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.

Watch: Pros/cons of Obama's new plan

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. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Do any of you folks know what happened to the article....Latinos Will Vote for Obama? Well I do.

    Just as I submitted my comment, the article and my comment disappeared! Don't believe me? It really is true!

    I guess that CNN decided that they did not want any comments on this article, (there were a few comments in addition to mine) so they posted it instead to there main page.

    Just to let you know the article said that 60% of Latinos were going to vote for Sen. Obama!

    If you want to check for yourself, just google.......Latinos Will Vote for Obama...

    Latinos, Barack's supporters thank you from the bottom of their hearts.

    June 10, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Justin (ny)

    ahhhh finally, back and forth banter about ISSUES – not about flag pins! (though, im sure that banter will continue eventually....)

    Obama is providing actual solutions and ideas to stimulate our economy – where as McCain is simply saying "democrats want to increase your taxes and spend spend spend" without a single fact to back him up.

    Its a choice between Solutions and Ideas and rhetoric. Which choice will you make?

    OBAMA '08

    June 10, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. ALECO1 -----NOKOMIS,FL

    WHAT CAN WE LOOK FOR IN THE FUTURE IF JOHN BOY SHOULD BECOME PRESIDENT--WE ALREADY KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION-MORE AND I MEAN MUCH MORE OF THE SAME. WE NEED A STRONG YOUNG LEADER WITH NEW IDEAS AND THAT PERSON IS OBAMA.
    HOW IN THE WORLD COULD ANYBODY BE DUMB ENOUGH TO VOTE FOR McCAIN. IF McCAIN IS OUR PESIDENT YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO PAY ANY TAXES-YOU ASK WHY-BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT HAVE A JOB-YOUR JOB IS NOW OVERSEAS.

    June 10, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Dems are done,

    RIGHT ON!

    Once this selected nominee is finished, a New Democratic Party with a new and competent leadership will rise from the ashes.

    I am one of the 18 million and sent the following to Dr. Dean, Chair of the DNC, last night:
    "The selection of an unknown, inexperienced and totally unqualified candidate to be the nominee of our party is inexcusable, especially when there was a person who is one of the best candidates that the Democratic Party has ever had run and who would have had an infinitely better chance of beating McCain. But no. So-called party leaders decided it was a better idea to gamble with a candidate who was totally unknown to them before the 2004 convention and who has no credentials whatsoever for the office of President of the United States. It’s political malpractice. Is this really what we all lived through 8 years of George W. Bush for? You all have to be joking.
    When this so-called nominee loses, as he predictably will, every last leader of the Democratic Party who enabled him from the beginning ought to be forced to resign. In fact, I will be one of the millions who will make it our mission to see that they do."

    Go PUMA PAC

    June 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    MCMOULD LOVES TO SPEND OUR MONEY ON IRAQ

    BUT NOT ON OUR VETS' EDUCATION. ALL OUR ECONOMIC

    DISASTERS LINKED TO THE IRAQ WAR, NO DOUBT ABOUT

    IN ANY ONES MIND, ANYONE THAT HAS A MIND, THAT IS.

    June 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Gen. DM

    We must be careful. The lives in the War Zones are our sons, daughters, fathers and mothers. So when they die in a war will Senator John McCain remember. Will they remember all the lives lost.....

    June 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Nathan

    Obama has the better vision for the economy. He and Clinton had the same ideas on how to better it for us. Too bad so many Clinton supporters are arrogant, whiney, cry babies that claim they'll vote for McCain because their candidate didn't win the ballot. Get over it already. You're either a democrat or a republican and you should vote on beliefs (yes, Obama and Clinton are still similar) rather than voting because you didn't get what you wanted......pout away

    June 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Jessica

    If paying a few more dollars means a cleaner health, reformed healthcare, Social Security, and alternative energy. Then sign me up !

    June 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. Eric in Ca

    McCain's comments regarding maintaining Bush's policies on taxes, economy and continued occupation in Iraq = DRAFT

    Whether Democrat, Republican, Independent, Hillary supporter etc..
    stop the petty infighting, spiteful rhetoric, and open your eyes, minds and hearts... McCain offers more of the last 8 years!

    McCain is also like the 1st Bush, he will raise taxes and keep us in Iraq...
    say hello to DRAFT!

    June 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. Asian4Hillary

    NONAME will increase taxes on EVERYTHING! He's a SOCIALIST! NONAME don't have ANY economic plan, he copies Hillary all the time. He's surrounded with corrupt and anti-American people. That says a lot about you koolaid drinkers support!

    PUMA MEMBER FOR HILLARY

    June 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Enlightened Voter -

    Hey Ohio, Independent- Obama will come up with the money when we stop spending BILLIONS in Iraq!

