Sunday, August 3, 2008

Obama says McCain campaign cynical, not racist

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said on Saturday that Republican rival John McCain's campaign has been cynical, not racist, in trying to raise fears about his candidacy.

Obama said McCain's campaign team was "very good at negative campaigning" and was using his relative inexperience, atypical biography and his race to try to stir up doubts about him.

McCain's campaign earlier this week said Obama played "the race card" by claiming McCain was trying to scare voters about his appearance. Obama, the son of a black Kenyan father and white Kansas mother, would be the first black president.

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