June 10th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
13 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. JB

    McCain's idea of cutting spending is vetoing beer... with a Sharpie!

    What world leader uses a fat-tipped Sharpie to sign documents? I mean, he actually fumbled in his pocket to show us the almighty permanent marker. It's not like he happened to be holding one and was waving around like a pointer. No, he wants us all to see The Veto Sharpie.

    Obama will help fix the economy by ending the costly war that McCain supports.

    Obama/Richardson '08 & '12

    June 10, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Jeff, NY

    Remember, John McCain will "veto every single BEER!" lol

    Oh and to clear things up, when Obama misspoke and said that there have been "57 states", he really meant 57 primary election contests.

    No one speaks perfectly, but let's not forget the most notorious butcher of the English language: George W. Bush!

    June 10, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. No more ugly

    No matter what... I will do my small part to "stick a fork" in the imposter, Obama, who stole the nomination- with the help of a corrupt DNC, the celebrity sway, and the media bias.

    June 10, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Who said: Cindy, Who????

    John McShame is a shame to all old people.I have grand parents and i love and respect them a lot.But this guy belongs to a different league all together.Is the GOP so dumb?Why did you even consider him as a nominee?
    Pathetic GOP, pathetic !

    June 10, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Asian4Hillary

    I trust McCain to fix our economy than NONAME. NONAME is all about his self. McCain will be the next President. The SELECTED nominee of DNC, party leaders and superdelegates is UNTRUSTWORTHY, ANTI-AMERICAN, RACIST.


    June 10, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Kenneth M

    Obama wants to reduce the price of gas and stem the tide of forclosures. McCain says he does not know what he wants to do. So far his plan is to oppose every beer both forgien and domestic.

    June 10, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. Ty

    We need to support Obama's plan even if that entails raising taxes. Why? Because of Bush's short-sighted policies. We are in more debt than we have ever been and a balanced budget is no longer in sight. We have to pay now so we do not transfer the mismanagement of our debt to our children. Republicans are thinking about now and me only. We need to be proactive and think about what's next for all Americans. Real life example, I have lived in Minnesota for 4 years under Republican rule and ever since, the Wakota Bridge across the Mississippi River has been under construction causing traffic havoc. 4 years for a 2-mile bridge and it's still going nowhere. I am willing to pay an extra tax increase if I can help get that bridge completed in 3 months so I can spend less on gas and save time getting to work. Oh that's right, forgot to mention, I-35.

    June 10, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Pat--Iowa

    Gas was $2.21 when the democrats took over Congress.

    Can we really afford a democrat President?

    June 10, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. martin

    mccain wants to ban beer!someone will beat him up for that.

    June 10, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Curious in CA

    Where is McBush's all-important flag pin that Obama took so much heat for not wearing? I see Obama wearing his, but not McBush. I guess he's not patriotic.

    Yeah, here are their vastly different plans:

    Obama: Have Iraqis step up and take care of themselves.
    McBush: We'll stay for 100 or so years and do it.

    June 10, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. TESAP

    ??? I thought McCain said the economy was fine?????
    He stated Americans or repiblicans were better off now than before????

    June 10, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. Broke in NJ

    You know what, even If I believed Mr. McCain and his republican compatriots had the answer to our economical woes today why would I believe him. His buddy and mentor had eight years do the right thing and here I am with a house that is declining in value every day, the price of gas is incredible, and the grocery bill... nuff said. Sorry honorable McCain now it is the democrats turn.
    PS When was the last time he stood in line at the grocery store or worried about gas prices. He flies everywhere and groceries are the maid's job.
    Obama in 08 because he still has the taste of poverty in his craw!

    June 10, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. Why try 08

    Fiscal conservatives explain this. Why do you hate the idea of helping the common man always stating they should make it own their own. But then turnaround and give breaks to corportations in hope they will create jobs and do what is best for the common american. Their jobs is not to take care of america it is to make money. That's why when government deregulalized lending subprime lenders came in and took advantage of the uneducated and corporations backed this quick windfall knowing the evitable crisis that would come but also knowing they would get a parachute or a government bailout. While the average homeowner is told to fend for himself.