    June 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. wycliffe, NJ

    MCCAINS ECONOMIC POLICY............HOLIDAY GAS TAX...NOTHING MORE

    June 10, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. Charlotte

    Anyone who believes the next president will suddenly drop the price of fuel, is a fool who will believe any words spoken by the nominees. McCain nor Obama will be able to do much to save this country. We are headed for a major adjustment in our way of life. Obama is a tax and spend left wing liberal with no real solutions. McCain is a no tax on the rich, right wing republican with no real solutions. The war in Iraq will continue for several more years, if not forever. This country is headed to hell in a hand basket. We, each in our need for self-satisfication, will always want too much and pay too little. We are EGO driven and seem to never learn from the past. We want to believe in something and accept anyone who promises to fulfill our dreams. God help us all...

    June 10, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. MurphyMorseJohnson

    Eight years of Republicanism has brought $4.00 gas per gallon, $1trillion dollars outsourced to Iraq, countless lives lost, job loss like crazy, a housing crisis, a college tuition crisis, a medical inflation crisis–

    VOTE DEMOCRAT

    June 10, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. Asian4Hillary

    The Democratic Party is DEAD ON ARRIVAL this November, you have no one to blame but NONAME, DNC, PARTY LEADERS, MEAN SPIRITED SUPPORTERS OF NONAME AND SUPERDELEGATES who endorsed INEPT NONAME.

    PUMA MEMBER FOR HILLARY

    June 10, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. no messiah

    Who was superior and best on all the issues did not matter in the Democratic primary- cheating for Obama was what mattered.

    The issues will no longer matter to me in the General.

    Standing up against fixed elections and biased reporting and a corrupt DNC that trashed and bashed their best candidate ever- just to boost the limping Obama- that is what matters now.

    Freedom, justice, fair play, equality for all, an unbiased press that report the news but does not vote for the people, integrity- that is what matters now.

    Next time- Oprah, Kennedys, Michael Moore, Dean, Pelosi, Richardson, Pundits and media- stay out of it.

    Let the voters decide. Don't raise up your false Messiah.

    June 10, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. Lucky

    Go McCain! Go Republican!

    June 10, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  18. James

    I am still trying to see where did Obama use misogyny in winning the election. Come on people get real. To all the HRC supporters if you vote for McCann you are voting against your interests. Hilary and Obama had the same platforms. Get real!!!

    Obama 08!!!!

    June 10, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  19. PSmith

    Hello, Obamamaniacs!

    Now you will see why all the media were against Hillary.

    They knew she is the one to beat McCain.

    Now that Obama is the presumptive nominee..

    You will see the media turn their back on him.

    You will start seeing more and more pro McCain pictures and articles.
    Like the picture on this articles. Obama looks like a clueless fool!

    Good luck loosers!

    June 10, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    WHAT IS THERE LEFT TO THINK ABOUT?

    WE ARE SPENDING A BILLION DOLLARS A DAY IN IRAQ.

    THE REPUBLICANS HAVE A REPULSION TO SPENDING

    OUR MONEY ON US. MCBUSH SPENT TENS OF MILLIONS

    OF OUR TAX DOLLARS VISITING OTHER NATIONS, TRYING

    TO LOOK PRESIDENTIAL. THEN HE IS GOING TO VETO BEER.

    GIVE US A BREAK & GET RID OF ALL SCUM BAG POLITICIANS,

    AND DON'T ALLOW THEM IN OUR POCKETS.

    June 10, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. dogmeat

    The guy is dim-witted, he is being pulled around by his lobbyist advisors and being told what to say. Come on America, this guy does not have your best interest at heart, if he did, he could have come up with some meaningful bills to help you during all those years he has spent in the senate. I wonder what his GPA was 'cause seriously listening to him just make me wanna puke. Oh and that stupid wink, jeez, can someone tell him to stop doing that please!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. L

    I am australian and the gov we had in before John Howard (who is conservative) taxed small business to the hills and they were having to fire people and ended up closing down at record numbers. When John howard came in he said he was for small business because that is what keeps the economy afloat, and guess what – AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS BEGAN GROWING AT RECORD NUMBERS....

    remember that before you think taxing anybody making over 150k is fine. its not just people in corporate america earning salaries, its small business who get a combined profit of this amount, but more has to go back into the company... do you think they will be happy with higher taxes ?

    June 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. FLAG PIN

    John Mccain isn't wearing his flag pin...he must hate america. Please vote for Obama. John Mccain might be a undercover muslim.
    VOTE OBAMA!

    lol

    June 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. Belle

    Do the people who post these hate-filled comments go back and read them after they are posted. They have no specifics about Obama, just hate-filled comments about his opponent (first Hillary and now McCain). If someone is paying you to spout this hatred and animosity, surely they expect you to be literate (since you are the educated elite). This is not a political debate; this is hate mongering at its worst. I believe Obama's supporters reflect who Obama really is. How can any sane person vote for someone who inspires such hatred and animosity?

    June 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  25. sd

    mcsame is only loseing his bearing. how do he think by keeping bush tax
    cut permenent will help us after 8yrs just look at the condition we're in now. old mcshame

    June 10, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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