US presidential hopeful Barack Obama is back on the campaign trail after a short break to visit his ailing grandmother. Opinion polls show the Democrat has strengthened his lead against Republican rival John McCain to around eight percent.
Speaking to a crowd in the swing state of Nevada, Obama chose to address the campaign’s hot topic, “So what we need right now is a real debate about how to fix the economy and help middle class families. But that’s not what we are getting from the other side. A couple of weeks ago my opponent’s campaign said, and I quote: ‘If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.’ So they’ve said that they’ll be focusing in the last couple of weeks on attacking me instead. And I have to say that that’s one campaign promse that they’ve actually kept.”
McCain, like Obama, is focussing his energies on campaigning in swing states in the final days of the campaign. Speaking from Nevada, he warned, once again, against an Obama administration, “As he told Joe the plumber back in Ohio – quote: ‘He wants to spread the wealth around’-just yesterday he said it again. He believes in redistributing the wealth. That means taking the money from one group of Americans and giving it to another. We’ve seen that movie before, in other countries. That’s not America!”
Two votes McCain can count on are those of president Bush and his wife who cast their ballots on Friday as part of the early voting process, so they can be in Washington on election night.