Financial woes dictate US campaign agenda

 Financial woes dictate US campaign agenda
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The financial turmoil around the world has pushed the economy right to the forefront of the US presidential campaign.

Visiting a car factory today, John McCain promised to fix what he called “the corruption in Wasington and corruption on Wall Street”.

He said: “I am here to send a message to Washington and Wall Street,” he said. “We are not going to leave the workers here in Michigan hung out to dry while we give billions of taxpayers’ dollars to Wall Street. We are going to take care of the workers. They’re the ones who deserve our help.”

But Barack Obama says McCain has been in Congress for 26 years and has put the most powerful Washington lobbyists in charge of his campaign.

He said: “I have every confidence that we can steer ourselves out of this crisis. That is who we are. That is what we have always done as Americans. But I also know this: we can’t steer ourselves out of this crisis by heading in the same direction.”

On John McCain’s promise to take on what he calls the “old boys network”, Obama joked that in the McCain campaign that is called a staff meeting.

Obama, who has taken a slight lead over McCain in the opinion polls, is calling for more regulation to protect ordinary citizens pensions and savings.

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