Lawmaker says terrorists would dance over Obama win

March 7, 2008 8:18:28 PM PST
An Iowa Republican congressman says terrorists would be "dancing in the streets" if Democratic candidate Barack Obama were to win the presidency. Congressman Steve King says the terrorists would celebrate because of Obama's pledge to pull troops out of Iraq, his Kenyan heritage and his middle name, Hussein. King says they would "read a meaning into that."

King made the comments to the Daily Reporter newspaper in Spencer. He says the comments aren't meant to demean Obama but to warn how an Obama presidency would look to the world.

Obama, born in Hawaii to a white Kansas woman and a Kenyan man, is a Christian. An Obama spokesman says King's comments "have no place in politics" and should be repudiated by the apparent Republican nominee, John McCain.