Republican U.S. presidential candidate John McCain has urged his
supporters to be respectful toward rival Barack Obama to control angry
outbursts at McCain campaign events toward the Democratic nominee.
Senator McCain told a crowd at a campaign event Friday in Minnesota
that Obama is a decent person.
McCain's campaign has raised questions in recent days about Obama's
character and his fitness to be president. At some McCain campaign
stops, audience members have railed angrily against Obama.
Senator Obama has criticized McCain for engaging in the politics of
anger and division at a time when the country needs to unite.
Obama Fridaytold supporters in Ohio he offers the steady leadership
needed to pull the country out of the economic crisis.
For his part, McCain told voters in Wisconsin that as president he
would "act quickly and decisively" to address the economic crisis. rest
The McCain campaign Friday released a television ad accusing Obama of
lying about his ties to William Ayers, who founded an anti-war group in
the 1960's that carried out bomb attacks inside the United States.
Ayers, now a college professor who lives in Obama's neighborhood in
Chicago, served with Obama on two charity boards and hosted a reception
for him in 1995. Obama has denounced Ayers' radical activities.
Meanwhile, Alaska lawmakers released a report that said Republican vice
presidential candidate Sarah Palin abused the power of her office as
Alaska's governor by firing the state's public safety commissioner. The
report said a family grudge was not the only reason for firing Walter
Monegan, but it likely was a contributing factor.
In other news, a new poll (by Reuters / C-Span / Zogby) has Obama with
a five-point lead over McCain -- 48 percent to 43 percent among likely