It was a slip of the tongue but if anyone needs a weapon of mass distraction right now it is Kevin Rudd.
As he stares electoral defeat in the face, Mr Rudd has resorted to rallying the Labor base in the hope of plucking an unlikely victory.
It is rather incongruous that for a man who for so long has been regarded as an outsider in the party - and was accused by Wayne Swan of being devoid of Labor values - has now turned to this.
But yesterday in his hometown of Brisbane, Mr Rudd attended events organised by unions for two of Labor's core constituencies: blue collar building workers and white collar school teachers.
At the first event, at a suburban park in Mr Rudd's own seat of Griffith which he is at risk of losing, the Prime Minister addressed 100 or so CFMEU members.
He began with his usual patter about how good it is to live in Queensland, prompting one chap to respond "F*** yeah", before launching into how Campbell Newman's cuts to schools and health were just the entrée for more by Tony Abbott.
It was a similar message in his address to the Queensland Teachers Union.
At his morning press conference, Mr Rudd momentarily played the statesman over the Syrian crisis but got slightly tongue-tied when he referred to the Assad regime using "weapons of mass distraction" before quickly correcting himself.
He then returned to attacking Mr Abbott's 'secret plans for cuts, cuts, cuts' and the unfairness of billionaire mums being able to claim $75,000 from his paid parental scheme.
Along with the fact that unless your mum is Gina Rinehart there just aren't that many billionaires in their fertile years, Mr Rudd has a tough case to sustain the scare campaign until polling day.
After all, many voters associate the Labor Government with wasteful spending like posting stimulus cheques to dead people and pink batts.
Nevertheless, the party's research must be showing voters are scared about the prospect of spending cuts. Leading to Mr Rudd hammering home the point every chance he gets.
Mr Rudd insists he can come from behind and harkens back to the 1993 unlosable election, when Paul Keating turned it around in the last week to win after the GST scare campaign.The problem for Kevin Rudd is he is no Paul Keating.