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.
Hey CNN, you need to clarify that part about "McCain's plan would lower the tax burden more across the board."
Per your own reporting:
"Those at the top end of the scale would get the biggest percentage cuts under McCain, while households with the lowest incomes would receive the largest percentage cuts under Obama's plan. Obama's plan would offer a tax cut for people earning up to $111,645 a year, according to the analysis. McCain also would offer relief to those taxpayers, but his cuts would be smaller."
The "more" doesn't apply to the "lower tax burden" unless you're at the top end of the scale.... Giving most of the tax relief to the wealthy isn't doing the majority of Americans any favors. You really need to spell it out that John McCain wants to play "reverse Robin Hood".
I say again that if we let the rich and the corporations keep their tax money with the hope that they will provide jobs, we deserve what we get, more of the last 8 years. It hasn't done us any good so far. The CEO's are still robbing us blind.
Sarah Palin is becoming a giant in American politics. Only 44 years old and already a Mayor, Governor with the highest approval rating in the U.S.–80%, and now VP Candidate.
She'll be around when Biden is long in a nursing home.
Sarah Palin 12 & 16'
I know where I would fall and Obama is my man! McCain/Palin are out of touch with reality...retire and go back to school you two!
Just lies from McCain/Palin. Neither can tell the truth.
Obama/Biden for real change that will help the American People.
WHY SHOULD ANYONE COOPERATE WITH AN ETHICS INVESTIGATION PRODDED BY THEIR POLITICAL ADVERSARIES?
IF SHE IS GUILTY OR WITHHOLDING SOMETHING– SUBPOENA, CHARGE, PROSECUTE.
I DONT BLAME HER OR ANYONE FOR NOT ALLOWING THEMSELVES TO BE SET UP.
Until this woman talks without a script to the press and halts her lawsuits to delay her own LEGAL Investigation until AFTER the Election all I hear from her is SILENCE.
Who is their right mind would listen to this person who like Rove thumbs her nose at our countries legal system. She is MOCKING us all.
Hot air and taxes is all that Obama offers.
"Aren't accurate" is today's phrasing of the term most of us know as "lying though their teeth."
I say let's use the term " misstatement" on Wednesday's McCain / Palin campaigning efforts.
Any other suggestions?
OBAMA IS LAZY.
HE DOESNT ACCOMPLISH MUCH IN THE SENATE.
HE WONT ACCOMPLISH MUCH IN THE WHITE HOUSE.
THAT IS WHY HE CANNOT BE PRESIDENT.
BUT HE TALKS WELL.
Palin's willingness to twist bend an break the truth is breath taking as it is frightening
Due to the idiot Gramm deregulating the insurance and banking industries so the could "comingle" the United States government is officially in the life insurance business. The American taxpayers officially own 79% of AIG for the price of $85 billion taxpayer dollars.
Not to worry, McCrypt has decided we need another government "commission" to investigate!
We truly cannot afford 4 more years!
Steven, help save your country! I bet you voted for Bush????? How are you and your family doing today? You still have time to change your mind.
How about. The McCain's not paying taxes for 4 years (Yes, 4) on one of the homes.
There is a vid of the public official saying what a was and was not paid.
How about Palin not releasing her tax return.
Who is going to pay the bills the tooth fairy?
ALAN GREENSPAN SAID MCCAIN PALIN PLAN WONT WORK!
4 MORE YEARS OF BUSH MONEY?
WHY DO PALIN AND McCAIN CONTINUE TO LIE?? . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . When the whole world knows Obama's plans are to cut taxes for 95% of hardworking Americans. This truth that Obama is cutting taxes for people making less than $250,000.00 is not hidden. But the Palin/McCain lies in spite of the truth? Are they mad!?!?!?
Hey Steven in SC –
The reason everybody is ignoring it is because it's nothing more than a Republican fantasy – just another lie coming out of the propaganda machine. It's ironic that the party pretending to do the work of God has made a deal with the father of lies....
Steven – SC because it's a lie. Dude, wake up. Stop listening to right-wing trash radio
Sarha – the turth is so foreign to you. Obam wants to END the Bush tax cuts and give a tax break to people who make under 250,000.00 per year. Rove has taught you to lie in a typical mcCain/Bush manner. Your favorability rating has fropped 10 ponts since Saturday because of your lies. Campaign on facts, not on lies made up by McCain and company as you go along! BTW,What are you hiding in Troopergate – your transparency is like looking through a concrete wall.
Give em hell Sarah!! I and many friends of mine who were on the fence are now fully in support of you and John!
Hey Sarah, still lying about Sen. Obama's plan for tax change? Or are you just dense?
You have not covered the story about the meeting in Iraq leaders and Obama. Why? There were demands made.
Obama is not the president yet, nor is he in charge of ANY military solutions at this point... so how can he possibly personally be delaying troop withdrawels from Iraq? Where are you getting this information?
Good to hear that they leave when McCain arrives. Apparently they have seen the sideshow and don't need to listen to the pitch...