HUDSON, Wisconsin (CNN) - John McCain pointedly criticized Barack Obama on the issue of taxes today in Wisconsin, accusing his Democratic rival of using “smooth rhetoric” to mask his intention to raise taxes on small business owners.
“Senator Obama will raise your taxes,” he said at a town hall focused on women voters. “I won't, because jobs are the most important thing our economy creates, and when you raise taxes in a bad economy you eliminate jobs.”
"When you cut through all the smooth rhetoric, Senator Obama's policies would make it harder for women to start new businesses, harder for women to create or find new jobs, harder for women to manage the family budget, and harder for women and their families to meet their tax burden,” he said. “That's what the difference is all about between myself and Senator Obama."?
Obama's campaign quickly fired back. “Senator Obama understands that the challenges facing women and families in the 21st century are very different than the challenges of the past, but John McCain seems stuck in an outdated view of American families," senior adviser Anita Dunn said in a statement.
At Friday's event, McCain cited his wife Cindy and his mother Roberta along with his advisers Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina as examples of accomplished women in his life. He also praised Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi for inspiring women nationwide.