JACKSON, Ohio (CNN) – John McCain strayed from his prepared remarks Wednesday to label Barack Obama as “out of touch” on energy, heightening his rhetoric against Obama on the issues of offshore drilling and nuclear power.
“My opponent, Senator Obama, opposes storage and reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel,” McCain told reporters after a tour of a cabinet factory here. “He opposes offshore drilling immediately, and he’s out of touch.”
The comments were not included in the original speech released by his campaign earlier in the day.
He accused Obama of planning to raise taxes on income, investment and small businesses, calling that “exactly the wrong strategy” in a bad economy.
McCain also debuted a new mantra in discussing the lagging economy, calling for an “economic surge” in the United States to complement the troop surge in Iraq, which McCain said has succeeded.
“Our surge has succeed in Iraq militarily,” McCain said. “Now we need an economic surge to keep jobs here at how and create new ones,” McCain said, without elaborating on what exactly an "economic surge" would entail.
McCain did not take questions from the media for the third consecutive day this week.