Cunningham Comments Draw McCain Repudiation
February 27, 2008 at 5:30 AM (PT)
Republican presidential candidate JOHN MCCAIN is disavowing comments made about Democrat BARACK OBAMA at a campaign appearance by CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WLW-A/CINCINNATI host and PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS weekender BILL CUNNINGHAM.
"WILLIE," in warming up the crowd at a CINCINNATI rally, called OBAMA "a hack, CHICAGO-style DALEY politician who is picturing himself as change. When he gets done with you, all you're going to have in your pocket is change." CUMMINGHAM said that the media would at some point "peel the bark off BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA" and talk about OBAMA's relationship with TONY REZKO, the indicted fundraiser.
MCCAIN apologized for CUNNINGHAM's remarks and said, "I did not know about these remarks, but I take responsibility for them. I repudiate them. My entire campaign I have treated Sen. OBAMA and Sen. CLINTON with respect. I will continue to do that throughout this campaign." He said that he did not hear the comments and does not know CUNNINGHAM. For his part, CUNNINGHAM, complaining that MCCAIN "threw me under the bus to the national media," said that he would endorse HILLARY CLINTON.
See CUNNINGHAM's remarks here.