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John McCain: GOP Should Back Off President-Elect Obama

After getting back in the Sunday talk show saddle this weekend, John McCain fielded a question about his old opponent's ties to embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. When asked if Barack Obama's pledge to transparency was being tested, as RNC head Mike Duncan has said, McCain took Obama's side:

“I think that the Obama campaign should and will give all information necessary. You know, in all due respect to the Republican National Committee and anybody — right now, I think we should try to be working constructively together, not only on an issue such as this, but on the economy stimulus package, reforms that are necessary.”

The RNC has released a new web ad called Questions Remain, which links Obama to Blagojevich. McCain did use some guilt-by-association tactics during the campaign, bringing up the likes of William Ayers; but he also avoided the topic of Obama's controversial pastor Rev. Wright. Are you surprised that McCain has come to Obama's defense, or is he just proving his maverick cred by rebuking his own party?


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