McCain Tweaks Obama on Baseball and Politics in Pa.
By Michael Abramowitz
BENSALEM, Pa. -- John McCain has been looking for every opportunity to try to sow doubts about Barack Obama. Today, he seized on Obama's effort this week to show some love to the Tampa Bay Rays, a hated group here in Phillies country just before the World Series.
Campaigning in Tampa Monday, Obama was joined on-stage by members of the Rays, fresh off their exciting victory over the Red Sox to put them in their first-ever World Series. Obama has told crowds in Pennsylvania that he would root for the Phillies once his White Sox were out contention.
Obama said the presence in Florida was proof that he was "a unity candidate, bringing people together. So when you see a White Sox fan showing love to the Rays, and the Rays showing some love back -- you know we are on to something right here."
McCain slammed him for this comment in an appearance in the Philadelphia suburbs. "Now, I'm not dumb enough to get mixed up in a World Series between swing states, but I think I may have detected a little pattern with Senator Obama," he said. "It's pretty simple really. When he's campaigning in Philadelphia, he roots for the Phillies, then when he's campaigning in Tampa Bay, he shows love to the Rays. It's kind of like the way he campaigns on tax cuts, but then votes for tax increases after he's elected."
Obama-Biden spokesman Tommy Vietor responded by noting that Obama's first choice team, the White Sox, was already out of the running -- thanks to the Rays. "I guess these are the kinds of attacks you make when your campaign has conceded that if you talk about the economy, you'll lose," said Vietor. "Senator Obama said he's rooting for the Phillies. Yesterday he said nice things about the members of the team who came out to support him, but that doesn't change the fact that Tampa Bay bounced his White Sox out of the playoffs."
No word on whether McCain will bring up the subject again when he campaigns thus afternoon in western Pennsylvania, home of the Pirates. They didn't have such a good year.
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October 21, 2008; 1:54 PM ET
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