DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - It’s the economy, stupid.
Call it déjà vu all over again: it’s primary season, there’s a Clinton in a tough primary fight – and the catchphrase from Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign is back.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll out this week found that the economy seems to be the number one presidential campaign issue among Democratic primary voters. So naturally, the Democratic debate here in Iowa just kicked off with an economic question.
The moderator, Des Moines Register editor Carolyn Washburn, asked “would it be a priority of your administration to balance the federal budget every year?”
That’s a far cry from Democratic presidential debates held earlier this year, when the Iraq war was usually the first issue on the agenda.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser