August 1, 2008: McCain, Obama square off over racial politics (AP)

  • In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Thursday, Obama steered clear of race as he chided McCain, saying: “So far, all we’ve been hearing about is Paris Hilton. I do have to ask my opponent: ‘Is that the best you can do? Is that what this election is really all about? Is that worthy of the American people?’”
  • “Campaigns are tough, but I’m proud of the campaign we have run,” he said. “I’m proud of the issues we have tried to address with the American people. … All I can say is we are proud of that commercial.”