“He Should Repudiate Senator Rockefeller. Immediately”

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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.”

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