FRANKFORT, Kentucky (CNN) – After first targeting television pundits on Saturday for counting her out, Clinton zeroed in on John McCain and his economic policy at her second event, reiterating the argument that a McCain presidency would be a continuation of the Bush administration and saying, “I don’t know that you could be more out of touch.”
“In the end, Sen. McCain’s economic policy boils down to this – don’t just continue driving our nation in the wrong direction, put your foot on the accelerator and gun it,” Clinton told supporters at a poorly attended rally at Kentucky State University.
“You really have to work hard to have a tax plan more tilted to the wealthy than President Bush’s tax plan. But somehow John McCain has figured out a way to do it,” said Clinton.
Before Clinton had even delivered her remarks, the Republican National Committee sent reporters a response to attacks they knew were coming.
”Rather than explain why both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will raise taxes on hardworking Americans, Clinton is launching her own desperate attacks on John McCain,” said an RNC spokesman. “The Democrats’ plans for more taxes, more spending and more regulations will not grow the economy or create jobs. America needs strong leadership that understands the economy.”
Clinton has said she would repeal tax benefits Bush has given to corporations and wealthier individuals and revert to rates used during her husband’s administration.
Lost in all of this was Clinton’s principal rival, Barack Obama. As usual, Clinton jabbed him softly for not supporting her plan to remove gas tax taxes this summer, but otherwise she refrained from going after him.
With her chances of securing the nomination getting bleaker with each passing primary contest, Clinton is trying to get voters and superdelegates to focus on the general election, arguing that she has been more successful in important states and would be a stronger candidate to go up against McCain.