McCain Camp Re-Thinking Decision to Not Use Rev. Wright as ‘Wedge’ in Attacks on Obama

By Natalie Gewargis

Oct 20, 2008 3:17pm

In an interview with Republican talk radio host Hugh Hewitt last Thursday, Rick Davis, campaign chair of McCain-Palin ’08, said the campaign is re-thinking Sen. John McCain’s earlier decision to not attack Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., on the subject of his controversial former preacher Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

"There is a report in the media, a couple actually, that your campaign is divided over whether or not Jeremiah Wright ought to be an issue in the last three weeks," Hewitt said. "What is the situation? Will Jeremiah Wright be part of the McCain campaign’s appeal to people to consider Barack Obama in the last three weeks?"

"Look, John McCain has told us a long time ago before this campaign ever got started, back in May, I think, that from his perspective, he was not going to have his campaign actively involved in using Jeremiah Wright as a wedge in this campaign," Davis said. "Now since then, I must say, when Congressman Lewis calls John McCain and Sarah Palin and his entire group of supporters, fifty million people strong around this country, that we’re all racists and we should be compared to George Wallace and the kind of horrible segregation and evil and horrible politics that was played at that time, you know, that you’ve got to rethink all these things.

"And so I think we’re in the process of looking at how we’re going to close this campaign," Davis continued. "We’ve got 19 days, and we’re taking serious all these issues."

Hat tip to the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein.

– jpt

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