Obama accuses McCain camp of lies, phony outrage

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is accusing John McCain's campaign of "lies and phony outrage and Swift-boat politics" in claiming he had made a sexist comment against vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Obama on Wednesday called the Republicans' criticism of his use of the phrase "lipstick on a pig" a "made-up controversy."

On a campaign stop Tuesday, Obama criticized McCain economic policies as more of the same from the Bush administration. He said: "You can put lipstick on a pig ... it's still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It's still going to stink after eight years."

McCain's campaign has accused Obama of "smearing" Palin in "offensive and disgraceful" comments.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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