(HERSHEY, PA.) – John McCain went after his Democratic rivals on their tax plans today, saying they've knocked $100,000 off their definition of what it means to be middle class.
"Sen. Obama has made a lot of promises. First he said people making less than $250,000 would benefit from his plan, then this weekend he announced in an ad that if you're a family making less than $200,000 you'll benefit – but yesterday, right here in Pennsylvania, Sen. Biden said tax relief should only go to 'middle class people – people making under 150,000 dollars a year.' You getting an idea of what's on their mind?" McCain said at a rally here.
"It's interesting how their definition of rich has a way of creeping down. At this rate, it won't be long before Sen. Obama is right back to his vote that Americans making just $42,000 a year should get a tax increase. We can't let that happen."
Obama's campaign insists this is not a change in their tax plans, and that McCain is distorting their policy.
"The McCain campaign's attacks are getting more desperate by the hour," said Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor. "Obama and Biden have always said, under their plan no family making less than $250,000 will see their taxes increase one cent. And if your family makes less than $200,000 – as 95 percent of workers and their families do – you'll get a tax cut. Maybe the McCain campaign keeps lying about Obama's tax plan because with seven days left in this election, voters are rejecting McCain's plan to give billions more in tax giveaways to big corporations and the wealthiest Americans – but nothing to more than 100 million middle-class families."
McCain also addressed another pressing issue on the mind of many Pennsylvanians – the possibility that Game 6 of the World Series between the Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays might be delayed by Obama's infomercial tomorrow night.
"By the way, no one will delay the World Series game with an infomercial when I'm president," McCain said.