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.
The bad old days like when Bill Clinton was President? Is that what she means???
Let her lie – it's what the McCain campaign does. Instead of the story line being about the issues, there's more people asking "why is John McCain lying so much?"
Please...Governor.... Let us see your taxes
She's a wonderful liar!
Wah-wah wah wah-wah...
He's not under investigation by a panel of 8 republicans and 4 Democrats. End of story.
Stay away from the teleprompters Palin. Or you may have to ad-lib, not!!! Sarah you are a LOSER!!!!!
Please be aware that families earning under $250,000 will pay less under an Obama plan, and families earning between $250,000 and $603,000 will pay a tiny amount more, less than $300.00 per year more than they pay now.
Alan Greenspan has said that America can not afford McCain's economic plan.
Sarah Liar Palin
Biggest tax breaks to the rich.
GREENSPAN said McCain's tax cuts are a NO GO!
Mrs. Palin's current family crisis (pregnant daughter, newborn) is sure to have a psycholgical impact on the Governor and the family.
I am happy she is a devout fundamentalist right wing Christian who has accepted Jesus as her saviour.
I think she needs more time as Governor before being second in command. It will depend if America wants to move on from the Cheney / Rove days.
Hopefully, McCain,72, will retire now.
I love how these people with all these great values continue to lie to the American people. Wake up people, Republicans only care about the rich and themselves.
Palin the GOP mouthpiece. Ask her to explain the basis of the McCain tax plan and why Alan Greenspan think it'll sink this country further into debt.
Your approval rating keep plummeting Palin. Pretty soon you'll draw as much (or less) supporters as your Johnny boy.
PALIN HOW CAN WE BELIVE ANYTHING YOU SAY WHILE LIEING ABOUT THE BRIDGE TO NO WERE ON A REGULAR BASES.
Sarah Palin is here to stay in American politics. At 44 years old and already a Mayor, Governor with the highest approval rating in the U.S.–80%, and now a VP candidate, she'll be a powerhouse for years to come. She's a model for our daughters.
Sarah Palin 12 & 16'
Sara, i saw a pit bull and a pig today. they both had lipstick on and they looked liked you
well for as much as liberals hate the Republicans, they sure don't mind taking the money.
Independent Voter Now for McCain
God help us if McCain wins.
She right. obaama and the democrats have nevver seen a tax hike they did not like.
What does Palin know about tax policy? We've got to get past this insane rationalization that Palin is qualified to be VP. I've heard a lot of people say that she did just fine in the Gibson interview because she didn't get enough time to prepare and most people couldn't answer better anyway. But the only valid comparison is to how the other top VP contenders would do. Think of how Pawlenty or Jindal or Ridge would likely do in that inerview, even without any prep time at all. Or any other random governor. If you honstly evaluate that and agree that her performance was subpar compared to someone eligible for VP, then what does that tell you about McCain? It tells me that he did not put 'country first' when he made that choice.
Sure, give money to business and ask them to hire us. I'd love to feel beholden to the company man.
How about giving a break to citizens and letting businesses compete for our patronage?
Here's a little straight talk: Sarah Palin and John McCain would return us to the 1800's, the days of sweat shops, child labor, and wage slavery. That is, if they didn't let our jobs all go overseas.
Sarah is a liar always....
It is sad . I really wanted a woman in the white house but I wanted somebody who really stands for something. Someone with a mind of her own, Someone who could go toe to toe with old boys and on facts
I am really disappointed.
Get It Right GOV. PALIN, No More Ebay Moments Please!
According to the non-partisan Center for Tax Policy, Obama’s tax plan would offer greater tax relief than McCain for low and middle-income earners, but McCain would lower the tax burden more across the board.
Two years ago Senator McCain spoke almost word for word of the threats we could face by NOT regulating Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Yesterday his words became reality. W/ the democrats support all regulations for these Mae and Mac were stopped.
I don't disagree w/ all of Sen. Obama's ideas, but his plan to raise taxes on those that can afford to put money back into this country isn't the way to go. His plan is scary. I want some one who is at least going to go after all parties and regulate the spending.
Inflation is part of this ecomony...has been so ever since Roman times. Politicians will never do what is really necessary to fix the chaos of government spending, taxing, making money.
By the way CNN reporting on politics has been disappointing. Very one sided....not news or balanced...hhuummm sounds like an ad I sometimes hear.
Sarah who? Sarah "the democrats are running a witch hunt?". Sarah "Global warming is not man made?" Sarah, "I sold that airplane on e-Bay?" Sarah, "I just told Washington, 'No thanks, we'll just build our own bridge'"?
Oh, now I remember Sarah Pinoccio – that's her name, isn't it? Hey is she related to John McPinoccio?
I guess they are hoping that the people who hear their lies don't watch or read the news.