Weekly Standard Blog: McCain Goes There

Weekly Standard Blog

McCain Goes There

In response to a broad question about how Barack Obama “got here” — presumably got his lead — John McCain didn’t name Bill Ayers but spoke of him directly. McCain said “We don’t care about an old washed up terrorist and his wife” who said earlier this decade that he wished they were more successful. (Several in the crowd chanted: “Yes we do!”)

McCain noted that Obama had referred to Ayers as “just a guy in his neighborhood,” and said “we know that’s not true. We need to know the full extent of that relationship to know whether he’s telling the truth to the American public.”

Sarah Palin, following up, took a shot at the media. “Mainstream media isn’t already asking all these questions, you guys have to help us….When will the questions be asked and when will we get answers?!”

UPDATE: The next question came from a black McCain supporter, who reminded McCain of the candidate’s plea at the convention for his supporters to do everything possible to ensure a victory. The supporter said: “I doubt that anyone has taken, pardon me, the ass-whoopin’ I have taken for doing that.” He then implored McCain to go after Barack Obama at the next debate and asked him to raise ACORN and Reverend Wright. “I am begging you, sir,” he said, as the crowd stood and applauded.

“Yes, I’ll do that,” McCain responded, before promising to offer “a positive plan for America’s economy.”

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