ALLENTOWN, PA — . -- John McCain on Wednesday cast Pennsylvania as a key presidential swing state where he needs to reenergize a party disillusioned with out-of-control spending in Washington.
"I've got to campaign hard and come to places all over the state, and try to build our grass-roots organization and reenergize our party, which has been de-energized to a degree because of spending," he said at the end of a daylong visit to the Lehigh Valley for a fundraiser and a healthcare event at a hospital.
The presumptive GOP nominee is spending the week talking about healthcare across the country. He outlined a proposal Tuesday aimed at ending the tax exemption on employer-provided health insurance, instead giving a $2,500 tax credit to individuals to pay for coverage.
But after the hospital event, he returned to one of his campaign's signature issues: ending "earmarks," the special projects Congress doles out to communities nationwide.