sarah Palin going around being herself, it's a toss-up over whose supporters look more stupid.

So many misinformed on both sides. I hope the debate really is one, but am losing hope for that.

Posted by: karwash | October 14, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Every time McCain or Palin asks, "Who is barack Obama?" we have to laugh. "I don't know, but he left a silver bullet." ...............

Posted by: glclark4750 | October 14, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

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