ABC News’ Bret Hovell reports: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Sunday, took the opportunity of a mid-afternoon press conference to twice call Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., “out of touch” on issues ranging from the economy to the values of average Americans.
McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, spoke to reporters at the swanky Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Fla., where he held a fundraiser Sunday evening.
McCain criticized Obama for not supporting McCain’s plan for a gas tax holiday, which would eliminate the 18 cents per gallon Americans pay for gasoline between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
“Obviously, Sen. Obama does not understand that this would be a nice thing for Americans,” McCain said.
He also sharply criticized Obama for saying that he was open to raising taxes on capital gains, which McCain said would affect the taxes of 100 million Americans who have investments.
“That means he has no understanding of the economy and that he is totally insensitive to the hopes and dreams and ambitions of 100 million Americans who would be affected by his almost doubling of the capital gains tax,” McCain said.
“He is out of touch with the economy.”
The second “out of touch” came when McCain, who is 71, was talking about comments Obama made a few weeks back when he described rural Pennsylvanians as “bitter.” Speaking at a fundraiser in northern California, Obama said rural Americans turn to faith and guns as a result.
“He believes that it’s out of economic concerns. We all know it’s out of a fundamental belief, a fundamental faith in this country and its values and its principles. Again, Sen. Obama, out of touch.”