Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden campaigned together in North Carolina on Saturday.(AP Photo)
GREENSBORO, North Carolina (CNN) – A rare occurrence compared to the McCain-Palin ticket: Barack Obama and Joe Biden flew to North Carolina Saturday morning for their first joint rally since August 31. Both took the opportunity to hit John McCain for his Friday night debate performance, hammering the Arizona senator for failing to address middle class issues.
“The truth is,” Obama said, “through ninety minutes of debating, John McCain had a lot to say about me, but he had nothing to say about you. He didn't even say the words "middle class." Didn’t say the words “working people.”"
Obama discussed the bailout package that lawmakers hope to pass this weekend before markets open on Monday, laying out his proposals and reiterating the need for strict oversight.
“This administration started off by asking for a blank check to solve this problem,” said Obama. “It is unacceptable to expect the American people to hand this administration or any Administration a $700 billion without any conditions attached, without any oversight when a lack of oversight in Washington and on Wall Street is exactly what got us into this mess in the first place.”
The Illinois senator mocked McCain for stealing the Democrats’ lines, laughing, “You gotta come up with your own stuff!”
“He's been grabbing our signs, using our slogans,” said Obama. “The other day he said, I think, we need to ‘turn the page.’ It's like, come on, John! I've been saying that for – how long have I been saying that? Pretty soon I'm going to have to start saying I'm a maverick!”
For his part, Biden praised his running mate’s performance at the debate saying it proved Obama has shown better judgment than McCain.
“Look at the policy, the foreign policy and the national security policy, the focus of last night’s debate,” said Biden. “This was supposed to be John McCain’s turf and Barack Obama owned it last night.”
The McCain campaign responded to Obama’s charges on the economy by pointing to a July vote on a budget resolution that would have rolled back tax cuts on those making less than $41,500.
“If he was honest, Barack Obama knows he was unable to debate the merits of supporting higher taxes on the middle class, and bloated government spending during a looming economic crisis,” said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds, “it simply proved indefensible last night.”