Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Monday that the bus on which President Barack Obama is traveling this week to campaign for his jobs plan is ugly. "I must say again I have never seen an uglier bus than a Canadian one," McCain said on the Senate floor, according to CNN. "He is traveling around on a Canadian bus touting American jobs."
Obama is traveling in North Carolina and Virginia on a three-day buys tour to promote his jobs plan. He won both states in 2008 after Republican presidential candidates had triumphed there for decades.
"On the taxpayer-paid dime, the president is now traveling attacking the Republican plan. Obviously I think unfairly," McCain said.
The Secret Service purchased two buses last year for $1.1 million each, according to the Associated Press. The president used the buses earlier this summer for his Midwest jobs tour, but the Secret Service said that the buses would also have future uses for traveling dignitaries.
According to the White House pool report, the black armored bus is code-named Ground Force One.
McCain became known in the 2000 campaign for traveling on a bus called the Straight Talk Express, with open media availability. He also campaigned on the Straight Talk Express in his 2008 campaign.
On Oct. 6, McCain tweeted, "Re: Upcoming Obama bus tour- That ugly, Canadian-built, taxpayer-funded bus is an insult to the Straight Talk Express!"
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US President Barack Obama carries his lunch to his bus in Marion, North Carolina, on October 17, 2011 during the first day of his three-day American Jobs Act bus tour to discuss jobs and the economy. Obama's tour comes as Republicans and several moderate Democrats remain roadblocks to passing his $447 billion jobs plan in the Senate. (AFP Photo/Jewel Samad)
US Secret Service agents stand guard as US President Barack Obama (C) walks off his bus at Galesburg High School for a surprise visit in Galesburg, Illinois, August 17, 2011, during the final day of his three-day bus tour in the Midwest centering on ways to grow the economy. (AFP Photo/Jim Watson)
Republican presidential candidate Arizona Senator John McCain arrives aboard his campaign bus in Steubenville, Ohio for a campaign stop on October 31, 2008. McCain in on the second day of his two-day bus tour of Ohio. (AFP Photo/Robyn Beck)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 04: Republican presidential candidate and Senator John McCain's (R-AZ) campaign bus the 'Straight Talk Express' heads to Grand Central Terminal as it drives through Manhattan February 4, 2008 in New York City. McCain is leading in most polls over rival contender Mitt Romney one day before the biggest 'Super Tuesday' in American history. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
An American Vietnamese waves the flags of both the United States and South Vietnam while Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain's bus pulls out of Little Saigon in Westminster, CA., the largest Vietnamese community outside of Vietnam, March 1, 2000. McCain has been criticized for recently using the slur 'gooks' to describe the captors who held him prisoner during the Vietnam war. (Photo by David McNew)
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