Obama: McCain can't put lipstick on a pig

September 24, 2008 9:42:18 AM PDT
A little tube of cosmetic color is now a political buzzword, thanks to GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's joke about lipstick being the only difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull. But now John McCain's campaign is crying foul because Barack Obama used the word in a figure of speech at a campaign stop Tuesday.

Obama says McCain's claim of being able to change Washington doesn't fly because he's just like President Bush. Obama got lots of laughs when he said: "You can put lipstick on a pig," but "It's still a pig."

McCain's campaign calls the comment "offensive and disgraceful" and says Obama owes Palin an apology. Obama's campaign says he wasn't talking about Palin, and the GOP outrage is "a pathetic attempt to play the gender card."

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