With the economy floundering, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., told Ohio voters Thursday that he and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., would focus on one specific issue that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has neglected.
"Look, John's last-minute economic plan does nothing to tackle the number one job facing the middle class, and it happens to be, as Barack says, a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S," the Democratic veep nominee said at a morning rally in Athens.
And the Delaware lawmaker added that while McCain and his running mate Gov. Sarah Palin might consider themselves mavericks, Biden has a real one working on his staff.
"Look, John McCain and Sarah Palin call themselves mavericks," said the loquacious Blue Hen. "By the way, a young woman who does all the policy stuff for me, she is literally a member of that, the family."
The senator was referring to his policy director Terrell McSweeney, a member of the Maverick family from the Lone Star State, who is none too happy that McCain and Palin have co-opted her family name.
"You know how that name Maverick came up?" he continued. "It's a Texas ranching family called the Mavericks. Well, she is really a Maverick. I mean, she is - she is on the bloodline of the Mavericks, but she was explaining that whole thing to me on the bus ride two days ago."
McSweeney, in fact, even has an infant son whose middle name is Maverick.
"Bobby Casey had a great line," Biden said, referring to the Pennsylvania senator. "I wish I'd thought of it. Bobby Casey said you can't call yourself a maverick when all you've been for the last eight years is a sidekick."
-- Jake Tapper & Matthew Jaffe