Politics & Government

Final face-off before Election Day

John McCain and Barack Obama will make their final debate appeals to voters tonight – one of a dwindling number of opportunities for McCain to gain ground in the 2008 presidential election.

The third presidential debate will be televised live on all major networks from 9 to 10:30 p.m. from Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Bob Schieffer of CBS will moderate.

McCain trailed by 5 to 14 points in national polls Tuesday, three weeks before Election Day. He is expected to strike a balance tonight between touting his new economic proposals and being aggressive with Obama. Republicans have differed of late on which approach he should emphasize. McCain told a St. Louis radio station this week that he likely will discuss the Democrat's truthfulness about his relationship with 1960s radical William Ayers.

Obama is expected to continue the same approach that brought him his lead – focusing on McCain's ties to Bush administration policies and philosophies, while talking about his own plans to revive the economy.

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