McCain Talks Economy, Need for "New Direction"

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - John McCain and his supporters have been
in Missouri today, with the goal of rallying their conservative
base in the hotly contested state.

Senator Lindsey Graham introduced McCain at one rally by declaring him under siege by the "liberal elite media." For his part, McCain has been keeping his focus on the economy and how his proposals differ from Barack Obama's -- and those of President Bush.

Reprising a line from last week's debate, he says the American people can't spend the next four years like they've spent the last eight: "waiting for our luck to change." He's calling for "a new direction."

Among other things, McCain complained about the "explosion of
government spending over the last eight years." McCain also said that, if elected, he would make the government "live on a budget, just like you do."

Obama Leaving Campaign Trail to Visit Grandmother

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Barack Obama's campaign schedule
has been rearranged so that he can travel to Hawaii to spend time
with his gravely ill grandmother.

A campaign spokesman says Madelyn Payne Dunham was released from the hospital late last week and her health has deteriorated "to
the point where her situation is very serious." Dunham, who is 85,
helped raise Obama.

Campaign stops planned for Madison, Wisconsin and Des Moines,
Iowa, on Thursday will be replaced with one in Indianapolis before
he takes off for Hawaii.

Obama's wife, Michelle, will sub for him at Friday rallies in Akron and Columbus in Ohio. Obama's expected to resume campaigning on Saturday, at an undecided location in the West.

Obama last visited Hawaii in August, when he spent a week on
vacation after he had clinched the Democratic presidential nomination.

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