Bob Graham responds to Palin
On a Barack Obama campaign conference call to criticize John McCain's health care plan, former Sen. Bob Graham reacted to Gov. Sarah Palin's attacks today on Obama's patriotism and association with Will Ayers: "What we're seeing is that as the financial and economic crisis broadens in America and more and more people are directly effected, the McCain campaign has decided it's got to change the subject. They don't want to talk about why we got in this quagmire -- philosophy that Gov. Palin enunciated in the debate last week that what we need is less government, less regulation, more reliance on the free market. ... They're trying to shift the subject, but the American people are too smart to be misled."
Graham on McCain's health care proposal to move away from employer-based health care: "This plan would be a disaster. It would cut Medicare and Medicaid by over 30 percent over the next 10 years, it would dramatically reduce the quality of health care for older Americans and the poorest and sickest Americans while at the same time adding to the burdens of state governments."