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McCain Seeks Spotlight as Democrats Court Pa. Voters

Democratic candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton hit the campaign trail in Pennsylvania while presumptive GOP nominee John McCain embarked on his "biography tour" to steer political attention his way. Judy Woodruff reports on the latest news from the campaign trail.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    The three presidential candidates were back on the campaign trail today. Judy Woodruff reports.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    John McCain kicked off a week-long, five-state tour today to reintroduce himself to the voters. The tour opened in Meridian, Miss., where McCain was once a flight instructor at the airfield named for his grandfather.

    McCain spoke of his family's history of military service and its effect on him.

    SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R), Arizona: I'm the son and grandson of admirals. My grandfather was an aviator, my father a submariner. They were my first heroes. And their respect for me has been one of the most lasting ambitions of my life.

    They gave their lives to their country and taught me lessons about honor, courage, duty, perseverance and leadership that I didn't fully grasp until later in life but remembered when I needed them most.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Meanwhile, today was day four of Barack Obama's Pennsylvania bus tour. Over the weekend, Obama and Sen. Bob Casey watched college basketball at a sports bar in Greensburg, toured Penn State University's agricultural facility in state college, and went bowling in Altoona.

    This morning in Lancaster, Obama said all had gone well, except for the bowling.

    SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D), Illinois: We have stopped by some sports bars, I must admit, and had a few beers.

    This is true. I fed a calf with a big bottle, and that went all right. And then we went bowling, which didn't go so well. There was an 8-year-old who was giving me tips.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Hillary Clinton campaigned today in Pennsylvania's capital city, Harrisburg, and sharply criticized the Bush administration's plans to overhaul the nation's financial regulatory system.

    SEN. HILLARY CLINTON (D), New York: Today, the administration, through the secretary of the Treasury, has announced that finally the Bush administration is going to take some action to better regulate the financial markets.

    Well, after years of a wait-and-don't-see approach to the regulatory failures that led to the housing and the credit crises, they've announced a plan that comes late and falls short. No amount of rearranging the deck chairs can hide the fact that our housing and credit markets are in crisis.