October 6th, 2008
08:27 PM ET

Judgment, character and experience

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/06/art.florida.palin.waves.jpg]Steve Brusk
Political Desk Senior Editor

Two moments from the John McCain rally in Albuquerque, and the Sarah Palin rally in Estero, FL that demonstrate some of the emotions on the trail this week.

In Albuquerque, CNN's Tasha Diakides notes that as McCain said, “All people want to know is: What has this man ever actually accomplished in government? What does he plan for America? In short: Who is the real Barack Obama”, someone in the crowd yelled “Terrorist.”

In Estero, a local sheriff was addressing the crowd before Sarah Palin entered the room. Sheriff Mike Scott of Lee County, FL said, “On November 4th, let’s leave Barack Hussein Obama wondering what happened.” As the crowd cheered, he gave a forceful salute.

Moments earlier, Lee said, “We have an opportunity to put a tag team in the White House whose loyalty, allegiance and honor in this country, and record of service, have never been questioned.”

In March, McCain rebuked a conservative radio talk show host in Cincinnati when Bill Cunningham repeatedly referred to Barack Hussein Obama while warming up the crowd at a McCain rally, before McCain was on stage.

And from Palin spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt:

Please see our campaign’s response regarding Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott’s comment at today’s rally in Ft. Myers, FL with Governor Palin:

"We do not condone this inappropriate rhetoric which distracts from the real questions of judgment, character, and experience that voters will base their decisions on this November."


Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain speaks at a rally on the campus of the University of New Mexico today in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. Mary

    When dirty tactics was played like this in 1963, it cost Robert Kennedy his life, because he wanted to treat blacks an a human race, and with respect, and then his brother Bobby Kennedy his Life. Racism in this world still runs deep in the heads of many people. It was as though Sarah Palin was to young to know about the assignation of the Kennedy's (but she didn't care). In an attempt to secure a Vote, she has possibly placed a mans life in Danger. So has McCain, when he asked "Who is Obama" a man yelled "Terrorist". If any attempt is made on Obama's life John McCain and Sarah Palin should be charged for exciting this imagine of unsubstantiated, bias, and racism in people to be elected. If they would say things that are unproven now, what would they do when asked questions from congress. Yes, they both show they would "Lie". Is this what you want in the White House Ruing the American Image even more.

    October 7, 2008 at 4:07 am |
  2. J.V.Hodgson

    I said it before I'll say it again Mavericks have a chacteristic of saying one thing and doing another.
    E.G. They close thier campaign to deal with an Economic crisis and within a week "turn the page on the economy" because they have lost the argument and revert to the old style of Republican campaigning, none of which is remotely relevant to fixing the problems America faces.
    If Americans God bless 'em fall for this again, then hear this
    1) Ok first time I got it wrong this is forgivable.
    2) Second time, ooops I made the same mistake, do not try that on me again.
    3) Third time, Whoa, go away, I am not listening anymore Bye bye.
    Maybe we are not the brightest people in the world, but you cannot fool even me all of the time.
    The debate tomorrow will be an eye opener, as turning the page on the Economy is a big boo boo before Mccain starts, thats where most audience questions will focus.

    October 7, 2008 at 3:54 am |
  3. Brenda Hilger

    When is the American public going to stop being spoonfed anything heard in the mainstream media. And believe it without research or any simple investigation. The arrogance keeps us in a state of flux with disbelief. We tend to believe anything we read or hear or is said to us long as people in positions of power are available to say Amen to these things. As if these people don't lie or misunderstand and or mislead.

    October 7, 2008 at 3:46 am |
  4. Brenda Hilger

    I am an African American woman who raised three children during several years of being single. I am a professional, came from very poor curcumstances and live a very middle class life now. How (If) I am supposed to recognize Joe Six Pack. Is he making judgement calls while drinking that much alcohol. I need someone to describe him to me so I make no mistake in identifying him.

    October 7, 2008 at 3:35 am |
  5. Timothy

    Cnn you need to ask Sarah Palin and her husband about thier relationship with terrorist from her state Alaska Mccain/Palin is not what this country need!!! Telling lies and show thier supporters how to hate!!! Mccain/Palin give this country a bad name!!!!! Please don.nt vote Mccain/ Palin Bad, Bad for our Country!!!!!

    October 7, 2008 at 3:13 am |
  6. Eric J

    I know that future president Obama said to leave family out of it, but... Sarah Palin couldn't even raise her daughter in Alaska. How many people are there in Alaska, like 10 or 15? If she can't raise her own kids correctly then how can she say that she is ready to run this country. I realize that teen pregnacy seems to be the going thing these days, but one would thing that the family of the potential Vise President of the United States of America would be held to a higher standard.

    October 7, 2008 at 3:08 am |
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