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. dogmeat

    Andy J, NY,
    You must be living in dreamland dude. How many people do you know who have a good education and have a job are successful? Or maybe to better make understand, what is success to you? I hope you're not in the top 2% wealthy americans otherwise you will just be wasting our time on this blog to comment on something you have no real experience in.

    June 10, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Charles

    Ma! Grandpa is walking in traffic again...

    June 10, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. gary

    OBAMA VOTERS ONLY BRING HATE. THEY THINK WE SHOULD UNITE WITH THIEM. BS. THEY DONE ENOUGH TO CLINTONS AND HER SUPPORTERS. O.B. WILL FALL IN NOV.

    June 10, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Defect from all that is corrupt

    I'd give Obama a chance to fix this mess… but so MUCH rancor and vitriol from his camp. And so much arrogance and boastfulness from the great Obama himself.

    MY moment of defection:
    Early On the polls showed that the majority of supporters for HRC would gladly vote for Obama.

    Then Obama used that as a weapon to divide the party. We went National and very arrogantly and presumptuously declared that HE could WIN back the HRC supporters… but not the other way around.

    SEE? words DO matter. And How was that so? After all don't the issues and the values and ideals of the party matter to the Obama supporters? Besides, as I then blogged- Obama supporters have MORE to lose with a McCain win, then us older, more conservative HRC demographic. I was seldom posted and abusively attacked if I managed to sneak in a comment.

    THAT WAS MY PERSONAL MOMENT OF DEFECTION FROM OBAMA.

    Millions of other Democrats have THEIR moment.

    June 10, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. rice, bryan

    one will have a clue, one doesn't even know what to say without flip flopping.

    June 10, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. After further review,Texas

    Well, we get to choose between tax and spend as you go Dems or credit card Republicans that leave the bill for us or our kids to pay at high interest rates some time in the future,usually the bill must be paid by the Dems when they get in.Sounds like my wife and I.

    June 10, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. smokesignals

    Come on CNN!

    The real news is Dennis Kucinich presenting 35 Articles of Impeachment on the Senate Floor this morning! Yes!

    Let's hear about that!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Kathy

    like i've said before..if you were going to vote for Hillary and now you are saying no Obama im voting for McCain could you please explain to me whats going through your heads?!?!

    i mean if your voting on politcal views and not on race...then Obama would definitly be your pick since him and Clinton have more in common as far as political views go then her and McCain do..its common sense people..
    think about it!!!

    June 10, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. 2Set

    Why is McCain using that same ole Bush BS stratgey that says that a democrats ideas on taxes and the economy 'would hurt small businesses'. Bush used that crap in 2000 and 2004 and look where it has gotten small businesses. All small businesses are hurt and shut down due to the Repulicans' tax and economy 'ideas'. I wish they would stop the madness and be real for once. But then again we are talking about Republicans. When is the last time they did something that was for real and about the people of this country. And I aint talking about getting our people unemployed or killed!!.. All you ex Clinton backers, please stop the fuming and lets come together for the sake of the ordinary people of this country and not one one person.

    June 10, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. dogmeat

    Ohio Independent,
    How is the world are we coming up with the billions of dollars we're flushing down the toilet each month in Iraq?

    June 10, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. crooked Obama

    Obama's early sprint in the DEM primary was due to HIS (not Rush or Anne) telling republicans to vote against HRC....'be a democrat for a day' campaign.

    Maybe all those crossovers will drag him over the finish line in the GE.

    June 10, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. Penelope

    So Obama can fail to know what town he's in in S Dak. last week and say a medical patient was put on a breathalyzer instead of a respirator and that's just really cute and besides, poor baby, he's tired from campaigning in 57 states. McCain misspeaks and it's a federal case. No double standard here folks.

    June 10, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Ty

    An old saying..

    "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

    Vote McCain and support his veto for every beer and you vote against God.

    June 10, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. Samuel

    Vote for Obama in November and you will surely keep your beer. Beer is wheat. Wheat is life, therefore beer is life. Don't allow anyone to take life out of you. Think twice before voting for same old, same old.

