June 10th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Presidential hopefuls eye the economy

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/10/art.mccainobama.ap.jpg caption="Obama and McCain are battling over the economy. "](CNN) - The economy is the No. 1 issue on the minds of American voters, and Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama offer vastly different plans to improve it.

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McCain on Tuesday told a group of small business owners that his goal as president will be "to get our economy running at full strength again."

The senator from Arizona is attempting to paint Obama as a typical Democrat who wants to raise taxes and regulate government, charging that Obama would institute the largest tax increase in more than 60 years.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (259 Responses)
  1. Jan from Boca Raton, Fla


    THEN McCAIN 08


    June 10, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. Andy J, NY

    Tax tax tax then spend spend spend. Redistribution of wealth.

    Its not rocket science to figure out that if you tax companies more, they are going to respond by raising prices, cutting jobs, and other moves of that sort in order to maintain their profit margin.

    This is America, where all you need is hard work and education in order to be successful. You do not need hard work, education, and the government in order to make your life possible.

    I find it so funny that liberals will say "Keep your laws off my body" when framing the abortion debate, but what i say is "Keep your laws off my body and keep your hands out of my pockets!"

    June 10, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. buckeye in GA

    Thanks, CNN, for posting a story about REAL ISSUES, not fluff. I think I speak for a lot of other voters when I say enough is enough with the so-called "news reports" that have been cycling through the media these days. This is the type of thing we want to hear about – how the presidential candidates propose to improve our economy.

    June 10, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. Michelle

    Sorry, but Obama has him beat hands down when it comes to the enomony.

    June 10, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. Andy J, NY

    Can we please get some Bob Barr coverage?

    Oh, wait, this is CNN... if its not about Obama, don't expect to find it here.

    June 10, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. Brian Knoxville, TN

    I am one of the 18 million…

    I will speak loudly, and I will make myself heard.

    I will be neither disrespected, nor invisible.


    June 10, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. David Goldman for OBAMA








    June 10, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. susie

    Why is it, when Obama misspeaks the press lets it go? The media is so lopsided.

    June 10, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. McSame As Bush

    Are you better off today than you were eight years ago? If so vote McSame or don't vote at all or you can really waist your vote and write in Hillary. Hillary is no fool she will vote Obama.
    Bitter people get mad and vote against their own best interest. He told no lies. They get mad at the truth because they can't handle the truth. Maybe it's not a good thing to have a woman as president, because if a world leader does not agree with her she just might react like the Hillary supporters on here.
    Now I understand why most of you are going to vote McSame. We won't be mad at you for cutting off your own head, you just can't help youself. Well we might as well just hang on because McSame is going to win with your help and when Hillary runs next time we will do the same to her so I guess the republicans will be in the White House for at least 16yrs.

    June 10, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Those disgruntled Hillary supporters need to get on board or just go to McCain . You will regret it in the end, when you are paying 12.00 gallon at the pump.

    June 10, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. Chris, Middletown, CT

    As a Republican....McCain is not wrong – the majority of our GDP is spent on entitlements...the war in Iraq is only 1.5% of the GDP....but...the cowboy mentality is hurting consumer confidence...and this needs to stop....this is why I am supporting Obama for President...I don't agree with his policies...or the universal healthcare deal....are are Americans....and the entitlement mentality needs to stop....but....its more important to bring us together now.....(keep Hillary away) –

    June 10, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. Tony C.

    After McCain's comment about veto every "beer" that comes across his desk if elected Pres., we are in more trouble than we dared think. And he says he's not another Bush. YIKES!

    June 10, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Seriously, she thought she had this election in the bag. She believed in her own arrogance and invincibility; she took this election process for granted and did not think Obama was the real deal!

    Hillary Clinton will needs to prove she is serious about be Obama running mate. She needs to show some humility. To start needs to apologize for her vote on the Iraq war. She needs to make a pledge not to accept federal PAC’s and lobbyist funds.

    Those disgruntled Hillary supporters need to get on board or just go to McCain . You will regret it in the end, when you are paying 12.00 gallon at the pump.

    June 10, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. ohio independent

    How in the world are you going to come up with this money,

    June 10, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Bush was too little, and Obama wants too much.

    McCain is just right!

