McCain: Obama’s Definition of Rich Is ‘Creeping Down’

Prepared to be taxed…

John McCain accused his Democratic rivals on Tuesday of steadily downgrading their definition of the middle class in an effort to hit more voters with tax increases.

“We can’t let that happen,” the Republican presidential nominee told a Pennsylvania audience.

Barack Obama has consistently said that families making less than $250,000 a year will not see a tax increase under his administration. He also says those making under $200,000 will see a tax cut.

But Obama’s running mate, Joe Biden, told a Scranton, Pa., TV station on Monday that Obama’s tax break “should go to middle class people — people making under $150,000 a year.”

McCain, who over the past few days has warned about the “dangerous” economic consequences of allowing a Democrat in the White House to work with a Democratic majority in Congress, said Tuesday that Biden was previewing Democratic tax policies to come.

“You getting an idea of what’s on their mind, huh? A little sneak peak,” McCain said, pointing to Biden’s comment. “It’s interesting how their definition of rich has a way of creeping down. At this rate, it won’t be long before Senator Obama is right back to his vote that Americans making just $42,000 a year should get a tax increase.”

McCain has hammered Obama over his tax policies for the past couple weeks, attempting to make up ground against the Democratic nominee’s significant polling lead, nationally and in battleground states, with just one week to go until Election Day. The traditional Gallup daily tracking poll Tuesday, however, showed Obama up just 2 points nationally, after leading by 5 points for the past two days.

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