McCain Offended By "Take No Prisoners" Comment
Republican John McCain slammed his Democratic opponent, Barack Obama, for saying that he’ll "take no prisoners" on Election Day and win by a landslide.
"What kind of sick bastard are you?" McCain, who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for five years said on Monday.
The Arizona senator said Obama was clearly mocking him, and said it showed that he had neither the judgment nor temperament to be president. "Perhaps his good buddy, Willie Ayres, who hates America by the way, put him up to it," McCain told reporters on his Straight Talk Express campaign bus.
Obama’s campaign responded that McCain was desperately trying to make an issue out of nothing.
"If you want to talk about insults," said Obama spokesman Winston Gottlieb , "how about McCain’s remark last week that Senator Obama was ahead by a nose. Clearly a snide reference to his admitted past cocaine use. And later in the day he said there was a crack in Obama’s armor. Code words, for sure."
Gottlieb also criticized McCain for reading the Dr. Suess book "Horton Hears A Who" to a group of Washington school children. "A not-so-subtle way to revisit the Willie Horton issue from the ’88 campaign," said Gottlieb. Horton is a convicted murderer who appeared in commercials critical of Democratic Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis, the 88 presidential nominee, who supported a prison furlough program.
The McCain camp then presented evidence that Obama’s campaign plane screened the in-flight movie "10,000 BC," which may have been a way to remind reporters about McCain’s age.