Warning voters that the
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
"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."
With the presidential vote looming on Nov. 4, voters expressed a "widespread loss of confidence in McCain," with 41 percent of Pew respondents saying McCain "showed poor judgment." Only 29 percent said that of Obama.
McCain also trails 32 to 53 on the critical question of who would best improve economic conditions.
McCain acknowledged that he was "a few points down" in the polls but vowed to continue to fight for hard-working Americans as he kept up his attack on Obama’s economic policies, casting the
"The financial crisis that states, businesses and families are facing didn’t just spring up full-blown overnight," the Democratic candidate said.
Pushing back at the "socialist" charge, Obama pointed to his high power supporters like billionaire financier Warren Buffett and former Republican secretary of state Colin Powell.
"Apparently Senator McCain’s decided that if he can’t beat our ideas, he’s just going to make up some ideas and run against those," Obama said.
"John McCain is still out there, just saying this stuff, just making it up."
McCain is scheduled to campaign in
Obama planned to meet his top national security advisors Wednesday on the sidelines of a campaign stop in
McCain will meet up with Palin in
Palin, who was instrumental in rallying the Republican party’s conservative base after she was named to the ticket in late August, came under fire from the Obama campaign for saying last week that the patriotic values of "real America" could only be found in conservative small towns.
Critics said that suggested she believed other areas were not "real
Backpedaling, Palin said on Tuesday she was sorry for her comments in an interview with CNN.
"I don’t want that misunderstood," Palin said. "If that’s the way it came across, I apologize."
Also, a campaign spokeswoman sought to downplay a report by the website Politico that said the Republican National Committee had spent more than $150,000 on clothes for Palin and her family.
"With all of the important issues facing the country right now, its remarkable that were spending time talking about pantsuits and blouses," said spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt.
"It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign."