June 10th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Presidential hopefuls eye the economy

Obama and McCain are battling over the economy.
Obama and McCain are battling over the economy.

(CNN) - The economy is the No. 1 issue on the minds of American voters, and Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama offer vastly different plans to improve it.

Watch: Pros/cons of Obama's new plan

McCain on Tuesday told a group of small business owners that his goal as president will be "to get our economy running at full strength again."

The senator from Arizona is attempting to paint Obama as a typical Democrat who wants to raise taxes and regulate government, charging that Obama would institute the largest tax increase in more than 60 years.

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  1. JC from NJ

    It is not that America wants more taxes or bigger government it is just that when the democrats were driving they gave us more taxes and bigger government and everything was affordable. Also jobs were plentiful and there was peace. The Bushpublicans attacked the wrong people, made enemies in new places, tanked the dollar, and in the process made a ton of cash for those that were connected. I'd vote McCain/Bush but I don't have any Halli-Burton stock at stake.

    June 10, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    JayRamos,

    Unrestriced capitalism is to economics, what communism is to politics. Wake up. Sometimes goverment regulation is good thing. It avoids using taxes to bail out the economy.

    Extending the Bush tax cuts and eliminating the AMT tax would cost one trillion dollars over 10 years. McCain has no plan to pay for it. The US no owes more money to other nations than what is owed the US. That makes us third world, dude.

    June 10, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. jimmy velman

    OBAMA CAN PUT ALL THE NOTABLE AND RETIRED MILITARY LEADERS IN HIS CABINET IF ELECTED BEGINNING OF COURSE WITH GENERAL WESLEY CLARK AS SEC. OF STATE OR DEFENSE.
    HE ALSO CAN PUT EDWARDS. BIDEN, DODD, LEAHY , PERHAPS SCHWARZENNEGER, AND OTHER WASHINGTON ESTABLISHMENT OLDTIMERS. HE WILL DENY CLINTON NOT ONLY THE VP SPOT BUT A CABINET POST WHICH CLINTON DOES NOT WANT ANYWAY.
    hILLARY'S SUPPORTERS ARE WELL AWARE OF OBAMA'S INTENTIONS. THEY ARE NOT FOOLS.

    June 10, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Debbie,NJ

    Listen up Hillary supporters. If you love Hillary so much then why didn't you support her financially?. Stop whining and help her where she needs you most. You can't help her with the primary, its over. You can't make Obama choose her as VP but you can help get her out of debt. If not what good are you. If Obama doesn't win because Dems stay home, vote for McCain or write in Hillary, you better bet she won't win in 2012. We will make sure of it. What goes around comes around, haven't you people learned that yet. Its the nasty tactics that made her lose the primary. Hopefully Hillary has learned and better tell her people if they want her to have a shot of winning in 2012 they better vote for Obama because for the simple fact that he is the Nominee and he's a Dem.

    June 10, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. YES WE CAN + YES WE WILL= DEMS IN WHITE HOUSE

    McCAIN KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT ECONOMICS, NOTHING! HIS ECONOMIC PLAN CAME FROM GRAHAM A LOBBYIST FOR A FOREIGN BANK PUSHING FOR UNREGULATED MORTGAGE LOANS, WHICH ALLOWS MORTGAGE COMPANIES TO TAKE ADVATAGE OF HOME OWNERS. GRAHAM IS LISTED AS ONE OF THE MAJOR REASONS FOR THE MORTGAGE CRISIS WE ARE EXPERIENCING NOW!

    McCAIN KNOWS NOTHING HE IS PUSHING GRAHAM'S PLAN! ONE THAT WILL BE THE WORST THING POSSIBLE FOR THE ECONOMY

    PEOPLE PLEASE PAY ATTENTION! THE MEDIA WILL KEEP YOU FOCUSED ON NON ISSUES INSTEAD OF REPORTING WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW, WHILE WRIGHT'S SOUNDBITES WERE BEING LOOPED McCAIN WAS PRESENTING HIS PLAN TO DESTROY THE ECONOMY! RESEARCH McCAIN'S PLAN AND GRAHAM

    June 10, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. evelyn

    mccain should put on his slippers and veg out in front on the telly instead of speaking before thinking.

    June 10, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. axt113

    Tax and spend by Obama beats borrow and spend by McSame

    Obama 08

    June 10, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. heartlight 3, Maui, HI

    All of you who Hillary voters who complain so loudly about being "disrespected", perhaps if you started behaving in a manner that inspires respect, you might get more respect. If you truly want to vote against your own self interest out of spite or disappointment, go right ahead, but don't think you are punishing Obama or the DNC by doing so. You are punishing yourself and the rest of the country, (and disrespecting Hillary and her commitment to you.)

    June 10, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. gary

    YOU CANT FIXED THE ECONOMY UNTIL YOU HAVE THE NATIONAL SECURITY FIXED. O.B.S JUDGEMENT SUCKS. YOU CANT PULL OUT OF IRAQ WITHOUT CAUSING A BIGGER WAR. .O.B. WILL HAVE US IN WORLD WAR111.MCCAIN IS THE ONE WITH THE BRAINS. WITH AGE COMES WISDOM. O.B. NEEDS TO GROW UP ALOT MORE.O.B. IS FOR HIMSELF. IF HE CARED ABOUT US HE WOULD HAVE WENT TO NEW ORLEANS EARLIER IN THE RACE. HRC DIDNT HESITATE. THATS THE DIFFERENCE WITH O.B. AND HRC. SHE ALWAYS CARED FOR US.O.B. WILL BRING THIS COUNTRY TO WORST DEBT THAN NOW.TO YOU HATERS THAT THINK WE ARE GOING AGAINST HRC IF WE DONT VOTE O.B. JUST DONT UNDERSTAND. WE ARE SAVING OUR COUNTRY BY PUTTING OUR LIVE'S IN THE HANDS OF A GREENHORN (O.B.) AMERICA GETS WHAT THEY ASK FOR. CONCERNED VIET NAM VET

    June 10, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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