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Candidates Pitch Messages of Change in Battlegrounds

The presidential candidates began their first full week of campaigning following their official nominations by visiting key battleground states Monday. Political reporters discuss the status of the campaigns and what lies ahead.

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  • RAY SUAREZ:

    Democrat Joe Biden campaigned this morning in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he argued, McCain's positions on key issues are no different than those of President Bush.

    SEN. JOSEPH BIDEN (D-DE), Vice Presidential Nominee: Name me something on the fundamentals of this economy and our foreign policy where John McCain and Sarah Palin say: This administration has been dead wrong. We must change.

    Ladies and gentlemen, if you like, as the old expression goes, the last eight years, you will love the four years of a McCain/Palin administration, because there is no fundamental change. None, none, none.

  • RAY SUAREZ:

    Meanwhile, Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin rallied supporters in Lee's Summit, Missouri, outside Kansas City. Palin said Obama's past spending requests as a senator make him part of the old culture of Washington.

    GOV. SARAH PALIN (R-AK), Vice Presidential Nominee: In just three years, our opponent has requested nearly $1 billion in earmarks. That's about a $1 million for every working day.

    So, we have reformed the abuses of earmarks in our state, and I'm ready to help President John McCain end these corrupt practices once and for all.

  • RAY SUAREZ:

    McCain followed by saying his and Palin's opposition to earmarks make them mavericks.

    SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R-AZ), Presidential Nominee: We have got to have a government that starts working for you and not for themselves.

    And that's what we're going to do. And we will take them on. And we will take them on, my friends. We will take them on, and we will defeat them, because America knows it's time for change, and it's time for the right change.

    Governor Palin took on the old bulls in her party. She ran against an incumbent Republican governor. I have taken on my own party from time to time when it's necessary.

  • JOHN MCCAIN:

    And we will take them on. Senator Obama has never stood up to anyone in his party yet.

    And that's what Americans want is for us to stand up for America. And that's what we will do.

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