Schultz Comments Create Campaign Controversy
April 7, 2008 at 5:26 AM (PT)
JONES RADIO NETWORKS' ED SCHULTZ set off a firestorm of controversy FRIDAY by calling Republican presidential candidate JOHN MCCAIN a "warmonger" while warming up a fundraiser for Democratic candidate BARACK OBAMA at the NORTH DAKOTA DEMOCRATIC PARTY's convention in GRAND FORKS, ND.
OBAMA's campaign issued a statement SATURDAY from spokeswoman JEN PSAKI saying, "JOHN MCCAIN is not a warmonger and should not be described as such. He’s a supporter of a war that Senator OBAMA believes should have never been authorized and never been waged." After initially saying that he hoped OBAMA would personally condemn SCHULTZ' comments, MCCAIN responded that "I think it’s satisfactory, the statement by his campaign and I hope we can keep these things to a minimum,” but voiced disappointment in OBAMA for claiming that MCCAIN wants to wage a 100 year war in IRAQ, saying, "It’s contradictory to his statements about the kind of campaign he would run."
For his part, SCHULTZ is not backing down from his comments, telling CNN's JOHN ROBERTS MONDAY morning that "I'm sorry, JOHN, the label sticks. JOHN MCCAIN is a warmonger."
In a similar situation, MCCAIN immediately denounced WLW-A/CINCINNATI host BILL CUNNINGHAM's comments calling OBAMA by his middle name HUSSEIN at an OHIO event.