Politics & Government

Biden centers on McCain, economy

Speaking at UNC Charlotte on Thursday, Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden sought to tie Republican John McCain's economic policies to those of President Bush.

“If it walks like a duck, if it looks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck, it's a duck,” he said. “Well guess what? John McCain and Sarah Palin are quacking like George Bush.”

Biden spoke to a mostly student crowd of around 1,500 at UNCC's Halton Arena. He made similar apppearances later in Winston-Salem and Raleigh. It was his third visit to the state since the Democratic convention in August.

Acknowledging the region, if not his audience, Biden described the campaign with a NASCAR analogy.

“Here in Charlotte, you know racing better than anybody,” he said. “Right now our campaigns are trading paint. And I can tell you the McCain campaign is getting a little loose … He doesn't have a very steady hand these days.”

Republican spokesman Alex Conant took note of the analogy.

“Joe Biden is being loose with his ‘rhetorical flourishes' again,” he said. “To offer a more accurate NASCAR analogy than Biden did: If Obama wins, he will raise taxes and our economy will go from a yellow to red flag.”

But Biden said Obama would cut middle-class taxes. They've said their administration would cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans.

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