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McCain, Obama Stress Energy Prize, Gender

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McCain, Obama Stress Energy Prize, Gender

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Democrat Barack Obama talked Monday about the women who helped shape his life and argued he would be a better proponent of equal pay than his Republican rival, John McCain. Meanwhile, McCain proposed a $300 million government prize for anyone who can develop a car battery that far surpasses existing technology.

MICHELE NORRIS, host:

Now to presidential politics. Both candidates were in the west today. Republican John McCain was in California talking about energy efficiency.

ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

At a news conference in Fresno, he proposed a government contest: $300 million to the American who can create a better car battery.

Senator JOHN McCAIN (Republican, Arizona; Presidential Candidate): A $300 million buy(ph) is directly related to the $233 million we spend on a bridge - we're going to spend on a bridge nowhere in Alaska. If we can afford $233 million on a bridge, we certainly could, in my view, spend one dollar for every man, woman and child in America to eliminate our needs.

NORRIS: That's John McCain talking to reporters in California. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Barack Obama was courting women voters. He talked about equal pay and about the women in his life - his grandmother and his wife.

Senator BARACK OBAMA (Democrat, Illinois; Presidential Candidate): Michelle, who is the rock of the Obama family and who worked her way up from modest roots on the South Side of Chicago, and whose job of jobs in parenting with more skill and grace than anybody that I know, and looks good doing it, too.

SIEGEL: Barack Obama, campaigning in New Mexico today.

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