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Updated 4:07 p.m.
By Michael D. Shear
Sen. John McCain pledged today to balance the federal budget by 2013, the end of his first term in office, returning to a promise he had strayed from as he sought to emphasize his concern about the plight of the American economy.

In his first public event since shuffling his campaign leadership last week, McCain gave a speech in Denver before hosting a town hall that aides promised would be focused on "Jobs for America."

"At its core, the economy isn't the sum of an array of bewildering statistics," he told the crowd. "It's about where Americans work, how they live, how they pay their bills today and save for tomorrow. It's about small businesses opening their doors, hiring employees and growing."

At the same time, his campaign released a document detailing his already announced economic proposals: more offshore drilling and a gas tax holiday; aggressive efforts to control government spending; lower taxes or businesses and individuals; new energy research; and tax credits to spur a private health insurance market.

But his promise to balance the budget was new -- at least for this campaign cycle. Earlier this year, McCain had backed away from his long-standing balanced budget reputation, saying only that he would accomplish the task by the end of eight years, should he be elected and reelected.

Now, however, he has returned to his budget-cutting roots, pledging that "the near-term path to balance is built on three principles: reasonable economic growth, comprehensive spending controls, and bipartisanship in budget efforts."

In the economic white paper released by his campaign yesterday, he acknowledges that "the only way to keep the budget balanced is successful reform of the large spending pressures in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid." But he did not offer details about how he would achieve those reforms.

The focus on the economy is part of McCain's renewed effort to drive a consistent message after weeks of being criticized by many in his own party for a muddled and disconnected message. Senior adviser Steve Schmidt took over daily operations last week, promising more coherent themes and better execution.

That was already evident on television, as McCain gave his speech in front of a backdrop of applauding people, rather than the static backdrop that had made him look dull in past speeches.

And McCain's speech seemed to contain more applause lines and sharper jabs at his opponent.

"Senator Obama's tax increases will hurt the economy even more, and destroy jobs across this country," he said. "If you are one of the 23 million small business owners in America who files as an individual rate payer, Senator Obama is going to raise your tax rates."

McCain has also moved to strengthen his organization on the ground in the 50 states, where supporters have been concerned that Sen. Barack Obama is particularly strong.

Over the weekend, Schmidt made veteran GOP operative Mike DuHaime the campaign's political and field director, putting him in charge of the regional campaign managers that had been semi-autonomous until now.

DuHaime was the campaign manager of Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign, but is nonetheless known as one of the party's smartest tacticians, with relationships that run deep in many of the most critical battleground states.

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I've been discussing just this subject with members of the largest segment of the population ever to reach retirement age... When these people started working, the government promised to keep the money they paid in social security safe, but instead squandered it away on various special interest projects so they wouldn't have to commit the politically unpopular task of asking for tax money.
Now that these people have reached the precipice and end of their ability to earn any longer, the corrupt pirates who stole from their fund tell them to go and start over to prepare for retirement.
The U.S. is considering or has made reparations for injustices to East Timor, African slaves, victims of sexual abuse, Japanese interned during WW2, ethnic Hawaiians, clean-up of the Bikini atolls, native Americans, injustices committed during wars or warlike actions, aviation businesses closed down by the government edict following 911... anyway, hundreds if not thousands of reparation efforts underway or already settled. But, there's absolutely nothing for the majority middle class working people who footed the bulk of collected taxes the last 50 years... Whose retirement was stolen out from underneath them, leaving a nearly collapsed retirement program which THEY paid for?
It makes you wonder how government could ever in good conscience prosecute labor leaders for stealing from their own member's pension funds. If there ever was any difference between union thugs and politicians, it has surely vaporized?

Posted by: Terrified Citizen | July 13, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

"It's funny the economy has actually been pretty good up until an election year"
For who? Wall Street? Do you even realize what the hell's actually going on these days? We've been on a steady decline for years, it's just that the mortgage crisis simply sped things up.

Posted by: Fugglez | July 13, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

"Tax cuts for the rich are bad; give the money to me" - Pretty pathetic, greedy entitlement attitudes.

