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CHICAGO - High-flying Barack Obama was set yesterday to present his "closing argument" to voters as the Democrat's epic White House duel with beleaguered Republican John McCain entered its final full week.
With just eight days to go, the rivals were to hold competing rallies in the rust-belt states of Ohio and Pennsylvania after a weekend battleground blitz through western states tilting towards Obama, 47.
A day after drawing more than 150000 supporters to monster rallies in Colorado, Obama was to give a "closing argument speech" in Canton, Ohio, that would urge voters to choose "hope over fear, unity over division," aides said.
"In his speech, Senator Obama will tell voters that after 21 months and three debates, Senator McCain still has not been able to tell the American people a single major thing he would do differently from President George Bush when it comes to the economy," a campaign statement said.
Obama, fired up by an astonishing prowess at fundraising, was to follow up his Ohio speech with a 30-minute advertisement airing on national networks at huge expense tomorrow evening.
Republican national committee spokesman Alex Conant said Obama's "closing argument" amounted to an appeal for voters to hand Washington over to one-party rule as the Democrats prepared to tighten their grip on Congress. - Sapa-AFP