CONCORD – New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Fergus Cullen released the following statement on Paul Hodes’ personal attacks on John McCain’s war injuries and Joe Biden’s admission that these tactics by the Obama-Biden campaign were “terrible:”
“Even Joe Biden had the decency to admit his campaign made a mistake in attacking John McCain for physical disabilities caused by his war injuries. Will Congressman Paul Hodes have the decency to apologize for his personal insults directed at Senator McCain, or is all their talk about a setting a new tone for politics just rhetoric? I call upon Hodes to publicly apologize immediately for his outrageous comments.”
Obama: McCain avoiding issues
Democrat slams GOP candidate's campaign
By LAUREN R. DORGAN Monitor staff
September 13, 2008
[…] Introducing Obama, Rep. Paul Hodes ripped into McCain.
"John McCain doesn't know how to send e-mail, but he says he's ready to lead this country into the twenty-first century," said Hodes, a Concord Democrat. McCain said this summer that he's learning to go online by himself and doesn't use e-mail. The Obama campaign is highlighting those statements in a new television ad.
Hodes also led a crowd in the unwieldy chant: "Bush-McCain is more of the same"
Interview With CBS' "Evening News"
September 22, 2008
CBS' Katie Couric: "Are you disappointed with the tone of the campaign -- the lipstick on the pig stuff and some of the ads? And you guys haven't been completely guilt-free, making fun of John McCain's inability to use a computer?"
Biden: "I thought that was terrible, by the way."
Couric: "Why'd you do it then?"
Biden: "I didn't know we did it, and if I'd had anything to do with it, we would have never done it. I don't think Barack... you know, I just think that was..."
Couric: "Did Barack Obama approve that ad? He said he did, right?"
Biden: "I don't think anything was intentional about that. They were trying to make another point."
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McCain character loyal to a fault
By Mary Leonard, Boston Globe Staff, 3/4/2000
[…] McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain's severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. Friends marvel at McCain's encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He's an avid fan - Ted Williams is his hero - but he can't raise his arm above his shoulder to throw a baseball.
After Vietnam, McCain had Ann Lawrence, a physical therapist, help him regain flexibility in his leg, which had been frozen in an extended position by a shattered knee. It was the only way he could hope to resume his career as a Navy flier, but Lawrence said the treatment, taken twice a week for six months, was excruciatingly painful.
''He endured it, he wouldn't settle for less,'' said Lawrence, who rejoiced with McCain when he passed the Navy physical. ''I have never seen such toughness and resolve.''