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Barack Obama defends position against 'fearmongers' Bush, McCain

BY MICHAEL SAUL
DAILY NEWS POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT

Saturday, May 17th 2008, 4:00 AM

Obama strikes back: You're a fearmonger, Mr. President.

Likely Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama Friday pummeled President Bush, who dissed the candidate as a delusional fool before Israel's Knesset on Thursday.

And he smacked around presumptive GOP presidential nominee John McCain, who parroted Bush's broadside, for good measure.

"They're trying to fool you. They're trying to scare you and they're not telling the truth," a fired-up Obama declared while campaigning in South Dakota. "But it's not going to work."

"Both Bush and McCain represent the failed foreign policy and fearmongering of the past," Obama said. "I believe the American people are ready to reject this approach and to choose the future."

Obama declared the Republicans' ambush "dishonest, divisive attacks."

In a thinly-veiled assault, Bush accused the Democrat of suffering from "foolish delusion" for expressing an interest in talking with radicals and dictators. The President added fuel to the exploding inferno by likening Obama's approach to the misguided Nazi appeasement of two generations ago.

McCain sidestepped whether he thought Obama was an appeaser, though he slammed Obama's willingness to meet with rogue leaders, such as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

This week's double punch from Bush and McCain was, in some ways, the unofficial opening bell in the general election battle for the White House.

While Obama has yet to defeat Hillary Clinton, the former First Lady found herself on the sidelines - aside from defending her Democratic rival....(Click here for remainder of article).

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