CLEVELAND: Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain raced through the battleground states of Ohio and Pennsylvania on Sunday (November 2), with McCain struggling to overtake Obama's lead in the final 48 hours of a gruelling White House campaign. Obama warned supporters against overconfidence during rallies in Ohio, one of about a dozen crucial battleground...
CLEVELAND: Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain raced through the
battleground states of Ohio and Pennsylvania on Sunday (November 2), with
McCain struggling to overtake Obama's lead in the final 48 hours of a
gruelling White House campaign.
Obama warned supporters against overconfidence during rallies in Ohio,
one of about a dozen crucial battleground states that will decide Tuesday's
(November 4) election to succeed unpopular President George W. Bush.
The Illinois senator leads McCain in national opinion polls and in
many key Republican-leaning states as a two-year campaign that has cost more
than $2 billion draws to a close.
Rocker Bruce Springsteen warmed up the audience and introduced Obama
in Cleveland, Ohio.
“I want my dream back, I want my America back. Now is the time
to stand with Barack Obama and Joe Biden and roll up our sleeves and come on
up for the rising,” Springsteen said.
Obama would be the first black U.S. president.
“We can't afford in these last two days, to slow down, or sit
back, or let up one minute, one hour, one second. Not now, not when there's so
much at stake. We got to go out there and win this election.”Obama told a
crowd of more than 80,000 in Cleveland.
McCain reached out to undecided voters in Pennsylvania, his best and
perhaps last hope of stealing a Democratic-leaning state from Obama as the two
candidates search for the 270 electoral votes needed for victory.
He also visited Peterborough, New Hampshire, another state won by
Democrats in 2004 and the state where he scored key wins in 2000 and earlier
this year in the state's kickoff primary.
“So I understand very well the responsibilities associated in
the great burdens of office. But I have served my country all my life and I've
always put my country first. And so I again I come to the people of New
Hampshire – republicans, independents, democrats, libertarians, vegetarians
all of them and ask again to let me go on one more mission,” McCain told
the people at the town hall meeting.
The Arizona senator is battling to overcome a strong challenge from
Obama in about a dozen states won by Bush in 2004, and he and his top aides
said he was closing the gap at the end.
McCain's whirlwind day of campaigning featured two stops in
Pennsylvania, the appearance in New Hampshire and a post-midnight rally in
Miami. He'll wind up the race on Monday with stops in seven states, including
his home of Arizona.
Obama has an edge in most other key battleground states, although his
advantage has been whittled down in Florida, Virginia, Nevada and
Both candidates drove home their main themes in the final days of the
race, with Obama linking McCain to Bush and adding a new twist with an
advertisement tying McCain to the equally disliked Vice President Dick Cheney.