Toleda (Ohio, US), Oct.20 : Seeking to project himself as the defender of the American middle class, Republican presidential nominee John McCain on Sunday said that he wouldn't raise taxes on small businesses if he was elected the next president of the United States.
"I will keep small business taxes where they are, help them keep their costs low and let them spend their earnings to create more jobs, not send to Washington," the Washington Times quoted McCain, as saying in Toledo.
That he mentioned this in Ohio is significant, as this swing state has 20 electoral votes.
McCain lashed out at Obama for saying that while his policies may force some to pay higher taxes, they were designed to "spread the wealth around" by targeting only families making over 250,000 dollars annually.
"Senator Obama is more interested in controlling who gets your piece of the pie than he is growing the pie," McCain told a crowd of several thousand.
During an earlier rally at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, McCain drew cheers when he proclaimed that he was campaigning "on behalf of Joe the Plumber and Rose the Teacher and Phil the Bricklayer and Wendy the Waitress."
McCain complained during a nationally televised interview that the vast sums of money Obama is raising risk the post-Watergate financing reforms.
Speaking on "Fox News Sunday" hours after Obama's campaign reported raising a record 150 million dollars in September, McCain said the overall sum his Democratic rival has raised 605 million dollars, showed the "dam has broken" for future White House races.
McCain also complained that the identities of people who contributed more than 200 million dollars of Obama's total take have not been reported, although that is allowable under federal law because the individual donations fall under the 200 dollar reporting limit.
McCain said. "History shows us where unlimited amounts of money are in political campaigns, it leads to scandal."
McCain also did not read much into Obama receiving former Secretary of State Colin Powell's endorsement, saying that "We have a respectful disagreement."
Defending his choice of making Alaska Governor Sarah Palin his running mate, McCain said: "She is a direct counterpoint to the liberal feminist agenda for America."
McCain also held a conference call with Jewish leaders and was endorsed by The Columbus Dispatch.