(RENO, NEV.) - Barack Obama mocked and derided John McCain today for trying to distance himself from George Bush and for linking him to the administration. Calling it one of the strangest twists of the campaign, Obama said McCain's argument that he will continue Bush's economic policies is senseless.
"Let's be clear: John McCain attacking George Bush for his out-of-hand economic policy is like Dick Cheney attacking George Bush for his go-it-alone foreign policy," Obama said.
"What Joe Biden says – it's like Tonto getting mad at the Lone Ranger. John McCain's been with George Bush every step of the way!"
Obama reminded the thousands at the University of Nevada rally that George Bush voted for McCain through an absentee ballot yesterday. "That's no surprise because when it comes to the policies that matter for middle class families, there's not an inch of daylight between George Bush and John McCain," Obama said.
Not only did Obama link McCain to Bush's economic policies, he argued that he would promote his health care and social security plans as well. This was one of Obama's most aggressive attempts to link up McCain and Bush.
McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds quickly responded to Obama's charges by linking him to Bush. "For a candidate who only months ago said he voted with President Bush 'for the most part,' Barack Obama certainly likes to vilify him now," Bounds said in a statement.
Bounds is referring to a television interview last June, when Obama said that he voted for a number of bills that were introduced by the Republicans.