(MANCHESTER, N.H.) - Barack Obama came out swinging today at rally that was intended to, in part, focus on relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Ike.
Prior to the event, spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Obama would talk about the "quiet storms that people across the country are facing." However, Obama was anything but quiet when it came to blasting John McCain.
"John McCain doesn't get it. He doesn't know what's going on in your lives. He is out of touch with the American people," Obama said while hitting McCain on the economy. He accused McCain of running "dishonest" and "untruthful" ads on his tax policies, of using "Karl Rove" style politics, and of trying to distort his record.
"The McCain-Palin ticket - they don't want to debate the Obama-Biden ticket on issues because they are running on 8 more years of what we've just seen," Obama said.
"So as a consequence, they are going to spend the next 7 to 8 weeks... to try to distract you, they're going to talk about pigs, they're going to talk about lipstick, and they're going to talk about Paris Hilton, and they're going to talk about Britney Spears. They will try to distort my record."
A war of words ensued between the Obama and McCain campaigns after the event. McCain spokesman, Tucker Bounds, called into question Obama's judgment for attacking McCain on the day that Hurricane Ike made landfall. "Today's attacks mark a new low from Barack Obama," Bounds said.
The Obama campaign quickly fired back, calling McCain's campaign "the sleaziest and least honorable" in history.
"His discredited ads with disgusting lies are running all over the country today. He runs a campaign not worthy of the office he is seeking," said Obama spokesman Bill Burton.