To Democrats' argument that he would mean a third term for President Bush, John McCain is retorting that Barack Obama would represent a second term for Jimmy Carter.
In an interview published today in the Las Vegas Sun, McCain dropped in a more strongly worded declaration: "Carter was a lousy president."
"This is the same guy who kissed Brezhnev," McCain added, referring to Carter's famous pecks on the cheek with the Soviet leader after they signed a strategic arms control agreement in 1979.
While Obama has been trying to tie McCain to the president's policies on the struggling economy and in the continuing war in Iraq, McCain has been trying to tie Obama to Carter on tax policy and other issues, reminding voters of gas lines and stagflation during the 1970s.
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