JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- John McCain says he doesn't think Barack Obama really called Sarah Palin a pig.
Even so, in an interview with The Associated Press and Florida newspapers, McCain defends his campaign ad attacking Obama for his "lipstick on a pig" statement.
The Republican nominee says Obama "chooses his words very carefully" and that the statement was "the wrong thing to say."
McCain is also standing up for Palin's record as governor of Alaska. When asked about her securing nearly 200 million dollars in congressional earmarks, McCain said that Obama sought more than 900 million dollars for similar local projects.
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