McCain, Obama follow up with new TV ads

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- On the day after the second presidential debate, the campaigns are following up with TV ads.

A Barack Obama ad says John McCain wants to tax health care instead of fixing it. It continues Obama's criticism that McCain's health-care plan includes taxing employer-based health-care benefits.

McCain's new TV spot says Obama is promising nearly a trillion dollars in new spending, in the wake of the 700 billion-dollar rescue plan. The ad says that's "crazy."

McCain and Sarah Palin are campaigning together in Ohio and Pennsylvania today. They're expected to keep up their criticism of Obama's friends and supporters.

Meanwhile, both sides are declaring victory in last night's debate. A top McCain ally, Senator Lindsay Graham, said McCain scored points in portraying Obama as liberal.

But an Obama adviser says McCain was "all over the map on the issues" -- and that he seemed "angry" about the state of his campaign.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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