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Talk Radio Still Buzzing About "That One"

Sen. John McCain's reference to Sen. Barack Obama as "that one" during the presidential debate Tuesday night in Nashville still has people talking.

"There has been a lot of response," said Joe Madison, a District resident and host of the Joe Madison show on 1450 WOL-AM. Madison said for the last two days callers to his morning show have voiced new concerns about McCain.

"People saw his comments as condescending and it has tinges of racism," Madison said. "He not only didn't recognize him as Senator, but not even as an individual, it was almost like he was an inanimate object. It certainly didn't serve McCain well with black or white people."

George Wilson, a veteran broadcaster and host of "GW on the Hill" on Satellite Radio, said, "I was stunned that McCain would use such a phrase. The phrase epitomized his frustration."

But Paul Craney, executive director of the D.C. Republican Party, said, "I think McCain didn't mean anything negative. I think he was in the middle of his speech and was getting passionate. He has made many attempts to be respectful of Senator Obama."

Hamil R. Harris

By Hamil Harris  |  October 10, 2008; 7:30 AM ET
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race  
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I totally agree with Paul Craney - McCain did not mean anything derogatory, racist, mean or negative. McCain has always been very respectful of Obama.

Posted by: terry | October 12, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

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