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McCain tackles economy in Iowa


DAVENPORT, (KWWL) -- With 24 days until the presidential election, John McCain is trying to reclaim Iowa, as Barack Obama currently leads in most polls.

At a rally in Davenport Saturday, McCain turned away from personal attacks on Obama seen from crowds at recent McCain-Palin events.

Instead, the Arizona Senator promised to turn around the economic turmoil on Wall Street.

"My friends, I've traveled all over this great country and one thing I hear from Americans at every stop is that they're angry. They're angry. They are angry," said McCain. "They're angry about the mess in Washington and Wall Street. They're angry about the failure of leadership at this hour of national crisis. They are angry that our leaders are more interested in pointing fingers at each other and advancing their own political interest than in coming together, Democrats and Republicans to solve the big problems we face."

McCain said his plan includes freezing spending in Washington until spending gets under control.

"I brought that up at the debate the other night, about the need for a spending freeze, which by the way mayors and city councils and legislatures all over America are having to do, except in Washington where we don't balance our budget. I want to tell you, my opponent said something about well that would be a hatchet and we need a scalpel. My friends right now we need a hatchet and a scalpel, I'll give you both. I'll give you both. I will review every agency of the federal government, improve those that need to be improved and there are those that need to be improved and eliminate those that aren't working for the American people."

McCain and Obama will meet for their third and final debate next Wednesday.

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