ST. JOSEPH, Missouri (CNN) – Joe Biden railed against the McCain camp’s recent character attacks on Barack Obama Wednesday, saying, “when you've got something to say to a guy, you look him in the eye and you say it to him!”
The Delaware senator on Wednesday called the strategy “the lowest road to the highest office in the land” and asked a small crowd at Missouri Western State University, “beyond these attacks, what’s John McCain really offering?”
“Every single false charge, every baseless accusation is an attempt to get you to stop paying attention to what's going on in this country and what's going on in your lives,” said Biden, telling supporters to not be distracted by the Republican tone.
“John McCain could not bring himself to look Barack Obama in the eye and say the same things to him,” he added. “Well in my neighborhood, when you've got something to say to a guy, you look him in the eye and you say it to him!”
Biden was referring to the presidential candidate’ first debate when the Arizona senator appeared to avoid Obama’s gaze as well as the fact that McCain avoided going after Obama’s character in the second debate Tuesday despite numerous attacks in campaign speeches and television ads.
In that second debate, McCain proposed a plan for the government to buy back bad mortgages from the banks. Initially he suggested buying them at a discount, but Wednesday said the government should pay full value – a plan Biden also attacked.
“In a matter of months, days, even hours, John McCain has gone from first cutting regulation consumer protections from banks,” said Biden. “Then ignoring the banks and lenders, and not even talking about it. Now to talking about banks and lenders. And now he’s gone to the point of actually wanting to reward banks and lenders for their greedy behavior. Ladies and gentlemen, this is not a steady hand.”
Biden’s rally Wednesday’s was the first in a two-day swing through Missouri where Obama and McCain are neck and neck in the polls. He flies to Chicago Friday for a fundraiser with Oprah Winfrey and then home to Delaware for a day off.