McCain, Obama get tough, personal in final debate

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) -- John McCain has used the last and final presidential debate to go on the offense against Barack Obama.

McCain assailed Obama's character and his campaign positions on taxes, abortion and more at the forum. It was held in suburban New York at Hofstra University.

McCain accused Obama of not telling the American people the truth. Obama parried each charge, and leveled a few of his own. He said 100 hundred percent of McCain's ads have been negative." McCain replied, "That's not true."

McCain accused Obama of waging class warfare by seeking tax increases that would "spread the wealth around." Obama denied it and countered that he favors tax reductions for 95 percent of all Americans.

The Arizona lawmaker also sought to distance himself from President Bush. Early in the event, McCain reminded Obama that he's not President Bush. He said if Obama wanted to run against President Bush, he should have run four years ago.

Obama replied that McCain has been a "vigorous supporter of President Bush" and that the nation doesn't need eight more years of the same thing.

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

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