McCain Booed for Defending Obama

Candidate praises, then slams rival at ugly GOP rally
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2008 7:51 AM CDT
John McCain takes back the microphone from a womam who said she read about Barack Obama and " he was an Arab" during a question time a rally yesterday.   (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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(Newser) – A raucous Republican rally didn't take kindly to John McCain's defense of Barack Obama yesterday, the New York Times reports. The crowd jeered when McCain said his rival was not someone "to be scared of as president" in response to concerns expressed by a member of his audience. But McCain's defense of Obama was quickly followed by a fresh assault linking the candidate to a political "radical."

McCain also called the candidate a "decent person and family man." He has been criticized for an increasingly ugly atmosphere at recent GOP rallies, with supporters overheard shouting "kill him" at the mention of Obama's name. McCain's campaign has lurched from message to message, style to style as the candidate slips in polls.