the war of words

  • October 6, 2008 - 9:24 PM


What the campaigns of Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama were saying about each other on Monday:

John McCain, at a rally in Albuquerque, N.M.: "All people want to know is, what has this man ever actually accomplished in government? What does he plan for America? In short, who is the real Barack Obama?"

McCain, at the same rally: "I don't need lessons about telling the truth to the American people. And were I ever to need any improvement in that regard, I probably wouldn't seek advice from a Chicago politician."

Sarah Palin, in Clearwater, Fla.: "Hang on to your hats ... from now until Election Day it may get kind of rough."

Palin, speaking about Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., in an interview with New York Times columnist William Kristol: "I don't know why that association isn't discussed more, because those were appalling things that that pastor had said about our great country."

Barack Obama, in Asheville, N.C.: "The notion that we would want to brush that [the economic crisis] aside and engage in the usual political shenanigans and smear tactics that have come to characterize too many political campaigns is not what the American people are looking for."

Obama, in a radio interview: "If Senator McCain wants to have a character debate, I am happy to have that debate."

David Plouffe, Obama's campaign manager, in an e-mail to supporters, referring to the Keating Five savings and loan scandal of the late 1980s: "The McCain campaign has tried to avoid talking about the scandal, but with so many parallels to the current [economic] crisis, McCain's Keating history is relevant and voters deserve to know the facts and see for themselves the pattern of poor judgment by John McCain."

Obama TV ad: "... John McCain? Erratic in a crisis. Out of touch on the economy. No wonder his campaign wants to change the subject."


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