Friday, March 21, 2008

Obama aide compares Clinton to McCarthy

SALEM, Ore. (AP) A co-chairman of Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign yesterday compared former President Bill Clinton to Joseph McCarthy, the 1950s senator whom liberals widely revile as a witch-hunting fascist, after Mr. Clinton seemed to question Mr. Obama's patriotism.

Retired Gen. Merrill "Tony" McPeak, a former Air Force chief of staff, said he was disappointed by comments Mr. Clinton made while campaigning for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday in Charlotte, N.C.

"I think it would be a great thing if we had an election year where you had two people who loved this country and were devoted to the interest of this country," Mr. Clinton said, "instead of all this other stuff that always seems to intrude itself on our politics."

Gen. McPeak called Mr. Clinton's statement horrible and compared it to the anti-communist Republican senator from Wisconsin.

"It sounds more like McCarthy," Gen. McPeak said. "I was going to college when Joe McCarthy was accusing good Americans of being traitors, so I've had enough of it."

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