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McCain Talks Obama-Ayers With ABC’s Gibson

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Byron York has posted the transcript at NRO. Key excerpt:

GIBSON: You don’t think he’s been thoroughly vetted, having gone through all the primaries and all the campaigning, running for president as long as you have? Two years?

MCCAIN: No, actually I don’t. In fact, Sen. Clinton in their debates said that the American people didn’t know enough about him, including his relationship with Mr. [William] Ayers. That’s what she said. And I agree with that. He said he was a guy in the neighborhood. We know that’s not true. He said -he wrote down a piece of paper that he would take public financing for his presidential campaign if I would. He betrayed the trust of the American people there.

He looked in the camera twice during the debate with Sen. Clinton and said, “I will sit down and negotiate with John McCain before I decide to forgo public financing for my campaign.” He never called me. He looked in the camera and told the American people something that was patently false. He told the American people about his relationship with Mr. Ayers, that he was a guy in the neighborhood.

He wasn’t a guy in the neighborhood. He launched his political career in his living room, in Mr. Ayers’ living room. And I don’t care about two washed-up old terrorists that are unrepentant about trying to destroy America. But I do care, and Americans should care, about his relationship with him and whether he’s being truthful and candid about it.

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