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.
It is obvious that the only people that post here are Obama supports. What about the reports of Obama recieving payouts from the now bankrupt Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac. The real stories of Obama are always covered up by the liberal media and never reported.
Liberals resort to name calling and false claims when they see things slipping away. Most Americans do think the way liberals do but because of all the socialist screaming and not wanting to listen to other sides point, all you see and hear is liberal propaganda. Would you just shut up already! I know what you response will be," Listen to this stuff coming from another stupid-redneck-Republican. "
This repub party is such a LIE.
At first I became angry, now I'm laughing. It is such a joke.
So the Lies continue and all because Mc Cain is upset because Obama didn't come to his Town Hall Meetings?
What a child and you want him to run this counrty?!!!?
And.. you do not want to get started about Palin.
These two are a disgrace to our counrty.
The McCain- Palin LIE-Lie-LIE machine reminds me of Dr. Goebels who was Adoph Hitler's Propoganda Minister who believed that if tell a outright lie often and strongly enough it becomes a GIVEN. Sarah Baracuuda would feel at home in Hitler's inner circ le.
real dem, the only thing I see in your post is real-denial.
The Straight Talk Express apparently has you back on your heels.
Yes, it's true! What you are seeing is a successful Republican ticket taking chargeof this election after Obama gave it up with his Biden pick.
Don't underestimate McCain...it's proven to be a difficult position to live with.
McCain/ Palin 2008
So each time this woman repeats this lie, the press prints that it is a lie... and she then goes back out and repeats it...
Why would anyone put any faith in what she has to say after all that?
McCain said, and I quote, "I can keep your jobs safe". He supports off-shore jobs 100%!!!! He favorS of big corporations moving American jobs over seas so they won't have to pay Americans. The vast majority of Americans are so easily fooled and even more are easily led.
The only hope the Republican ticket has of winning is to lie.
For example, since the Republican government this past week has socialized our mortgage securities industry and now the largest insurance company, they've got to lie. I doubt very many Republican conservatives on Main Street like the idea of the government taking over where private "bidness" concerns have traditionally ruled!
It looks like OHIO, Florida, Virginia and possibly Missouri will be deciding this election. It will be interesting to see if the people suffering in those states stick with what got them there or will they step out in a new direction. . . .
Don't you have one original thought Prom Queen?
REAL evangelical here. Don't you fool lefties get it? WE, the REAL evangelicals decided the last two elections. Early this time, McCain was nowhere without US. McCain who? Now we have Sarah. Now we WILL WIN to get her in place. You stupid lefties, Nov 4 is not the end, IT IS JUST THE BEGINNING! WE have been praying all our lives for this. Thank you God....I knew you would one day answer prayers of the REAL faithful. We true evangelicals can actually see it coming over the horizon. THE RAPTURE! THE RAPTURE!. God promised to rapture us...THE TRUE BELIEVERS...just before the end times. Thank you for Sarah, God. SHE is the ONE. I viewed her interviews. Qualified?...Knowledgeable?...Honest?...etc...etc.? WE DON”T CARE! She will not blink. YOU, my dear GOD will tell her when the time is right. She truly knows YOU. I saw it in her eyes, SHE is the one who will not blink...she will PRESS THE BUTTON WITH NO HESITATION whatsoever. ARMAGEDDON ! Praise the Lord! I am not afraid because I know, with all my heart, just like ALL true evangelicals, just like Sarah, that we WILL be raptured. So who cares. The rest will get what they deserve.
The only thing worse than a liar is a liar who doesn't know what he/she is talking about. This woman should be rejected by our country, since America deserves at least some level of honesty.
Thank god CNN in here to carry Obama's message. Be nice if they once in a while actually checked his accuracy. CNN has spent more time investigating the GOP VP pick than they have the DNC Presidential pick.
Wonder why? Hmmm....
I never see in your articles about Obama questioning Obama's statements, according to CNN everything he says is true and he never tells a lie. I guess you must be a Obama supporter, like the rest of CNN. BIASED?
hey Unfit mom..why you don't you tell the truth for once in your pimp my kids out abusive power fool....go back to alaska...and tell more lies/....female pitt bull...
Give the working stiffs a taxbreak...make the corporations who brought us into this mess pay their fair share!
Now is the time to educate yourselves...compare their economic policies!
Unless you make more than $250,000.00 per year you are a sucker to vote for McCain!
But she didn't lie. A news reporter was just adding in their opinion.
It is true that Obama's tax plan lowers taxes for the majority of people, but what does that matter if it causes huge inflation. When you raise the taxes of businesses, they raise prices or lower expenses by making cheaper junk or just lay people off and find cheaper labor, often foreign.
His tax plan will work out great for you just as long as you never buy anything, or need to collect a paycheck.
More lies. That's all they know how to do.
The truth is hard to accept and it shows in all these juvenile comments.
Mr. Obama will not be President. His kind of 'change' is changing back to taxing the hell out of everyone and playing 'how can we fool them' each and every day of our lives, like the Clintons.
Well, NOT THIS TIME! NOT EVER!!!!!
That's the truth...get use to it.
"Obama would maintain the Bush tax cuts and offer tax breaks to individuals making under $250,000 a year."
Great, now CNN is reporting blatant lies. Obama has ardently opposed the Bush tax cuts and will let them expire. He can't maintain the Bush tax cuts with all the crazy ways that he wants to expand the central government.
Someone who shouts insults then hides in the cone of silence cannot "hammer" anyone. Until she starts going off script and taking all questions, CNN should stop using those types of descriptions.
At the same time, the tax payer is buying out all the icons of the free market. Either the money comes from us, or from our children.
Put your head in the sand! Vote Palin! and what's-his-name!
What? Harping on NAFTA (broken, not up to date, needs modification).
McCain has already been pushing CAFTA – just another way to send jobs elsewhere.
I don't trust McCain. I trust Obama.
Lies, Lies, Lies.
McCain is a liar.
Palin is a liar.
Dems have mostly controlled Congresss for 50 years...and look what THAT has done for us. A straight line downwards.
The deficit budget we are facing today is not because of Democratic congress – It is because of the fraudulent and illegitimate war that the current GOP president took this country into which was strongly supported by the current GOP presidential candidate.
So don't blame the democrats – support them to win the White House and fix the economic epidemic caused by the GOP.