    McCAIN' 08

    One of the 18 million betrayed by the Democratic Party's failed leadership

    June 10, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. milly

    The economy and Iraq which influences the economy are the only relevent issues in this election. People don't have money for gas or food. somrthing must be done. It's not hurting our law makers so there is no sense of urgency.

    June 10, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. Silence NOW!

    To the devout Obama supporters who fill these blogs with threats against the HRC people by saying HRC supporters MUST vote for Obama or Hillary will take the blame for his loss.

    Are you so blind?

    The entire nation, democrats and republicans alike realize now that HRC is the FAR better leader.

    When Obama loses, Obama and his big ego will take the blame.

    You haters for Obama will get your fair share of blame for losing Obama many votes.

    The "great"- but dirty campaign he ran to destroy his competition will get the blame.

    The DNC, the celebrity bandwagon to sway the vote, and a blatantly biased media will get the blmae.

    HILLARY CLINTON? SHE IS NOW LEGEND. HRC is th only democrat many of us will EVER vote for again.

    Wise up and stop your fearmongering and bully tactics. Isn't that OFF message anyway?

    June 10, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. David Newport, OR

    yep... the way to fix our economy is that I will veto every single beer w/ an earmark that is placed on my desk. Disgrunted Democratic voters...this is who you would vote for?

    The best McCain can do is to create fear. Typical. I wonder how he plans to pay for the war we will continue to fight if he is elected? I know...no more $$ for education...educated people are dangerous and can't be as easily manipulated. How about no more $$ for Social Security?

    June 10, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Tony C.

    Neither of these men are fit to run the country. Let's just hope Obama can pick an itelligent, knowledgeable, sane, competent V.P. like Jim Webb of VA!

    June 10, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. yen

    To vote for McCain is just as good to vote for G. Bush. Bush has failed in everything he has done. Of course those who enjoyed themselves during Bushes time will vote for him. But how many are they. Just few. Beware Americans don't make the same mistake again. I will not. Vote Obama.

    June 10, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. Dems are done

    It is no longer about party or issues.

    It is about freedom and justice, a fair and unbiased press and the right to vote.

    It is about values now.

    Obama blew it for himself by the HATE he fanned in his followers.

    June 10, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. ANGIE

    well i dont see how mccain can help with the economy admitting he did not know much about it not to mention he has agreed with everything the bush admin has done in the last 7 yrs never opposed bush at all and now we are suppose to belive he knows about the economy and is gonna make it better yeah right thats funny so funny this man will not change a thing as president we can expect the same if not worse he will never surrender in iraq he will start with iran bush all over again dont you think!!!

    June 10, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. kim portland, oregon

    this is seriosuly becoming a BIG problem. on a daily basis mccain makes these kinds of errors and it shows how overwhelming this campaigning is for him.

    by his own admission, mccain has a lack of knowledge on the most important issues facing this country today-the middle east and the economy. and these constant brain flusters are a very real and serious problem.

    i worry about his mental faculties. the hard part hasnt even BEGUN and mccain is already this flustered and forgetful--on top of being so misinformed-this is not a good sign.

    in these volatile times we CANNOT afford to have a pro-war president whose mental stability is not in top form. it would be DANGEROUS to have a confused, misspeaking, flustered and flubbing president.

    we've just lived through 8 years of an idiot speaker, we CANNOT have 4 more years with a bumbling, flustered president.

    with all due respect for his service to this country, there is NO CHANCE WHATSOEVER that the torture and inhumane experiences he had 40 years ago didnt affect him mentally. it's a part of his well-known anger issues and these other mental issues as well.

    mccain is too misinformed and his mental stability is too compromised for him to ever become president. it would be dangerous to us all.

    June 10, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. Eddie for HRC

    Mc Cain- Old
    Obama- Intern
    NOTA- None of the above & go somewhere!
    It's your choice! I'll just go to Canada, where the future is brighter! I lost my hopes with the American people! Weak moron, arrogant candidates! The future is simply bleak!!!!

    June 10, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. Eli

    Hey Im a Democrat but his year Im for John McCain. I think it is funny how Obamas supporters will cause a major jump of people from the Democrat party with the Seniors (with them making fun of John Mccain for his age) and Women voters (with them treating Hillary the way they did). Lets see Obama fall.

    June 10, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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