2:55 p.m. ET: Barack Obama and John McCain are spending the final Saturday barnstorming for last-minute votes, as their itineraries and the latest polling data continue to show a playing field that favors the Democratic nominee.
McCain was in Virginia this morning looking to keep the state in the red column, as it has been for more than four decades. He will make a stop in Pennsylvania later today and then heads to New York tonight to appear on Saturday Night Live. Obama, meanwhile, continues to play offense today with a series of appearances in three states that backed President Bush in 2000 and 2004 -- Nevada, Colorado and Missouri.
“Let me state the obvious: We need to win Virginia on the fourth,” he said at a rally at Christopher Newport University that was heavy on religious overtones. McCain then traveled upstate to the electorally crucial Washington, D.C. suburbs for a rally in Springfield before heading to Perkasie, Pa., in Bucks County north of Philaelphia.
In Springfield, McCain said he deserved to win the presidency based on his economic plan and foreign policy expertise, suggesting that Obama was too liberal and inexperienced to handle the nation's top job.
McCain plans a breakneck pace between now and Election Day, with appearances scheduled in Florida, Indiana, New Mexico and Nevada. Of all the states he is visiting between now and Tuesday, only Pennsylvania was won by Democrats in the last two cycles.
At a rally in Henderson, Nev., this morning, Obama urged his supporters not to let up. Appearing with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Obama said "my faith in the American people has been vindicated. ... That's how we'll change this country -- with your help. And that's why we can't afford to slow down, sit back or let up for one day, one minute or one second in these last few days."
Obama's line about his faith being "vindicated," which he also used Friday, drew a rebuke from McCain today during the Republican's appearance in Springfield. America "has never had to prove anything to me," McCain said.
After moving on to Colorado and Missouri today, Obama will spend Sunday in Ohio, another crucial state that has resided in the red column in recent years.
In addition to building leads in Ohio and other previously Republican-leaning states, Obama continues to show strength in national surveys in the final weekend of the campaign. Gallup's daily tracking poll now shows the Democrat with a 10-point lead among likely voters, his largest lead to date in that survey. Other tracking polls released today pegged Obama's lead between 5 and 7 points. And a new AP-Yahoo News survey has the Democrat ahead by 8 points, with Obama's backers far more "excited" about the campaign than McCain's.
But that deficit has not stopped McCain and his allies from predicting an upset victory for the GOP ticket, and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin remained on the attack today against Obama during a bus tour in central Florida.
"Obama goes around promising a new kind of politics. Then he comes here to Florida ... he tries to exploit the fears and worries about Social Security and Medicare to our retirees, and that's the oldest and cheapest kind of politics there is," Palin said at a rally in Port Richey, north of Tampa.
The Democrats' No. 2, Sen. Joseph Biden (Del.), was similarly aggressive in his rhetoric today. “John McCain's campaign has gone way over the top,” he said in Evansville, Ind. “They are trying to take the low road to the highest office in the land."
November 1, 2008; 3:20 PM ET
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