"John McCain wants an indefinite war in Iraq" - fear mongering

"It hasn't worked over the last 8 years" - It's funny the economy has actually been pretty good up until an election year and then magically its chaos according to the media before numbers even supported it.

"Higher taxes on the wealthy and business lead to economic prosperity" - Please take a macroeconomics 101 course. Democrats are using greed, entitlement and class warfare to gain CONTROL. Higher taxes equate to DECREASED REVENUE BUT MORE GOVERNMENT CONTROL.

Maybe some want a nanny state where everything is rationed to you, you're told what to eat, where to go, who your doctor is, etc.

I for one am strongly opposed to this and most people with analytical brains not clouded by unachievable idealist eutopia pipe dreams are as well.

I hope that more Americans can learn from world history and not elect politicians like Obama that will enact the socialistic policies that cripple economies and leave many current countries in an indefinite 3rd world status. Sometimes politics demands looking past me me me.

Posted by: Cryos | July 8, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Does McCain really expect us to believe he can continue the 2 wars indefinately, reduce our taxes, and balance the budget, all at the same time. Doesn't take an economist to figure out that doesn't compute.

Posted by: Betty | July 8, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

The debate over the economy swung into high gear today as both presidential candidates gave speeches on the topic. That's as it should be: let this critical debate begin.

What's not okay is that one candidate -- John McCain -- and his team are making up damaging stuff that directly contradicts policies Obama has been crystal clear about.

When it comes to taxes, Obama has drawn a firm line in the sand at $250,000. He cuts taxes for the vast majority of families -- more than 95% -- and raises taxes only on those with incomes above $250,000. Whether its income taxes, payroll taxes, capital gains, or stock dividends, his plan does not raise taxes on anyone below $250,000. He articulated this point today: "...if you're a family making less than $250,000, my plan will not raise your taxes -- not your income taxes, not your payroll taxes, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes."

Yet, from McCain's speech today: "If you believe you should pay more taxes, I am the wrong candidate for you. Senator Obama is your man. The choice in this election is stark and simple. Senator Obama will raise your taxes."

His top advisor, Doug Holtz-Eakin released a memo implying Obama would raise taxes on low-income families, those "making as little as $32,000 a year," a claim based on Obama's support for the Senate Democratic Budget resolution which contained no individual tax increases actually cut taxes for middle-class families.

McCain's "Jobs First" economic plan says: "If you are one of the 23 million small business owners in America who files as an individual rate payer, Senator Obama is going to raise your tax rates." But 99% of individuals with small business income make less than $250,000, so they won't see their taxes go up at all. In fact, Senator Obama has proposed a new 0% capital gains rate for small business and start ups -- it's McCain that would continue to tax small business capital gains at 15%.

McCain and Obama have very different economic plans, particularly regarding tax policy (read about them here). They have every right to go forth and build support for their plans and attack the other guy's. But this is not the way to do it. If McCain and his staff persist in twisting the truth like this, there can be no decent debate. It's a terrible disservice to the electorate and an abrogation of anything resembling straight talk.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 8, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

McCain has no clue about the economy. If the Obama camp was smart they will bring up the fact that even the Iraqi government is wanting a timetable for US occupation of Iraq to end. This would force McCain to discuss two important topics at once, the economy and the Iraq War. Then Americans will see the mental deterioration that McCain has when thinking and discussing two important issues versus just one.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 8, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Yes he does, he just keeps spending the same money.
Depending what the story of the day is. He seems to have forgotten that we need to keep funding SS and Medicare and that money that we are running in the red on is already committed. The money he thinks he is going to pay off the debt with, we need for our day to day cost to keep from going even farther in debt. At best we will just start breaking somewhere around even but will not put a dent on the debt. I don't think he has a clue what he is talking about. Where does he get this ridiculous stuff from? Does he even have an advisor who knows anything? The truth is, he is just lying and knows it but doesn't care. He has learned from years of being in politics the public it stupid and all you have to do is tell them what they want to hear. They will never ask you the big question of, "How"?

