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Final Presidential Debate includes fireworks

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) -- Behind in the polls, John McCain played the aggressor in the third and final debate against Barack Obama.

McCain, seeking to distance himself from President Bush, said, "Sen. Obama, I am not President Bush. ... You wanted to run against President Bush, you should have run four years ago."

Obama responded that McCain has been a vigorous supporter of Bush economic policies and that the country can't afford eight more years of the same thing.

McCain also criticized Obama's political ads, accusing him of going negative. Obama responded that 100 percent of McCain ads have been negative. McCain responded that the charge wasn't true.

McCain is currently running all negative ads, according to a study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But he has run a number of positive ads during the campaign.

The candidates have also clashed on economic recovery, taxes, spending and health care.

John McCain says America needs a new direction in his closing remarks at the last presidential debate. Rival Barack Obama says the biggest risk for the nation would be to adopt the same failed policies and politics of the last eight years.

McCain sought to distance himself from President Bush and reminded voters of his years of service in the military and as a lawmaker.

He said: "We cannot be satisfied with what we've been doing for the last eight years."

Obama told voters: "We need fundamental change."

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