Obama Hits Hard in N.C., McCain in Fla.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama shot back at his opponent, Wednesday, for calling him a socialist and criticizing his tax plan.

Speaking to voters in North Carolina, Obama mocked rival John McCain, saying he would soon "be accusing me of being a secret communist because I shared my toys in kindergarten."

North Carolina has voted Republican in 9 out of the last 10 presidential elections, but has become a battleground state in this year's race.

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Obama also criticized McCain's plan for the economy. He said that whether it be "Suzy the student, or Nancy the nurse, or Tina the teacher, or Carl the construction worker," people would be worse off if McCain were president.

Tonight, Obama will launch a half hour campaign special on seven channels to the tune of $1 million per network. The special includes a live cut-in of his rally in Florida, where he will be joined by former President Bill Clinton.

Meanwhile, with only six days until the election, McCain is tying together his message on current economic and national security challenges.

McCain spoke at a lumberyard and visited a local diner in Florida Wednesday.

Despite trailing in national and state polls, he urged supporters not to give up hope. He argued that he's better prepared to lead the U.S. in a troubled world because of his military background.

"America is worth fighting for. Nothing is inevitable here," he said. "We never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history. Now let's get out and win this election and get this government moving again."

McCain also spoke about ways to cut taxes and reduce government spending. He laid out detailed proposals to create more jobs in America.

Recent polls put McCain down overall with Obama leading by 15 points among independent voters. McCain is doing well in the South and leads by three points in the Midwest and Great Lake states.

Sources: Associated Press, Reuters

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