McCain in Pa.: 'Joe's the Man'
By Michael D. Shear
DOWNINGTON, Pa. -- Sen. John McCain took his debate performance on the road today, talking about "Joe" at a rally here in suburban Philadelphia and repeating some of his best lines from the face-off with Sen. Barack Obama last night.
"As I said in the debate, if he wanted to run against President Bush, he should have run four years ago," McCain told the crowd of about 1,000.
He brought up former president Herbert Hoover, just as he had during the debate. And he railed against Obama for wanting to raise taxes, a mistake that he said would plunge the country from recession to depression.
But by far the biggest applause lines were for "Joe."
"I thought I did pretty well," McCain said. "The real winner last night was Joe the plumber. Joe's the man. He won and small businesses won across America ... the American people are not going to let Senator Obama raise their taxes."
There were no character attacks on Obama. And at times, the rally seemed like a flashback to the time when McCain was actively promoting himself as a bipartisan candidate.
Sen. Joe Lieberman took to the stage for McCain, saying he is ready "to fight for each and every one of you, the American people, to get us out of the economic hole we're in."
"I am, as you may know, a Democrat reelected as an independent, here to support the Republican nominee," Lieberman said. It was one his few appearances on the stump for McCain since speaking at the Republican National Convention in early September.
"And the reason is simple -- country matters more than party," Lieberman said.
Posted at 1:49 PM ET on Oct 16, 2008
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