John McCain's campaign is accusing Barack Obama of playing racial politics.
Campaigning Wednesday in Missouri, Obama said McCain doesn't have "a real answer" to the challenges that the nation faces. Instead, he said the Republican presidential candidate and his allies would try to make voters scared of Obama by saying "he's not patriotric enough," or "he's got a funny name" and "he doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills."
McCain campaign manager Rick Davis says Obama is playing the race card "from the bottom of the deck." Davis calls the remarks "divisive, negative, shameful and wrong."
An Obama spokesman says the Democratic candidate's remarks were "not about race." Robert Gibbs says the Illinois senator was simply saying he's "new to the political scene" and doesn't come in with the history of others or "decades in Washington."