Candidates Focus on Security, Economy

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WASHINGTON - With less than two weeks to go before the election, both John McCain and Barack Obama are focusing on two key issues: national security and the economy.

Lagging in the Polls

Some say with the economic crisis weighing down on him, it's no surprise McCain is consistently behind Obama in the polls.

Click play to hear Pat Robertson's comments following CBN News Correspondent Paul Strand's report.

But McCain is trying to make the point that liberal policies under a President Obama will only make the economy worse.

"He believes in redistributing wealth, not in policies that grow our economy and create jobs and opportunities for all Americans. Senator Obama is more interested in controlling who gets your piece of the pie than he is in growing the pie," McCain said.

But Obama came right back, saying eight years of Bush-McCain economics is shrinking that pie.

"We've lost more than 750,000 jobs this year," Obama said.

At an economic forum he put together in Florida, Obama said he was pushing an economic rescue plan way back in January, but not his opponent.

"Senator McCain, on the other hand, insisted that the fundamentals of the economy were strong," Obama said.

Biden Hits One for the Opposing Team

Meanwhile, the McCain campaign is trying to make political hay from comments by Obama's running mate, Joe Biden.

The Delaware senator said if Obama's elected, enemies of the U.S. will manufacture an international crisis to test the young President.

"We don't want a President who invites testing from the world at a time when our economy is in crisis and Americans are already fighting in two wars," McCain said.

Sarah Palin added, "I guess we gotta say, 'Well, thanks for the warning, Joe."

Political analyst Stu Rothenberg explained, "On one hand what Joe Biden said is pretty obvious. On the other hand it was an impolitic thing to say. It is the kind of thing that the vice presidential nominee shouldn't have said because it gives John McCain the opening that he has been looking for."

Obama's trying to close that opening right away, playing up a meeting with his seasoned key national security advisors today in the key swing state of Virginia.

And he's sure to be pointing out the trust placed in him by the much-respected former secretary of state and top general Colin Powell, who just endorsed Obama.

While Biden may have given McCain some help on the national security front, the economy is still the key issue for most voters. And the American people can expect to hear plenty about it from both campaigns from now until Election Day.

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