Campaigning today in Cincinnati, John McCain quickly disavowed remarks by one of his introducers, conservative radio host Bill Cunningham, who made a point of repeatedly referring to Barack Obama using his middle name, Hussein, a clear attempt to raise fears about his lineage and allegiances. Cunningham said the media would eventually "peel the bark off Barack Hussein Obama." He also called Obama "a hack, Chicago-style Daley politician."
"I apologize for it," McCain told reporters, before he was even asked about Cunningham's remarks, according to the Associated Press. "I did not know about these remarks, but I take responsibility for them. I repudiate them."
He added, "My entire campaign I have treated Senator Obama and Senator Clinton with respect. I will continue to do that throughout this campaign." (NBC News has an account of the event here.)
Obama's campaign swiftly praised McCain's comments. Spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement: "We appreciate Senator McCain’s remarks. It is a sign that if there is a McCain-Obama general election, it can be intensely competitive but the candidates will attempt to keep it respectful and focused on issues."