The Republican candidate to the White House was quick to react to his rival’s latest campaign spot:
“Now tonight, you can all look forward to my opponent’s performance in a television infomercial,” said John McCain.
“It used to be that only rain, or some other act of God could delay the World Series, but I guess the network execs figured an Obama infomercial was close enough.’‘
John McCain may be happy to admit he can’t out muscle his rival’s spending power, but he is banking on beating his rival on his ability to handle a crisis.
“But the question is whether this is a man who has what it takes to protect America from Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda, and other grave threats in the world. And he has given you no reason to answer in the affirmative,” McCain added.
In Ohio, a key mid-west battleground state widely seen as a microcosm of modern America, Obama continues to enjoy a narrow lead over McCain.
No recent US president has won the White House without taking Ohio. George W Bush narrowly won here in 2000 and in 2004.
But among some voters in this conservative, rural state, there remains a deep distrust of the Democratic candidate:
‘‘I have something against someone who wants to impose their beliefs on someone else,” said Randy Pohlman, who runs a medium-sized farm. Asked whether he thought Obama could do that, he replied:
“I think so, I don’t trust him. I really believe he has a lot of connections we don’t know about.’‘
With five days left in the race to the White House, nationwide opinion polls put Barack Obama seven points ahead of John McCain.