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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  1. Toot

    50 Billion. Wow and we think we are in bad shape now. Just wait until he says 200 Billion and we are paying out of the yang yang!!
    The best candidate was railroaded out!!
    Hillary we need you!!

    June 10, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. Belle

    To McSame as Bush: We were all better off eight years ago when Clinton was President. That does not mean we will be better off with Obama instead of McCain>

    June 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Still for Hill but now ONLY for Hill

    I'm sorry... Obama brushed me off his shoulder...long ago.

    I am not able to climb back up there now.

    So sorry.

    No Obama

    VOTE the Green Party
    VOTE HRC as writein (IF your state allows it)
    VOTE for McCain.
    VOTE IN PROTEST Of the corrupt dirty tricks that they all pulled to destroy the BEST candidate.

    Early on, OBAMA (not Rush or Anne)- called to republican to be democrats for one day- just to eliminate HRC.

    Clean campaiging? Party Loyalty? Fair play? Ethical?

    Go whistle your corrupt tune elsewhere.

    June 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. Slected not Elected

    cnn what is wrong with this post .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 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Luke

    The biggest stab in the back of Hillary supporters would be choosing Sebelius as the VP.
    How can you choose another woman when Hillary Clinton has worked her butt off and earned a spot on the ticket.
    Would you rather the few electoral college points from kansas or would you like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Michigan, maybe be some other "RED" states that Hillary does quite well in.
    Sebelius is similar to Hillary, but I would rather the real deal.
    Hillary for VP.

    June 10, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. gary

    OBAMA IS GOING TO PUT THIS COUNTRY IN WORST DEBT. HIS ISSUES ARE GOING TO COST US DEARLY. MCCAIN DOES NOT AGREE WITH BUSH. HIS PLANS ARE ALOT MORE DIFFERENT. OB. CAN KEEP PUSHING THAT ISSUE TO YOU LOST MINDED VOTERS,JUST LIKE THE IRAQ ISSUE. MCCAIN KNOWS WE CANT JUST PULL OUT OF IRAQ. O.B. WILL START A WORLD WAR 111. NOSTRADAMUS ALREADY PREDICTED THIS ELECTION IN ,NOSTRADAMUS THE CODE WORLD WAR 111. O.B. HAS KNOW INTENTIONS TO ASK HRC TO BE VP. WE WILL ALL VOTE MCCAIN.OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS THE FIRST MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE. WITHOUT THAT WE CANT WORK ON OUR ECONOMY. O.B. HAS NO IEAL ABOUT FOREIGN POLICIE'S. WE ARE DOOMED WITH O.B. COCERNED VIET NAM VET

    June 10, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. Brian Knoxville, TN

    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 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. SANAA

    Belle,

    So you don't think Hillary supporters are hateful?????????GET A LIFE..............

    OBAMA 08

    June 10, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. aware

    McCain all the way! Teach people to fish – don't just give away fish! πŸ™‚

    The extreme left-wing Democratic party, and the extreme left-wing media are out of touch with mainstream America. They canabalised the best candidate and anointed the worst candidate. πŸ™

    Disillusioned Democrats will not vote for Obama!

    June 10, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. down with the false prophet

    Obama won the DEM primary by default.

    Maybe McCain will win the GE by default.

    I'm okay with anything that sends a clear message to the DNC–never meddle again, never trash one candidate to advantage the other, never condone the media bias shown to your best because you saw how it raised your lesser candidate UP.

    SHAME ON THE DEMOCRATS
    SHAME ON TH DNC
    SHAME ON THE MEDIA
    SHAME ON THE HYPOCRITICAL, SLEAZY, CHEATING OBAMA

    June 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Sen McCain has promoting the concept of "Trickle-Down" Economics, which was first agressively implemented by Reagan. This means give tax breaks to "those who can create new jobs", which is implemented by giving tax breaks to the wealthy.

    Reagan had a recession and half during his 2 terms. Bush Sr. finished his term on a recession. Bush Jr. is likewise finishing his term on what is buidling into what could be the worst recession in 30 years.

    The trickle down theory was greet with enthusiasm because it looks good on paper. The vast majority of ecnomists agree that in practice, it is a failure because of pure simple greed. It does not work as promised over the long run.

    June 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Jan from Boca Raton, Fla June 10th, 2008 11:49 am ET

    IF NOT HILLARY

    THEN McCAIN 08

    NO OBAMA

    --------------------------------–

    Jan, shut the hell up and just go vote for McInsane, all you do is spew the same stupid post that you obviously have ready in Notepad over and over in every blog, between you and Brian from Knoxville, I really wish to hell that you two would go back to Rush Limpballs and stop trying to stir up crap in every blog your brainless a55es see in this website!! GO VOTE FOR MCBRAINLESS AND SHUT THE HELL UP!!!!

