Obama Blasts Mac's 'Phony Outrage' in Lipstick Flap

GOP distracting from issues with 'Swift Boat politics,' Dem charges
By Michael Foreman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2008 3:08 PM CDT

Barack Obama fired back today at a McCain campaign ad claiming he smeared Sarah Palin, calling the tactic "phony outrage and Swift Boat politics," the Washington Post reports. Obama used the phrase "lipstick on a pig" to describe John McCain's policies during a campaign stop yesterday, which the McCain camp criticized as a sexist reference to Palin.

“I don't care what they say about me. But I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and Swift Boat politics,” the Democrat said today. “Enough is enough.” Though the McCain camp has demanded an apology, the AP notes that the Republican himself has used the phrase—including once to describe a Hillary Clinton policy. (More Barack Obama stories.)

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