Cindy McCain Takes Off Her Gloves

By Lindsey Ellerson

Oct 8, 2008 2:43pm

ABC News’ Bret Hovell Reports: Wife of Republican presidential nominee, Cindy McCain, issued by far her harshest attack on Sen. Barack Obama Wednesday at a rally in Bethlehem, PA.

Introducing Gov. Sarah Palin, the vice presidential nominee, Mrs. McCain spoke about having two sons serving on active duty in the military, and mentioned that the Palins have a son serving as well.

“I’m proud of my sons, but let me tell you, the day that Senator Obama decided to cast a vote to not fund my son when he was serving sent a cold chill through my body, let me tell you,” Mrs. McCain said to a chorus of boos from the roughly 7,000 people in attendance. “I would suggest that Senator Obama change shoes with me for just one day, and see what it means, and see what it means to have a loved one serving in the armed forces, and more importantly, serving in harms way.”

Mrs. McCain regularly mentions that she has two sons serving, and one who has served in Iraq. But this was the first time she addressed Obama’s vote on troop funding directly, and she did so with vigor.

“I suggest [Obama] take a day and go watch our fine young men and women deploy, get on those buses and leave with a smile and a charge,” Mrs. McCain said.

Tuesday in Nashville, Mrs. McCain attacked Obama for waging what she called, “the dirtiest campaign in American history,” speaking at a tour of a Children’s Hospital before the second presidential debate.

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