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McCain's POW Friend Calls Obama "A Demagogue," Warns of Holocaust

by: John Morgan

Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 09:01:03 AM EDT


A former POW companion of John McCain's, campaigning for him yesterday in Pennsylvania, invoked the holocaust in warning about Barack Obama.  Colonel Tom Moe, who occupied the adjacent cell to McCain at the Hanoi Hilton, called Barack Obama a dangerous demagogue whose rhetoric could cause a new holocaust while speaking in Harrisburg at the Republican Party headquarters.

The story was reported by David Spett of Capitolwire (subscription only) yesterday following the controversial event:

"All we have to do is open up the history books and look at what the fruits of demagoguery are," Moe said. "When any individual or group tries to pick up a target of opportunity to blame social problems on ... the results can be catastrophic. And you can choose any point in history that you want."

Asked whether Obama's statements could cause an event like the Holocaust, Moe responded: "If you like."

Abe Amoros, communications director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party condemned Col. Moe's remarks:

"Using the Holocaust as a political tool is absolutely reprehensible and, at best, tasteless, disrespectful and insulting," Amoros said. "McCain is no doubt a war hero. But in terms of character, Sen. Obama has demonstrated his character over and over again. He was raised by a single mother, put himself through school, and went to Harvard Law. Here's a guy who knows what it's like to struggle."

If John McCain is resorting to tactics like these by Moe it makes me wonder when he's going with Larry and Curly too.  

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