WASHINGTON--John McCain took some hits in a story about his gambling and associates who have represented the gambling industry. Republicans were taking note that Barack Obama was a regular, as a state senator, in a Springfield poker game where lobbyists were allowed at the table. Obama wanted to use the gambling story--what a metaphor opportunity--but must have realized his poker games could be used against him.
Here's how he handled it in a speech Monday, in a pre-emptive move.
"I read the other day that Senator McCain likes to gamble. He likes to roll those dice. And that's OK. I enjoy a little friendly game of poker myself every now and then," Obama said.
"But one thing I know is this - we can't afford to gamble on four more years of the same disastrous economic policies we've had for the last eight," he said.