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OBAMA'S PLANS ASSAILED AS 'SOCIALIST'

CONCORD, N.C.

Sen. John McCain and several of his key advisers began sharpening a new line of attack against Sen. Barack Obama on Saturday - likening the Democratic presidential nominee's tax proposals to socialism and saying they would not be welcomed by average, working-class Americans.

McCain inserted the charge into an address he recorded for broadcast today on talk radio stations. "You see, he believes in redistributing wealth, not in policies that help us all make more of it," McCain said of Obama. Referring to Joe Wurzelbacher, the Ohio man who became known as "Joe the Plumber," McCain said: "Joe, in his plainspoken way, said this sounded a lot like socialism. And a lot of Americans are thinking along those same lines."

Palin's Pa. pitch

Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin on Saturday made a pitch for a ninth-inning comeback from a minor-league baseball field. The Alaska governor told the packed Lancaster Barnstormers stadium that she was counting on Philadelphia Phillies fans to turn "an underdog into a victor."

"It's the choice between a politician who puts his faith in government and a leader who puts his faith in you," Palin said, hitting Obama on taxes in Lancaster County, which gave President Bush more votes than did Philadelphia in both 2000 and 2004.

Newspaper endorsements

Several newspapers endorsed McCain or Obama on Friday and Saturday.

McCain

Tampa Tribune

Dallas Morning News

Obama

Kansas City Star

Denver Post

Salt Lake Tribune

The Oregonian (Portland)

Miami Herald

Philadelphia Inquirer

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