McCain just called on his supporters to be respectful at his town hall.
“We want to fight, and I want to fight, but we will be respectful,” McCain said to boos at first. “I want everyone to be respectful,” he then said and people began to clap.
In response to a later question he added, “You can be respectful and point out facts,” as he called on his supporters to point out facts to their neighbors but be respectful.
*** UPDATE *** McCain just added, “He is a decent person and a person who you do not have to be scared as president of the United States.”
Update 2. Some Republican candidates like Norm Coleman are distancing themselves from the McCain campaign.
Coleman told reporters that he would not be appearing at a planned rally with McCain this afternoon. Could it be McCain’s sliding polling numbers in Minnesota? His attacks on Obama? Coleman said he needs the time to work on suspending his own negative ads.
“Today,” he said, “people need hope and a more positive campaign is a start.”