Rick Davis plays POW card to defend hate speech
Fox’s Chris Wallace talked to Barack Obama’s chief strategist David Axelrod and John McCain’s campaign manager Rick Davis. Davis brought up John McCain’s prisoner of war status when Chris Wallace asked him to respond to some of the hate speech used at McCain and Palin political rallies.
WALLACE: Rick Davis, let me bring you in. It is a fact as has been reported by reporters at these rallies that some people in the crowds, not the majority, but some people in the crowds have been saying “terrorist,” “kill him,” “off with his head.” Do Palin and McCain bear some responsibility for in their ads and campaign stumps calling Obama a liar who pals around with terrorists?
DAVIS: Look, Chris, I think we have to take this very seriously. And the kind of comments made by Congressman Lewis, a big Obama supporter, are reprehensible. The idea that you’re going to compare John McCain to the kinds of hate spread in the ’60s by somebody like George Wallace is outrageous. Where was John McCain when George Wallace was spreading his hate and segregationist policies at that time? We was in a Vietnam prison camp serving his country with his civil rights also denied. Nobody knows sacrifice like John McCain does. And the idea that Barack Obama did not address this issue directly, had his campaign walk out with a half baked statement that didn’t even address the comments made by Lewis as related to John McCain, Barack Obama should apologize to John McCain directly for the kinds of comments made by Joe Lewis — John Lewis yesterday and that should be the end of this sordid affair.
This video is from Fox’s Fox News Sunday, broadcast October 12, 2008.