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Dahleen Glanton: Sen. John McCain's 'no ma'am' moment showed his true character

Sometimes the test of a person's character can come down to a single moment. For Sen. John McCain, his moment very well may have occurred in the heat of the 2008 presidential campaign.

Since McCain's death from brain cancer on Saturday, our attention has returned to a rally in Lakeville, Minn., where the then-candidate confronted a woman who repeated racist rhetoric about Barack Obama being an "Arab."

"I can't trust Obama. I have read about him, and he's not, um, he's an Arab," the woman said, standing among a crowd of GOP supporters just weeks before the election. The statement was part of the "birther" smear campaign that questioned Obama's American heritage and thus his

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