The campaign of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, today introduced a new website to respond to charges made by the more pointedly aggressive campaign of his rival, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
The site features video clips and newspaper editorials condemning McCain attacks as "false" and "desperate" and "inappropriate."
Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said that McCain started out his campaign "talking about straight talk and civility, pledging to run a respectful campaign," but since that time, Plouffe said, quoting a St. Petersburg Times editorial, "The Straight Talk Express has taken a nasty turn into the gutter."
"This is not the John McCain voters thought they were going to see in this presidential campaign," Plouffe said, saying that McCain's Paris Hilton/Britney Spears TV ad is "frivolous and it demeans the dialogue of the campaign."
But though the site uses the media -- the New York Times, St. Petersburg Times, Factcheck.org, and a consortium of Ohio newspapers -- to prove its points about McCain attacks, the Obama campaign refused to directly answer questions from the media about comments Obama made Wednesday that "McCain and the Republicans" are going to attack him based on his exotic name and his race, saying "'Well, you know, he’s got a funny name and he doesn’t look like all the presidents on the dollar bills.'"
"We weren't suggesting in any way he's using race as an issue," said Plouffe, who otherwise dodged reporters' questions as to what Obama meant by his comments.