McCain, Obama get Tough, Personal in Final Debate

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - John McCain has used the last and final
presidential debate to go on the offense against Barack Obama.

McCain assailed Obama's character and his campaign positions on
taxes, abortion and more at the forum. It was held in suburban New
York at Hofstra University.

McCain accused Obama of not telling the American people the truth. Obama parried each charge, and leveled a few of his own. He said 100 hundred percent of McCain's ads have been negative." McCain replied, "That's not true."

McCain accused Obama of waging class warfare by seeking tax
increases that would "spread the wealth around." Obama denied it and countered that he favors tax reductions for 95 percent of all Americans.

The Arizona lawmaker also sought to distance himself from President Bush. Early in the event, McCain reminded Obama that he's not President Bush. He said if Obama wanted to run against President Bush, he should have run four years ago.

Obama replied that McCain has been a "vigorous supporter of President Bush" and that the nation doesn't need eight more years of the same thing.

NEW YORK (AP) - Republican John McCain is raising rival Barack
Obama's link to a 1960s radical in the final presidential debate.

McCain brought up Obama's tie to William Ayers, a former member of the violent Weather Underground, who is now a university professor in Chicago. Ayers hosted a meet-the-candidate event at his home for Obama when the Democrat first ran for office and served on two boards with him. The two also served on the board of non-profit groups.

Said McCain: "We need to know the full extent of that relationship."

Said Obama: "The fact that this has become such an important part of your campaign, Senator McCain, says more about your campaign than it says about me."

NEW YORK (AP) - John McCain says America needs a new direction
in his closing remarks at the last presidential debate. Rival Barack Obama says the biggest risk for the nation would be to adopt the same failed policies and politics of the last eight years.

The two had their final say in their third presidential debate just 20 days before the election.

McCain sought to distance himself from President Bush and reminded voters of his years of service in the military and as a lawmaker.

He said: "We cannot be satisfied with what we've been doing for the last eight years."

Obama told voters: "We need fundamental change."

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