McCain Continues Khalidi Attack on Larry King Live*

Oct 29, 2008 7:06pm

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., continued to criticize the radical professors with whom Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has associations.

McCain attacked Obama for associating with both William Ayers and Rashid Khalidi on CNN’s "Larry King Live" tonight:

MCCAIN:  Of course we have run ads that point out his record and also point out his associations.  And I still think, you know, we’re watching now, a major newspaper has a tape that apparently has Mr. William Ayers in it.  I don’t know if it does or not.  That’s the allegation.  But that newspaper and their parent, the Tribune Company, and the Obama campaign refuse to release that.  Shouldn’t the American people know about that?  At least they should have full information.

KING:  Speaking of newspapers, there is The L.A. Times.

MCCAIN:  Yes.

KING:  They apparently — your campaign says that they’re suppressing videotape of a 2003 banquet when Barack Obama praised Palestinian activist and scholar Rashid Khalidi.  What is this all — what is this?

MCCAIN:  Why shouldn’t they…

KING:  Why would the paper suppress this?

MCCAIN:  I have no idea.  If they have the tape, they ought to make the American people aware of it, let them see it and make their own judgment.  Frankly, I’ve been in a lot of political campaigns, a whole lot, I’ve never seen anything like this, where a major media outlet has information and a tape of some occasion — maybe it means nothing, maybe it’s just a social event, I don’t know, but why should they not release it? And why shouldn’t the Obama campaign want it released?

- jpt

* UPDATE: I’m told that the allegation is that Ayers was at this dinner for Khalidi as well. So my earlier post that McCain seemed to be confusing Ayers and Khalidi seems mistaken. I’ve corrected it.

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