With big lead, Obama says McCain is ‘running out of time’
With less than two weeks until Election Day, Sen. Barack Obama is telling voters that Sen. John McCain is “running out of time” and as a result has taken to “making stuff up” on Obama’s record and tax cut plan.
Obama holds his biggest lead yet, according to CNN’s latest average of national polls. He is ahead of McCain by nine points — 51 percent to 42 percent.
Tuesday’s poll of polls shows that Obama has “moved into a commanding position in the presidential race,” said Alan Silverleib, CNN’s senior political researcher.
“Obama is either tied or ahead in all of the battleground states,” Silverleib said. “The Democrats now have what may be a decisive edge in terms of voter enthusiasm and financial resources … While anything can happen in the remaining two weeks, it’s hard not to conclude that McCain’s back is against the wall.” Watch more on the state of the race »
As McCain tries to regain his footing, he’s been hammering away at the now highly publicized remarks Obama made to a man since dubbed “Joe the plumber.”
Earlier this month, Joe Wurzelbacher unintentionally stepped onto the political scene when Obama was canvassing for support in Holland, Ohio.
Wurzelbacher asked Obama if he believed in the American Dream. He said he was about to buy a company that makes more than $250,000 a year and was concerned that Obama would tax him more because of it.
Obama explained his tax plan in depth, saying it’s better to lower taxes for Americans who make less money so that they could afford to buy from his business.
“I think that when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody,” Obama told Wurzelbacher.
Obama told voters Tuesday night that McCain has “decided to make up, just fabricate this notion that I’ve been attacking Joe the plumber.”
“Now, let me tell you something even just yesterday, Joe the plumber himself said that wasn’t true. I’ve got nothing but love for Joe the plumber. That’s why I want to give him a tax cut,” he said at a rally in Miami, Florida.
“Apparently Sen. McCain decided that if he can’t beat our ideas, then he’s just going to make up some ideas and run against those.”
Obama’s said McCain has been on the attack instead of talking about the issues.
“That’s what you do when you’re out of ideas, when you’re out of touch, and you’re running out of time,” he said.
McCain’s campaign on Wednesday launched a new ad that continues the Joe the plumber line.
The ad focuses on small business owners who express concern that their businesses would struggle under Obama’s tax plan.
“Barack Obama: higher taxes, more spending, not ready,” the announcer says in the 30-second spot. Fact check: Obama and small businesses
Meanwhile, with limited time left on the campaign trail, the candidates are spending their final days in the most contested states.
Obama on Wednesday is holding rallies in Richmond and Leesburg, Virginia. Virginia has not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in more than 40 years, but polls show Obama leading there.
Sen. Joe Biden, Obama’s running mate, is continuing his two-day swing through Colorado, with stops scheduled in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.
On the Republican side, Sen. John McCain started his day meeting with voters in Manchester, New Hampshire.
He’ll then join Gov. Sarah Palin for rallies in Green and Cincinnati, Ohio. No Republican candidate has ever won the White House without also winning Ohio.
According to CNN’s average of Ohio polls, Obama leads by 3 percentage points there.
CNN’s national poll of polls is composed of the following six national general election surveys of likely voters: Pew (October 16-19), CNN/ORC (October 17-19), ABC/Washington Post (October 16-19), Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby (October 18-20), Gallup (October 18-20) and Diageo/Hotline (October 18-20). It does not have a sampling error.