(DOWNINGTOWN, PA.) – Trying to capitalize on what the campaign says is a surge of momentum coming out of last night's debate, John McCain tried to separate himself from the economic policies of the current president.
"We can't spend the next four years as we've spent much of the last eight, waiting for our luck to change," McCain said today at a rally here.
"As I mentioned last night to Sen. Obama, I'm not George Bush. If he wanted to run against George Bush, he should have run four years ago."
Both campaigns have released TV commercials keying off the line from last night's debate, with Barack Obama's camp trying to link McCain to Bush's tax policies and the McCain campaign using it to show their candidate's differences with Bush.
Obama also talked about McCain's attempt to distance himself from Bush today, telling a crowd in New Hampshire that McCain supports many of Bush's economic policies.
"He said, 'I don't know why you're running against George Bush.' I said I'm not running against George Bush, I'm running against all those policies of George Bush that you support, Sen. McCain," Obama said.
"In three debates and over twenty months, John McCain still hasn't explained a single thing that he would do differently from George Bush when it comes to the most important economic issues we face today. Not one."