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.
Wow, once again Sarah lies, lies, and lies.
The fact is Obama is going to lower taxes on over 95% of the populace.
In contrast, McCain is proposing one of the largest tax increases in recent times. McCain is proposing that employee benefits paid by employers be taxed as income. That is right everyone, McCain is proposing one of the largest income tax increases since GH Bush.
The only thing that might stop this tax is your employer ceasing to offer healthcare benefits. So don't worry, either you pay more in taxes or you lose your healthcare.
Obama's plan proposes to raise the capital gains tax, which would hurt those depending on investments for their retirement income. Not sure that's a great idea - especially in light of the current financial crises we find ourselves in.
Wrong again McCain/Palin. Where do you get your info from?
Most if not all the reports I have read indicate the Obama/Biden tax plan would be more beneficial to the middle calss working people. Estimates for those making $250,000 per year or less would pay between $1,000 and as much as $2,800 less in taxes than McCain/Palin. Yes ones making more than $250,000 would pay more under Obama/Biden while McCain/Palin would have them pay less taxes. And then there is the $2.9 million plus category which Obama/Biden would make them pay in the neighborhood of $250,000 to $500,000 more taxes where as McCain/Palin would give them pay $250,00 to $500,000 less. WHY?
Reports also indicate that McCains' tax plan would generate some $2.5 Trillion dollar budget deficit where as Obamas’ would be $500 Billion. More debt for our country which is prime for companies to be bought out by foreigners, then what?
Are McCain supporters that gullible or just plain stupid.
WAKE-UP AMERICA. The only chance for change is Obama/Biden. At least a chance!!
Way to go, jimmy!
Oh, let's blame the Dems for their whopping *2 years* in control of Congress while the President can veto everything because the Dems don't have enough of a majority to override it AND cleverly ignore the fact that the Republican held Congress AND the Presidency for *6 years*.
It ALWAYS takes longer to FIX something than it does to SCREW IT ALL UP.
Way to keep trotting out ZERO POLICY and 100% half-truths!
SHUT UP PALIN, SHUT UP MCCAIN.
Do we want the guy who caused the last housing crisis as part of the Keating Five to be in charge while we have a NEW housing crisis!? HECK NO!
obviously these fools are guilable enough to fall for the lies these repugs are spewing. Joyce Kish, if your top issue is economy and not abortion why are you voting for the continuation of the same economic plan that has destroyed your state. OH, look beyond the color of the Obama's skin, and stop feeding into the garbage info from Foxnews.
The barracuda is a compulsive Liar. For those supporting her for her 'moral values' I think that should be an issue or is it easier to believe these Republican Liars because they look like the majority of American. They are less intelligent, incompetent, unconcerned, disconnected and opposed in the majority of instances to the welfare of the people who support them.
Despite being called out on their lies by the media they continue to perpetuate these lies intent on deceiving the uninformed public. Be wise
Uhh, I don't know about them foreclosures, I think if someone has nine houses it means that the housing market is ok, right?
And don't pick on me, because you know, I WAS A P-O-W !!!
There should be some sort of law that sets fines for a candidate misleading the public while running for office. This woman gets on a stage in front of people who are looking for answers, opens her mouth and lies just fall out. All the while she claims to be a Christian.
On the other hand, if she really believe the things she and her running mate keep saying then they are not intelligent enough to run our country.
CNN says "Palin's claims aren't exactly accurate.." The understatement of the day.
this elatrol map is going to be different from 2004 it doesnt have to go this way voters mccain and palin is going to losse and ohio will turn blue
More lies. I expect nothing but lies everytime her lips move, maybe her and the inventor can shut up soon?
McCain wants to borrow money from the Chinese to give tax breaks to the rich. Paying back the principle would only occur after his lifetime.
More trickle down from the right. People making under $250,000 (i.e the ones that need a break) get a much better deal from Obama. Obama's targeted tax cuts + bringing our money and troops out of Iraq will go a long way towards righting this ship.
McCain = More deficit spending and a continued widening gap between the very wealthy and the not so much.
McCain is wrong on taxes, wrong on the economy, and wrong on the war.
Heiffer Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze!! You and your runningmate "lie" like a Russian Rug.
I'll give you straight talk...McCain and Palin are liars! They both don't have a clue about the economy and they both should be ashamed of themselves....those 2 phonies!
What goes up must come down!
Sarah, for all your bluster and mouth you should tell the truth and stop telling the lies the Bush/McCain camp keep shoving in your face to read. Go back to Alaska, take care of your troopergate and come back in a few years and run for President.. Otherwise when you and McCain loose this election, the old guys are going to blame it all on you...
Running a small town is not like running country. Someone should let Palin know. But like some people in small town's and other places you have Gossip and lies. It sounds like Palin is very good at that. McCain has to have a woman to speak for him and a hateful one at that. I have to believe that the american people want a leader that knows how to lead. Obama is my choice, at least he knows how to speak for himself, when standing alone.
The minority partly was little leverage in the Senate....Duh.
what has obama ever accomplished? when has he even fought for his enitre country rather than narrow interest groups, either domestically or abroad? those should be questions....
mccain-palin: reform, experience and results
obama-biden: vague change from a far left vantage point with no discernable results
CNN writes: "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."
And this is straight talk, coming from a person who is suing to stop an investigation of her actions? The tainted investigation doesn't fly when the investigation was begun before she was even selected as the VP candidate AND IT'S REPUBLICANS DOING THE INVESTIGATION, NOT DEMOCRATS.
First of all, it's only been a democratic congress for 2 years and when you have a President that stamps every bill supported by the democrats with a veto, how can they get anything pushed through?
Secondly, John McCain voted for NAFTA and Obama did not. So now, he and Palin are against it? Where is their tax plan is Obama's is not so good. The economists think Obama's plan is more realistic than what little McCain has proposed so far. More and more lies. I can't stomach watching either of these individuals on TV anymore. I think I may just shoot my TV.
The truth shall set you free.
Think. Palin is little more that a
mccain will losse