U.S. President Barack Obama is calling comments made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on McCain's war record ''outrageous,'' saying ''presidential debates deserve better.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~**NONE ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: United States President Barack Obama on Monday criticised comments by Republican candidate Donald Trump about war veteran John McCain, saying presidential debates deserve better than that. McCain, a Navy fighter pilot, was imprisoned and tortured in a Hanoi prison for five years during the Vietnam War after being shot down. Trump has drawn fire for telling an audience in Iowa that McCain was "not a war hero," and got that distinction only because he was captured, although he later softened his remarks. At a news conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Obama said, "In eighteen months I'm turning over the keys. I want to make sure I'm turning over the keys to somebody who is serious about the serious problems that the country faces and the world faces."