McCain calls for Obama to personally rebuke Sen. Rockefeller’s comments critical of McCain’s war service.
Tells Fox News Channel: “If Senator Obama is going to maintain the type of campaign that he says that he is–a respectful campaign–and this is one of his closest and strongest supporters, than I think he should repudiate Senator Rockefeller. Immediately.”
Rockefeller calls McCain to apologize for his comments.
Statement: “I made an inaccurate and wrong analogy and I have extended my sincere apology to him…. I regret my very poor choice of words.”
In newspaper interview, Rockefeller suggested McCain was indifferent to those hit by weapons he dropped as a Vietnam War fighter pilot.
Obama campaign distances itself from supporter’s comments:
“Senator Obama has a deep respect for Senator McCain’s service to this country and doesn’t agree with what Senator Rockefeller said.”