Election 2008: On the Campaign Trail

Obama, McCain Make Their Final Arguments

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Just two days before Election Day, Barack Obama and John McCain are zipping through the battleground states, making their final arguments. Host Andrea Seabrook presents a few of their closing thoughts from the campaign trail today.


For NPR news, it's All Things Considered. I'm Andrea Seabrook. It's time for the closing arguments. The case, Obama versus McCain, it goes to the jury on Tuesday. Later in the show, we'll get in to the side arguments, the polls, the victory parties, even the weather. First, though, we'll let each candidate make his case. On one side, Barack Obama speaking today in Columbus, Ohio. On the other, John McCain in the Philadelphia suburb of Wallingford, Pennsylvania. Gentlemen, the floor is yours.

Senator JOHN MCCAIN (Republican, Arizona; 2008 Republican Presidential Nominee): I have a plan to hold the line on taxes and cut them to make America more competitive and create jobs here.

Senator BARACK OBAMA (Democrat, Illinois; 2008 Democratic Presidential Nominee): The choice in this election isn't between tax cuts and no tax cuts. Both John McCain and I are promising tax cuts. It's about whether you believe we should only reward wealth, or should we also give a break to workers and honor the work that creates wealth.

Senator MCCAIN: We've learned more about Senator Obama's real goals for our country over the last two weeks than we learned over the past two years, and that's only because Joe the Plumber asked him a question. That's when Senator Obama revealed he, quote, "wants to spread the wealth around."

Senator OBAMA: What they're not listening to is what else I said, which is that when everybody has a shot, when we grow the economy from the bottom up, then everybody does better. That's what happened when Bill Clinton was president.

Senator MCCAIN: I have been tested. Senator Obama hasn't.

Senator OBAMA: I can take two more days of attacks from my opponents, but the American people can't take four more years of this economic mess.

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