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Should we be 'scared' of Barack Obama?

Yes, said Sharon Day, chairwoman of Women for McCain, when asked what she thought of the campaign's efforts to play up the relationship between Bill Ayers, a violent protester during the 1960s, and Democratic nominee Barack Obama.

"He scares me,'' said Day, who also serves as the GOP's national committeewoman from Florida. "I happen to be an American and a proud American, and I have trouble with someone who is campaigning to be president and is always associating with people who are not proud of America...With President Clinton, I didn't agree with his politics, but I didn't doubt that he loved his country. He didn't associate with terrorists. He didn't sit in a church where the pastor said, 'Goddamn America!' ''

She added: "I was always taught that you are judged by the people you associate with, you are judged by the company you keep."

Republican John McCain and the Republican National Committee are running television commercials condemning Obama for attending a fundraiser at Ayers' home in Chicago when he was running for the state senate in 1995. McCain has also been asking crowds, "Who is Barack Obama?''

Yet McCain defended Obama to a rowdy Minnesota crowd yesterday, trying to quell the anti-Obama anger that has been rearing up at rallies across the county. In response to a voter who said he was "scared'' of Obama, McCain said Obama "is a decent person and a person you don't have to be scared of as president of the United States."

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