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.