RNC Hits Obama Campaign for Meeting with Controversial Muslim Leader who Met with Bush

By Natalie Gewargis

Oct 10, 2008 2:24pm

"How many times has the Obama campaign met with groups tied to or connected with terrorist organizations?" asks the RNC today.

The RNC was referring to a report in today’s Wall Street Journal that the Obama campaign "said it was a mistake for an outreach coordinator to join a meeting last month attended by leaders of two controversial Muslim groups as it seeks votes from large Muslim populations in swing states. Minha Husaini, newly named as head of the campaign’s outreach coordinator to Muslims, attended a discussion session Sept. 15 with about 30 Muslim leaders and community members in suburban Washington, the Obama campaign confirmed. Participants included leaders of the Council of American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim American Society, which have been cited by the government in the past for ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas…

“Nihad Awad, executive director of CAIR, also attended the session, as did the group’s legislative director. The government named CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator in the Justice Department’s racketeering prosecution last year of alleged Hamas fundraisers. CAIR said the designation was unjustified; the case ended in a mistrial, but is being brought again by the government.”

Nihad Awad…Nihad Awad…that name rings a bell.

ht bush wh 081010 main RNC Hits Obama Campaign for Meeting with Controversial Muslim Leader who Met with BushOh right, he’s the guy in this photo, to President Bush’s left.

How many times has President Bush met with groups tied to or connected with terrorist organizations?  (Other than that time he was holding hands with the Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah, I mean.)

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has met with groups — the ISNA, for example — about whom some allege terrorist ties.

How many times has Secretary Rice met with groups tied to or connected with terrorist organizations?

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What path are McCain, Palin and the RNC on right now?

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., asks, "Who is the real Barack Obama?" and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says Obama "doesn’t see America the way we do," and that Obama "is palling around with terrorists." The RNC alleges that Obama’s getting a lot of money from overseas and then lodges this accusatory question about terrorist groups that could easily be leveled at the president.

Where does this path lead? What will John McCain be asking about Obama in 20 days? What will Palin be saying? What RNC e-mails will be in my in-box?

Politico’s Ben Smith points out today that McCain "didn’t talk about the stock market yesterday, and didn’t put out a statement on it, while Obama did both, and McCain campaign manager Rick Davis was asked about that on a conference call (about ACORN!) this afternoon.

"’There’s very little a candidate for president can say and very little the president can say about what’s happening in the stock markets except hope that they correct themselves,’ Davis said. The campaign, he said, shouldn’t become a "CNBC news show on the stock market."

- jpt

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