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Posted on 05/26/2005 10:31:29 AM PDT by American Cabalist
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Please add this one to your Mccain list.
McCain apology angers conservative host
McCain disavows radio host who insulted Obama (no insults, just facts, but McCain DID insult Cunningham, who was supporting him.)
Republican John McCain quickly denounced the comments of a radio talk show host who while warming up a campaign crowd referred repeatedly to Barack Hussein Obama and called the Democratic presidential candidate a hack, Chicago-style politician.
Now we have a hack, Chicago-style Daley politician who is picturing himself as change. When he gets done with you, all youre going to have in your pocket is change, Cunningham said as the audience laughed.
The time will come, Cunningham added, when the liberal-leaning media will peel the bark off Barack Hussein Obama and tell the truth about his relationship with indicted fundraiser Antoin Tony Rezko and how Obama got sweetheart deals in Chicago.
McCain wasnt on stage or, he says, in the building when Cunningham made the comments, but he quickly distanced himself from the radio talk show host after finishing his speech. McCain spoke to a couple hundred people at Memorial Hall in downtown Cincinnati.
I apologize for it, the Arizona senator told reporters, addressing the issue before they had a chance to ask about Cunninghams comments.
I did not know about these remarks, but I take responsibility for them. I repudiate them, he said. My entire campaign I have treated Senator Obama and Senator (Hillary Rodham) Clinton with respect. I will continue to do that throughout this campaign.
McCain called both Democrats honorable Americans and said, I want to dissociate myself with any disparaging remarks that may have been said about them.
Asked whether the use of Obamas middle name the same as former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is proper,
McCain said: No, it is not. Any comment that is disparaging of either Senator Clinton or Senator Obama is totally inappropriate.
McCain said he didnt know who allowed Cunningham to speak but said he was sure it was in coordination with his campaign. He said he didnt hear the comments and has never met Cunningham, but I will certainly make sure that nothing like that happens again.
Later, on his radio show, Cunningham expressed disappointment with McCains apology and said he would endorse Clinton as a result.
Did John McCain repudiate me? When he didnt hear the remarks at all? He just threw me under the bus to the national media, Cunningham said on local radio station WLW.
Cunningham also disputed McCains assertion that the two had never met.[snip]Feb. 27, 2008
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