Republican presidential candidate John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama
are battling for the support of low and middle-income Americans, 12
days before voters elect a new president.
Several new voter surveys in key states show Obama surging ahead of
Senator McCain campaigned in the southeastern state of Florida on Thursday. He
claimed Senator Obama would raise taxes on small businesses, which
McCain says would cost Americans new jobs. A new Quinnipiac University
poll indicates Obama has a five-point lead in Florida, a state
considered critical to winning the White House.
Obama spent part of the day in the north central state of Indiana,
where he said McCain's economic policies put Wall Street ahead of Main
Street average Americans and businesses.
A new survey in Indiana, the Big Ten Battleground Poll, shows Obama has
a 10-point lead in Indiana -- although other polls suggest a tight race
in that state.
Overall, Obama leads McCain by about seven percentage points about 50
percent to 43 percent, according to an average of national polls
compiled by Real Clear Politics(dot-com).
Analysts have attributed
Obama's strong lead to a perception that he is better able to handle
the troubled economy.
Obama is now taking a break to visit his ailing grandmother,
85-year-old Madelyn Dunham, who lives in Hawaii and helped raise Obama.
The presidential candidate told CBS television that he did not make it
to his mother's bedside before she died in 1995 and he did not want to
make the same mistake twice.
Obama returns to the campaign trail Saturday for a rally in the
western state of Nevada.