Fla. Sheriff Plays The "Hussein" Card At Palin Event; Campaign Calls Remark "Inappropriate"

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From CBS News' Scott Conroy:

Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott took the stage moments ago as one of the introductory speakers at a rally here for Sarah Palin. After delivering brief remarks in support of Palin, Sheriff Scott flipped the switch and used Barack Obama's middle name in order to incite the crowd of thousands of people who have already gathered here.

"On Nov. 4, let's leave Barack Hussein Obama wondering what happened," the law enforcement officer said.

UPDATE: Palin campaign spokesperson Tracey Schmitt issued the following statement on Sherriff Scott's remarks: "We do not condone this inappropriate rhetoric which distracts from the real questions of judgment, character, and experience that voters will base their decisions on this November."

According to his web site, Scott became sheriff in 2005.

"People could say running for sheriff took either courage, ignorance, or a combination of both," Scott said on the web site.

Many of the thousands of people in attendance roared their approval at Sheriff Scott's dig at the Democratic nominee, whose Kenyan father shared the same exact name as his son.

After Sheriff Scott left the podium, local radio host Mandy Connell took the stage next. She too drew a loud ovation when she said Obama "hangs around with terrorists."
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