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Obama, McCain Campaign: Did The “Kill Him” Incident Even Happen?

October 18, 2008

At the final presidential debate, Barack Obama complained that someone yelled “kill him” at a Sarah Palin rally, a comment Obama said was directed toward himself.  Much has been written about this incident; yet it may not have even happened….

By Colbert King
The Washington Post

“Kill him”: the battle cry of a lynch mob and words yelled out by a man at a Sarah Palin rally in Clearwater, Fla., this month, according to my Post colleague Dana Milbank.
Some observers claim that the proposed killing was directed not toward Barack Obama but at Bill Ayers, the co-founder of the radical Weather Underground that bombed public buildings during the turbulent Vietnam era. Ayers, now a college professor who has served with Obama and other noted Chicagoans in civic enterprises — and hosted a campaign event for Obama’s initial run for the state legislature — is being portrayed by John McCain’s campaign as Barack’s bosom buddy, the facts notwithstanding.

Whether the call for assassination was aimed at Obama or Ayers is immaterial. It represents a dangerous new low in American politics.

U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (L) (D-IL) ...
U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (L) (D-IL) speaks to moderator Bob Schieffer (R) in his third presidential debate with Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, October 15, 2008. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

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Secret Service Says “Kill Him” Incident Didn’t Happen

By Steve Thomma
McClatchy Newspapers

The U.S. Secret Service says reports that someone at a Sarah Palin rally in Pennsylvania yelled “kill him” at the mention of Barack Obama‘s name are unfounded.

The Scranton Times-Tribune reported that someone at a Palin rally in Scranton on Tuesday shouted the threat when a Congressional candidate named Chris Hackett mentioned Obama’s name. The story was widely picked up by other media.

The issue came up in Wednesday night’s presidential debate, when Obama asked why John McCain and Sarah Palin have not instantly spoken up when people have yelled things like “kill him.”

But the Secret Service says it investigated the report, interviewing its own agents who were at the event as well as others, and found no one who said they heard the yell other than the reporter.

“We have yet to find someone to back up the story,” said Secret Service agent Bill Slavoski. “We had people all over and we have yet to find anyone who said they heard it.”

 The Scranton Times-Tribune said it stands by the story.