IN THE HEADLINES
McCain says Bush tactic on economy is wrong; promises lid on government spending ... Palin says Democrats will raise taxes; warns against one-party control of Washington ... Obama offers closing argument of campaign in vital state of Ohio ... Biden compares Obama attacks to those lobbed against past presidents
McCain says Bush wrong on economy
CLEVELAND (AP) - Republican John McCain promised Monday to break with President Bush's policies on the economy and put a tight lid on government spending.
Flanked by some of his economic advisers, the Republican presidential candidate bashed Democratic rival Barack Obama, but also made clear he would steer a different course than the current GOP administration.
"We both disagree with President Bush on economic policies," McCain said. "My approach is to get spending under control. The difference between us is he thinks taxes have been too low, and I think that spending has been too high."
Before he spoke, McCain met with economic advisers including former rival Mitt Romney and former Housing Secretary Jack Kemp. The event was designed to focus his message on the economic meltdown that has dominated the campaign and left him on the defensive. The economic downturn has helped boost Obama to a lead in the polls, both nationally and in key battleground states like Ohio.
Palin says Democrats will raise taxes
LEESBURG, Va. (AP) - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Monday said Democrats would raise taxes and "punish hard work."
Palin also warned voting for Democrats in the Nov. 4 election could give the party too much power.
"If big government spenders control the House and the Senate and heaven forbid the White House, they will have a monopoly in Washington," she told a cheering crowd in Leesburg, outside of Washington.
Prior to the rally, Palin met with Sallai Meridor, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S.
She greeted the ambassador and apologized for not being able to meet with him sooner. She told Meridor: "We look forward to ... working with your Jewish agency."
Palin's visit to Virginia is designed to upend Democrat Barack Obama's advantage in pre-election polls in a state that hasn't backed a Democratic White House hopeful since 1964. Besides visiting Leesburg, Palin planned to travel to Fredericksburg and Salem.
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Obama offering closing case to voters in Ohio
CHICAGO (AP) - Looking ahead to closing his case against John McCain in Ohio, Barack Obama argues that voters there have a chance to reject "politics that would divide a nation just to win an election."
Fresh off rollicking rallies in Colorado, Obama faced a more sober reality on Monday in Ohio. Polls show a tight race in the state that sealed President Bush's 2004 re-election.
Obama is giving what his campaign calls the "closing argument" of his presidential bid in Ohio, where he already lost once this year, to fellow Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.
"In one week, you can put an end to the politics that would divide a nation just to win an election; that tries to pit region against region, city against town, Republican against Democrat; that asks us to fear at a time when we need hope," Obama said in prepared comments released in advance early Monday by his campaign.
The longest presidential contest in history is down to just eight days, with Obama and Republican McCain dueling for the electoral riches of Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Biden compares Obama attacks to past presidents
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden on Monday compared the criticism of his running mate to the attacks directed at past Presidents Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Kennedy.
Biden said new leaders are almost always confronted with new negative attacks. He compared what Barack Obama has faced to challenges to Thomas Jefferson's Christianity, Abraham Lincoln's commitment to individual rights, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's change and whether it was safe to pick John F. Kennedy.
The Delaware senator repeatedly asked the crowd at East Carolina University whether those attacks sounded familiar.
Biden returned to campaign in North Carolina just four days after appearing here on a three-city bus tour.
Barack Obama campaigns in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Joe Biden campaigns in North Carolina and Florida.
John McCain campaigns in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Sarah Palin campaigns in Virginia.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"New ideas and new leaders are often met with new attacks - almost always negative attacks built on lies which are the last resort of those who have nothing new to offer." - Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden.
STAT OF THE DAY:
Barack Obama spent more than $105 million during the first two weeks of October, according to campaign finance reports.