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McCain looking for traction in U.S. election campaign

McCain looking for traction in U.S. election campaign

Republican presidential nominee John McCain, fighting for traction 11 days before the Nov. 4 election, said on Friday he has a tough battle against Democrat Barack Obama in Colorado but vowed to make a comeback.
Down in opinion polls, the Arizona senator faces an uphill battle in several battleground states but he and his aides say victory is still possible despite strong political winds blowing against him.
"This is going to be a tough state, my friends, and we're going to be up late (on Election Night) but we're going to win here," McCain told a noisy crowd in Denver, first of three rallies across the state.
McCain, as he has for much of the week, argued that Obama would raise taxes on small businesses. He again cited the Obama's recent comment to an Ohio man, Joe Wurzelbacher, also known as "Joe the Plumber," that he wanted to "spread the wealth around."
"This will be a focal point in the last 11 days of this campaign," McCain told reporters in Colorado Springs after meeting small business owners at a steel fabrication plant.
Obama, in Hawaii to visit his seriously ill grandmother, told ABC's "Good Morning America" that he did not regret the comment that has given McCain hope of piercing Obama's armor.
"Not at all," the Illinois senator said. "For us to want to continue to give tax breaks to big corporations and the wealthiest, instead of the middle class that are desperately in need of some help right now, would not only be bad for the families, it would be bad as the economy as a whole."
Obama aides told a conference call they felt good about Obama's chances in battleground states like Colorado and Virginia as well as in Iowa and New Mexico.
Some high-profile Republicans have defected to Obama's side, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former White House spokesman Scott McClellan, both of whom served under President George W. Bush, and former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld.
McCain's aides say he is gaining some steam with his "Joe the Plumber" assault on Obama's tax plan and that he will continue the theme for several more days.


Updated : 2020-12-06 06:57 GMT+08:00