Obama Lashes Back at GOP, McCain

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At a news conference in Virginia on Wednesday, Democrat Barack Obama spoke about the nation's security efforts and he how he wants to reverse the tax cuts for wealthy Americans that Republican John McCain opposed when they were voted into law.

He also tossed aside criticism by the GOP that his tax proposals are nothing more than socialism.

"Was John McCain a socialist back in 2000," when he opposed President Bush's proposals? Obama asked at a news conference.

"It's not a very plausible argument," he said

He also answered a question regarding Joe Biden's earlier comment about his being tested if he was elected president.

"As I said before, I think that Joe sometimes engages in rhetorical flourishes," Obama told the group of assembled reporters. "Yes, we're going to face a number of threats and tests and challenges, because for the last eight years we've had a bad policy. A bad set of policies that has resulted in two unresolved wars, bin Laden and al-Qaeda communicating regularly and training folks to potentially attack America, " he continued.

Obama said that a smooth transition after the election is needed to deter any potential attacks against America.

He didn't say if he would attend a meeting with President Bush and world leaders to discuss the global financial crisis on November 15.

He said President Bush has pursued "bluster and unilateralism and ideology" over the past eight years, "but we're about creating partnerships around the world to solve problems."

Sources: CBN News, The Associated Press

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