Caren Bohan
Reuters
April 7, 2008

BUTTE, Montana – Barack Obama’s campaign on Saturday distanced itself from a liberal talk show host who called Republican Sen. John McCain a “warmonger.”

Ed Schultz, a North Dakota-based talk show host, made the comment about McCain while speaking at a fund-raiser where Obama later took the stage.

“John McCain is not a warmonger and should not be described as such,” Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, although she noted Obama’s criticism of McCain’s support for the Iraq war.

“He’s a supporter of a war that Senator Obama believes should have never been authorized and never been waged,” Psaki said.

The McCain campaign said the Schultz comment was a “smear” and called on Obama, an Illinois senator, to repudiate it directly.

Obama is vying with Sen. Hillary Clinton to become the Democratic nominee to run against Arizona Republican Sen. McCain in November.

The Illinois senator did not address the issue of the Schultz comment himself at either of two campaign events he held on Saturday in Montana.

McCain did, however.

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