Bill Clinton Just Like Sen. McCarthy

Bill Clinton has been likened to Senator Joe McCarthy by Barack Obama campaign aide, Tony McPeak after the former President made comments in North Carolina which potentially could be seen as suggesting that Obama was not patriotic.

Clinton said the following, in reference to a possible showdown in November between Hillary and John McCain.

"I think it would be a great thing if we had an election year where you had two people who loved this country and were devoted to the interest of this country. And people could actually ask themselves who is right on these issues, instead of all this other stuff that always seems to intrude itself on our politics."

McPeak said that he grew up in the 1950's, when "...McCarthy was accusing good Americans of being traitors."

He said that "It's a use of language as a disguised insult. We've seen this before, this little clever spin that's put on stuff.I have no idea what his intentions are, but I'm disappointed in the statement. I think Bill Clinton is, or ought to be, better than that."

The Clinton campaign have suggested that the comparison between McCarthy and the former President is absurd. But it certainly isn't the first time that Bill Clinton has caused ripples in this campaign with some of his language. And if he stays on the campaign trail, you can bet it wont be the last.