Republican John McCain declared, “I'm going to win it,” dismissing polls showing him behind with little more than a week to go in the presidential race. Democrat Barack Obama drew 100,000-plus people to a single rally in Colorado and rolled out a new TV ad asserting his rival is “running out of time.”
Heading into the final nine days of the 2008 contest, the White House competitors campaigned in battleground states that President Bush won four years ago as the state-by-state Electoral College map tilted strongly in Obama's favor.
“Unfortunately, I think John McCain might be added to that long list of Arizonans who ran for president but were never elected,” McCain's fellow senator from Arizona, Republican Jon Kyl, told the Arizona Daily Star in an interview published Sunday.
In Colorado, Obama reveled in his largest U.S. crowd, with local police estimating that “well over” 100,000 people packed Denver's Civic Center Park. Another 45,000 to 50,000 greeted the Democrat in Fort Collins later.
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Obama portrayed McCain as more of the same, saying, “For eight years, we've seen the Bush-McCain philosophy put our country on the wrong track, and we cannot have another four years that look just like the last eight.”
In Cedar Falls, Iowa, McCain campaigned before roughly 2,000 people and chided his rival: “He's measuring the drapes. … I prefer to let voters have their say. What America needs now is someone who will finish the race before starting the victory lap.”
Later, amid 5,000 people in Zanesville, Ohio, McCain warned of one-party rule, targeting Democrats House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid along with Obama.