McCain aide loses job for sending racist video

Republican John McCain's presidential campaign yesterday suspended a staffer for sending a racially charged video involving Democrat Barack Obama and his preacher.

McCain aide loses job for sending racist video
Soren Dayton was disciplined after the campaign team learned he had been sending out the video, which the Internet site Politico.com said used the words of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright to portray Mr. Obama as unpatriotic.

"We have been very clear on the type of campaign we intend to run and this staffer acted in violation of our policy. He has been reprimanded by campaign leadership and suspended from the campaign," said McCain spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker.

Mr. Dayton had no role in the McCain communications office and was described as a low-level staffer who sent out the video via a device used for online social networking.

Mr. Obama, who would be U.S.'s first black president, was forced to distance himself from the clergyman, who has expressed anger over what he called racist America, charged that the Sept. 11 attacks were retribution for U.S. foreign policy and claimed the U.S. government was the source of the AIDS virus.

Rev. Wright, who recently retired, was Mr. Obama's pastor in Chicago for two decades.

McCain has repeatedly said he would run a respectful campaign against either Obama or New York Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton and that the public is tired of negative campaigning.

Politico.com said the video Mr. Dayton sent included images of Malcolm X, black Olympians raising their hands in the black power salute and the rap song Fight the Power.


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