At a news conference today, Arizona Senator John McCain made this statement to reporters:
“Senator Obama is good and decent man. Of course, we still don’t know all the details about his relationships with terrorists. But the terrorist we’re referring to, William Ayres, is a washed-up old terrorist, and that doesn’t interfere with the fact that Barack Obama is a solid citizen who wants the best for our country.
“Of course, we’d know more about his connections with this terrorist if he’d make them clear. I know he’s addressed the issue, but not fully, and when you have a man who wants to lead the country, and has such a relationship, you can’t help but wonder what will happen when this man has our armed forces at our disposal, and then his old terrorist buddy calls up, and there’s that red button to press, but neither I nor anyone associated with this campaign except my running mate, believes there’s any chance that could happen.
“What if he is a Muslim? What if he’s a radical Muslim? Not all Muslims or even all radical followers of Islam want to destroy America. We believe in freedom of religion. So whether he’s a Christian, as he now claims to be, or whether he is in fact a man who prays to Allah five times a day and follows a cleric who is uncomfortable with the existence of the state of Israel, it is not our place to judge, my friends.
“Senator Obama is a good and kind man, with a beautiful family. That’s what’s important. That’s what we should judge him on. Not whether he happens to have friends who want to destroy America, or whether his family occasionally visits Mecca.”