ABOARD THE ELECTION EXPRESS
BATESVILLE, Mississippi (CNN)– Whatever they end up doing in Washington about bailing out the Wall Street financial giants– and whatever John McCain and Barack Obama may say about it if it should come up in the debate Friday night– there’s only one word that concisely sums up what people around here are saying about the government’s rescue mission:
Batesville is a rural town of around 7,000 people, about half an hour’s drive from Oxford, where the debate will be held. Economic conditions here are, to put it kindly, not good. We’re staying in Batesville before heading over to Oxford for the event; in town I ran into Jim Vinson, the chief financial officer of the Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association.