Obama Finds Curious McCain's Plea to Reduce Partisan Rancor

In Indiana today, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., expressed bemusement at Sen. John McCain's nomination acceptance speech.

"I have to say, when John McCain says in his speech that he wants to reduce the rancor in Washington ... and I’m thinking, 'Did you pay attention to the last two days of your convention?'" Obama asked.

"I mean, What? Were you not, were you not watching?" Obama continued. "Did they not get the memo?

"You know, there’s got to be some consistency in how you approach these things," Obama said, "There’s nothing wrong with a vigorous debate because the parties have very real differences. But when it starts getting personal, when you start just focusing exclusively on trying to tear the other person down instead of what you are going to do on behalf of the American people to deal with this economy, then that’s not serving Democrats, that’s not serving Republicans, that’s not serving anybody and that’s the kind of politics we want to put to an end when I’m President of the United States."

-- Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller

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