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McCain, Obama Focus on Economy in Final Week

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Republican presidential candidate John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama are keeping the focus on Americas economic concerns, with the election less than a week away.

McCain tore into his opponent's tax plans during a rally Tuesday in Pennsylvania - a state considered crucial to victory and where Obama is ahead in the polls. The Arizona lawmaker told supporters Senator Obama plans to redistribute wealth by raising taxes.

At his own campaign stop in Pennsylvania, Obama said he will give a tax break to 95 percent of working class Americans. The Illinois Senator vowed to roll back tax cuts that benefit only the country's wealthiest citizens.

During a later rally, McCain said his plan will create wealth for Americans by creating opportunity for them, not by punishing those who are successful.

National polls (compiled by Real Clear Politics-dot-com) put Obama ahead of McCain by an average of seven points.

Obama also campaigned in Virginia Tuesday, while McCain appeared in North Carolina. Virginia and North Carolina have historically voted Republican in presidential contests, but both are leaning toward Obama this year.

Obama will hold rallies today (Wednesday) in North Carolina and Florida, where he will campaign alongside former President Bill Clinton for the first time. The Democratic candidate will also address the nation in a 30-minute prime time commercial on several U.S. television networks (CBS, NBC and FOX).

McCain will also hold events in Florida today and has a scheduled television appearance later on the CNN show, "Larry King Live."

George Bush won the presidency in 2000 after a legal battle over Florida that lasted for weeks.

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