McCain Apologizes for Obama Remark

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Sen. John McCain is distancing himself from insults made against Barack Obama at a McCain campaign stop.

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A local talk radio host warmed up the crowd by calling Sen. Obama a hack -- and he repeatedly emphasized Obama's middle name.

"At some point the media will quit taking sides in this thing and maybe start covering Barack Hussein Obama the same way they covered Bush," Cincinnati radio host Bill Cunningham said.

McCain had not yet arrived at the event when Cunningham was making his remarks. He was quick to rebuke the mention of "Hussein" Obama and any other disparaging remarks made at the event.

"I will take responsibility, and any offense that was inflicted, I apologize for," he said. "I will take that responsibility."

But McCain's apology is causing a controversy of its own. Cunningham accuses the Arizona senator of "throwing him under the bus."

He now says he'll be supporting Sen. Clinton.

Mocking Obama

Meanwhile, McCain mocked Obama Wednesday for saying during the Democratic debate that he would take action "if al-Qaeda is forming in Iraq."

"When you examine that statement, it's pretty remarkable.I have some news. Al-Qaeda is in Iraq. It's called 'al-Qaeda in Iraq,"' McCain said, drawing laughter from a crowd in Tyler, Texas.

Obama answered back at a rally at Ohio State University in Columbus, "I do know that al-Qaeda is in Iraq."

"So I have some news for John McCain," he added, saying there was no al-Qaeda presence in Iraq until President Bush invaded the country.

McCain has repeatedly attacked Obama and Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton for saying they would withdraw troops from Iraq.

"And my friends, if we left, they -al-Qaeda- wouldn't be establishing a base," McCain said Wednesday. "They'd be taking a country, and I'm not going to allow that to happen, my friends. I will not surrender. I will not surrender to al-Qaeda."

He said that withdrawing troops would be "waving the white flag."

As he began a swing through President Bush's home state, which holds a presidential primary election on Tuesday, McCain made sure to play up a line he always uses: "I also think it might be nice for President Bush to get a little credit that there's not been another attack on the United States of America," he said to applause.

Sources: CBN News, The Associated Press

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