    Stop putting the fate of the american people solely in the hands of Corporate America. Their jobs is to make money first no create jobs in america. If you make it easier to go somewhere else for cheaper labor then what choice do you think they will make.

    June 10, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. DNC ignore us again

    Will Obama and his surrogates all gang up to beat up on McCain... or will Obama decide to run a clean campaign finally?

    June 10, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. Mary

    You may not like the "wealthy" because you aren't one of them - nothing new - been that way since before the days of Robin Hood - and will always be that way - until people actually WORK HARD and WORK SMART to become wealthy themselves.

    Problem is that Ultraliberals don't want to work hard. They want others to do that and then TAKE it away from them, like it's some sort of "right" of theirs.

    Truth is that it is the "wealthy" who have built companies that create jobs that produce products that generate revenue that fuels the economy.

    Go ahead - tax them out of existence - and see where YOUR next job comes from!

    June 10, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. ao

    both are worth each other. One os sensless republican, the other is naive democrat with faulty policies.

    Now for those who ask why i wouldn't vote for Obama but would for Hillary.

    After Obama's today comment it is quite clear to me. For me 15,000,000 people who will be still uninsured under his generous plan is NOT, as he describes his differences with Sen. Clinton, an "Infinitesimal" difference – it IS LIFE AND DEATH DIFFERENCE for those 15,000,000 people! Therefore if he does not LISTEN FOR ONCE to Edwards, Hillary, and other real progressives I WILL NOT cast my vote for him. This is a single biggest issue for me – universal healthcare is not 95% insured – it is 100% insured. So I will support only those who will get the job done RIGHT, the FIRST time around (since second chance may not come in 40 years) – like experience with expension of madicare/medicaid proves

    June 10, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. Rob

    let the fighting beginn...

    June 10, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. Slected not Elected

    Yes, only a fool would negotiate with terrorists! Negotiations with terrorists is exactly what one should never do, as it only bequests more terrorism – fool! Terrorists and terrorism supporting countries and leaders who support terrorism are no more than cowardess, murderous, uncivilized, scum thugs – Satan's little warlocks I presume you would just as soon negotiate with Satan as well? A vote for Obama just shows one's stupidity and how easily they can be duped by a socialistic Marxist farce, and one who "changes" his stance and views hour by hour and day by day with his eloquent but hypocritical and inexperienced "words", "just words", "just speeches" of "change" to Marxism"! All it takes is the ignoramous fools of the demo party to be foolish enough to vote for a candidate like Obama

    June 10, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Beverly, NYC

    It is the economy stupid. Mccain is for the rich and tax loopholes for big business who are free to go overseas for cheaper workers and larger profits. He thinks the economy is in great shape, if I had his wife's money I would think so too. Maybe he should ask his housekeeper, gardner, or nanny what they think of the economy.

    June 10, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Jim - Phila. Pa.

    Obama is a Marxist. Look at his past and his friends. Check out Acorn.

    June 10, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. Staunch Clinton Supporter

    I see Obama is still excelling his message when he is reading from a Teleprompter. Having this kind of talent makes Obama a good actor, who know how to read his lines to make it sound convincing.

    Bravo! Spike Lee has a staring role for you in his next all black movie.

    While taking question in a Q&A, he flounders like a fish out of water, it is pretty sad to see and to listen too...

    Obama would never have made it on the All Black Debating Team; from Oprah's movie

    June 10, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. Who cares?

    On the issues... well HRC took that fight... should've nominated the best one.

    Now it is about character and values and the ideals of our democracy.

    I will suffer 4 more years now.

    NEVER Obama.

    June 10, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. outside looking in

    There is no such thing as a Clinton supporter, Obama supporter or McCain supporter. You are either Republican, Democrat or independant. If you are not over the primaries yet, then you will never be. So stop using the blog for your propaganda and get with the program.

    June 10, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. Uncle Sam

    Q: What would you call someone who has sacrificed nearly everything for his country?

    A: I'd call him Mr. President.

    Citizens for McCain '08

    June 10, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. Party Crasher

    George W. McCain can give a speach about something this important without thinking about the weekend.

    This just shows how much effort will be placed on the issues that the American public is facing.

    June 10, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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