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CANTON, Ohio (CNN) – On the second day of his two-day swing through Ohio, Joe Biden continued to slam John McCain for his economic plan and lack of support for financial and health care regulation, calling the Arizona senator’s answers for the struggling economy “the ultimate Bridge to Nowhere.”
“John McCain literally stands alone now," said Biden at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, speaking on the museum’s Astroturf field. "Even with Bush, [he] stands alone now in saying the economy and the fundamentals are strong." "He is totally out of touch with the problems of average people.”
On Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino refused to comment on McCain’s Monday remark that “the fundamentals of the economy are strong.” She said the White House didn’t want to become “part of the game,” adding, “We are in a position of strength to deal with this crisis.”
Biden painted McCain as a latecomer to financial regulation, a position the Delaware senator says is still at odds with McCain’s proposed health care plan.
“As [John McCain’s] saying he’s going to change and clean up Wall Street, re-regulate them rationally, he is calling for the effective de-regulation of the insurance industry,” said Biden. “How many of you trust your HMOs to make your decisions? How many of you trust your health insurance company if they didn’t have to listen to the state legislatures and tell you what they have to provide?”
“If you look at John McCain’s answers for the economy, and we’re in such desperate shape,” Biden continued, “[They’re] the ultimate bridge to nowhere. It’s nowhere. It takes you nowhere.”