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US campaign toughens as Obama lead narrows

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US campaign toughens as Obama lead narrows


As election day draws nearer and Democratic candidate Barack Obama’s lead in the opinion polls narrows, the battle for the White House is toughening.

Speaking in Missouri, Obama questioned once again his rival’s economic credentials:

“And it is fair to say, that over the course of three debates and 20 months, John McCain still has not offered a single thing he would do differently from George W. Bush when it comes to the economy, when it comes to the issues that are the most important to American families right now,” said Obama, whose lead over McCain has dropped from six to three point according to recent polls.

McCain, who has become increasingly aggressive in debates, likened his rival to the socialist leaders of Europe, saying he wanted to redistribute massive amounts of wealth to Washington:

“Barack Obama’s plan to raise taxes on some in order to ive cheques to others, it isn’t a tax cut, it’s just another government giveaway.”

Both were speaking in the bellweather state of Missouri, which has produced the same outcome as the national results in every presidential election bar one since 1904.

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