McCain defends Obama to booing supporters
Character attacks on Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama have become virulent enough that even his Republican opponent John McCain is suffering from them.
McCain faced a booing crowd Friday for rebuking a man who said he would be "scared... to bring a child up" if Obama was elected president, Agence France Presse reported.
"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," McCain said.
Rallies for the McCain/Palin campaign became increasingly inflammatory as audience members shout "terrorist," "liar" and even "kill him" when Obama is mentioned.
The outrage against the Democratic candidate is not restricted to GOP rallies, either.
At last night's senate debate in Georgia, a woman shouted "bomb Obama," MSNBC's Countdown reported.
McCain's defense of Obama is a stark contrast from the attack ads that have become the focus of his campaign. The campaign has worked to tie Obama with 1960s radical Bill Ayers and the group ACORN, Boston.com's Sasha Issenberg reported.
The Republican candidate is trying to distance himself from those character attacks as reports come in of his supporters making violent threats against Obama.
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