Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Candidates Trade Blows over Inflation (of Tyres)

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Candidates Trade Blows over Inflation (of Tyres)

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Byline: PAUL THOMPSON

THE race for the White House took an unlikely turn as car tyre pressure became the hottest issue in the campaign.

John McCain set aside concerns about the state of the US economy and Iraq troop withdrawal to mock Barack Obama's recommendation that drivers keep their tyres well inflated.

The debate gathered pace as Mr Obama taunted his Republican rival for admitting that the practice saved petrol, as the candidates vied to display their green credentials. Mr Obama and Mr

McCain are keen to prove that they have the best plans to bring down high fuel prices, which top the list of voters' concerns, and reduce America's reliance on imported oil.

Most of the debate has centred on nuclear energy, offshore drilling and tapping strategic petroleum reserves.

But yesterday the talk was all about tyres.

Discussing the air-pressure issue, Mr McCain said he was not opposed to Mr Obama's suggestion. "And could I mention that Senator Obama a couple of days ago said that we ought to all inflate our tyres, and I don't disagree with that," Mr McCain said. …

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