“In running the sleaziest campaign since South Carolina in 2000 and standing by completely debunked lies on national television, it’s clear that John McCain would rather lose his integrity than lose an election,” Hari Sevugan, another spokesman for the Obama campaign, said in a statement. The New York Times quickly picked up the refrain with a front-page headline: “McCain Barbs Stirring Outcry as Distortions.”
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