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Hannity Admits He’s A ‘Surrogate’ For McCain

By Faiz Shakir  

"Hannity Admits He’s A ‘Surrogate’ For McCain"

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In a revealing slip of the tongue last night on his Fox News television show, Sean Hannity acknowledged that he’s a “surrogate” for John McCain.

While interviewing former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Hannity complained to him that the McCain campaign has been reluctant to engage in a smear campaign against Barack Obama. Giuliani explained that the McCain campaign is going to let “a lot of the attacking” be done by surrogates. “People like me,” Hannity said:

GIULIANI: I think that you’re going to find that in both cases Senator Obama and Senator McCain — a lot of the attacking is going to be done by surrogates. And they’re going to — well, I mean.

HANNITY: People like me.

GIULIANI: Right. All of the attacking.

COLMES: You’re a McCain surrogate?

“No, no” Hannity said, quickly backtracking when his co-host Alan Colmes immediately called him out. Watch it:

Fox recently fired a 24-year old production assistant for disclosing her allegiance to McCain. “I voted for you in the primary, you’re going to win,” she said. A Fox News spokesperson called it “journalistically unacceptable.” Is Hannity’s admission any more acceptable?

Don’t worry, Sean. You’re not the only one over at Fox News trying desperately to hide your McCain surrogate activities.

Transcript:

HANNITY: But Senator McCain has shown a little bit of reluctance in terms of going after some of the controversies of Senator Obama. As he balances the — you know should he run on ideas versus going after the weaknesses that he’s not really an agent of change, that he’s a typical, quintessential politician, where would you balance it?

GIULIANI: I think — first of all, it’s different being a mayor and being a presidential candidate, and I think that you’re going to find that in both cases Senator Obama and Senator McCain — a lot of the attacking is going to be done by surrogates. And they’re going to — well, I mean.

HANNITY: People like me.

GIULIANI: Right. All of the attacking.

COLMES: You’re a McCain surrogate?

HANNITY: No, no, I’m the head of.

GIULIANI: …Look, a lot of these points are valid points. We have to examine people’s experience. You have to examine their judgment and all these things. But I mean you don’t want a presidential candidate spending too much time on that. You want a presidential candidate — I think, either party would say this — you want them focusing on the future.

HANNITY: All right.

GIULIANI: … what they can do for the future. You want them on a higher plane.

HANNITY: Let me ask you this, because I really do not believe in my heart of hearts — so I look at this camera — I do not think Barack Obama has been honest, and I do not think he’s made responsible decisions in his career, and I think we’ve been the victim of a bit of a propaganda marketing campaign, and I don’t think we know who the real Barack Obama is. Do you agree with me?

GIULIANI: We’re going to find out.

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