VIENNA, Ohio (CNN) – With a strong anti-NAFTA sentiment and a heavy union presence, the Mahoning Valley in northeast Ohio isn’t exactly prime Republican territory.
But that’s exactly where John McCain and Sarah Palin took their road show on Tuesday, hoping to steal some votes from Barack Obama in a region of the state where Hillary Clinton reigned supreme during the Ohio Democratic primary.
“We’re making that foray,” said one campaign adviser. “It’s good to play offense.”
Introducing McCain for the first time since she traveled to Alaska last week, Palin kept the focus on jobs and the economy as Wall Street woes dominated the headlines for the second straight day. She laid into the Democratic ticket, accusing Obama of wanting to raise payroll taxes, business taxes, investment income taxes and the estate tax.
“Here’s a little straight talk for our opponent,” Palin said, using her running mate’s signature phrase.
“His tax plans really would kill jobs and hurt small businesses and make even today’s bad economy look like the good old days.”
Palin's claims aren't exactly accurate: Obama would maintain the Bush tax cuts and offer tax breaks to individuals making under $250,000 a year. According to the non-partisan Center for Tax Policy, Obama’s tax plan would offer greater tax relief than McCain's for low and middle-income earners, but McCain's plan would lower the tax burden more across the board.
As she did in Colorado on Monday, Palin linked the campaign's economic pitch to her small town roots.
“Our family, like your families, we know that the best way to help small businesses is for government to take less from them, leave more for them so that they can expand and create jobs,” Palin said. “It's a pretty simple principle.”
Several voters in the audience said they were supporting McCain and Palin because they favor lower taxes.
Joyce Kish, an elementary school teacher's aide who attended the rally with her three sisters-in-law, said taxes and employment are her top issues in the election. She said the Valley was suffering from the loss of manufacturing jobs, and that the two Republicans on stage had the managerial experience to fix the economy. All four women said they were adamantly opposed to abortion rights.
When Palin finished her introduction of McCain, scores of voters soon proceeded to file out of the venue, one more sign that the Alaska governor is the force behind the ballooning crowds that have turned out for McCain in recent weeks.
please stop using words like hammer and slam. those words act like she's got a point. how about criticize.
or- how about distorts- as your article cites her distortions. which should be the main story- her lack of integrity.
I hope when this election is over that all of the DEMWITTED people move to Russia so they can live in the country of their beliefs
Lord I pray that our nation really wake up and not let this election be a circus. With the economy going down the drain and some hot tempered candidates, we need peace and unity. Let thy Will be done for the good of ALL the people of this great nation.
She still hasn't learned her lesson yet! They're gonna keep calling you out on this stuff Ms. Palin!
More lies than Mr BAMA tells everyday?
He´s a BIG LIAR, DO NOTHING BUM.
NOBAMA! NOT IN A THOUSAND YEARS!
Hey Sarah? Do you recall 2 months ago, when you praised Obama's Tax Plan? If I recall you called it, and I quote " A great plan for the American People"-My question to you is, What changed your mind?
Palin won't cooperate with investigators huh?! The "Barracuda" is hiding something. SOMETHING IS STARTING TO STINK IN ALASKA!
The Serial Liar is on the road again... Be careful!
I am sure the memebers of the audience does not earn 250K a year – so the increase in tax would not affect them in no way. Hope she added that part as part of her straight talk -
Poor lady, she read that mess from McSame's teleprompter. Thanks V. P. Biden for calling them the liars that they are.
I am living from paycheck to paycheck trying to make it through each day. I've heard what Obama wants to do to help, but nothing from mcCain/Palin. Stop looking at the woman factor, and after that is put aside you'll realize her leading 300 million is scary when she couldn't even lead her daughter to the pharmacy for condoms.
American should be smarter than this in choosing your President.
People of the world knows better....
Palin now refuses subpoenas? How Rove/Cheney of her. We have seen every other candidate;s tax records. Let's see hers! All of this is sounding awfully familiar. Is scandal the Palin/McCain strategy? Because I cannot for the life of me understand what they are doing.
"....accusing Obama of wanting to raise payroll taxes, business taxes, investment income taxes and the estate tax.
....“His tax plans really would kill jobs and hurt small businesses and make even today’s bad economy look like the good old days.”
Palin's claims aren't exactly accurate: Obama would maintain the Bush tax cuts and offer tax breaks to individuals making under $250,000 a year."
Wow, those things aren't even related. Has everyone gone partisan-dumb? Please get some real reporters.
My question to Sarah Palin is this – What are you running for? Press Secretary???????????????????????????????
Okay everyone. here's the truth.
Obama's tax plan is lower than McCain's, on the surface.
McCain's tax plan is a little higher than Obama's, but Obama will let the Bush tax cuts expire, McCain won't.
If you know what the Bush tax cuts are, you will surely know that tax's will skyrocket if Obama is elected
Also, McCain has NEVER voted for a tax increase.
Did the same person write most of these comments? Wow, seems like the Obama people have a one track mind. McBush, real original. I use to name call when I was a little kid too. How mature. Do they really think that smart Americans think the President Bush and Senator McCain are the same people and share the same ideas? Who is living a lie. Talk about "more of the same". Boring.
Senator Obama wants to increase minimum wage, an entry level training wage, to $9.50/hr.. He wants to have universal health care. He wants kids who do community services to get paid by the government so they can go to college, what next, federal benefits too? Isn't that like giving them a government job? So who is going to pay for this socialist health care? Where does the money come from if he is cutting taxes to pay for all these wonderful things? Have you ever looked at the tax rates of countries like Germany or Great Britain who have universal health care? Try giving the government half your paycheck on for size. That should do your wallet good.
Did you ever here of inflation? Guess what will be in double digits if Senator Obama raises the minimum wage, enacts protectionism against China and other third world countries, and creates universal health care. Do you really believe he can cut taxes and do all these wonderful things provided by a bigger government? I was once his supporter, but the more I here him talk, the more I am weary of who he is and what he says. He is a great motivational speaker, but not a man I trust to make the hard decisions. I think every one started to see that near the end of Senator Clintons run, and believe me, I am no supporter of hers. I do thank Senator Clinton for making me aware there is another person behind the man you see on the stage.
If you don't believe you will have higher taxes and inflation vote Santa Claus/Obama/Biden 08.
If you want a man who has served this nation, has a history of working with both Democrats and Republicans and has voted against two Republican Presidents, then look at McCain with unbiased eyes. Forget what the media is saying on both sides. Look at the long record of Senator McCain for a man that will hear all sides and make a decision. I think you will find a man who will make sound judgments using the best people for advice, no matter what skin color, sex, religion or political party.
Please give Senator McCain a look. I was an Obama supporter, not anymore. The shine is gone from that new car, I like the older reliable one that keeps on truckin.