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Matt Hughes criticizes Barack Obama; Barack Obama responds

Our good friend Steve Cofield had the chance to interview Senator Barack Obama prior to Tuesday's election and being the student of mixed martial arts that he is, was sure to sneak in Matt Hughes recent criticism of Obama regarding his patriotism and tax plan.

From the former UFC welterweight champion:

"I want the President to be a good role model, Senator McCain always addresses Barack Obama as Mr. or Senator Obama. Barack always addresses Mr. McCain as John McCain. I like the respect value that Mr. McCain always shows. I dislike that Barack seems to show no respect for Mr. McCain. Barack not putting his hand over his heart during the Pledge also falls under the respect factor."

Senator Obama's reply:

"I say two things, number one I call Senator McCain 'Senator McCain' all the time. There may be times where I have slipped in something else but generally speaking if you look at the tone of this campaign, I would argue that nobody's been more respectful to Senator McCain regarding his heroism during World War II [and] talking positively about some of the work that he's done. And in terms of that whole issue of putting hand over heart, that just wasn't the case. There was one occasion when I was singing the [Star Spangled Banner] and didn't put my hand over my heart but nobody is more patriotic than I am. My Grandfather fought in World War II and was in Patton's army. He taught me early on about love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for country."

To hear the entire interview, including Obama's rebuttal to Hughes critique of his proposed tax plan, head over to the MMA Experts Blog to hear the audio of Cofield and Obama breaking it down.

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