July 4th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
6 years ago

The week ahead: It's the economy

(CNN) - Barack Obama plans to spend the week ahead focused on the nation's economic woes while making stops in several states President Bush carried in 2004.

The Illinois senator begins the week in North Carolina, a state Bush won by 12 points four years ago but one the Illinois senator is hoping to make completive. Obama will also make stops in Georgia, Ohio, and Virginia next week as part of the campaign’s effort to expand the party's electoral battleground beyond the traditionally blue states.

At each stop he'll discuss his plans to strengthen the economy, the campaign announced.

On Thursday, John McCain's campaign announced the Arizona senator will also focus on the economy next week as he travels to several battleground states, including Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
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  1. not important

    Good thing that Phil Gramm is not his advisor?

    July 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. CITIZENS FOR AMERICA FIRST

    WE KNOW WHAT MCBUSH IS DOING.

    HE IS WORKING ON A PLANE TO EXPORT

    A FEW MORE OF OUR JOBS. HE HAS CAMPAIGNED

    MORE IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES THAN OURS.

    July 4, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. David Goldman

    WE HAVE VOTED OURSELVES INTO A CORNER.

    LETS VOTE OURSELVES OUT OF IT.

    VOTE FOR OUR ECONOMY, NOT MCSLEAZO'S.

    July 4, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz

    THE REPUBLICANS ARE WORKING VERY

    HARD TO MAKE US A THIRD WORLD NATION.

    July 4, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Economics is a subject one must know in this failing economic crisis.
    Strengthening the economy = A+ for Obama
    Strengthening the economy = F- for McCain

    July 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. Marc PDX

    Barakiddie joke for the day:

    During the 2000 general election democrats said that if George Bush got elected then they would move to another country.

    During the 2008 election if Barak Obama gets elected then we'll send the democrats to another country. LOL!

    NObama N'08

    July 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. Vig

    It's George Bush that's the problem and a newly emerging George Bush – Barrack Obama.

    July 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. Marc PDX

    What Barak Obama knows about the economy could almost fill a thimble.

    July 4, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. john

    If being dumb on the economy, lying about previous statements, flip flopping and a memory like a sieve holds water are qualities needed to be President then John McSame has all of them in SPADES.

    July 4, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. Mike

    Yes McBush will focus on the economy after returning from Columbia. Where he plans to export millions of American jobs if elected.

    July 4, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. David Peter

    McBush is never home in America; he is always going to Iraq or Columbia or Mexico and he knows NOTHING about our economy!

    July 4, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. Mike in NYC

    Dr. Mimi De La Cruz wrote:

    "THE REPUBLICANS ARE WORKING VERY HARD TO MAKE US A THIRD WORLD NATION."

    Both parties were/are complicit in allowing tens of millions of illegal immigrants across our borders.

    A third-world population will inevitably result in a third-world country.

    July 4, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. Marc PDX

    Barak knows about as much about the economy as he does about what Reverend Wright was preaching from the pulpit: nothing.

    Obama: "Just increase taxes and government programs to fix the problems with the economy"...

    Sheesh!

    NObama N'08

    July 4, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. Venus

    Go get em' Bam!

    Need to let Americans know that spending $850 billion dollars is killing us! You need to tell us about all the jobs that have left this country in the past 8 years!

    Can't believe McSame visiting other countries to promote fair trade!

    Obama – just stay focus – we know you are clear regarding Iraq – the Republicans don't have any plans so they want to talk about Iraq and nothing else. Don't let them pull you out of your game and off track!

    Step it up and hit em HARD!

    July 4, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  15. Marc PDX

    The dimocrats are working very hard to make us a socialist nation. Let's see, now how's that working out in Europe? 20%+ unemployment. Youth unable to get jobs at all because employers can never fire anyone (so they won't take a chance on hiring in the first place)... 30 hour work weeks (sounds nice, but no one is working, everyone's on strike and no one has any money). And the governments are running out of money... because no one makes any to tax anymore! Healthcare – yeah, it's cheap. But you can't get it. Ask Canada about that. People die waiting for an initial Dr. visit because they have to wait 6 months or more for even a first visit. So Canadians with any money now pay on their own to be able to actually go to a Dr. when they really need to (which is not covered by ANY insurance – it's totally out of pocket). So, yeah, this all seems like a good approach. There's a reason why America is doing much better economically than the socialist free world countries (and way better than former and current communist ones: that economic philosophy doesn't work). Read your history books, people! "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country" for a change!

    NObama N'08 (quit voting your wallet and get to work!)

    July 4, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  16. JWR

    Wow, a whole week on the economy? I'm so very impressed.

    Why don't these US Senators go back to Washington and actually do something, instead of just talking about it on TV?

    July 4, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. FOR THE USA

    McCain needs a quick course in ECONOMY 101. Maybe Jeb Bush gave him some pointers.

    July 4, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  18. INDEPENDENT WHITE WOMAN FOR OBAMA

    CNN) — Barack Obama plans to spend the week ahead focused on the nation's economic woes while making stops in several states President Bush carried in 2004.
    Marc PDX ...........What Barak Obama knows about the economy could almost fill a thimble........Which is the SIZE OF YOUR BRAIN
    McSAME ADMITS he doesn't know much about the ECONOMY
    Marc PDX .. During the 2000 general election democrats said that if George Bush got elected then they would move to another country
    During the 2008 election if Barak Obama gets elected then we'll send the democrats to another country. HA! HA! ......WE ARE going TO SEND YOUR STUPID A_S to MARS!!!!

    OBAMA 08

    July 4, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  19. TEXAN

    It does appear that our economy is getting worse every day. I feel that Obama can better relate to the problems and struggles of the average American than Mc Cain. We need to get our country back on the right track...NOT (8 ) more years of the same !!!! Obama is the man who will do this. GO OBAMA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 4, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  20. Karen-phoenix

    McBush will be 4 more years of the same economy. Obama has a different plan. Lets try it!!!! It just might work!!! What we are doing now is NOT working and its just getting worse!!! AND I'm sick and tired of the republican party trying to call Obama a lier!!! What he said yesterday about the war in Iraq is exactly what he has said all along!!!!
    !6 months and out but he is open to discussion on time table depending on what the generals on the ground say!!!! He has said this from the beginning BUT he wants us OUT OF IRAQ!!!!! Just think, maybe it will take a month longer to get all the helicopters back or all the jeeps back. People, have a little common sense!!!! With Obama we will get out of Iraq!!!! AND we may have the beginning of a much better economy!!!! I'm a republican for 64 years and I in no way will vote for McCain!!! I DO NOT WANT MORE OF THE SAME THING!!!!!

    July 4, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  21. Jesse Abrams

    So much hatred directed at McCain. Apparently the liberals don't have anything good to say about their own candidate. Oh wait ... hate-filled trashing of others is the liberal way of life.

    July 4, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  22. dems be dopes

    I wonder which handler will brief this empty suit about the "economy."

    I'd really like to know how is really pulling the strings for Obama...

    July 4, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  23. Marc PDX

    Obama '08 – a fine whine... LOL!

    July 4, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. Emma, San Jose, CA

    Obama has been doing his homework about the economy. He has been
    extremely studious and has researched the economy well, and utilized the minds of great economists to enhance his learning. That does not fit with him only having a thimble's worth of knowledge about economics.

    By the way, many of you persist in claiming just the young folks will vote for Obama. That is flawed thinking. My cohorts who are past 70 favor Obama.

    July 4, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  25. A SONGBIRD SANG IN VIETNAM

    I'll vote for the one that finished top in Law before the one that finished botttom in Navy any day.

    July 4, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
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