Sen. John McCain ramped up his attacks against Democratic opponent Barack Obama on Saturday, criticizing the Illinois senator for saying that nuclear power needed to be done safely.
The Republican candidate referenced the final presidential debate Oct. 15, in which Obama qualified McCain's support of nuclear energy and offshore drilling with the need to protect the environment.
"You know, the other night in a debate I said his eloquence is admirable but pay attention to his words," McCain said. "We talked about offshore drilling and he said he would, quote, 'consider' offshore drilling. We talked about nuclear power. Well, it has to be safe, environment, blah blah blah."
The crowd seemed to enjoy McCain's flippancy, bursting into cheers before he could continue.
McCain suggested nuclear power is a safe energy resource because "we've been sailing Navy ships around the world for 50 years with nuclear power plants on them."
"I have news for Senator Obama, nuclear power is safe, we ought to do it now," McCain said.
McCain has used recent speeches and television appearances to blast Obama for his "spreading the wealth around" comment to Joe the Plumber, claiming it indicates that Obama is a "socialist."
But some economists see things differently.
"McCain wants the same tax policy as Bush: tax cuts for the high-end wealthy," Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research said.
This video is from CNN.com, broadcast October 25, 2008.