Economy the Focus on Campaign Trail

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One day after the second presidential candidate debate, voters are favoring Sen. Barack Obama.

A CNN poll revealed that viewers thought Obama won the debate, 54-30 percent. A CBS News poll of uncommitted voters showed similar results: 40 percent favored Obama and 26 favored McCain. The remaining 34 percent thought the debate was a tie.

On Wednesday, Obama continued his focus on the economy - a topic he does well with among voters.

"This isn't a time for fear or panic," Obama said in Indianapolis. "This is a time for resolve and leadership."

More than twice as many debate watchers thought Obama was "more likeable" than McCain. McCain also caught criticism for referring to his opponent as "that one" during the debate.

"John McCain was all over the map on the issues, and he is so angry about the state of his campaign that he referred to Barack Obama as 'that one,'" Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said. "Last time he couldn't look at Sen. Obama, this time he couldn't say his name."

But the Arizona senator is not ceding any ground to Obama's proposals on the economy. Both McCain and vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin have sought to sow doubts about Obama's candidacy.

The McCain camp released a TV ad Wednesday claiming that Obama will propose nearly $1 trillion in new spending despite America's financial crisis.

"Sound crazy?" the ad asks. "It is."

McCain and his running mate Gov. Sarah Palin spent Wednesday campaigning in Pennsylvania.

"We've all heard what he's said. But it's less clear what he's done, or what he will do," McCain said of Obama.

The two candidates will face off in their final debate Wednesday Oct. 15 at Hofstra University.

Source: The Associated Press

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