s-tiger-woods-large.jpgAt a campaign stop today, Sen. John McCain’s introductory speaker took a sharp and potentially sensitive swipe at Sen. Barack Obama, saying that McCain was “the real audacity of hope” and not just a political “Tiger Woods.”

Former Army Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, who introduced the Arizona senator at a Vets For Freedom rally, sought to contrast McCain’s “lifetime of service to our nation” against the lack of resolve of his political opponents. And while he never addressed Obama by name, he did offer this nugget.

“Rest assured,” he told the crowd, “that men like Senator McCain will be the goal and the men that my two young boys will emulate and admire. You can have your Tiger Woods, we’ve got Senator McCain.”

The line, first reported by NBC and Hotline, received a loud roar from the crowd and, standing behind and to the left of Bellavia, McCain let out an approving laugh. But considering the rate at which Tiger Woods is winning golf tournaments these days, McCain’s camp may be hoping the analogy doesn’t prove true.

And considering the pins-and-needles environment that is the current political landscape, the comment has the potential of being interpreted as racially divisive.

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