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.

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. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    Please! The choice is a no-brainer. McCain don't have a clue to how poor of a shape our economy is in. He and Cindy have millions, that’s why he thinks the economy is okay. All McCain wants to do is win a pointless war that has no ending. If America would spent ½ of the money on our country that we are spending on Iraq, then our economy would be in much better shape . . . but that’s too more than right.

    Vote for Change

    Obamanation ‘08

    June 10, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. Ralph

    Just because Bush ruined the economy with poor economic strategy doesn't mean that the same strategy will provided by McCain will do the same – oh wait, it does. Ouch! He really has no chance at all in Nov.

    June 10, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Canada

    Thought this was suppose to be a mature democracy,as an outsider,stop using excuse to vote Republican.If anyone of you try this time,you will all end in doom.

    June 10, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |

    I Find Some People To Be Very Shallow In Their Process For Choosing Our President. . . Race, Gender, Age, . . . I Will Vote For The Person Who I Believe Will Take The Country In The Right Direction! I Personally Believe That Is Obama! Besides, . . That Other Guy Just Has Too Many Neck Wrinkles!

    June 10, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. I can live with whats right

    Personally, I'll be okay.

    So I can afford to protest with my vote and NOT vote Obama. For the first time in 35 years, I break with my party.

    My last serious protests were in 1967-1972.

    I'm Old but still a fighter.

    June 10, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. WOW

    you HILLARY supporters are hilarious.

    She won nothing.

    Not even the popular vote.

    I voted for her in Florida.

    I will vote for OBAMA, only a fool wouldn't

    June 10, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. NoBamaEVER


    You are exactly right. They don't have specifics about Obama because their are none. Hate...that's the new slogan. Sad, sad, sad.......

    June 10, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. B Jiggy

    Hey Silence Now:

    Speak for yourself! I was a Hillary supporter, but she lost fair and square. her husband said this is a full contact support, so stop crying that it was sexism and racism and all this crap! I'll vote for any democrat thats going against a republican. So speak for ur self!

    Still supports Hillary but.....
    Go Obama!!!


    June 10, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    "susie June 10th, 2008 11:55 am ET

    Why is it, when Obama misspeaks the press lets it go? The media is so lopsided."
    Remember his "bitter" comment? The media didn't let that go. In fact, they ran it through the ground, and caused him to lose Ohio and Pennsylvania.

    How quickly we forget. All candidates have to occasionally go through the wringer. That's how politics is played.

    June 10, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. Do the right thing for your ideals

    Well, HATERS for Obama, you made this bed. Now lie in it for 4 MORE years. For months these blogs have been filled with Anti-Hillary ANTIPATHY (antipathy for those who are different?). I have tried for months to call for unity. I said that the hate would backfire. I warned of the dangers of unity by division and hate.

    CNN always moderated me out. They had their agenda to gain Obama the nomination. So they had plenty of space to post all the hatred- even foul filthy vulgar comments made it to the posts.
    You can thank your own selves, CNN, MSNBC, and even Michelle Obama (for saying on National Television that she would have to think about voting for HRC if Hillary were the nominee).

    So much for replacing R administration with a D administration, so much about voting for the party, so much for remember the values we all share as DEMS, so much for the Supreme Court, Roe vs Wade and the war in Iraq.

    What is good for the black goose is good for this white gander.

    June 10, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. Why try 08

    Silence NOW! Pleeaase.

    Hillary supporters been threatening since the Day One and trying to extort the candidacy since she lost 12 straight and new she could not catch him pledge delegate. I am tired of revistionist history where all the bad that had been done and the mistakes the Clintons have made are forgetten and laid at the feet of Obama.

    The question is Are you so Blind?

    Hillary lost because of Arrogance. No one even took Obama seriously until he won a predominate white state. Then she had no plan for after Super Tuesday.

    The Horrible but dirty campaign hillary ran having the money, the name, the clout ,but no defining message, no true strategy but the big states and discounting every state that was little.

