"As conservative reformers and members of Congress who are proud of the support we have received in our campaigns from social conservatives, we strongly urge both Sen. (John) McCain and Governor (George) Bush to abandon divisive rhetoric and return to a spirited discussion of the issues."
So reads yesterday's press release from U.S. Reps. Lindsey Graham and Mark Sanford, R-S.C., who co-chair the South Carolina McCain presidential campaign. Other language in the "say it ain't so" release emphasizes that both men -- but particularly Graham -- are stung by their man's angry remarks against prominent Christians.
"We believe it was equally ill-advised for Senator McCain's campaign to respond by comparing two conservative Christian leaders to Louis Farrakhan and Al Sharpton and by using rhetoric that allows the media to unfairly taint everyone associated with Bob Jones University (in South Carolina), many of whom do not agree with the policies that are at the center of the controversy."
We agree with Graham, who says the GOP presidential candidates should jointly and repeatedly call on waffling Democrats Al Gore and Bill Bradley to explicitly condemn the hate and bigotry espoused from the political Left by Sharpton and Farrakhan.