    Take your cool beer and watch Obama sworn in as President in January of 2009.

    Yep.....I love and need my beer.

    June 10, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Jen

    We borrow, borrow, borrow because we're forcing U.S. companies to produce overseas because we tax, tax, tax them to death right here.

    June 10, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. America

    Will you please get this senile old fool out of my face! He's not even qualified to be the greeter at Wal Mart, let alone Senator or President. As much as I try, wether it be in traffic or in the news, I just can't seem to shake old senile fools? MAKE IT STOP PLEASE!!!

    June 10, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. SLIMSISTA

    TO ALL YOU SUPPORTERS OF HRC WHO WILL VOTE FOR MCBUSH....BREAKING NEWS....

    THE REPUBLICAN SENATORS JUST BLOCKED A BILL TO TAX THE BIG OIL COMPANIES TO HELP BRING THE THE PRICES AT THE PUMP....

    AND YOU WANT MCBUSH....THE RICH GET RICHER AND THE POOR GET POORER!!!

    OBAMA '08

    June 10, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Ever heard of the "X Prize", $10 million for building a spaceship? It took 30 years to for someone to win it.

    I propose the "G Prize", for a "green" automobile. Let tax dollars pay for it. Give out 3 Prizes. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Attract the major auto manufacturers with $500 million in total prizes.

    Build an electric that can go 200 miles before re-fueling. The winners are the parties that can build one million of them in one year.

    June 10, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. Mike - Ventura, CA

    The attempt by the (not so) Grand OLD Party to paint the Democratic Nominee as a tax and spend crazy man will not work this time. McBush knows little on Economic policies and his holiday gas tax gimick is just one example. He's in bed with the oil companies- When bush was elected gas was $1.40/gallon. This morning in Ventura it's $4.69/gallon. His jibberish is of NO VALUE!

    June 10, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  20. Watching from the sidelines

    wow, Hillary '12 it seems....
    Guess what, we are 18 + million strong too. Anything u do to negate Obama will be repeated in 2012. What makes you think Hillary will get a cake walk in 2012 ?
    Remember people, it is a two way street.

    stop with the McCain 08 Hillary '12 already....we are sick of this.
    If it is McCain '08, then it is Hillary'0Gonner

    June 10, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. sophia nyc

    McBush not only bores us when he speaks, but he also bores himself into a stupor. Beeeeeeer.

    June 10, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. Antoine from New York

    Why doesn't anyone explain to the Republicans that letting the deficit explode is exactly the same thing as raising taxes. There is just a delay in when we will have to pay for it, but, in the end, someone will have to pay the bill. And it will be taxpayers.

    June 10, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. Douglas Democrat

    "The essence of Obama's campaign is simply, "Vote for me and I'll set you free.""

    And McCain is "Eh, who cares? I got mine. You can just drop dead."

    Sorry, I'm not a fan of Republican government, considering their "prescription drug plan" nearly put me in a plot.

    June 10, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. Winkzilla, Tucson

    To Jan from Boca Raton, Fla. who wrote:

    IF NOT HILLARY

    THEN McCAIN 08

    NO OBAMA

    Well Jan, here are a couple of other people you can check out. Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

    Jan, you can sing along with McCain, bomb bomb bomb.

    Jan, push McCain to place Karl Rove into the Supreme Court.

    Jan, thank Bush and have pride in McCain that he too will continue an arrogant stance with the rest of the world. Remember theirs, and yours, when you fill you gas tank. Remember theirs and yours when you allow China to grip their fingers into the American economy further and further by a continued and prolonged war.

    Jan, thank McCain as he continues the policy of outsourcing jobs to other countries. Thank McCain for his retraining policy and I hope you enjoy your new minimum wage job.

    When I hear or read nonsense such as came from Jan, what we have is the same and ridged far right thinking but with blue cloths on.

    June 10, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. Tom in CA

    Watch out for McCain the newest Pander bear!

    June 10, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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