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Presidential candidates target Obama

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(NBC News Channel) - The back half of primary season has Barack Obama under fire from both sides.

First, from Republican John McCain, with each contest moving the senator closer to the GOP nomination.

"I've not observed every speech that he's given obviously but there are singularly lacking in specifics," McCain said in a recent interview.

Campaigning Wednesday, Clinton projected a sunny outlook, but the numbers show an uphill battle ahead. 

"You know, I have challenged him to debates," Clinton said.  "I think the people of Wisconsin deserve to hear from both of us."

After a visit to Ohio on Thursday, Clinton will spend three days in Wisconsin, trying to prevent a ninth straight for Obama win next week. 

In Janesville, Obama targeted both his rivals, blaming U.S. crisis' on their Washington.
"It's a Washington where politicians like John McCain and Hillary Clinton voted for a war in Iraq that should have never been authorized," Obama said.

Republican Mike Huckabee will make four stops in Wisconsin Thursday. For the first time, McCain is publicly calling for Huckabee to drop out of the race.

"Of course I'd like for him to withdraw today. I mean, it would be much easier," he said.

McCain circulated a memo showing it was mathematically impossible for Huckabee to win the nomination, but as the Baptist minister likes to say, he majored not in math, but in miracles.

Obama's campaign is confident the math favors him. 

Clinton has to win Texas and Ohio by huge margins to cut into Obama's delegate lead. 

His campaign manager called that next to impossible.

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