Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and
Republican John McCain are campaigning in Ohio and Pennsylvania -- two populous
states seen as crucial to victory in the November fourth U.S. election.
In Ohio (Monday), McCain criticized the positions of Obama, saying the Illinois senator would raise taxes and that the middle class would suffer. McCain pledged to create jobs, invest in all energy alternatives and fight to change Washington.
He acknowledged he is behind in the polls, but urged his supporters to continue to fight. He said Obama is already discussing with Democratic majority leaders in Congress plans to raise taxes, increase spending and concede defeat in Iraq.
Obama leads the Arizona senator by more than seven percentage points in an average of national polls (compiled by RealClearPolitics-dot-com).
At his rally in Ohio, Obama highlighted prominent themes of his campaign such as the economy, health care and ending the Iraq war. He said McCain would continue the same failed economic policies of the Bush administration.
Obama said under his tax plan, only Americans making more than 250-thousand dollars a year would pay higher taxes.