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Obama on Saturday took shots at McCain's attempt to keep some distance between himself and Bush, a Republican presiding at a time when most people think the country is badly off track. The White House announced this week that Bush has already cast his vote for McCain.
"That's no surprise, because when it comes to the policies that matter for middle class families, there's not an inch of daylight between George Bush and John McCain," Obama said.
While Obama keeps up that theme, McCain is hammering a message that Obama is a tax-and-spend threat to the nation. Politically, the tanking economy has swung momentum in Obama's favor, but McCain is trying to win some back by casting aspersions about Obama's fiscal discipline.
Bush, meanwhile, has been quietly on the sidelines for virtually the entire election. But his name is mentioned often.
Other battleground states — Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida — are on Obama's itinerary as the final full week of the campaigning begins. McCain begins Sunday in Iowa and Ohio.