Obama added: "John McCain's campaign is doing everything it can to focus attention on false personal attacks and distractions—but there's too much at stake for that kind of politics"
The latest New York Times/CBS New poll suggests that McCain's surge in public support after picking Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate has faded, and the race is again a dead heat nationally with momentum on Obama's side. The survey finds Palin's favorable rating down to 40 percent from 44 percent a week earlier and her unfavorable rating up eight points to 30 percent.
A CNN survey of several recent polls finds Obama now leading McCain 47 to 44 percent.
While McCain's momentum appears to have stalled, the race remains close in several battleground states that could decide the election. The latest CNN/Time Magazine/Opinion Research Corp. poll finds Obama and McCain tied in Florida at 48 percent, while Obama is ahead in Ohio, 49-47, McCain is leading in North Carolina, 48-47, and Obama is ahead in Wisconsin, 50-47.