U.S. presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama are urging
lawmakers to support a bailout of the U.S. financial markets as the two
prepare to return to Washington for a Senate vote on the plan.
Senator McCain, an Arizona Republican, told supporters in the central
U.S. state of Missouri the current financial crisis will become a
"disaster" if bailout legislation is not passed.
Senator Obama, a Democrat from Illinois, told voters in the northern
state of Wisconsin a rescue measure is clearly needed to prevent an
economic "catastrophe." Both candidates say the crisis is the result of
irresponsibility on Wall Street and in Washington. Both McCain and
Obama urge public support of the measure.
The House of Representatives rejected a bailout plan on Monday,
prompting a record drop in the U.S. stock market.
Separately, a new poll today in Wednesday shows Obama leading McCain in
three states that are critical to winning the White House -- Ohio,
Florida and Pennsylvania.
The survey by Quinnipiac University shows support for Obama jumped to
50 percent or more in those three states.
The states are critical
because they are rich in electoral votes and have a history of shifting
support between Republicans and Democrats.
A new national poll by "The Washington Post" and ABC News shows Obama
leading, but by a smaller margin -- 50 to 46 percent.
In other news, McCain's vice presidential pick, Alaska Governor Sarah
Palin, and Obama's running mate, Senator Joe Biden of Delaware, are to
debate Thursday in St. Louis.