11/09/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

McCain's New Stump Speech: "Lusty Attacks" On Obama, "Very Few Specifics" On Economy

Senator John McCain devoted most of two campaign appearances on Wednesday to lusty attacks on Senator Barack Obama and gave less attention, and offered very few specifics, to the growing economic woes of American voters.

In both appearances, in this suburb of Cleveland and at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., Mr. McCain's stump speech followed the same pattern: In broad, quick strokes, he reiterated the economic proposal he raised at his debate with Mr. Obama on Tuesday night -- a "homeownership resurgence plan," in which the government would buy mortgages directly from homeowners and mortgage services and replace them with what he called "manageable" mortgages.

After that, he raced through promises of jobs, tax cuts, lower prices, better health care, a spending freeze and a balanced federal budget by the end of his first term. With that done, Mr. McCain then dived into the core of his speech, a lengthy, full-throated and crowd-pleasing criticism of Mr. Obama's record, character and judgment.

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