Frank Keating on Thursday raised Barack Obama’s admitted cocaine use as a teenager and said the Illinois senator should speak candidly about it to the American people. While Speaking to Dennis Miller, a comedian and conservative radio talk show host, former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating said Obama should be more forthright about his background and what he called his “very extreme” record. “He ought to admit, ‘You know, I’ve got to be honest with you. I was a guy of the street. I was way to the left. I used cocaine. I voted liberally, but I’m back at the center,'” Keating, a co-chair of McCain’s campaign, said Obama should tell voters. “I mean, I understand the big picture of America. But he hasn’t done that.”
The Obama campaign has not responded to the comments. In Obama’s 1995 book Dreams of My Father, he writes that he was once headed in the direction of a “junkie” and a “pothead. Referring to his emotional struggles as a young man, Obama writes, “Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though.” Obama did speak during his primary campaign about his past experimentation with drugs and alcohol in high school.
“I made some bad decisions that I’ve actually written about,” he told New Hampshire high school students last November. “There were times when I, you know, got into drinking, experimented with drugs. There was a whole stretch of time where I didn’t really apply myself a lot.”
-Greg Howard, is a middle school teacher at Marianna Middle School, who told his students that Presidential Candidate Barack Obama uses the word CHANGE in a different meaning. As the student rolled into class, the students looked up at the dry-erase board, and saw “C.H.A.N.G.E- Come Help A N*gg*r Get Elected.” The seventh-grade social studies teacher’s class has 17 White students, six Black students and one Asian student. Parents were outraged and wanted the teacher fired. Howard was then suspended for 10-days without pay. “The idea that he would impose his political opinion on the children is wrong to me. That’s where he crossed the line,” said one parent.
Cindy McCain lashed out at Barack Obama Tuesday, telling a Tennessee newspaper the Illinois senator has waged the “dirtiest campaign in American history.” The comments came hours before her husband, Republican nominee John McCain, was slated to square off with the Illinois senator at the second presidential debate, and are among her harshest to date of her husband’s rival for the White House. Speaking to the Tennessean, Cindy McCain also said her husband would use Thursday night’s town hall forum as an opportunity to correct what she suggested were misleading statements from the Obama campaign.
“What I have found is that it’s necessary to make sure the American people understand what we have to say, what we stand for as a husband and wife, and what we will do for the American people if we’re lucky enough to be elected,” Mrs. McCain also told the paper. Both presidential campaigns have stepped up the intensity of their attacks, with only four weeks remaining until Election Day. The McCain campaign raised Obama’s past relationship to 1960’s radical William Ayers over the weekend, prompting the Democratic nominee’s campaign to unleash a 13-minute documentary Web video Monday detailing the Arizona senator’s involvement in the Keating Five scandal. In an admitted effort to turn the dominating narrative away from the nation’s ailing economy, McCain’s campaign also launched a new offensive against Barack Obama’s trustworthiness Monday, releasing a new campaign ad that asks “Who is Barack Obama?”, and tells voters the Illinois senator is ‘lying’ about his record.