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In Green Bay, McCain call's out Biden on tax comment; poll shows dead heat race in Midwest

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In Green Bay Thursday night, Republican John McCain attacked Democratic running mate Joe Biden's claim that paying more taxes is patriotic for the wealthy.

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McCain got the loudest applause from the crowd of 11,000 when he said, "It's just plain dumb to raise taxes in a tough economy."

He said Biden and Democrat Barack Obama would tax the country into a recession.

McCain appeared with his running mate Sarah Palin. She went after Obama for urging his supporters to argue with those who disagree with him and, "get in their face."

Palin called that "the worst of politics" and it doesn't sound like the politics of hope and change to her.

A small group of protestors shouted during Palin's speech near the back of the Resch Center arena. They were quickly removed by security.

This morning (Friday), McCain will speak to the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. It was a late addition to his schedule.

Meanwhile, Obama will visit Green Bay on Monday. Details have not been announced. His running mate Biden was just there a couple weeks ago, showing how tight the race is in northeast Wisconsin.

Green Bay TV viewers saw the nation's sixth-largest number of presidential ads last week.

Big Ten Poll - a dead heat

Barack Obama and John McCain are running neck-and-neck in most of the Midwest. That's according to a poll of eight states in the Big Ten Conference.

University of Wisconsin-Madison political scientists Charles Franklin and Ken Goldstein surveyed 600 likely voters in each state.

The Wisconsin results, released Thursday, had Democrat Obama with a one-point lead over McCain, 45-44. That's similar to what other independent polls have shown in the past week, as Obama lost a double-digit lead he enjoyed during the summer.

The Big Ten poll shows that neither candidate is ahead by the poll's 4-percent margin of error in seven states; Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Franklin said McCain re-invented his campaign to emphasize change over experience. The professor said it worked a few weeks ago, but it's now playing itself out.

The only sizable lead in the Big Ten poll is in Obama's home state of Illinois, where he has a 53-37 advantage.

Each state's polling was done from last Sunday through Wednesday.

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