Obama, McCain Hatching General Election Battle Plans

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NY Times front-page essential reading: Both campaigns busy developing strategies, tactics for November race.

Obama to portray McCain as heir to Bush and highlight opposition to abortion rights. McCain to paint Obama as inexperienced, liberal, out-of-touch.

Both sides already developing negative TV ads. Obama may also be subtly “telegraphing” his youth, to contrast with McCain.

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