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Graham: McCain should return to 'honor'



Bob Graham, the former Florida governor and U.S. senator, says he considers his old friend Sen. John McCain a man of honor but that you might not know it from his campaign lately.

Graham, a Democrat who is supporting Sen. Barack Obama for president, cited as one example the recent complaints by the McCain campaign that Obama was referring to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, McCain's running mate, when he referred to some McCain policies as putting "lipstick on a pig.", a project of the St. Petersburg Times and CQ, and other media outlets have found that the McCain team's umbrage about the lipstick line was so out of line, and took Obama's comments so far out of context, as to constitute political hogwash. (You can view PolitiFact's take here).

"That sort of stuff is not the kind of remark for a presidential candidate or a presidential campaign," Graham said, "and I'm hopeful that Sen. McCain will revert to what I think is legitimately defined ... as a life of honor and valor and he will carry those values through his presidential campaign, and by doing so maintain the good feelings that he he has with many Americans, including those who are not going to vote for him."

McCain and Palin have also been dinged for an advertisement accusing Obama of supporting sex ed for kindergarteners and continued assertions that Palin opposed the Bridge to Nowhere, when in fact she initially supported it.

The Buzz asked Graham about Team McCain's spate of discredited statements during a conference call held to kick off off a "Veterans for Obama" tour in Florida today.


[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 8:47am]


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