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McCain Storms Florida On 'Joe the Plumber' Tour

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(CNN) -- John McCain on Thursday kicks off his "Joe the Plumber" tour to woo Florida's blue-collar vote, as Barack Obama returns to Indiana, a traditionally red state where McCain is ahead.

"Whether it's Joe the Plumber in Ohio, or Joe over here ... we shouldn't be taxing our small businesses, as Obama wants to do," McCain said as he thanked the 'Joes' in Ormond Beach.

McCain charged that Obama believes in "redistributing the wealth, not in policies that grow our economy and create jobs and opportunities for all Americans."

"Sen. Obama is more concerned with controlling who gets your piece of the pie than he is in growing the pie," McCain said.

McCain's other Florida stops Thursday include Daytona Beach, Altamonte Springs, Orlando, Plant City and Sarasota.

Obama holds a 3 percentage point lead over McCain in Florida, 49 percent to 46 percent, according to CNN's average of Florida polls. Florida has 27 electoral votes up for grabs.

The Republican ticket is focusing its argument on Obama's highly publicized conversation with Ohio voter Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, since dubbed "Joe the Plumber."

Earlier this month, Wurzelbacher told Obama that he was about to buy a company that makes more than $250,000 a year and was concerned that the Democrat would tax him more.

Obama explained his tax plan in depth, saying it's better to lower taxes for Americans who make less money so that they could afford to buy from his business. His tax plan would lower taxes for people making less than $250,000 a year.

"I think that when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody," Obama told Wurzelbacher.

McCain and running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin have said that Obama's plan sounds like socialism.

"Whether it's Joe the Plumber in Ohio, or Joe over here ... we shouldn't be taxing our small businesses, as Obama wants to do," McCain said as he thanked the 'Joes' in Ormond Beach.

McCain charged that Obama believes in "redistributing the wealth, not in policies that grow our economy and create jobs and opportunities for all Americans."

"Sen. Obama is more concerned with controlling who gets your piece of the pie than he is in growing the pie," McCain said.  

McCain's other Florida stops Thursday include Daytona Beach, Altamonte Springs, Orlando, Plant City and Sarasota.

Obama holds a 3 percentage point lead over McCain in Florida, 49 percent to 46 percent, according to CNN's average of Florida polls. Florida has 27 electoral votes up for grabs.

The Republican ticket is focusing its argument on Obama's highly publicized conversation with Ohio voter Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, since dubbed "Joe the Plumber."

Earlier this month, Wurzelbacher told Obama that he was about to buy a company that makes more than $250,000 a year and was concerned that the Democrat would tax him more.

Obama explained his tax plan in depth, saying it's better to lower taxes for Americans who make less money so that they could afford to buy from his business. His tax plan would lower taxes for people making less than $250,000 a year.

"I think that when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody," Obama told Wurzelbacher.

McCain and running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin have said that Obama's plan sounds like socialism.

Obama's running mate, Sen. Joe Biden, is campaigning in North Carolina on Thursday, with rallies in Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Raleigh.

On the Republican side, Palin is campaigning in Ohio and Pennsylvania on Thursday

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