“How do we beat the b—-?”

By Jennifer Parker

Nov 14, 2007 9:27am

That was the question posed to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the other night in South Carolina.

An older woman stood and asked him, "how do we beat the bitch?"

Groans and applause followed. (Watch it HERE).

"May I give the translation?" McCain asked.

"I thought she was talking about my ex-wife," joked a man in the audience.

"But that’s an excellent question," McCain said. "You might know that there was a poll yesterday, a Rasmussen poll, identified, that shows me three points ahead of Senator Clinton in a head-to-head matchup."

Applause.

"I respect Senator Clinton, I respect anyone who gets the nomination of the Democrat party," McCain continued.

On CNN, Rick Sanchez was offended by McCain’s response.

"’That’s an excellent question,’ he says," Sanchez said, outraged. "This is a fellow senator he’s talking about, no matter what you think of Hillary Clinton."

McCain’s South Carolina campaign manager Buzz Jacobs this morning tried to turn it around on Sanchez.

"It is disappointing that Mr. Sanchez would choose to engage in sensationalism in the hopes of generating a story," Jacobs said.

"It not only reflects poorly on him, but on CNN. If Mr. Sanchez had even the faintest perspective on the race for the White House, he would know that Senator McCain has expressed his utmost respect for Senator Clinton numerous times on the campaign trail as he did at Monday’s event in Hilton Head."

What do you think of it all?

– jt

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