John McCain Booed By Republican Supporters At His Own Rally
"Speaking in a Minneapolis suburb, McCain - who had escalated character attacks on Obama in recent days - found himself in the unlikely role of defending his rival in the face of sometimes hostile questions from frustrated Republican loyalists.
He drew boos from a crowd packed into a high school gymnasium when he insisted to a skeptical supporter that Obama was a "decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared (of) as president of the United States."
McCain appeared to be trying to dial down the ugly tone that has crept into his rallies, including anti-Obama taunts from the crowd, as his campaign has faltered amid a financial crisis that polls show most Americans believe Obama would be better able to handle.
McCain's own sharpened rhetoric, including questions about Obama's association with former 1960s radical William Ayers - an issue he raised again on Friday - has been seen as counterproductive to attracting unaffiliated voters.
"We want to fight and I want to fight, but we will be respectful," McCain said during a question-and-answer session with voters at a campaign event in Lakeville. But when he then added, "I admire Sen. Obama and his accomplishments," the crowd jeered loudly."