King stands by his Obama slurs

An Iowa Republican congressman on Monday defended his prediction that terrorists would celebrate if Democrat Barack Obama were elected president, despite a rebuke from aides to John McCain, the GOP’s apparent presidential nominee.

“(Obama will) certainly be viewed as a savior for them,” Rep. Steve King told The Associated Press. “That’s why you will see them supporting him, encouraging him.”

King said his offices have been bombarded with calls — positive and negative — since he said Friday that al-Qaida “would be dancing in the streets in greater numbers than they did on September 11 because they would declare victory in this war on terror.”

King cited Obama’s pledge to pull U.S. troops from Iraq, his father’s Muslim roots in Kenya and his middle name, Hussein, which King said has a meaning to terrorists.

Asked about the remarks as he campaigned in Mississippi, Obama said, “I think that Mr. King has it backwards. The fact that the continuation of a presence in Iraq as Senator McCain has suggested is exactly what, I think, will fan the flames of anti-American sentiment and make it more difficult for us to create a long-term and sustainable peace in the world.

“But I have to say that Mr. King and individuals like him thrive on offensive or controversial statements as a way to get in the papers, so I don’t take it too seriously. I would hope Senator McCain would want to distance himself from that kind of inflammatory and offensive remarks,” Obama said.

Aides to McCain also disavowed King’s comments.

“John McCain rejects the type of politics that degrades our civics … and obviously that extends to Congressman King’s statement,” spokesman Brian Rogers told The Associated Press.

Last month, McCain also denounced his introduction in Cincinnati by talk-show host Bill Cunningham, who referred to Obama three times as “Barack Hussein Obama.”

Obama supporters have claimed such tactics are being used to imply that he is a Muslim.

The Illinois senator, born in Hawaii to a white Kansas woman and a Kenyan man, is a Christian and has said he has little connection to the Islamic religion, though he acknowledges spending part of his childhood in largely Muslim Indonesia.

4 Responses to "King stands by his Obama slurs"

  1. pollchecker  March 11, 2008 at 9:10 am

    Geez, I hope somebody is running against this clown. If so, I think I will send his opponent a campaign donation.

  2. Mark Yungbluth  March 11, 2008 at 9:53 am

    This know-nothing fear mongering is the reason we have to sweep clowns like this out of office. Does anyone think to ask him for PROOF or actual EVIDENCE supporting his statements?!

  3. AustinRanter  March 11, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Terrorists Loves King..

    Gosh, the greatest thing that ever happen for “Terrorists” was Neo-Cons like King.

    Look, the terrorists have already made a winning impact on the U.S. economy…and certainly the gasoline prices. They don’t have to blow up anything anymore.

    The terrorists just go BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! and the entire U.S. economy shakes…gas prices jump 3 to 4 times its standing level.

    The terrorists…especially Bin Laden must be sitting back in their caves and laughing their asses off.

    If the American economy stablizes, gas prices fall to a reasonable level…Terrorists will simply walk across the Canadian or Mexican borders and bring a bomb or two and KABOOM…drive the ecomony and gas prices into total chaos and then we’ll once again hear them in the distance HA..HA..HA..HA..HA! Those dumbass Americans…they’re so easy.

    There really hasn’t been any true obstacles since 9-11 to prevent terrorists from re-entering the US and doing whatever they choose to do.

    We’ve spent all of our resources overseas in a desert wasteland that our government claims is vital to U.S. interest. Yeah, right. The boogy man will get us tonight..or anytime it wishes.

  4. Janet  March 11, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    What an absolute moron King is. Probably doesn’t believe in evolution either. We must unite to vote these idiots out.

    Most importantly, his argument is ridiculous. Obama wants to end the war in Iraq and re-deploy troops from Iraq to Afghanistan where the REAL terrorists are. Al Queda won’t be dancing in the streets, they will be shaking in their boots.

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