The gloves were off as Barack Obama and John McCain faced off in their second debate. Now in the home stretch, both were on the attack.
Barack Obama and John McCain faced voters' questions in their second high stakes showdown.
Many in the audience wanted to know what the candidates would do to save the country from the economic crisis.
"We all know my friend until we stabilize home values we are never going to start turning things around and creating jobs," McCain said.
"It is not enough just to help those at top, we have got to help middle class we have some fund difference on economy," Obama said.
It didn't take long for the recent mudslinging on the campaign trial to find its way onto the debate stage.
"Fanny and Freddie Mac, they're the ones, with the encouragement of Senator Obama and his cronies, his friends, that gave out all of these
risky loans," McCain said.
"Senator McCain's campaign chair was a lobbyist for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, not me," Obama said.
This is the spin room - where representatives from both campaigns try to make the case that their man won the night.
McCain prefers this town hall format and is looking to regain lost ground in polls with sharper attacks on Obama.
"Nailing down Obama tax proposals is like nailing Jello to the wall," McCain said.
"The straight talk express lost a wheel on that one," Obama said.
The candidates have one more debate, but they're running out of time to make their case - election day is just four weeks away.
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