[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/15/art.bidenpt1015.ap.jpg caption="Sen. Biden took on Sen. McCain's recent attacks on Sen. Obama during a campaign event in Ohio Wednesday."]
LANCASTER, Ohio (CNN) – Joe Biden told supporters that John McCain has heightened attacks on Barack Obama because the Arizona senator is ‘drowning.’
Watch: Biden on McCain's attacks
“When you're drowning, you've got to try a new method to stay above the water,” Biden told a small Ohio University audience seated in a field on the edge of campus. “John McCain's offering nothing new and that's why I think John McCain's campaign is becoming so erratic. Political stunts instead of offering significant solutions.”
Later in his speech, the Delaware senator pointed to a cartoon in the local newspaper picturing bankers jumping off a bank while McCain and running mate Sarah Palin look on and remark, “Barack Obama pals around with a terrorist, you know.”
“I think it best captures anything I have seen,” said the Delaware senator holding up the paper.
“While the economy is going to hell in a handbasket, while people are losing their jobs, while things are going under, they’re running the most scurrilous campaign in modern history trying to tie a decent honorable man raised by his grandparents and his mother who worked his way up, who fought in a way that few people have to fight to make something of himself.”
Biden has one more stop on his two-day bus tour of Ohio before heading west to raise money and campaign in California, along with the battleground states of New Mexico and Nevada.