    Know this, for those of you who keep saying If not Hillary, McCain and then Hillary 2012? It won't work that sweetly for you, don't yall know that we "Obamabots" will do the same thing to her in 2012 that you threaten to do to Obama NOW?!! IDIOTS! You DESERVE to be with the Repugnicans, your stupidity shines as brightly in the nite as theirs!

    Obama/Sebelius or Webb, NOT Clinton '08

    June 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. Pol

    "If not Hillary then McCain", "if not Hillary, I will not go at work tomorrow", etc., etc. American people like idols. By the way, being a President, will McCain quit his military disability pension?

    June 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Chief

    If the Hillary Supporters want to vote for McCain go ahead. JUST VOTE FOR MCCAIN AND SHUT UP.

    June 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. judi in NJ

    What in the world is PUMA? Do people know what that stands for?
    It is the name of the Prostitutes Union of MA. I think they may need another name.

    Also, anyone that supported Hillary that will vote for McCain is really dissing her. It is like you are slapping her in the face or saying I don't care about your values, I just wanted a woman (any woman) to be president. Think about what you are telling her in this message.

    June 10, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Belle

    I don't think just Mocking McCain will work this time folks.

    I watched the clip on McCain's proposed town hall meetings with Obama.

    He ACTUALLY seems more of a Uniter than Obama is at this point. Here is a man, reaching across to BOTH Republicans and Democrats. Calling for joint, respectful town hall meetings. Calling for both McCain and Obama to travel together on the same plane! Very refreshing.

    Obama still avoids answering the tough questions about Rezko. He needs to answer if he wants to win.

    June 10, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. LB

    Republican must be running scared. I see a lot of them posting as Hillary supporters saying they won't vote for Obama. Anyone who wanted Hillary based on her issues will vote for Obama because they are almost identical on issues. They also know she will play a vital role when he is in the White House even if she is not the VP she will have a very high role on all issues depending on where Hillary wants to be located. She may not want the VP slot but a slot more in tune with her fighting image. McCain is the opposite on issues of both Hillary and Obama. Any women who was voting for Hillary just because she was a women would never turn to McCain. His views on women and their rights are nonexistent. He has no respect for women even his wife. Just read some of the names he has called her in public.

    June 10, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. SG

    Dennis Kucinich offers ups 35 articles of impeachment, and no mention of it is on CNN. Yet McCain says beer instead of ear, and we foam at the mouth.

    What a farce CNN has become.

    June 10, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. jr

    The essence of Obama's campaign is simply, "Vote for me and I'll set you free." By that he means I'll do my best to socialize the government of this country so it can take care of you from cradle to grave. Thanks, but No Thanks!

    June 10, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. down with the false leader...I mean messiah

    McCain is OLD and underqualified.

    Obama is young and less than underqualified.

    At least McCain has not shown himself to be a scumbag that will- stay legal- but employ all other nasty, mean, cheating, threatening tactic to sabotage his far more worthy opponent.

    June 10, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Obama or McCain, easing the gas crisis lies in moving off the inefficient corn model and copying the Brazil success story with sugar cane. (1.5 to 1 ; compared to 3 to 1)
    Look past the first glance; with Brazil producing 9 times the cane USA does. America is still in the top in the World 10 for sugar cane production. If fuel prices could be reduced by $1 per gallon, it is likely production could increase.
    (Of course there are other measures. If sewage waste was first put in 'cooking' containers, enough gas would be produced to fuel the rest of the treatment process, with surplus.)

    June 10, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. HRC

    To all you HRC candidates, why do you think HRC would win this election. Why do you think that African Americans would have voted for her, especially, if she was given a nomination that didn't win. If Obama loses in 08, HRC loses in 2012!

    June 10, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Crush Rush

    Lets just make sure that we tax "mega-churchs" and "nonprofit think tanks" that cant help but stick their beaks into politics and we will have the cash to get the things done.

    June 10, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  24. Chipster

    Andy J, NY: "Tax tax tax then spend spend spend. Redistribution of wealth."

    I have a question for you: what do you call "Borrow, borrow, borrow, then spend, spend, spend?"

    I call it irresponsible! We're selling our country to China. Tax and spend is simple economics. If we want services, we must pay for them or else we will find ourselves deep in debt – isn't that what the Republicans have achieved? If you want to cut taxes, you should be cutting services but I haven't heard McCain advocating that over the past 7 years.

    June 10, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  25. Michael, Torrance, CA

    Tax, spend and regulate politics from Obama. We've seen it all before but it has been eight years so people have a hard time remembering. Even when Slick Willie was doing the same, he was just in the right place at the right time during the high tech boom. Keep government out of y life and out of my wallet. One last thing to Barack: Hey Obama, why the long face?

    June 10, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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