Presidential Candidates Blaze Through Battleground States

By: CBS News Email
By: CBS News Email

With only one week to go before Election Day, the candidates are pouring their resources into battleground states. Both Senators were in Pennsylvania Tuesday vying for its 21 electoral votes that could make or break either campaign.

John McCain is vowing to pull off an upset win over rival Barack Obama.

In North Carolina Tuesday night, McCain ripped into Obama on taxes and his campaign trail comments to the man known as "Joe the Plumber" about redistributing wealth.

"Senator Obama is running to punish the successful," Senator John McCain, Republican Presidential Nominee, said. "I'm running to make everyone successful."

The now famous "Joe" officially campaigned for McCain for the first time Tuesday.

But Obama says he will not tax 99.9 percent of the plumbers, promising no one making less than $250,000 a year will see their taxes increase.

"Under my plan tax rates would be lower, the tax burden would be lower than the tax rate under Ronald Reagan," Senator Barack Obama, Democratic Presidential Nominee, said.

With just a week to go, realclearpolitics.com reports Obama has an average seven point lead over McCain nationally.

Both candidates spent their mornings in Pennsylvania. McCain, attempting to steal the state that has voted for a Democrat in every presidential election since 1988.

McCain stumps in the battleground state of Florida Wednesday, but his efforts could be overshadowed by Obama, who's purchased a half hour of network time on CBS, NBC, FOX and Univision to lay out his case. Some Republicans are calling it a night to turn the television off.


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