Tough Talk: VP Hopeful Makes Rousing Speech To Enthusiastic Labor Groups

Akron, OH - The Campaign '08 spotlight shining brightly on Northeast Ohio yet again Thursday.

Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden stumping in Canton and Akron.

Campaigning in Akron Senator Biden made his case to labor groups.

"There's no debate between John McCain and Barack Obama on whether there should be tax cuts. The debate is on who gets the tax cuts," Biden told a crowd of about 150 at the Laborers' International Union of North America Local 894 meeting hall.

McCain misstated Biden's remark when he told supporters at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that Biden had said "raising taxes is patriotic."

"Raising taxes in a tough economy isn't patriotic. It's not a badge of honor. It's just plain dumb," McCain said. "The billions in tax increases that Sen. Obama is proposing would kill even more jobs during tough economic times. I'm not going to let that happen."

Although McCain claims that Obama would raise taxes, the independent Tax Policy Center and other groups conclude that four out of five U.S. households would receive tax cuts under Obama's proposals.

In a new TV ad that repeats widely debunked claims about the Democratic tax plan, the McCain campaign charges that Obama would increase the size of the federal government amid an economic crisis. Contending that "a big government casts a big shadow on us all," the ad features the image of a shadow slowly covering a sleeping baby as a narrator misstates the reach of the Obama tax proposal.

"Obama and his liberal congressional allies want a massive government, billions in spending increases, wasteful pork," the ad says. "And we would pay - painful income taxes, skyrocketing taxes on life savings, electricity and home heating oil. Can your family afford that?"