McCain Draws Line on Attacks as Crowds Cry ‘Fight Back’
By ELISABETH BUMILLER
Published: October 10, 2008
LAKEVILLE, Minn. — After a week of trying to portray Senator Barack Obama as a friend of terrorists who would drive the country into bankruptcy, Senator John McCain abruptly changed his tone on Friday and told voters at a town-hall-style meeting that Mr. Obama was “a decent person” and a “family man” and suggested that he would be an acceptable president should he win the White House. But moments later, Mr. McCain, the Republican nominee, renewed his attacks on Mr. Obama for his association with the 1960s radical William Ayers and told the crowd, “Mr. Obama’s political career was launched in Mr. Ayers’ living room.”
When a man told him he was “scared” of an Obama presidency, Mr. McCain replied, “I want to be president of the United States and obviously I do not want Senator Obama to be, but I have to tell you — I have to tell you — he is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared" of "as president of the United States.” The crowd booed loudly at Mr. McCain’s response. Later, a woman stood up at the meeting, held at Lakeville South High School in a far suburb of Minneapolis, and told Mr. McCain that she could not trust Mr. Obama because he was an “Arab.” Mr. McCain replied: “No, ma’am, he’s a decent family man, citizen who I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues. And that’s what this campaign is all about.” At that, the crowd applauded.
Ontem à noite, no programa de Larry King, Jonah Goldberg parecia próximo da apoplexia, especialmente quando comentava a frase de McCain num comício: "no reason to be scared of him [Obama]being the President of the United States". O establishment republicano, de resto, pelo que ouço nos talk-shows na rádio, prepara-se para culpar McCain pela derrota, nomedamente pelas afirmações de ontem sobre Obama e por não ter votado contra o bailout.
Como vêem, a proximidade aos acontecimentos aumenta exponencialmente a minha imparcialidade...