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As Campaigns Enter Last Day, Candidates Give Final Messages

Presidential hopefuls Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Barack Obama, D-Ill., delivered closing arguments Monday in closely contested states such as Ohio. Judy Woodruff reports on their final efforts.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    And then there was one, only one day left in the presidential campaign. Judy Woodruff has our last-day report.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Election Day only hours away, Barack Obama and John McCain burned up the trail today with a final push across battleground states. Obama held his first rally in Jacksonville, Fl., and had two more stops planned in North Carolina and Virginia.

    At the Florida event, Obama praised McCain's service, but insisted the Republican nominee still had the wrong approach on the economy.

    SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D), Illinois: Now, Sen. McCain has served this country honorably. And at the end of this long race, I want to congratulate him on the tough race that he has fought.

    He can point to a few moments over the past eight years where he has broken from George W. Bush. But when it comes to the economy, when it comes to the central issue of this election, the plain truth is that John McCain has stood with George Bush every step of the way.

    He hasn't been a maverick; he's been a sidekick to George Bush.

    Voting for the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy that he once said were irresponsible, voting for the Bush budgets that took us from record surpluses to record debt, calling for less regulation at a time when we needed more regulation, called for less regulation 21 times just this year. Those are the facts.

    And after 21 months and three debates, John McCain still has not been able to tell you, the American people, a single major thing he'd do differently from George Bush when it comes to the economy.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Obama closed by asking the crowd not to let up.

  • SEN. BARACK OBAMA:

    Don't believe for a minute that power will concede anything without a fight. This is going to be close here in Florida. This is going to be close all across the country.

    We're going to have to work like our futures depend on it for the next 24 hours, because it does.

    Understand, at this point, I've made the arguments. Now it's about who wants it more, who believes in it more.

    Florida, the time for change has come. It all is up to you. We have a righteous wind at our backs, but if in these final hours you will knock on some doors with me, make some calls with me, go to vote, if you'll stand with me, and fight with me, I promise you we will not just win Florida, we'll win this election. You and I together will change this country. We'll change the world.

    Thank you, everybody. God bless you. God bless the United States of America.

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