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NEW YORK: John McCain and Barack Obama exchanged attacks on the economy and national security in the final weekend of the presidential campaign as nationwide polls showed Obama leading by an average of six percentage points. McCain kicked off the final three days of campaigning with a morning rally at Christopher Newport University in Newport...

SAMAA | - Posted: Nov 3, 2008 | Last Updated: 13 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Nov 3, 2008 | Last Updated: 13 years ago

NEW YORK: John McCain and Barack Obama exchanged attacks on the economy and national security in the final weekend of the presidential campaign as nationwide polls showed Obama leading by an average of six percentage points.

McCain kicked off the final three days of campaigning with a morning rally at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, a state that has consistently voted Republican, yet where Obama is leading. McCain delivered his remarks in a hoarse voice interrupted by coughing, promising to keep taxes low and cut government spending.

“Senator Obama is running to be redistributionist-in- chief,” McCain said, referring to his Democratic rival’s pledge to tax the rich and distribute the wealth among the poor. “I’m running to be commander-in-chief,” McCain said.

Obama, in a rally in Henderson, Nevada, criticized the “slash-and-burn, say-anything” politics of the last few days of the campaign, while deriding McCain’s economic policies.

“That’s why he’s spending these last weeks calling me every name in the book,” Obama said in prepared remarks. “Because that’s how you play the game in Washington. When you can’t win on the strength of your ideas, you make a big election about small things.”

The Democratic candidate has leads ranging from three points in a Fox News poll to 11 points in a New York Times/CBS News survey. An average of polls compiled by Real Clear Politics shows that Obama has been ahead by between five points and eight points since the beginning of October.

Both campaigns are spending for a blitz of advertising and get-out-the-vote efforts, with Obama’s campaign putting ads on the air in Georgia and North Dakota as well in McCain’s home state of Arizona.

McCain’s advisers said the candidate and the Republican Party would together outspend Obama on television over the last week of the campaign by about $10 million.

McCain’s campaign issued an e-mailed plea today for donations to raise $5 million for a get-out-the-vote effort. The e-mail said the campaign is close to reaching the goal, but that “we have less than 72 hours to raise the remaining funds.”

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