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Real battle begins as McCain slams rival

Firing the first salvo after Barack Obama sealed the Democrat presidential nomination, Republican rival John McCain described him as a man incapable of making “tough calls” and standing firm in the face of criticism.

world Updated: Jun 04, 2008 23:20 IST

Firing the first salvo after Barack Obama sealed the Democrat presidential nomination, Republican rival John McCain on Wednesday described him as a man incapable of making “tough calls” and standing firm in the face of criticism.

Addressing an election rally in New Orleans, Louisiana, shortly before Obama declared victory, the presumptive Republican nominee also sought to distance himself from President George W Bush on energy, military and economic policies.

The Vietnam war veteran told a cheering crowd that they would listen a lot during the coming months that he represents third term of Bush but that is because the Democratic candidate has nothing to offer.

Obama, McCain added, was an “impressive man” who made a great first impression. “But he hasn’t been willing to make the tough call, to challenge his party, to risk criticism from his supporters to bring real change to Washington.”