    Hillary lost because of no money. For all those 18 million voters not enough believed in her to donate to her campaign. You can't lay that at the feet of Obama.

    And let's face it without the help of Operation Chaos the race would have been down in Texas.

    But last and not least stop overstating your vote. You are not the 18 million you are just one. Over 60% already are going to vote for Obama

    You can cry about the media bias, DNC, SD or whatever else. But I saw the person with a well known name, most love president for a husband campaigning for you, most initial SD backers, and big money lose a

    Biracial man, who had a muslim father, who middle name was Hussein, had no big money, hardly no initial SD backing, and hardly any washington experience and simple message. " Change ".

    If you can win with all those advantage you don't deserve to be the nominee

    June 10, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. The CNN and DNC Bind

    I voted for Hillary Clinton because she was the MOST qualified and the BEST candidate to lead us from this mess.

    But she was eliminated from the race by the flunkies for Obama.CNN Bind
    For those who ask, “what media bias for Obama?”

    My small personal Observations.

    1. I’ve tried to caution against the hate and the divide I saw forming in the Democratic party for months. But for months the HRC supporters were moderated out of all the internet posts. The Obama supporters were allowed to post filth about all of us ignorant, moronic, inbred, uneducated idiotic racists- I mean ‘rascists’. Apparently that is how they are now spelling the word in college campuses across the nation. We spelled it different in the 1960s when we marched and protested for civil rights and women’s rights to end racism and sexism.

    2. I copied some of the more vulgar posts- about HOs and about how Chelsea was a product of siblings Bill and Hill Fuc—, and all the lovely, gracious, educated comments about inbred cousins in WV etc. I then changed the names from Clinton to Obama, and asked CNN to show me they were NOT biased and re-post those same insults with the tables reversed. Never did happen. But the Obama people still got their nasty mean comments on the boards.

    3. I then copied those comments and pasted them into e-mails to CNN and asked them to moderate such vitriol. Still no response.

    4. I watched Chris Mathews of MSNBC drool when he spoke of Obama, and spit when speaking of HRC and all women in general.

    5. Obama supporters gleefully blogged propaganda for Obama. Look, they said… for every HRC post there are 35 for Obama. That is NOT truth. That is perception created by BIASED media propaganda.

    I’m strongly for HRC but planned to vote for Obama were he the nominee (check the early polls- they reflect that early sentiment of HRC supporters). Now, it is NEVER Obama. I may be an old bra-burning woman for choice and against the Iraq war- but I still know HOW to protest for equality and freedom, with my vote in Nov.

    June 10, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Rj

    This is a question of who will you trust most in handling the biggest economy in the whole world?

    A Full Pledge far left LIBERAL? or


    These are the ONLY OPTIONS!!!

    How i wish for these wonderful two options ?



    What will happen to my beloved Country??? May God Help us...

    June 10, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. Belle

    Get OFF the Clinton hatred. If you keep blogging about her, then you are not blogging for your candidate...Voters are smart. This is a Presidential Election....voters will vote for who they think will be the best leader. NOT
    because Clinton haters still blog and blog away....

    Belle....hi...never met another person with my name before..or maybe yours...not knowing your age....

    June 10, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  15. Joe

    To Andy from New York: Republicans are just as big on taxes as Dems are. The difference is that Republicans don't call 'em taxes. They're fees, or co-pays, or premiums. The simple reason we want to raise taxes (as well as rolling back tax cuts for the wealthy) is because people's needs are not being met. $1000/month health insurance premiums, stiff co-pays, fees, etc, ARE taxes, just under a different name.
    The current administration has the idea that we should cut taxes for the wealthy and spend like drunken sailors – not a good combination. With the money we've spent on this bogus "war on terrorism", we could have solved the health care crisis and fixed the infrastructure 3 times over. Don't even try to defend it – the truth is out

    June 10, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. Kenneth M

    Jan from Boca Raton, Fla, why not put some thought into your blogging. What is the sence in exchanging ideas if all you are going to say is the same old nonsence. Do you have any facts you want to add to the conversation? That option is gone. How do we move on an improve the nation with the hand we have availiable?

