18 days to go in this election and it's getting rough out there. Very rough.
Tonight, 360's Gary Tuchman takes us to a Biden campaign stop in New Mexico. The Delaware senator shot back at McCain for saying he's not George Bush. But what's getting more attention is perhaps his most aggressive feedback yet on McCain's running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin.
"It was reported she said she like to visit 'Pro-American parts of the country," Biden said.
Palin did make a comment like that last night in North Carolina.
"We believe that the best of America is in the small towns that we get to visit, and in the wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, very pro-america areas of this great nation," she said.
Today Biden fired back saying, "We all love our country in every part of this nation! And im tired. I am tired, tired. Tired, tired of the implications about patriotism."
Later, on a campaign plane, Palin talked more about her pro-American comment.
"I know Obama loves America. I'm sure that is why he's running for president. It's because he wants to do what he believes is in the best interest of this great nation. I believe that our ticket can do a better job for America as we reduce taxes and reign in government and allow our private sector and our families to prosper, to grow, and to keep more of what they earn and produce so that they can reinvest according to our own priorities. I think that is best to get the economy back on track. It's a better agenda for America. But I don't question at all Barack Obama's love for this great country," said Palin.
It's not just the word "patriotism" being thrown around.
There's also ACORN voter fraud allegations directed at the Obama camp. And, Republicans have launched recorded "robocalls" blasting Obama for "having worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers," party sources said.
"Hundreds of thousands" of calls are being made in at least six battleground states including Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio, the sources said.
Flashback to 2000 when McCain was the target of a vicious robocall by the Bush campaign. Back then McCain said he'd never want to say he ran that type of campaign.
Like I said, it's getting rough out there. Very rough.
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