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Va. GOP Won't Use Obama's Middle Name

Tim Craig

The Republican Party of Virginia said today it would follow the lead of the party's likely presidential nominee, John McCain, by not using Sen. Barack Obama's middle name in fundraising appeals or other campaign literature.

Earlier this month, the state party sent out a fundraising letter that called the Illinois senator "Barack Hussein Obama."

But Josh Noland, spokesman for the Virginia Republican Party, said today Virginia Republicans now plan to "stick to the issues." Obama is competing with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The decision comes amid a controversy in Tennessee after the Tennessee Republican Party sent out a press release mentioning Obama's middle name. On Tuesday, McCain denounced GOP efforts to promote Obama's middle name.

"Any comment that is disparaging of either Senator Clinton or Senator Obama is totally inappropriate," McCain said.

After initially defending the decision, Tennessee GOP officials removed mentions of Obama's middle name from the state party website.

Looking ahead to a possible McCain-Obama campaign, Noland said Virginia Republicans "will just use Barack Obama" but he added, "if you look at the record of the two candidates, or lack there of, there will be plenty of opportunities for Senator McCain to show Americans he is the best American to be commander in chief."

By Tim Craig  |  February 28, 2008; 11:39 AM ET
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The parties are finally getting in touch with the peoples' sensibilities. The citizens want issues, records, adult conversations and positive campaigns to judge the best candidates.

If you want disparagement and infantile name-calling check out the so called "not larry sabato" blog.

Posted by: Touch of Class | February 28, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Still have not figured out whats wrong with using Obama's middle name. Why is it disparaging to use Barack Hussain Obama. Is Hussain a dirty word or something? Why should someone not be proud to use their full name.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 29, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Anonymous, just curious, when referring to President Nixon do you personally always say Richard Milhous Nixon, or just Richard Nixon? Of for President Reagan, do you say Ronald Wilson Reagan, or just Ronald Reagan?

Come to think if it, I don't think that I've ever heard of President Bush being referred to as George Walker Bush, by anybody.

Were these men ashamed of their middle names?

Posted by: NoVA | February 29, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

So we'll just call him BO?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 3, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

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