Obama, McCain face off in Wall Street Journal

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(CNN) -- Both major party presidential candidates made a final pitch to readers of The Wall Street Journal on Monday on the newspaper's opinion page.

The columns penned by Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama echoed their stump speeches, with the Democrat charging that McCain's economic policies would be a reprise of President Bush and the Republican saying Obama would raise taxes and restrict trade.

But they were in agreement in their opening paragraphs as each candidate said the nation is suffering the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Obama called this "a defining moment," while McCain declared it "a pivotal moment." Watch the final blitz of ads on the campaign trail »

Obama and McCain both called for a break from the Bush administration.

Obama: "At a moment like this, we can't afford four more years of spending increases, poorly designed tax cuts, or the complete lack of regulatory oversight that even former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan now believes was a mistake. America needs a new direction."

McCain: "But we cannot spend the next four years as we have spent much of the last eight: waiting for our luck to change. We have to act immediately. We have to fight for it."

The Republican and Democratic presidential hopefuls diverge on who would be best to fix the economy.

"Sen. Obama wants to raise taxes and restrict trade," McCain said. "The last time America did that in a bad economy it led to the Great Depression."

Obama praised McCain for "a few moments in the past where he has broken from his party."

"But over the past eight years, he's voted with President Bush 90 percent of the time," Obama said. "And when it comes to the economy, he still can't tell the American people one major thing he'd do differently from George Bush."

However, McCain, in conclusion, insisted that he would be different:

"After the difficulties of the last eight years, Americans are hungry for change and they deserve it. My career has been dedicated to the security and prosperity of America and that of every nation that seeks to live in freedom. It's time to get our country, and our world, back on track."

In closing, Obama appeals to readers "to believe -- not just in my ability to bring about change, but in yours."

"Tomorrow, you can choose policies that invest in our middle class, create new jobs, and grow this economy so that everyone has a chance to succeed. You can choose hope over fear, unity over division, the promise of change over the power of the status quo. If you give me your vote, we won't just win this election -- together, we will change this country and change the world."