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.
Billy – Excellent point! I punish my 6 year old for telling smaller lies than Sarah Palin tells on a daily basis – what kind of example is she setting for our families?
This women Palin is all fluff, why women would vote for a ticket just because she a women, amazes me. She is drawing crowds based on what exactly, how has she inspired you, I for the life of me can't figure it out.
Are you people interested in her because she can shoot a gun?
She is a Hockey Mom?
She was a mayor, now a Governor
What exactly about Palin is appealing?
Why has she not done any interviews?
What is she hiding by not cooperating with the Alaska investigation?
There is no substance here, to get excited about her.
Someone explain to me what is appealing here.
You know, I find it distressing that Palin and McCain are setting such a horrible example for our yout. What can we expect from our children if they see McCain, Palin, Guliani, and the rest of the republican party acting like ill-mannered children whose parents didnt raise them to be respectable adults? Obama isnt perfect, but at least he hasnt sunk to the gutter like these people have. I think that their behavior says alot them as people.
"Fluffy" the pitbull has lost her so-called audience...this ticket is done.
This is such a joke Palin is a joke who put her own state in dept. and then charges rape victims for the rape kit, this just adds to the victims shame. What if your poor and can not afford to buy your rape test kit. dose the rapist go free? Sarah Palin is a dirty , and she seem to be a far right radical. and she is no lady .
In any debate, the person losing the argument will resort to falsehoods and slander due to the fact that they can no longer defend their argument based on its' truthfulness or merits.
I can't believe this woman. Hillary worked for 2 years to run a credible campaign and this woman waltzes in and makes women politicians look like lying, well you fill in the word. As a woman I will wait for 8 more years until Hillary or another credible, honest woman runs. There are lots of possiblities for Supreme Court judges and cabinet postions for women in the Obama admin. Our voices will be heard.
shakinginmyboots-I'm not even sure she can read.
Pathetically Asking for a Life in Nincompoop world where the lies becomes truth and the truth becomes lies. once you cross the bridge to nowhere into nincompoop world you never come back. it is a world populated by moose hunters and over the hill heroes of wars long ago. it is a wolrd populated by people that admit to knowing nothing about economics and foreign policy experience is looking at a rock belonging to another country. in nincompoop world the quest for power by the moose hunter and the aging hero suffering from an indenity crisis of fanatical grandeur will be the downfall of a once mighty empire. all hail to the moose and the aging hero as nincompoop world crumbles and falls and the bridge to nowhere collaspe into the sea
It is of my opinion that both parties are responsible for what is happening in this country. Neither one seems to want to put the American People and America first. Pelosi is in with that wind energy guy, invested a lot of money with that guy. It will only make money if it is subsidize by tax payers. And she did not seem to know that natural gas is a fossil fuel perhaps she still does not. How a woman could be so ignorant is beyond me. Should she really believes everything that comes out of her mouth, then she has to be ignorant
I can't believe people believe this broad. She lies soooo much. Wake up AMERICA! We're being taken over by the Republican body snatchers. One day her battery will go dead.
I feel your McPain. It's interesting to read how Republicons skim over the part where Palin and McCain are caught again and again telling lies. They want to believe so badly in the McPain's Campaign's Bridge to GOP Fantasyland. Where the Rich Elite rule with no governemnt and reponsibilities to the United States. A private castle with a small village of working poor and slaves to till thier land.
McPain LIES! Get it through your head.
The Republican Elites are scared to DEATH of Obama because he will RAISE taxes on the RICH, help bring back jobs and justice to Middle and Lower Paid WoHard Working Americans!
The pig is beginning to squeal!
She lies about everything. Obama wants to lower Taxes for 95% of americans. What a joke. Dear Mis . Palin Obama wants to give people like me 1,000- 1,500 dollars back. You and Mccain only give us $316 , I think I am going to go with more money and less you!!!!
No Way No How No Mccain/Palin
"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."....
She's just a novelty
Keep on telling your lies, Sarah. It's the only way you can win.
Of course the statements are INACCURATE.....Palin is addicted to LYING!!!
Don't bother listening to Obama on the issues or to his plans because they will all change to match the flavor of the day!
It is Obama's vision and socialist ideology that contribute to his equivocating words and his questionable plans! :(
McCain/Palin 08! They will deliver the reforms Americans can believe in! :)
She is putting WAY TOO MUCH LIPSTICK on her truth!
How can you "hammer" anyone with a speech written for you 20 minutes before it's given? Of course her claims aren't accurate, she doesn't even know what she's saying!
Jimmy, please get your facts straight, or people might confuse you to be Sarah Palin.
The election was held in November 2006 when the Dems won the House and Senate, they have not been in office two full years.
You are probably one of the ones who said the positive economic times of Bill Clinton were the long term effects of Reagan economics and that what is happening now is longterm of Clinton economics, please.
If you understood the process of legislation you would understand that a 51 to 49 majority is not a majority in the legislative process.
And I hate to remind you that Bush never vetoed any legislation during the 6 full years of the Republican controlled Congress.
So get your facts straight and then maybe we can read what you write as even remotely credible.
Palin, you've got 4 more minutes of fame left of the 15 you borrowed. Your popularity rating has dropped by 10% and each day a new and horrible story emerges from your home state of Alaska. The end is near.
I'll tell you who in this race for the presidency tells lies. It's Barack Obama. From day-one, he's been telling us seniors that our Social Security income will not be taxed. He also tells us that if our income is $50 thousand a year or less, we will not have to pay income taxes. If anyone believes that, please go ask Obama to sell YOU that bridge in Alaska he obviously owns and is trying to sell. And while you're at it, ask him how he plans to pay for all those "pie in the sky" programs he's going to give away to everyone who votes for him. What I see right now in him is someone who is auditioning to take Dave Letterman's place when he retires in six years.
More Lying!!! " Honor comes with honesty.And you've got to be honest about the facts." Sen McCaskill said that and obviously neither of these people get that just like they don't get the economy. Obama will give tax cuts to 95% of the American people , seniors will see their taxes eliminated , small business will get a tax cut, no capital gains for small investors. So this is not a true, but incomplete . It's a lie because when you don't tell the whole truth and nothing , but the truth it's a lie and that's what I learned in my small hometown. Your word is your bond and John McCain has sold his soul to the Right wing of the Republican party. Where have ya gone John?