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Barack Obama has an alternative suggestion for those booing John McCain

October 21, 2008 | 10:59 am

It is inevitable -- especially in the final days of a presidential campaign that seemingly has lasted forever -- that one candidate's mention at a rally of the other party's candidate will spark a negative response from the crowd. After all, each side has spared no effort to paint its rival in the most unflattering terms.

The Ticket was struck, however, by Barack Obama's recommendation when, after he referred to John McCain by name while campaigning in Florida today, a scattering of boos were heard. The reaction came after Obama had scoffed -- as he so often likes to do -- at McCain's ill-advised comment a month ago that the fundamentals of the U.S. economy are strong.

As some of his listeners expressed their ill-will toward McCain, Obama paused and said: "We don't need that. We just need you to vote."

That, in turn, generated a loud cheer.

It helps one's equanimity, of course, to be leading in the polls.

-- Don Frederick

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