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How is Mccain going to pay for any and everyone of his policies? Mccain never states where the money is comming from. Mccain doesn't have any idea how to manage a country just look how he's managed his campaign. The title of his speech was JObs, Jobs, Jobs, the only thing missing was the creatinon of Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. Mccain is definately an empty suite that promises empty messages backed up by no way of paying for any of his proposals. Mccain is definately the wrong man for the job.

Posted by: Carol | July 8, 2008 1:03 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 8, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

McCloneBush and his band of fools should take their comedy routine to starsearch. That way I could turn it off!!!

Posted by: jeffp | July 8, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

McCloneBush and his band of fools should take their comedy routine to starsearch. That way I could turn it off!!!

Posted by: jeffp | July 8, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

McCloneBush and his band of fools should take their comedy routine to starsearch. That way I could turn it off!!!

Posted by: jeffp | July 8, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Re: Republican Strategists

Bloomberg News reports that:

"Obama built his candidacy on the support of his party's liberal base, which favors restrictions on guns and wiretapping, raising taxes for companies, and pulling U.S. forces from Iraq. As an Illinois state legislator, he voted against a law carving out self-defense exceptions to local handgun bans; as a U.S. senator, he opposed business tax cuts and extending warrantless eavesdropping, and backed tougher gun laws. On Iraq, he has long focused on ending the war and withdrawing troops."

All of his compromised positions clearly show that he does not respect the United States Constitution, although he pretended to be a lawyer and a professor-who-used-to-teach-US-Constitution. All of his voting records show that he distorted the meanings of Constitution for his own political interests. The US Constitution is the embodiment of American Values that glue all Americans together.

America needs a president who defends the U.S. Constitution and America as well as who shares such Values with the rest of the world. If I were you, I would use each of his voting records and contrast each case with his latest "evolving" rhetoric: You do not even need any narrator or "charges" in your ads. Such pure contrast between his words and deeds will show who Obama is; it will show why we should not trust him. You do not need any conclusions, charges, or accusations. Let such narratives flow.

Voting records are your past "trails" that you must be proud of as an American--even if you are not popular. You must stand by the United States Constitution.

Posted by: Premier | July 8, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

This is the main reasons why Mccain can't be trusted. Judge for yourself:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=u-R5Vh5tOWk

http://youtube.com/watch?v=u-R5Vh5tOWk

Posted by: Lessie | July 8, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Today Mccain gave a speech that was titled Jobs, Jobs, jobs, but it turned out to be the same Bush tax cuts that hasn't worked in 8 years. Mccain just say anything as he goes along. Nothing new just the same old Bush policies that got us in this deficit and Iraq war in the first Place. No Mccain

Posted by: Jerry | July 8, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

How is Mccain going to pay for any and everyone of his policies? Mccain never states where the money is comming from. Mccain doesn't have any idea how to manage a country just look how he's managed his campaign. The title of his speech was JObs, Jobs, Jobs, the only thing missing was the creatinon of Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. Mccain is definately an empty suite that promises empty messages backed up by no way of paying for any of his proposals. Mccain is definately the wrong man for the job.

Posted by: Carol | July 8, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

I would like to know how Mccain plans to lower taxes and pay down our 9 trillion dollar deficit which will increase significantly while we stay in Iraq for 100 years. Mccain doesn't have a clue if what he saying make sense or not because he admitted that he still needed to be educated on economics. Obama has a real economic plan that calls for another stimulas package for Americans and a Renewable Energy plan so were not dependent on oil period. I think Obama has a clear vision of where the country should go and Mccain doesn't know so he has several ideas floating around just incase the public might like one of them. The big question Mccain needs to answer is how is he going to pay for anything. Mccain has no clue how he's going to pay for his energy plan or anything else thats why is ideas are called gimmicks.

Posted by: Sandy | July 8, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

"The President Bush has to re-run"

Bloomberg News reported that Senator McCain "would stay home" if the United States would not boycott the Olympic Game held in China; Senator Obama wrote a letter to President Bush, urging him that "he should not attend the ceremony."

