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McCain Campaign
Defends His Stance in "Bitchgate"

McCain Campaign
Defends His Stance in "Bitchgate"

Republican presidential hopeful John McCain says that he respects Hillary Rodham Clinton and that he said so in so many words when a woman used the word ''bitch'' to describe her.

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Republican presidential hopeful John McCain says that he respects Hillary Rodham Clinton and that he said so in so many words when a woman used the word ''bitch'' to describe her.

''How do we beat the bitch?'' the woman asked McCain on Monday at an event in South Carolina.

McCain's response: ''That's an excellent question. I respect Senator Clinton. I respect anyone who gets the nomination of the Democratic Party.''

On Tuesday, CNN's Rick Sanchez raised the question of whether McCain should have admonished the woman, and McCain's campaign criticized that criticism on Wednesday.

''Most people who have seen it are looking at it as a real mistake on his part in terms of the way he handled it,'' Sanchez said on the cable network's Out in the Open.

McCain's South Carolina campaign manager, Buzz Jacobs, said in a statement Wednesday: ''It not only reflects poorly on [Sanchez] but on CNN. If Mr. Sanchez had even the faintest perspective on the race for the White House, he would know that Senator McCain has expressed his utmost respect for Senator Clinton numerous times on the campaign trail, as he did at Monday's event in Hilton Head.'' (AP)

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McCain Campaign
Defends His Stance in "Bitchgate"

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