(CNN) - John McCain has received some unwelcome praise over the last couple weeks - at least as he campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination.
First he was endorsed by The New York Times, a newspaper often criticized by conservatives. Then, former President Bill Clinton said wife, Hillary, and McCain are 'very close.'
Now Barack Obama is getting in on the applause. At Thursday's debate, he lauded McCain for originally voting against the Bush tax cuts.
"I respect McCain who in the first two rounds of Bush tax cuts said it is irresponsible that we have never before cut taxes at the same time as we are going into war," Obama said.
McCain voted against Bush's tax cuts in both 2001 and 2003, but he is now supporting the extension - a fact Obama went on to take issue with.
"But somewhere along the line, the Straight Talk Express lost some wheels and now he is in favor of extending Bush's tax cuts that went to some of the wealthiest Americans who don't need them and were not even asking for them," he said.
- CNN Producer Alexander Mooney