What's In A Middle Name?

 For the second time in three days, a rally for the Republican presidential ticket invoked Democrat Barack Obama

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) -- For the second time in three days, a rally for the Republican presidential ticket invoked Democrat Barack Obama's middle name, Hussein, in an attempt to add to doubts about his background, faith and campaign.

Before John McCain and running mate Sarah Palin arrived at their rally in eastern Pennsylvania, Lehigh County GOP Chairman Bill Platt twice used Obama's middle name. Neither McCain nor Palin referred to Platt's remarks when they spoke, but their campaign quickly issued a statement saying it did not condone "this inappropriate rhetoric."

McCain has called the use of Obama's middle name both improper and inappropriate and once apologized after a supporter warming up a rally used it. Referring to Hussein - a name Obama shares most famously with deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein - is widely viewed as an effort to link Obama to radical Islam even though he is a Christian with no such ties.

Shouts of "socialist," "terrorist" and "liar" from supporters followed McCain's references to Obama at Lehigh University.

In Florida on Monday, a sheriff told voters at a Palin rally: "On Nov. 4, let's leave Barack Hussein Obama wondering what happened."

When a radio talk-show host referred to "Barack Hussein Obama" three times before McCain took the stage at a rally in Cincinnati in February, McCain quickly distanced himself from the remarks. At the time, Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton were competing for the Democratic nomination.

"I did not know about these remarks, but I take responsibility for them. I repudiate them," McCain told reporters after that Ohio rally. "My entire campaign I have treated Sen. Obama and Sen. Clinton with respect. I will continue to do that throughout this campaign."

Yet McCain left it to his campaign to issue an e-mail to reporters to distance the Arizona senator from Platt's remarks Wednesday.

"We do not condone this inappropriate rhetoric which distracts from the real questions of judgment, character and experience that voters will base their decisions on this November," McCain spokesman Paul Lindsay said.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: "Present" on Oct 9, 2008 at 06:23 AM
    The problem is the instilling trust in voters on who this guy really is. Some jumped on the band wagon since the dems picked him over Hillary. OK, but what about his guy with questionable ties to socialist, terroists and crime. That isn't enough to divert some liberals to vote for McCain. You are sheep. Even when Barney Franks is caught red handed along with many other dems, this is OK, even if it costs the nation 800Billion. So, if McCain is elected, puts Guilani as attorney general to investigate this and go after everybody involved, the dems will just sweep the whole thing under the rug like Pelosi and Reid are doing right now. They don't want it touched until after the election. Get it? Does this instill trust in this democrat? No, it just means more of the same with too many surprises coming. Hussein? Muhammed? Whatever, with his associations with his friends, I don't trust him period.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Oct 9, 2008 at 05:56 AM
    His middle name goes to his background. After all, it isn't as if his middle name was Thomas,Steve,or Jim. If it doesn't bother him or any of his supporters then why all the excitement when it gets brought up? Every time someone mentions that his middle name is HUSSEIN, the Left goes nuts. If it really isn't a problem, why do you people get so upset? You see, I think it is a problem and deep down in your souls, you know it is too. You just don't want to admit it. Your hatred for George Bush is over riding good sense. You like to think if you ignore it...it doesn't exist, much the way you are willing to ignore his association with Ayers, Wright, and ACORN. So go ahead, stick your heads in the sand and pretend none of these things exist, it's the Democrat way. Most of you hate George Bush so much that you would probably elect Satan himself just to win.
  • by peggy Location: greenville on Oct 8, 2008 at 09:18 PM
    Wow--talk about desperation. If you can't compete on substance, use name-calling...
  • by Steve Location: Kinston on Oct 8, 2008 at 08:24 PM
    I could care less about his middle name. I am not going to vote for him because he is a tried and true communist leaning liberal who will destroy the American ideals and turn her into a socialistic shell like the idiot Frenchies. "nuff said!
  • by Editor on Oct 8, 2008 at 08:19 PM
    Honestly WITN. Read your poll. This is seriously getting old and I'm just about ready to find somewhere else to read the local news.
  • by Joseph Location: Kinston on Oct 8, 2008 at 07:12 PM
    OK! I will just call him Barack INSANE Obama. enough said?
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Oct 8, 2008 at 05:50 PM
    WITN Obama is tied to the radical muslims, more specifically the radical muslims in Nairobi, Kenya. It is coming out next Monday. However, I feel confident that the media will not cover this and it will be swept under the rug. Lastly, no real Christian would go to a church that had pastor like Rev. Wright.
  • by Blog Refuter Location: NC on Oct 8, 2008 at 05:10 PM
    I haven't heard Obama complaining about his middle name, but no one would enjoy someone repetitively saying any of their names in a ridiculing manner. In my opinion, that kind of behavior just shows someone's lack of maturity. And Ted, I know you have a little more sense than what your post indicates; at least I hope so. How can Obama run to his mama when she's dead? "Wow", I agree. Wow! People really need to get a life.
  • by mamma for obama on Oct 8, 2008 at 05:09 PM
    you idiots that call obama a terrorist because of his middle name are ignorant people. we don'd give a damn what you think if you all think this is going to stop him from becoming a great leader for out nation. we haven't had one in 8 years....just crooks.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 8, 2008 at 04:28 PM
    Hey, Read the Rules!
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