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Obama on Trump: "Outrageous attacks have become far too commonplace"

Monday, July 27, 2015 - 01:39

U.S. President Barack Obama is calling comments made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on McCain's war record ''outrageous,'' saying ''presidential debates deserve better.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~**NONE ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: United States President Barack Obama on Monday criticised comments by Republican candidate Donald Trump about war veteran John McCain, saying presidential debates deserve better than that. McCain, a Navy fighter pilot, was imprisoned and tortured in a Hanoi prison for five years during the Vietnam War after being shot down. Trump has drawn fire for telling an audience in Iowa that McCain was "not a war hero," and got that distinction only because he was captured, although he later softened his remarks. At a news conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Obama said, "In eighteen months I'm turning over the keys. I want to make sure I'm turning over the keys to somebody who is serious about the serious problems that the country faces and the world faces."

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Obama on Trump: "Outrageous attacks have become far too commonplace"

Monday, July 27, 2015 - 01:39