The latest poll in the race to the White House shows Democrat Barack Obama has increased his lead over Republican rival John McCain to 10 points.
Focusing on the economy, Obama accused McCain of dithering in his response to the global financial crisis, resorting to smear tactics instead.
‘‘His campaign actually said a couple of weeks ago that they were going to launch a series of attacks on my character because they said if we keep on talking about the economy we’re going to lose. And I have to say that’s a promise that John McCain has kept. He’s been on the attack. That’s what you do when you’re out of ideas, when you’re out of touch, and you’re running out of time,’‘ said Obama.
On the campaign trail in Pennsylvania McCain wasn’t to be out done, also attacking Obama’s ability to cope in a crisis.
‘‘What’s more troubling is that Senator Obama told their campaign donors that when the crisis hits they would have to stand with him because it wouldn’t be apparent that Senator Obama would have the right response. Forget apparent, we know Senator Obama wouldn’t have the right response,’‘ said McCain.
With less than two weeks to go before the election, Obama has a clear lead over McCain.
In 31 states, including Florida, early voting is permitted and figures show sixty percent of the electorate who have taken the opportunity to do so, are registered democrats.