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Sen. Barack Obama
Taking on Fox hosts Steve Doocy and John Gibson by name, Obama's campaign blasted the "malicious, irresponsible charges" they aired.
"You have to take control and make sure that folks know the facts and not just these innuendos from the right-wing smear machine," said Obama spokesman Bill Burton. "We will aggressively address any charges that are leveled."
The conservative Insight magazine reported last weekend that Obama attended a radical madrassa in Indonesia as a boy. The Fox News Channel repeated the story several times.
The Illinois Democrat, who is Christian, lived in Jakarta for a few years as a boy with his mother and stepfather. Reporters for CNN and The Associated Press went to his elementary school and found it a secular institution attended by students of all faiths.
"The notion that somehow, at the age of 6 or 7, I was being trained for something other than math, science and reading, is ludicrous," Obama said on ABC.
John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic nominee, says he regrets not fighting back when his Vietnam War record was smeared by opponents calling themselves "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth."
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