With another impressive sweep of states in the Potomac primary â€” Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. â€” Barack Obama now has surpassed Hillary Clinton in popular votes and elected delegates, as well as in the total delegate count. And by sweeping the GOP primaries, John McCain has all but locked up the Republican nomination.
In their victory speeches Tuesday night, Obama and McCain previewed some general election themes they might use against each other. Obama told a crowd that, â€œSen. McCain said the other day that we might be mired for a hundred years in Iraq, which is reason enough to not give him four years in the White House.â€ He also referred to â€œBush-McCainâ€ Republicans and ideas, tying McCain to the unpopular president.
McCain took sharp aim at Obamaâ€™s â€œhopeâ€ message. â€œTo encourage a country with only rhetoric rather than sound and proven ideas that trust in the strength and courage of free people is not a promise of hope. It is a platitude,â€ he said. â€œI do not seek the presidency on the presumption that I am blessed with such personal greatness that history has anointed me to save my country in its hour of need. I seek the presidency with the humility of a man who cannot forget that my country saved me.â€