Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Wives Come out Fighting; Girls Aloud: Sarah Palin Greets Cindy McCain in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Right, Michelle Obama on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She Also Appeared on Larry King Live, One of America's Most Popular Talk Shows

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Wives Come out Fighting; Girls Aloud: Sarah Palin Greets Cindy McCain in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Right, Michelle Obama on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She Also Appeared on Larry King Live, One of America's Most Popular Talk Shows

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Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA, PAUL THOMPSON

THE WIVES of the US election candidates went into battle today as the race for the presidency became increasingly personal.

John McCain's wife Cindy entered the campaign with harsh words for Barack Obama about his suitability to lead the nation. In a personal attack on the Democratic candidate, the multi-millionairess questioned his commitment to US troops and mentioned her son Jimmy who served in Iraq alongside Sarah Palin's son Track.

In retaliation, Mr Obama's wife Michelle insisted Americans want "real answers" on the economic crisis and "don't care about the back and forth between the candidates".

Having kept silent for most of the campaign, Mrs McCain told voters in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, that Mr Obama had voted against an Iraq war funding Bill.

She said his decision showed a lack of understanding of the needs of US troops and said it had "sent a cold chill" through her body. She said: "My son, like so many others, and today like the Palins' son, have served on the front lines, helping keep peace and helping freedom for other people. I'm a blue star mom, just like Governor Palin is. I'm proud of my sons, but let me tell you, the day that Senator Obama decided to cast a vote to not fund my son when he was serving sent a cold chill through my body.

"I would suggest that Senator Obama change shoes with me for just one day, and see what it means, and see what it means to have a loved one serving in the armed forces, and more importantly, serving in harm's way.

"I suggest he take a day and go watch our fine young men and women deploy, get on those buses and leave with a smile and a charge." She spoke as she introduced vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin before more than 8,000 cheering supporters at Lehigh University. …

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