ABC News’ Matt Jaffe reports: Democratic vice-presidential nominee Joe Biden Wednesday hit the road in Ohio as he likened John McCain’s economic "conversion" to the Bible story of Saul on the Road to Damascus.
"John said I’m always for less regulation. Here now John says he’s gonna go and crack down on the greed on Wall Street, the greed of American corporations," Biden said in Maumee, Ohio. "Let’s take a look at John’s conversion here — something happened on the road to Damascus, John fell off his horse but he got back up on the same horse.”
Biden, launching a two-day bus tour through the battleground Buckeye State, spent much of his 40-minute remarks on Maumee’s idyllic West Wayne Street hitting out at Republicans for de-regulating the economy in recent years.
"Look, if John cares so much, cares so much about this now, where was he a week ago? Where was he a month ago? Where was he five years ago? I’ll tell you where he was, he was bragging to the folks on Wall Street to the executives who now he calls ‘greedy.’ He was bragging to them how we’re going to shred the regulation that fetters them, that ties them down."
"Remember that scene in this administration where a bunch of folks, I think it was the Commerce Department, or maybe it was Treasury, took out a chainsaw. They had it on TV, a chainsaw, and cut through a whole batch of regulations. Well, they were cutting your bone and sinew. They were cutting right through the very things that protected ordinary people on Main Street."
The McCain-Palin campaign responded by arguing that voters would not be swayed by Biden’s "distortions."
"No matter how fiery the sales job, Ohio voters prefer John McCain’s maverick record of reforming government and fighting for change," said McCain-Palin spokesman Ben Porritt.