Dirty tricks claims ahead of second US Presidential candidate debate

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Dirty tricks claims ahead of second US Presidential candidate debate

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US Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama has accused his Republican rival of being more focused on running a smear campaign than on mending the US economy.

Obama accused John McCain of trying to shift attention away from the troubled financial markets, because the issue was bad for his campaign.

“I cannot imagine anything more important to talk about than the economic crisis and the notion that we would want to brush that aside and engage in the usual political shenanigans and smear tactics that have come to characterise too many political campaigns I think is not what the American people are looking for.”

It comes after John McCain’s controversial running mate Sarah Palin accused Obama of associating with terrorists – as he once served on the same charity board as an ex-member of a US-based militant group.

“All people want to know is…what has this man ever actually accomplished in government? What does he plan for America? In short, who is Barack Obama?”

The Obama camp is also circulating an email describing McCain’s links to a 1980’s financial scandal.

The angry tone sets up a potentially heated debate tonight in Nashville, the second of three encounters between the Presidential candidates.

60 percent of Americans believe that Obama will will the Presidential election on November the 4th, compared to 37 percent for McCain, according to latest research.