"What I am seeing reminds me too much of another destructive period in
American history. Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of
hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our
— Rep. John Lewis, quoted by Politico, comparing the "negative tone" of McCain's campaign to that of segregationist George Wallace in the 1960s.
Given some of the footage of Sarah Palin on the stump, I don't see a problem with this comment at all.
But here's John McCain on it:
“Congressman John Lewis’ comments represent a character attack
against Governor Sarah Palin and me that is shocking and beyond the
pale. The notion that legitimate criticism of Senator Obama’s record
and positions could be compared to Governor George Wallace, his
segregationist policies and the violence he provoked is unacceptable
and has no place in this campaign. I am saddened that John Lewis, a man
I’ve always admired, would make such a brazen and baseless attack on my
character and the character of the thousands of hardworking Americans
who come to our events to cheer for the kind of reform that will put
America on the right track.
“I call on Senator Obama to immediately and personally repudiate
these outrageous and divisive comments that are so clearly designed to
shut down debate 24 days before the election. Our country must return
to the important debate about the path forward for America.”
I mean, I've been seeing divisive, and I've been seeing character attacks….