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Clinton campaign says Obama supporter retired Air Force Gen. Merrill “Tony” McPeak comparing Bill Clinton to Joe McCarthy is “an outrage” and “ought to be retracted.”

On Saturday conference call with media, Clinton advisers repeatedly point press to Obama campaign attacks on H. Clinton’s character — contrasted with Obama’s pledge to change the tone of U.S. politics. Read more on the call here.

Obama spokesman Burton responds: “Since the Clinton campaign had a news-less conference call, reiterating tired lines of attack with no basis in reality, instead of responding with a call of our own, we are going to give the press corps a break so that we can all enjoy this holiday weekend with our families and maybe even watch a little basketball.”

Also sends out opposition research memo listing B. Clinton’s past comments on McCarthyism. Read it here.

Clinton camp’s Singer shoots back: “The Obama camp is so eager to give the press corp a break that it had their candidate do an event today where they dispatched one of their top surrogates to manufacture an attack on us. More words.”

More from Clinton camp on McPeak here.

And: Clinton camp sends out memo on McPeak statements, says they’re “not surprising.” Read it here.

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