RNC Warns Tenn. GOP Over 'Hussein' Use

State party used Obama's full name in press release on Israel
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 28, 2008 9:14 AM CST
Local radio talk show host Bill Cunningham speaks to Sen. John McCain supporters before the Republican presidential hopeful's arrival at a campaign event at Memorial Hall Tuesday, Feb 26, 2008, in Cincinnati....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Republican National Committee wagged a finger at the Tennessee party yesterday after it pointedly used the full name “Barack Hussein Obama” in a press release questioning whether an Obama presidency would endanger Israel, Politico reports. The RNC added that if Obama’s Muslim-sounding middle name appears again, the committee will “publicly repudiate” the Tennessee GOP.

The Tennessee party chair insisted that the party has “a duty to inform the Republican base,” and that it is not working for John McCain, who himself apologized for the comment, saying sorry to Obama for the second time in two days. “There will be times in this campaign where people do and say stupid things,” said a McCain spokeswoman.