Obama's 'Lipstick on a Pig' Jab Draws GOP Squeals

Candidate accused of smearing Palin
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2008 6:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – John McCain's campaign has accused Barack Obama of bringing politics down to barnyard level after he compared its talk of change to "putting lipstick on a pig," the New York Post reports. McCain representatives charged that the line was a thinly veiled personal attack on Sarah Palin, and demanded the candidate apologize.

"You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called 'change,'" Obama continued after the  "pig" analogy. "It's still gonna stink after 8 years."  The Obama camp denied that the comment was a personal insult against Palin. It's simply a saying the candidate is fond of, spokesmen said—and one McCain himself once used referring to Hillary Clinton's policies.