People are sharing this video of John McCain from the 2008 election for a very important reason

Louis Dor
Sunday 26 August 2018 11:15
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Senator John McCain, died on Saturday evening following a battle with brain cancer.

McCain, who was 81, was a long-serving Senator for the Republican party and ran for president in 2008, eventually losing to Barack Obama.

Although he lost the race for the White House, McCain's humility and graciousness persevered throughout the campaign.

Even when he was challenged on difficult subjects, which in recent times have been treated flippantly by some politicians, McCain managed to remain dignified and democratic.

In the wake of his death, people have begun resharing a moment from his campaign in which he challenged the assertions of a speaker at a town hall event who said she didn't trust then-opponent Barack Obama.

She asserted:

I can't trust Obama. I have read about him and he's not, he's not uh — he's an Arab.

McCain took the microphone and replied:

No, ma'am.

He's a decent family man [and] citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that's what this campaign's all about.

He's not [an Arab].

He earlier had said:

I have to tell you.

Sen. Obama is a decent person and a person you don’t have to be scared of as president of the United States

People have been sharing the incident both praising the attitude to adversarial politics that does not seek to demonise an opponent with false information (that he was born outside the country) something that many people feel Donald Trump is guilty of.

However, McCain has been criticised for his choice of language which seems to imply that being of Arabian descent implies you are not a good person.​

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