Tenn. GOP to use Obama's middle name despite McCain objection

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Republican Party intends to keep using Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's middle name despite Republican John McCain's repudiation of the practice.

McCain, who holds a large lead in his bid for the GOP nomination, earlier this week said it was inappropriate for a speaker at a campaign event in Ohio to repeatedly include Obama's middle name, Hussein, when referring to the Illinois senator.

But Tennessee Republican Party Chairwoman Robin Smith defended a state press release that also refers to the Democrat as Barack Hussein Obama.

She likened it to referring to Hillary Rodham Clinton or Richard Milhouse Nixon.

State Democratic Chairman Gray Sasser is calling on his Republican counterparts to follow McCain's lead on the issue.


Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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