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.
Palin is proving she is qualified to be VP, she acts more like Cheney every day. Maybe we'll get lucky and she'll take McClame hunting for some Arizona Moose!!! The straight talk express my antlers!!!
Remind me again which of the two republicans are running for president....Does this remind anyone of Cheney / Bush.
McCains VP really making him look so very old when I see them together I have to ask my wife ...HOW OLD IS HE AGAIN...
John your being out shined by the newby.
lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol ......I can't stop laughing!
obama, mccain......as long as something gives. hell, id vote for Ron Paul if he were still running, just so i can say "i didnt listen to either democrat or republican BS"
i still want Al Gore to be president. GORE/CLINTON in 2012!
The only tax break you gave was on tires because Alaska had no real tax issues, so what did you do? You thought by getting something in the records you now are all of a sudden a tax master. Your Executive experience
If nutsy McCain/Palin get in, I'll stuff my money in an old sock and bury it in the backyard.
The only tax break you gave was on tires because Alaska had no real tax issues, so what did you do? You thought by getting something in the records you now are all of a sudden a tax master. Your Executive experience is so tiny we have to search with a fine tooth comb.
Gov. Palin doesn't need to be running for VP, she needs therapy. It's becoming more and more apparent that she is a serial liar. She lies about things that she doesn't even need to lie about. She lied about the teleprompter breaking down during the RNC convention, all technicians, staffers and reporters, who could see it have said that it worked perfectly the whole time. She did well with her speech so why does she need to lie to make it look like she was speaking off the cuff, during part of her speech. She's doing it because she can't help herself, she's sick and everyday a new lie comes out.
Obama, is the best way for us to get out of the pot we are in. Obama's argument is basicly the same as Clinton's. Which if we all remember the early 90's it was a good time for Americans. Even Republicans would say it was good for them as well. So I am not sure where the freeze brain is comming from saying they would lose jobs. Talking about the economy and Obama's plan would cut jobs. She dont have a clue
Says the woman who didn't even know what a tax plan was about 2 weeks ago
She has a lot of nerve bringing up strait talk when she doen't have the integrity or strength to take questions from the public or the press and when she does, I'll bet it's just like Bush did from a carefully selected few who only ask questions approved by the GOP. Why doesn't she talk a little strait talk about her roll in troupergate?
Now the government has bailed out AIG to the tune of 85 billion dollars where are they getting their money. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say China has bailed out AIG on the Republican's behalf.
I am so happy to see that the good majority of people on here see through the McCain/Palin lie machine. It's so downright disgusting that they continue to mislead American people. No matter what you may think now, before you vote in November, make yourself a proactive voter and educate yourselves on the issues! Please stop taking McCain/Palin's word for it, because almost everywhere you look/read you'll find distortion.
She's still out there giving scripted speeches, lying, and being shielded from opening her mouth unscripted. Is she that stupid they don't trust her to speak? Charlie Gibson's interview wasn't even live. How much was edited? Now she's refusing to cooperate with the "troopergate" investigation, and her husband may not comply with a subpoena. The arrogance is astounding. How could anyone with half a brain consider supporting this nonsense?
You know what I like about Biden...? He speaks from his head.
You know what I don't like about Palin...? She reads whatever is put in front of her with any thought, truthseeking before you speak, and decency. Yes Mrs. Palin; you are a lier... and that's not being sexist.
I just donated to Obama, I never donated to a politician before. I cant take any more incompetent people in office. Its not possible any group could be worse then the republicans, simply impossible.
God help us if they win.
McCain's plan would lower taxes for everyone.......did anyone read what the independent non partisan group said? McCain 08.
mccain haven got a flag pin that is all right for him, but not for obama what wrong with that obama 08
You know what I don't like about Palin...? She reads whatever is put in front of her without any thought, truthseeking before you speak, and decency. Yes Mrs. Palin; you are a lier... and that's not being sexist.
A wealthy and hot-tempered rebel, he spent half his life fighting to live up to a famous father and grandfather, encouraged always by an indomitable mother. A self-described moderate on the campaign trail, he courts ultra-right-wing preachers behind the scenes and promises to appoint stridently conservative judges. A multimillionaire who supports more tax cuts for more millionaires, he surrounds himself with supply-siders and calls for policies that would drive us deeper into debt. The chief cheerleader for the war in Iraq, he said we’d be “welcomed as liberators” and angrily challenges anyone who questions his distorted and out-of-touch view of reality.
Why can't this woman ever tell the truth?
File her under: Fire, Pants On.
Is she lying or ignorant? Either way, it's getting tiresome.
Not to mention the fact that the man people are actually voting for cannot hang onto an audience.
Sarah Palin is not fit to be Vice President of the U.S. She knows nothing and that's evident by the fact that she will not take questions from reporters or the public.
Why do you still reports lies
Once again, failing the "100% truth test" (= lying).
Palin = liar
McCain = liar
McCain-Palin supporters = bitter and/or delusional idealists who don't mind or ignore lying