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McCain campaign accuses Obama of playing race card.

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The latest explosive injection of race into the presidential race came Thursday, when McCain Campaign Manager Rick Davis said "Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck. It's divisive, negative, shameful and wrong."

Presumptive GOP nominee Sen. John McCain (R-Az.)--who campaigned in Racine, Wisc. on Thursday was asked by CNN's John King if Davis was making a fair criticism about Obama playing the race card. "It is," said McCain. "I'm sorry to say that it is. it's legitimate."


Obama campaign manager David Plouffe in a conference call with Susan Eisenhower said McCain will find this strategy counter productive.

"In fact, today -- he, himself, today in Wisconsin, kind of went into "a ravine in Racine" when he said he was proud of this ad. Said it was an ad about substance. And we can most assuredly tell you that voters around the country do not think there's anything substantive about this latest ad; do not think it's something that John McCain should be proud of. And, ultimately, I think it's something that's going to harm their campaign in the long-run.

What got this going: Obama, campaigning in Union, Missouri said:

"John McCain and the Republicans, they don't have any new ideas, that's why they're spending all their time talking about me. I mean, you haven't heard a positive thing out of that campaign in a month. All they do is try to run me down, and you know, you know this in your own life, right? If somebody doesn't have anything nice to say about anybody, that means they've got some problems of their own.

So they know they've got no new ideas, they know they're dredging up all the stale, old stuff they've been peddling for the last eight, ten years. But since they don't have any new ideas the only strategy they've got in this election is to try to scare you about me.

They're going to try to say that I'm a risky guy, they're going to try to say, 'Well, you know, he's got a funny name, and he doesn't look like all the presidents on the dollar bills and the five dollar bills,' and they're going to send out nasty e -mails. And the latest one they got me in an ad with Paris Hilton. You know, never met the woman. But, you know, what they're going to try to argue is that somehow I'm too risky. You know, basically what they're saying to you is we know we didn't do a real good job, but he's too risky."

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FINALLY! The Elephant in the middle of the Room has been "vocalized"!! Obama said the obvious when he said that he doesn't look like all the presidents on the dollar bills....". Every time I hear or see new "polls" out and everyone looks so puzzled and confused with the fact that Obama is not miles ahead of McCain - what could "possibly" be causing this race to be tight? There are a wide range of reasons given by pundits, journalists, even The Jim Leher News hour - all sorts of guesses. Let's just say it: RACE - the percentage points not making sense stem from RACISM - unfortunately some people in The USA just ARE NOT ABOUT TO VOTE FOR A BLACK MAN! There - now we've named the elephant in the middle of the room! The "scare/fear" tactics used by McCain and his campaign are "saying" everything BUT "Race" - or you can't trust a Black man to be the Leader no matter how much the rest of the world doesn't seem to let it get in the way! Obama was "saying" again (speech on Race..in Philadelphia)that "RACE" is an issue here that has got to be addressed - we must engage in dialogue about this huge elephant in the middle of our country!!! Good for you Obama! I'll be happy to donate to your campaign now - the smear and fear ads that McCain has been running MUST BE STOPPED!!! Let's get "Real" - Let's admit why Obama isn't way ahead in the polls - He's a Black Man and who know what he'll do!!! I'm a white woman and don't "play the Race Card" but John McCain was playing every other card in the deck, he just didn't have the nerve to play: "Name that Elephant in the Middle of this Presidential Race Game". No, but Obama had the nerve "again" - he's not hiding the truth. So who can we trust? Obama who's saying the "Truth" in this game or McCain who's afraid of losing the game by saying the "Truth" in this game. (As McCain would say, "Let the American people decide" !!! Duh!)

Obama did use his race card All by himself.

I think Obama needs more than a vacation. He needs a permanent vacation from Politics.

He is more Suited to be a Super Star.

Obama and his campaign exploited 'political correctness' by accusing anybody who disagreed with him of being a racist ... while still reserving the right for Obama and his supporters to act like racists themselves whenever it served them. This kept Hillary, the media, and other opponents from fighting back, for fear of being labeled a racist. John McCain however is not allowing Obama to push him around in this way, so congratulations Senator McCain, for having the guts to stand up to Obama's racism ... and for standing up to Obama's falsely accusing others of being a racist.

YOU GUYS CAN FLIP-FLOP ALL YOU WANT, MCCAIN WAS
WRONG TO SHOW OBAMA IN BERLIN AND THEN HILTON
AND SPEARS IN THE VIDEO!
THAT WAS FEAR-MONGERING AT ITS BEST!
WHEN A MAN IS JEALOUS OF ANOTHER MAN, HE HAS A
PROBLEM!
ALL OF YOU WHO DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT THE VIDEO
WAS RACIST, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM TOO, BECAUSE IF
OBAMA SAYS HE DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THE OTHER
PRESIDENT'S AND YOU CONSIDER THAT TO BE PLAYING
THE RACE CARD, YOU ARE JUST FOR MCCAIN AND YOU
DON'T WANT TO SEE THE TRUTH!
BUT BELIEVE YOU ME, THOSE AWFUL GUYS WHO HELP
PUT THAT AD OUT, THEY KNEW WHAT IT WOULD DO,
THEY ARE ACTING LIKE KARL ROVE CLONES, AND THAT
GUY IS GOING TO END UP IN PRISON!

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