MIAMI -- To hear Barack Obama tell it, he fully expects to be attacked by John McCain, because McCain is flagging in the polls and time is running out. Obama often says, somewhat boastfully, that he can stomach a few more weeks of the barrage, no problem, but the country can't take four more years of Republican economics.
At the same time, Obama frequently expresses incredulity at what is being thrown at him. He did so again today in Miami, expressing amazement that McCain was accusing him of unfairly targeting the now-infamous Ohio voter Joe Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber.
"He has decided to completely make up, just fabricate, this notion that I've been attacking Joe the Plumber," Obama said. "I've got nothing but love for Joe the Plumber. That's why I want to give him a tax cut."
McCain, Obama said, was "just saying this stuff, just making it up."
"Apparently Senator McCain's decided that if he can't beat our ideas he's going to make up ideas and run against those," Obama said.
To be sure, Obama has done plenty of attacking of his own, and not all of it fair and accurate.
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