October 15, 2008: McCain comes out swinging in final debate (McClatchy Newspapers)

  • In his initial response to McCain, Obama didn't repudiate Lewis, but rather recalled reports suggesting that people in campaign crowds were calling Obama a terrorist or threatening to kill him. After more prodding from McCain, Obama called Lewis' comments inappropriate, and fought back with a broader point: "The American people have become so cynical about our politics, because all they see is a tit for tat and back and forth."