Justin touched on this story. Let me expoundâ€¦
“I did not know about these remarks, but I take responsibility for them. I repudiate them. My entire campaign I have treated Senator Obama and Senator Clinton with respect. I will continue to do that throughout this campaign.”
That was John McCain yesterday, apologizing for remarks made by talk show host Bill Cunningham at a McCain rally. Cunningham repeatedly referred to Barack Obama as Barack Hussein Obama and called the Illinois senator a Chicago-style hack.
McCain added that he did not think it was appropriate to use Senator Obamaâ€™s middle name in such situations.
He may not make sweeping speeches about unity or dazzle us with his promises to change the attitudes of Washington, but McCain is a man who has walked the bipartisan walk for many years. No, he hasnâ€™t always been 100% civil but he fundamentally understands what it really takes and what it really means to respect your opponents and work with them rather than against them.
McCain didnâ€™t have to speak out so harshly against his own supporter. He wasnâ€™t even at the event and could have disavowed all knowledge and taken no responsibility. But he didnâ€™t. And I think the shows, yet again, Obama isnâ€™t the only candidate in this race who represents change.
This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 and is filed under McCain, Smart Things Said By Smart People. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.