(ORMOND BEACH, FLA.) – John McCain kicked off his "Joe the Plumber" bus tour – Joe not included – aimed squarely at Florida's blue collar workers and small business owners, whom McCain warned that Barack Obama wanted to raise their taxes.
"Obama wants to spread the wealth around, Sen. Obama wants to spread it around, that means fewer jobs at their businesses and fewer jobs here in Florida. You know, this week, this week we learned that Sen. Obama is concerned that his plan for wealth redistribution is seen as welfare, so he just added a work requirement," McCain said a rally here.
"13 days to go, he changed his tax plan because the American people had learned the truth about it and they didn't like it. It's another example that he'll say anything to get elected."
The Obama campaign countered that McCain's plan would raise taxes on millions of Americans.
"Last week Sen. McCain called Obama's tax cuts for working people 'welfare.' Today he's claiming Sen. Obama doesn't do enough to help the unemployed. The only thing consistent about these attacks is how dishonest they are," said Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor. "All of Sen. Obama's tax credits only go to workers and they always have. The McCain campaign is once again trying to distort our plan to distract from the fact that Sen. Obama's tax plan will help the middle class while Sen. McCain leaves out 100 million Americans."
McCain also continued to remind voters that Obama's running mate Joe Biden promised an international crisis if Obama takes office.
"We don't want a president that invites testing from the world at a time when our economy is in crisis and Americans are already fighting in two wars. Yesterday, Sen. Obama tried to explain it away by saying that his running mate sometimes engages in rhetorical flourishes," McCain said to laughter from the crowd.
"Really? That's another way of saying that he accidentally delivered some straight talk to America."