From CBS News' John Bentley:
(HANOVERTON, OHIO) – John McCain accused his Democratic rivals of celebrating today's holiday by trying to spook senior citizens.
"It's Halloween, so what do the Democrats do, every four years, they run out, they try to scare seniors by saying that Republicans are going to take away their Social Security or we're going to take way Medicare. They do it every four years, and my friends, our Americans have wised up," McCain said. "I'm going to protect Social Security, I'm going to protect Medicare, I'm not going to let this Congress tax away your retirement savings."
The Democratic National Committee, though, says McCain has considered privatizing some aspects of Social Security.
"The voters have a clear choice between Barack Obama, who stood up to President Bush's plan to threaten the retirement security of millions of Americans, and John McCain, who voted in favor of privatization at least three times and toured the country to promote President Bush's failed plan in 2005," said DNC spokesman Damien LaVera. "The last thing America can afford is John McCain doubling down on George Bush's failed, flawed and risky policies."
So who's scarier? According to a CBS News/New York Times poll released yesterday, most people who are voting for John McCain would be "scared" if Barack Obama were elected president. 47% of Obama voters would be "scared" if McCain won, compared to 57% for McCain voters.