Barack Obama's campaign is slamming Republican rival John McCain today for not disavowing a new anti-Obama book.
Obama and Democrats have launched an aggressive counteroffensive against Jerome Corsi's "Obama Nation," saying the book that will be atop the new New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list on Sunday is full of lies and innuendos.
The Associated Press reports that one of its reporters tried to ask McCain for a comment yesterday in Aspen, Colorado, as journalists were being escorted from a brief photo opportunity. McCain smiled and said, "Gotta keep your sense of humor."
Campaign spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said McCain did not hear the question, and the campaign had no comment, the AP says.
Obama campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor said, “The old John McCain used to boast about honorable politics, while the new John McCain finds Roveian smears funny. Honor is not a laughing matter. What does John McCain think is funny about an intolerant smear artist who called Pope John Paul II senile and claims the government lied about 9/11? McCain has said he wants to run an honorable campaign, but his belief that these smears are funny makes people question whether he now approves of the same reprehensible politics used to smear his own character eight years ago.”
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