    June 10, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. For the Love of God

    McCain haters need to look at the facts:

    1.) you lose 6.2% of your paycheck to Social Security. If you employ yourself, that makes 12.4% of your income.

    2.) lets say your federal income tax is middle of the road at 15%.

    3.) If you're like 37 million Americans and live in California, your state income tax is probably another 7% of your income.

    total income tax bill: 28%

    Now add 7.75% of most things you spend money on and 15% of any investment profits made from your IRA, 401(K) or other personal retirement account.

    The beauty is, under Obama, you would still lose 6.2% (or 12.4%) of your income to the Social Security tax, and if you're under 35, you are unlikely to see a dime of that. So we younger folks must depend on 401(k)s, IRAs, etc, for our retirement, yes?

    And Obama wants to almost double the capital gains tax, from 15 to 28%! Every person that believes SS isn't going to last should vote against Obama, because he's going to cut into your retirement income, pure and simple. What, you think you're going to rely on the government to give you your money back in 40 years?!? oh, the naive.

    Tell Obama to shove it and that you will rely on yourself, tell him to take his money grubbing hands out of your pocket!

    June 10, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. Better bitter than lose your soul

    My conscience is clear, went against the hype and voted for HRC.

    Yes… I vote on the issues.

    All you Haters out there calling HRC supporters morons who would cut their nose off to spite their face and declaring that loyalty to the party trumps ALL else… Please e-mail Michelle Obama and remind her of party loyalty and the need to elect a Democrat, and about Roe vs Wade and the Supreme Court, and the blood spilling in the deserts of Iraq.

    BUT DARE NOT TO BULLY OR THREATEN US HRC SUPPORTERS WITH YOUR BIASED, HYPOCRITICAL INSULTS. You are just losing ( I’m sorry, the smart and educated say it ‘LOOSING’ votes from all us ignorant uneducated ‘LOOSERS’.

    June 10, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. Harvard Law

    Obama was the Editor of Harvard Law Review.

    and your worried about his qualifications.....................


    June 10, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Proud American

    In McCains own words "I know nothing about the economy" . As bad as things are (and getting worst) this is not the person whom I want leading us out of the mess he and and gagnsters got us into. Lets get rid of the nonsense.

    June 10, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. ObamaSupporter

    If Republican had a good idea to keep the economy strong the American people gave them 8 years to get it done when bush took over from Clinton gas price was $1.29/galon now it is $4.1/galon. We did not have war now we do. unemployment was less than 3.4% now it is 5.5%. People were making money left and right from the stock market and by investing in real state. Now all the stocks are down and houseing market is in crisis. Our countr is borowing money from china so bush can keep our troops in Iraq with with open end war. What else do they want to do now by asking as to vote for Mccain which he would be third term of bush. Any body who votes for Mccain after 8 years republican admistration disaster is insane or has no brain.

    June 10, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. Will in Richmond, VA

    If they could find a way to strengthen the dollar, then we'll be well on our way. Seems like this is the linchpin for the majority of the real troubles. Once this is done, we should couple improving our oil supply with raising fuel efficiency standards to reduce our consumption. Can this be done?

    June 10, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. lose your soul for the party line

    Some one please tell me...

    If Michelle Obama could not see a way to vote for HRC, if Hill was the nominee...

    WHY do they think we will see a way to vote for the lying, cheating, hypocrit who trashed fellow democrats from all walks of life.

    I had a dream... once.

    You killed MY heroine.

    June 10, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. don't criticize the great Obama

    Calling all sheep.

    Follow the Messiah...

    Yeah right

    June 10, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. Louis

    Ear Marks are waste of tax. Can't go about tax cut without cutting ear marks. They may seem small over all but $14 billions is still too much.

    June 10, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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