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McCain Goes Negative, Worrying Some in G.O.P.
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McCain Goes Negative, Worrying Some in G.O.P.
Mary Altaffer/Associated Press

Senator John McCain criticized Senator Barack Obama in a campaign appearance on Tuesday at a high school in Sparks, Nev.

By MICHAEL COOPER
Published: July 30, 2008


SPARKS, Nev. In recent days Senator John McCain has charged that Senator Barack Obama would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign, tarred him as Dr. No on energy policy and run advertisements calling him responsible for high gas prices.

The old happy warrior side of Mr. McCain has been eclipsed a bit lately by a much more aggressive, and more negative, Mr. McCain who hammers Mr. Obama repeatedly on policy differences, experience and trustworthiness.

By doing so, Mr. McCain is clearly trying to sow doubts about his younger opponent, and bring him down a peg or two. But some Republicans worry that by going negative so early, and initiating so many of the attacks himself rather than leaving them to others, Mr. McCain risks coming across as angry or partisan in a way that could turn off some independents who have been attracted by his calls for respectful campaigning.

The drumbeat of attacks could also undermine his argument that he will champion a new brand of politics.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/30/us/politics/30mccain....
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