Obama Opens Sizable Lead Over McCain

October 14, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The tough economy may have helped Barack Obama open up what looks like an insurmountable lead in the presidential campaign.A new ABC News / Washington Post poll shows Obama now leads John McCain 53 to 43 percent among likely voters. No presidential candidate has ever come back from a ten -point deficit this late in an election.

Obama unveiled a new economic rescue plan yesterday, while McCain's campaign has tightened its focus. First, they're looking at battleground states where the race is close, such as North Carolina, Virginia and Ohio, and spending more time campaigning there. And second, McCain unveiled a new stump speech to distance himself from President Bush. "We cannot spend the next four years as we have spent much of the last eight: waiting for our luck to change," said McCain.

Obama's plan includes a 90-day moratorium on home foreclosures at most banks and a two -year tax break for businesses that create new jobs. "It's a plan that begins with one word that's on everyone's mind, and it's spelled j-o-b-s," said Obama.

The two candidates square off in one last debate on Wednesday night.

You can see it live at 6:00 pm, on ABC-30 and ABC30.com.



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