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At Racine campaign stop McCain accuses Obama of playing race card

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River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

In Racine Thursday, Republican John McCain accused Democrat Barack Obama of making race an issue in the presidential campaign.

After a town hall meeting, McCain told reporters he agreed with his campaign manager Rick Davis who said Obama played the race card on Wednesday.

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The Democrat was responding to a McCain TV ad which compared Obama's celebrity status to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.

Obama said the Republicans are trying to make people scared of him, by saying "He doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills."

Later, an Obama aide denied his boss was trying to make race an issue. But McCain said he didn't buy that.

Wisconsin Democratic chairman Joe Wineke said it was McCain who brought race into the campaign by accusing Obama of playing the race card.

University of Wisconsin-Madison professor emeritus Charles Jones said Obama took the bait when he responded to McCain's ad and maybe he should have ignored it.

But UW professor Charles Franklin said McCain miss-stepped by mentioning race.

More than 1,000 people attended the town hall meeting where McCain questioned Obama's sincerity. In addition, he said Obama refused to admit "We succeeded in Iraq because of the surge."

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