Obama, McCain Respond to Attacks on Wife

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The attacks have been at times ruthless and downright dirty.

The 2008 Presidential election cycle has been a back-and-forth volley of some pretty low blows as the candidates slug it out.

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During the past six months, no one has been left out of the sling fest - including the spouses of the Presidential hopefuls.

CBN News recently spoke with Sen. Barack Obama in Taylor, Mich., where he talked about the attacks on his wife Michelle.

"This is unfortunately become a habit in our politics where anything's fair game," Obama said. "And we just make things up about people."

Michelle Obama has been targeted by some Republicans because of comments they say portray her as anti-American and angry.

Much of the criticism came from comments she made several months ago on the campaign trail when she said "for the first time in my life, I'm really proud of my country."

Those remarks were used to in a Web video by the Tennessee Republican Party. And one FOX TV commentator recently called her a "baby mama" - an unflattering term used to describe an unwed mother.

"If you think about Michelle, I mean here's somebody who's done everything right. She grew up in modest means. She grew up in a nuclear family. Her parents looked after her. She went to college on a scholarship. She's worked hard for everything that she has," Obama said.

Obama told CBN News that he is deeply disappointed that John McCain has not spoken out against political attacks leveled at his wife.

"I think families are off limits. I would never consider making Cindy McCain a campaign issue," he said. "And if I saw people doing that - I would speak out against it. And the fact that I haven't seen that from John McCain I think is a deep disappointment."

The McCain campaign sent CBN News a written response to Obama's comments.

"Senator McCain agrees with Senator Obama that spouses should not be an issue in this campaign, and he has stated that position frequently," Joe Pounder, McCain's spokesman, said. "Unfortunately, when the Democratic National Committee was attacking Mrs. McCain, Senator Obama was not strong enough to stand up and speak out."

"Obama's silence speaks volumes, and it's unfortunate that he would single out others for a standard he himself has failed to live up to," he said.

Source: The Associated Press

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