With the US presidential race tightening, temperatures are rising. A row has erupted over remarks made by the Democratic candidate Barack Obama, deriding Republican plans to shake things up in Washington.
“That is not change,” Obama told a rally in Virginia.
“You can put lipstick on a pig. It is still a pig,” he added.
John McCain’s camp claims the comment is a smear on his running mate, Sarah Palin. She told the Republican convention that she was a “hockey mom”, joking that the only difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull was lipstick. Obama has denied claims of sexism. The McCain campaign is demanding an apology.
“We can win this election,” McCain told supporters in Missouri.
“We can change America and our best days in this great nation are ahead of us, not behind us. Thank you and God bless you.”
Polls indicate McCain got a major boost from the convention and his decision to add Palin to the Republican ticket.