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McCain Demands Obama Apologize for Lipstick Comment

By: CBS News
By: CBS News

September 10, 2008

It's not just makeup anymore--"lipstick" is now a buzzword in the race for the White House. Sarah Palin told the Republican National Convention that lipstick was the only difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull.

Now the Republicans are demanding an apology after Barack Obama made a reference to putting lipstick on a pig during a campaign rally in Virginia.

John McCain's campaign wants an apology from Barack Obama after he said at a rally in Virginia: "You know you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig!"

Barack Obama says his "lipstick on a pig" comment wasn't a smear of Sarah Palin, but simply an "innocent remark." Obama used the folksy phrase yesterday on the campaign trail while drawing comparisons between the economic policies of John McCain and President Bush.

But some in the GOP charge that it was a direct attack on Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin. She mentioned makeup in her speech to the Republican National Convention, Sept, 3: "You know what they say is the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull? Lipstick!"

Now, the McCain campaign is on the offensive. They've put a new video on the web highlighting Obama's comment. They've accused him of smearing Palin.

But John McCain used the same phrase in October of last year -- when he was describing the healthcare plan put together by Hillary Clinton in the 1990s.

Voters are watching Palin -- and democratic VP nominee Joe Biden closely. The latest CBS news poll shows that unlike years past the choice of running mate could make a big difference for as many as 80 percent of voters when they decide who they support.

There are just 8-weeks remaining until Election Day and the race is a virtual dead heat. The candidates are working overtime to rally voters in those all-important swing states. Both McCain and Obama campaigned in Virginia Wednesday -- a state that usually votes Republican, but could fall into the Democrats' column, come November.

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