New York, Oct.14 : John McCain may be taking a lot of heat from his critics, but his running mate - Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is not lagging too far behind.
According to Fox News, an array of T-shirts, for instance, displaying the image of Sarah Palin and some variation of the "C-word" are gaining new popularity as Election Day nears.
A group of protesters outside Palin's fundraiser in Philadelphia Saturday wore shirts emblazoned with the words, "Sarah Palin Is a C--T."
Cafe Press is selling a slew of off-color Palin T-shirts, including the one spotted in Philadelphia.
The Portland Tribune also reported over the weekend that two men in Oregon were arrested for throwing a Molotov cocktail at a large McCain campaign sign, igniting part of the structure.
And on Monday at a McCain rally in North Carolina, an Obama supporter stood outside and repeatedly yelled, "McCain is a murderer."
One woman yelled back: "He fought for your right to say that."
Republicans argue that while neither campaign can curtail every action of its supporters, McCain is being unfairly depicted as the only candidate who attracts audience members with extreme views.
Indeed, both candidates are still attracting rowdy supporters.
But both campaigns seem to be making an effort to dial back negative rhetoric, or at least calm down their crowds.
Obama scolded his audience Monday in Toledo when they began booing at the very mention of McCain. "We don't need that," he said. "We just need to vote."
McCain corrected a woman Friday who said Obama is "an Arab," drawing boos from the crowd.