Expanding on his closing argument, John McCain put out an ad on Tuesday morning that accuses Barack Obama of pushing redistributive tax policies and wanting "higher taxes... for workin' Joe's."
Titled "Compare," the spot comes after days of the McCain-Palin ticket hammering away at the same argument, to little movement in the polls. Part of the issue is that the charge just lacks political credibility.
As John Harwood, appearing on MSNBC Tuesday morning, reminded viewers, McCain, too, favors policies that redistribute wealth, including a health care plan that would "give every American family a $5,000 refundable tax credit" to buy insurance.
The ad, the campaign says, will be televised in key states. Here is the script:
Your choice... For higher taxes ... for workin' Joe's. Spread your income ... keep what's yours. A trillion in new spending ... freeze spending, eliminate waste. Pain for small business ... economic growth. Risky ... proven. For a stronger America, McCain.