On a campaign stop in Englewood, Colorado on Saturday Gov. Sarah Palin slammed Sen. Barack Obama`s political relationship with a former anti-war radical, accusing him of associating "with terrorists who targeted their own country."
Gov. Palin`s attacks follow after the announcement by the McCain campaign that it would step up attacks on the Democratic candidate. With only a month to go before Election Day, both campaigns are struggling to combat one another. Neither will let up until Election Day finally arrives.
In her comments, Gov. Palin accused Sen. Obama of having a close relationship with terrorists, claiming at a fund-raising even in Colorado, "We see America as the greatest force for good in this world ?Our opponent though, is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect that he`s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country." Later, at a campaign stop in Carson, California she made similar remarks.
Gov. Palin cited an article in Saturday`s New York Times about Obama`s relationship with Bill Ayers, now 63, a founder of the radical Weather Underground, which was involved in several bombings in the early 1970s, including the Pentagon and the Capitol, and the two have met several times since Obama`s 1995 campaign for a state Senate seat.
But that article concluded by claiming, "the two men do not appear to have been close. Nor has Mr. Obama ever expressed sympathy for the radical views and actions of Mr. Ayers, whom he has called `somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8.` "
Riot and bomb conspiracy charges against Ayers were dropped in 1974, and he is now a professor of education at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
Obama campaign spokesman Hari Sevugan called Palin`s comments "offensive" and "not surprising given the McCain campaign`s statement Saturday morning that they would be launching Swift Boat-like attacks in hopes of deflecting attention from the nation`s economic ills."
With Sen. Obama rising in polls while the country tries to grapple with the financial crisis, Sen. John McCain`s presidential campaign is attempting to shift attention away from the ailing economy and onto issues of his opponent`s character, his decision-making and his personal ties to associations.
McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers told CNN, "We are coming up on 30 days until the election, and there are a lot of unanswered questions about Sen. Obama`s judgment."
In their second of three debates, scheduled for Tuesday, October 7, 2008 both candidates will be taking questions directly from voters in a town hall-style format. Maybe then will we see McCain unleash his so-called "maverick" attitude? Until then, we`ll have to wait and see if McCain`s new political tactics will work.
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