ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama opened up a new line of criticism against his Republican rival Sen. John McCain's response to the economic crisis this week capitalizing on McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin's recent campaign pledge that they will take on the "ol' boys network" in Washington DC.
“This is somebody who’s been in Congress for twenty-six years, who put seven of the most powerful Washington lobbyists in charge of his campaign, and now he tells us that he’s the one who will take on the ol' boy network,”Obama said before a crowd in Elko, Nev.
"The ol’ boy network? In the McCain campaign, that’s called a staff meeting," Obama said.
Obama blasted the changing responses McCain had this week to the economic crisis pointing out that he began the week saying the "fundamentals of the economy are strong.
" Now his campaign must have realized that probably this wasn't the smartest thing to say on the day of a financial meltdown, so they sent him out a few hours later to clean up his remark," Obama said.
Obama continued, “John McCain went on to say how angry he is at the greedy corporate interests on Wall Street. He’s so angry he wants to punish them with $200 billion in tax cuts. And if they’re not careful, he’ll give them even more tax cuts for shipping our jobs overseas. “
An exasperated Obama questioned, “Where is he getting these lines? The lobbyists running his campaign?”
The Illinois senator also hit McCain on his suggestion of forming a panel similar to the 9/11 Commission to look into the financial crisis.
"That's Washington-speak for 'we’ll get back to you later.'" Obama said.
Obama then offered up his own forecast for what the McCain response would be by the end of the week.
“At this rate, by the end of the week John McCain will be telling us how he and Phil Gramm and the seven lobbyists [working for his campaign] are planning to storm the Treasury Department with torches and pitchforks. Come on!” Obama said.