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Candidates Focus on Middle Class in Debate

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Candidates Focus on Middle Class in Debate

Obama and McCain exchange points as moderator Bob Schieffer listens during a presidential debate at Hofstra University. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

John McCain says America needs a new direction in his closing remarks at the last presidential debate. Opponent Barack Obama says the biggest risk for the nation would be to adopt the same failed policies and politics of the last eight years. Sen. McCain sought to distance himself from President Bush and reminded voters of his years of service in the military and as a lawmaker. He said: “We cannot be satisfied with what we’ve been doing for the last eight years.” Obama told voters: “We need fundamental change.

The candidates frequently referenced “Joe the Plumber” while defending their respective tax plans. “Joe” is Joe Wurzelbacher, an Ohio man looking to buy a plumbing business who came to symbolize the middle class in tonight’s debate. Days earlier, Wurzelbacher told Obama that the Democrat’s tax plan would keep him from buying the business. McCain cited Joe’s exchange with Obama when he was asked about his tax plan and why it would be better for the country than Obama’s.

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