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Robber Reportedly Carves 'B' Into Face of Female McCain Supporter


This is the face of a 20-year-old Pennsylvania woman, who was reportedly robbed and later attacked today by an assailant who saw a McCain bumper sticker on her car.

The Associated Press has more:

A woman robbed at knifepoint at a Pittsburgh ATM told police her attacker knocked her down and carved a "B" in her face after noticing a John McCain sticker on her car.

Police say the victim refused medical attention for the wound. An officer saw the injury, but a police report does not describe its size or severity.

Authorities say the woman is from Texas, but aren't identifying her.

Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richards says the woman was withdrawing money at 9 p.m. Wednesday when a man approached her from behind, put a knife to her neck and demanded money. She says she gave him $60.

The woman told police the robber then noticed the bumper sticker, punched her in the back of the head, knocked her down and carved a "B" on her face.

Pittsburgh's WTAE TV has more on the alleged robber and a response from the Obama campaign:

The robber is described as a dark-skinned black man, 6 feet 4 inches tall, 200 pounds with a medium build, short black hair and brown eyes. The man was wearing dark colored jeans, a black undershirt and black shoes.

The Obama-Biden campaign released a statement, commenting on the attack. The statement said "Our thoughts and prayers are with the young woman for her to make a speedy recovery, and we hope that the person who perpetrated this crime is swiftly apprehended and brought to justice."

This heinous crime, as described, is sure to dominate local Pennsylvania news and will likely make national headlines, as it develops.

The Obama campaign was quick to respond to the story. One has to wonder what effect, if any, it will have on uncommitted voters going to the polls in the battleground state.

On today's show, we focused on the psychology of voting. Robert Luskin, David Bositis, and Frank Luntz — all experts on the topic — explained how a candidate's stance on the issues sometimes matters less to voters than his/her overall persona and other, outside factors.

What do you think?

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