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McCain vs. Obama: Going nuclear

The Washington Post and Boston Globe chronicle yesterday's back-and-forth over energy and nuclear policy.

USA Today examines both candidates' nuclear plans.

McCain has said Obama has said "no" to nuclear energy. But as the Boston Globe points out, "Obama has described nuclear power as 'not optimal' and labeled himself 'not a nuclear energy proponent.' But he has said he would not rule out more nuclear power 'only so far as it is clean and safe.'"

The Los Angeles Times covers Obama's pushback at the McCain campaign over the tire gauge attack -- and it notes he seemed have some life in pushing back. "Often cool on the stump, Obama struck a combative note when he told the 2,700 people who came to see him here that McCain had unfairly characterized his position. Ridiculing him over tire gauges, Obama said, is shallow campaigning -- on the order of McCain's much-publicized TV ad likening Obama to celebrities Britney Spears and Paris Hilton."

The New York Daily News' headline: "McCain goes nuclear; Obama boils over." "Obama hit back at John McCain like never before Tuesday, accusing him of shamefully trying to divide America to conquer the election."

NBC's Andrea Mitchell reports that Obama supporters in 24 states will talk to voters at gas stations this week and distribute copies of Obama's energy plan. In addition, the Obama campaign announced that it will run this ad on a network of TV screens that are affixed atop gas pumps throughout Florida.

Politico: "The Democratic National Committee on Wednesday is launching an 'Exxon McCain '08' campaign, complete with a gas-pump logo and garish red buttons, bumper stickers and yard signs."

On McCain's new ad, the AP writes, "McCain's assertion that 'we're worse off than we were four years ago' differs from his answer in January when he was asked during a debate if the country is better off now than it was eight years ago. His response then: 'I think you could argue that Americans overall are better off because we have had a pretty good prosperous time with low unemployment and low inflation. And, a lot of good things have happened, a lot of jobs have been created." He added: "Things are tough right now,' and cited the housing crisis, a weak economy and a volatile stock market. He made a similar comment during a media interview in April."