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Debate stirs ugly passions; it’s time for civility
USA Today

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Republican John McCain did something more politicians should do when their followers turn ugly and hateful. A woman at one of McCain’s rallies called Barack Obama an “Arab,” and a man said he was “scared” of the prospect of an Obama presidency.

McCain responded by calling his opponent “a decent family man, citizen, that I just happen to have disagreements with” and “a person that you do not have to be scared (of) as president of the United States.” McCain was greeted with catcalls, but he sent a strong message that he wouldn’t tolerate such mindlessness.