Monday, October 20, 2008

Obama blitzing Florida, McCain defends Missouri

WASHINGTON - Democrat Barack Obama opens a campaign blitz in battleground Florida on Monday, buoyed by the endorsement of former Secretary of State Colin Powell while Republican John McCain was defending his turf in bellwether Missouri.

Obama notched the endorsement of Powell, a retired general who was chairman of the military's Joint Chiefs of Staff and served as secretary of state to President George W. Bush, while Obama's campaign reported raking in a record-shattering $150 million in campaign donations last month. The backing of Powell, a moderate Republican, was viewed as a blow to McCain's attempts to paint Obama as unready to serve as commander in chief of the U.S. military.
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