August 19, 2008: Obama fires back at McCain before military veterans (AFP)

  • "That is John McCain's prerogative. He can run that kind of campaign, and frankly, that's how political campaigns have been run in recent years. But I believe the American people are better than that. I believe that this defining moment demands something more of us.
  • "If we think that we can use the same partisan playbook where we just challenge our opponent's patriotism to win an election, then the American people will lose. The times are too serious for this kind of politics."