At Town Hall With Palin, McCain Takes Lead In Criticizing Obama

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From CBS News' John Bentley:

(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) – While it was Sarah Palin's first time to take questions from voters tonight, the man who credits over a hundred town halls in New Hampshire for reviving his candidacy was also on stage, taking over the role of criticizing the Republicans' rival.

"Sen. Obama said in recent days that he may delay his economic plan because of the adverse impact of his tax increases," John McCain said. "We can't elect a president whose agenda would hurt our economy."

The Obama campaign disagreed with that assessment. "Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin may have taken questions together for the first time, but they didn't give a single answer about what they would do differently from George Bush to fix the economy," said Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor. "Instead of explaining why Sen. McCain thinks the fundamentals of the economy are strong, they offered more lies about Barack Obama's record."

McCain went on to say that he and Palin would not raise taxes, because "the worst thing you can do is raise taxes in difficult times."

But the running mates didn't agree on every issue. When a member of the audience asked if Palin had convinced McCain to drill in ANWR, something McCain said he does not want to do, Palin admitted to trying to change his mind.

"I'm still working on it," she said.

"What do you expect from two mavericks?" McCain said by way of explanation on their disagreements.