McCain Says Biden Attests to Concerns About Obama

October 21, 2008 at 1:03 am Leave a comment

mccain-biden.jpgJohn McCain’s criticism that Barack Obama isn’t experienced enough to
be president got a boost when the Democrat’s own running mate, Joe
Biden, told donors that he expected his boss to be tested, if elected,
by a “generated crisis” shortly after taking office.

“We don’t want a president who invites testing from the world at a
time when our economy is in crisis and Americans are already fighting
in two wars,” McCain, a 72-year-old Vietnam War veteran, told a crowd
Monday in Belton, Mo.

“What is more troubling is that Sen. Biden
told their campaign donors that when that crisis hits, they would have
to stand with them, because it wouldn’t be apparent Sen. Obama would
have the right response,” added the Republican nominee, who was
spending Tuesday in Pennsylvania, another battleground. “Forget
apparent. Sen. Obama won’t have the right response, and we know that
because we’ve seen the wrong response from him over and over during
this campaign.”

At weekend fundraisers, Biden said of Obama,
“Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis,
to test the mettle of this guy.”

McCain went on the criticize
Obama’s opposition to President Bush’s decision to send tens of
thousands of additional U.S. troops to Iraq, as well as his rival’s
more restrained response to Russia’s invasion of Georgia this summer.

Obama
gained a forceful rebuttal to those concerns over the weekend, when
former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a retired four-star general and
former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, endorsed Obama and
attested to his readiness to be president.

Powell also criticized
McCain’s selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate,
saying she failed to meet the primary qualification for a vice
president: the ability to assume the presidency at any time.

The
attacks on Obama are one element in a sharpened stump speech in which
McCain also accused his rival of having socialistic tax policies. They
come two weeks before Election Day, and as Obama maintains a lead in
national polling as well as in surveys conducted in key battleground
states.

It was unclear whether McCain might step back from his
attacks after Obama’s campaign announced that he will suspend
campaigning for two days later this week to visit his gravely ill,
85-year-old grandmother in Hawaii.

Amid concern that battleground
states were slipping from their grasp, McCain aides scheduled a daylong
tour across Pennsylvania on Tuesday.

McCain scheduled rallies in Bensalem, near Philadelphia; Harrisburg; and Moon Township, outside Pittsburgh.

Source: Las Vegas Sun

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