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Obama Camp: McCain’s Ears Ring for Bush

La Crosse, WISC. -- Watching Sen. Barack Obama’s rally here this morning, I noticed that while his surrogates attacked the Republican nominee, Obama largely

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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Oct 01, 2008

La Crosse, WISC. — Watching Sen. Barack Obama’s rally here this morning, I noticed that while his surrogates attacked the Republican nominee, Obama largely avoided the word “McCain.” Direct partisan attacks were totally absent from his address, a bipartisan call for action on the financial system bailout, as others have reported.

McCain’s ears were ringing anyway, or so his campaign claimed, because it quickly complained that Obama was launching personal attacks.

The plane is about to take off for Washington, where this squabbling can surely intensify, but for now here’s how Obama spokesman Bill Burton responded:

While I doubt most voters will care, since economic problems outstrip the blame game, this is a decent bit of rhetorical ju-jitsu.

If McCain takes offense at attacks on Bush’s economic record, argues Obama, it’s a revealing reaction.

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