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John McCain Blasts Obama Jobs Tour, Campaign Bus: 'I Have Never Seen An Uglier Bus'

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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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