Candidates Stock Up on Tough Talk

As promised, rhetoric takes turn for the worse ahead of debate No. 2
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2008 5:43 PM CDT
John McCain participates in a rally in Albuquerque, N.M., Monday, Oct. 6, 2008. McCain is scheduled to debate Democratic rival Barack Obama in the second of three presidential debates tomorrow.    (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – The presidential race got uglier today, with both campaigns delivering on promises to crank up the pressure. John McCain worked to slow Barack Obama's momentum and Obama fought to hang on to his lead, Reuters reports. McCain asked a New Mexico audience, "Who is the real Barack Obama?" "I've got news for the McCain campaign," Obama said during a break from prep for tomorrow's debate. "The American people are losing right now."

McCain's camp continued to hammer on Obama's association with '60s radical William Ayers, and the candidate referred to his opponent's recent rhetoric as a "barrage of angry insults." The Obama campaign returned fire, calling attention to McCain's involvement with the Keating Five S&L scandal. "McCain's Keating history is relevant and voters deserve to know the facts," Obama's campaign manager said.