(MESILLA, N.M.) – "When I pull this thing off, I have a request for my opponent," John McCain said at rally here today. "I want him to save that manuscript of his inaugural address and donate it to the Smithsonian, so they can put it right next to the Chicago paper that says 'Dewey defeats Truman.'"
Taking aim squarely at what McCain's campaign feels is the presumptiveness of Barack Obama, McCain was referring to a report in the New York Times that says John Podesta has already drafted an inaugural address for Obama.
"There's ten days left in this election, maybe Barack Obama will even have his first State of he Union address ready before you head to the polls," McCain continued. "I guess I'm a little old fashioned about these things. I'd prefer to let the voters weigh in before presuming the outcome."
The Obama campaign says the charge is "completely false," and points out that the address McCain is referring to appears in a book Podesta wrote before Obama was the nominee.