Wednesday, Oct 22, 2008
John McCain raised the specter of nuclear war as he struggled to overcome rival Barack Obama’s widening lead in the polls with just 14 days left in the epic race to the White House.
Warning voters that the United States faces “many challenges here at home, and many enemies abroad in this dangerous world,” McCain returned to the attack line that Obama has poor judgment and is not ready to lead the United States.
The next president “won’t have time to get used to the office,” the Republican said at a rally on Tuesday.
“I sat in the cockpit on the flight deck of the USS Enterprise off of Cuba. I had a target,” McCain said, referring to the 1962 Cuban Missile crisis.
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“I know how close we came to a nuclear war and I will not be a president that needs to be tested. I have been tested. Senator Obama has not.”
But the Arizona senator’s campaign was smarting after a poll by the Pew Research Center showed Obama ahead by 14 points, and an investigation of Republican funds indicated more than 150,000 spent on clothes for his running mate Sarah Palin.
This article was posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 4:32 am