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미 대선 후보들, 중산층 표심 잡기에 전력 (E)


미국 총선거가 12일 앞으로 다가온 가운데, 공화당 대선 후보인 존 맥케인 상원의원과 민주당 후보인 바락 오바마 상원의원은 저소득층과 중산층의 표심을 잡기위한 선거 운동에 주력하고 있습니다.

맥케인후보는 23일 플로리다 주에서 선거유세를 벌이고 오바마 후보가 소규모사업체들에 대한 세금을 늘릴 것이라고 공격했습니다. 플로리다주는 대선의 핵심 접전지로 알려져 있습니다.

같은 날 인디애나 주에서 선거운동을 펼친 오바마 후보는 맥케인 후보의 경제정책은 일반 서민들 보다 증권가를 더 우선시 하는 정책이라고 비난했습니다. 인디애나 주는 전통적으로 공화당이 우세한 지역으로 이번 선거의 또 다른 접전지입니다.

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Republican presidential candidate John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama are battling for the support of low and middle-income Americans, 12 days before voters elect a new president.

Senator McCain, who continues to lag in national polls, campaigned in (the southeastern state of)Florida today (Thursday). He claimed Senator Obama would raise taxes on small businesses, which McCain says would cost Americans new jobs. The race is very tight in Florida, one of several states considered critical to winning the White House on November 4th.

Obama told supporters in (the north central state of)Indiana that McCain's economic policies put Wall Street ahead of Main Street (average Americans and businesses). Polls show the race is also very tight in Indiana, which has been reliably Republican in the past.

In an average of national polls (compiled by RealClearPolitics), Obama leads McCain more than seven percentage points (50-point-one to 42-point-seven percent). Analysts have attributed Obama's strong lead to a perception that he is better able to handle the troubled economy.

Obama is now taking a break to visit his ailing grandmother in Hawaii. Eighty-five-year-old Madelyn Dunham helped raise Obama. The presidential candidate told CBS News that he did not make it to his mother's bedside before she died in 1995 and he did not want to make the same mistake twice.

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