Fox's Cameron: Obama "run[s] the risk of appearing a little bit arrogant" if he doesn't offer "lipstick on a pig" apology

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Fox News' Carl Cameron claimed that Sen. Barack Obama "run[s] the risk of appearing a little bit arrogant" if he doesn't offer an apology for his "lipstick on a pig" comment. Cameron made the comment even though he twice stated during the program that the McCain campaign's complaints about Obama's comment may amount to "crocodile tears."

During the September 10 edition of Fox News' Studio B, Fox News chief political correspondent Carl Cameron claimed that Sen. Barack Obama "run[s] the risk of appearing a little bit arrogant" if he doesn't offer an apology for his "lipstick on a pig" comment, which Obama made while discussing Sen. John McCain's proposed policies. Cameron stated: "[O]ne of the things that happens when a candidate or a politician says something that inadvertently offends people, you eventually hear them say, 'Look, for anybody who misunderstood the context or didn't see where I was coming from, I'd like to apologize.' We haven't heard that from Obama yet, and he does run the risk of appearing a little bit arrogant on this sort of stuff and not recognizing that people have thin skins on some things."

Cameron made the comment even though he twice stated during the program that the McCain campaign's complaints about Obama's comment may amount to "crocodile tears." Cameron said that the McCain campaign is arguing that the "lipstick" line "had to have been deliberate attack" on Gov. Sarah Palin. Cameron added: "Now, there are plenty of Republicans who have used that line before. John McCain is one of them. He used them referring to [Sen.] Hillary Clinton's health-care proposal, said it was a 'lipstick on a pig.' No one accused her of calling -- accused him of calling Hillary Clinton a pig with that line. It's been used a lot, but throwing sand in the gears -- even if it's crying crocodile tears and feigning offense -- that's what they're doing." Cameron also stated: "So, whether or not the McCain campaign recognizes that they are perhaps disingenuously exploiting this and crying those crocodile tears, they are saying it."

From the September 10 edition of Fox News' Studio B with Shepherd Smith:

CAMERON: Well, the phrase that got really popular in the beginning of this campaign, two years ago, was throwing mud and sand into the gears of the opposition.

But, look, Sarah Palin very famously said in her convention speech that the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is lipstick --

SMITH: Yep.

CAMERON: -- and she pointed to herself. That was a huge line. It got -- it brought the house down, and it was noted repeatedly because, at the time, she was working off of a teleprompter that didn't work and she ad-libbed it. It got tremendous attention. And the McCain campaign is arguing that for Obama to have used that line, and judging from the reaction of some of the giggles and the uproar that came in the office -- in the audience, it had to have been a deliberate attack.

Now, there are plenty of Republicans who have used that line before. John McCain is one of them. He used them referring to Hillary Clinton's health-care proposal, said it was a "lipstick on a pig." No one accused her of calling -- accused him of calling Hillary Clinton a pig with that line. It's been used a lot, but throwing sand in the gears -- even if it's crying crocodile tears and feigning offense -- that's what they're doing, and Barack Obama has issues with women voters. There has been a big, big jump of women voters to the McCain campaign -- the McCain-Palin campaign since the governor of Alaska joined the ticket, and they are concerned about it, so much so, that he actually opened up his event today talking about this attack.

So, whether or not the McCain campaign recognizes that they are perhaps disingenuously exploiting this and crying those crocodile tears, they are saying it. Republican women across the country are rallying around Sarah Palin. The two people who have not yet personally expressed offense: Sarah Palin and John McCain. The campaign has, but they haven't.

SMITH: Of course not. How could they? I mean, this is classic. This isn't anything new. It's just, you know, 55 days before the election, you wonder: How do we get back to something that matters?

CAMERON: Well -- but, look, Shep, one of the things that happens when a candidate or a politician says something that inadvertently offends people, you eventually hear them say, "Look, for anybody who misunderstood the context or didn't see where I was coming from, I'd like to apologize." We haven't heard that from Obama yet, and he does run the risk of appearing a little bit arrogant on this sort of stuff and not recognizing that people have thin skins on some things.

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