McCain says he'll bring up Ayers during debate

Barack Obama apparently got under John McCain's skin by suggesting he didn't have the guts to bring up the former Weatherman in the last debate.

By Alex Koppelman
Published October 14, 2008 3:25PM (EDT)

Lesson of the day: John McCain doesn't much like to see his bravery challenged.

After the last debate, Barack Obama said he found it odd that McCain hadn't brought up former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers, considering that the McCain camp's Ayers offensive had then just begun.

"I am surprised that, you know, we've been seeing some pretty over-the-top attacks coming out of the McCain campaign over the last several days that he wasn't willing to say it to my face. But I guess we've got one last debate. So presumably, if he ends up feeling that he needs to, he will raise it during the debate," Obama told ABC News' Charlie Gibson.

In a radio interview Tuesday, on the eve of the third and final debate of this cycle, McCain responded, saying Obama's comments have "probably ensured" that he will bring up Ayers this time around.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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