Obama voices confidence, McCain appeals to Florida on election eve
FLORIDA. - Barack Obama says he's "one day away from changing the United States of America."
On the eve of the election, the Illinois senator sounded confident but said he expects Tuesday's outcome will be close. He told Florida voters that the election will go to whoever "wants it more" and urged his supporters to work hard in the next 24 hours "like our future depends on it."
At the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Obama noted that his Republican rival John McCain had campaigned there a few weeks ago and said the "fundamentals of our economy are strong." When the crowd jeered the idea, Obama told them, "You don't need to boo, you just need to vote."
Meanwhile, Republican John McCain is urging Florida voters to help him win the state and the presidential election.
The presidential hopeful kicked off a seven-state sprint to the finish in Tampa, the western end of the state's vote-rich I-4 corridor.
McCain told a modestly attended outdoor rally Monday: "With this kind of enthusiasm, this kind of intensity we will win Florida and we will win the election."
The Arizona senator said that he, like Democratic rival Barack Obama, opposes President Bush's economic policies. But McCain insisted he wouldn't raise taxes and that Obama could be counted on to do so.
McCain was headed next to Virginia and then Pennsylvania, Indiana, New Mexico, Nevada and home to Arizona early Tuesday morning.
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