ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - It’s very odd to present yourself as a maverick to the most partisan audience imaginable, as McCain is doing tonight.
So far, at least, the essence of his economic plan is to stop government spending - an arguable proposition for economic growth, but so far it’s the most concrete plan he’s provided: Stop government overspending and rescue the economy. Democrats will try to pick that apart.
He says back to basics –- he means small government.
It’s always been an article of belief among Republicans that they lost the 2006 congressional elections because of overspending. It’s simply not true –- they lost because of Iraq. But they refuse to believe it.
The Iraq issue has really receded in importance in this campaign. It was the central issue in 2006 - but not in 2008. And one of the ironies is, more Americans think we’re winning in Iraq - but more Americans believe that Obama will handle the issue better than McCain.