If this is correct, President Bush has to re-run for his third-term. Bush is the only politician who is doing the right thing. Neither of them has any clue why Bush is visiting China and Japan; neither of them is qualified to talk about the Iraq War or even how to protect America from the threats of terrorists.

Senator McCain, are you saying that you went to Vietnam without knowing why the United States got involved in the civil war? So when you said Russia should be excluded from G-8, were you serious?

Senator Obama, you are truly not qualified. You do not have any clue what is going on. Your knowledge about global politics is myopic; especially your worldview that is based on neo-Marxism is dangerous for the twenty-first century. How possibly can the United States not be a free trader?

Your economic policy that is based on protectionism truly hurts the United States' economy as well as global economy; Alan Goolsbee's "behavioral economics" simply does not work for the "global environment" in which we live. It is just a theory based on behavioral science.

Do you have idea how much the United States is globalized? Do you have any idea how many trade agreements we have to enforce? Do you have any idea how many American corporations are doing business in China and around the world?

According to Environment News Service, the "United States has five percent of the world's population and 30 percent of the world's automobiles, but the country contributes 45 percent of the world's automotive emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, according to a report released today by the advocacy group Environmental Defense" (June 28, 2006).

This is the fact.

Yet, you have pretended like a pro-environmentalist in MI and OH, courting Al Gore's supporters and labor union workers. Your speech delivered in MI and OH shows how much you are opportunistic. You are not even a flip-flopper. You do not have any one-side to flip. How can you say that US should boycott the Olympic Game held in China? That simply shows how much your knowledge is shallow and flawed.

Senator Al Gore endorsed a wrong candidate.

Posted by: Premier | July 8, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Almost want to Denounce my Americanism... | July 7, 2008 9:30 PM

Using FEAR and PATRIOTISM to snag a vote? That's a new tactic.

Posted by: Justin | July 7, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

America,

We are at war... 9/11 Came to us because we are what we are, FREE. If you do NOT understand the fact of FREEDOM, what we enjoy in the U.S.A. Then God Damn You! We will be in War forever and always to protect our Freedoms. This is the price. I can't believe my Fellow Americans have become so lazy, So Naive, Such a National Security threat. If you want Obama has president, then you want this man...

http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/03/14/obamas-spiritual-adviser-questioned-us-role-in-spread-of-hiv-sept-11-attacks/

By the way, Obama didn't even leave the Hate Church when this came out! His Audacity is incredible!

Here's a Multiple Choice Question for you idiots!

What did Obama do in that first run for political office?

A.) Registered more new voters than any Illinois State Senate candidate

B.) Vowed to never cast a "present" vote if elected

C.) Knocked all of his opponents off the ballot so he could run unopposed

D.) Ran with the slogan: "We did it for Harold, we can do it for Barack!"

(C) is the correct answer.

Obama challenged the nominating petition signatures of the incumbent, Sen. Alice Palmer, and three other rivals.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/chi-0704030881apr04,0,6468332.story?page=1


If you DARE vote for Obama this November, you will be voting for the enemy... Thus you will be the enemy...

Posted by: Almost want to Denounce my Americanism... | July 7, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

My friends call me JOHN THE AGED---Herbert Hoover was my mentor---Let the Depression Begin if I get in.

Posted by: benighse | July 7, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

The greatest danger now is the weak dollar and raising taxes will strengthen the dollar. Do not fall in to the Republican trap, the mantra raising taxes means a poor economy. Clinton raised taxes and after that the economy started to grow and the dollar rose. Bush lowered taxes and there was poor economic growth in that the S&P has not grown during the time he was in office, whereas it rose nearly threefold during Clinton administration. The important thing is to lower deficits and do whatever it takes to lower deficits.

Right now inflation particularly in energy and food is the thing that is choking this economy. Lowering taxes in this environment may in fact aggravate the economy, if the deficits go up further.

What we need to do is limit spending on anything that does not give an economic return. At the head of that list is the Iraq war.
Obama's spending unlike war spending will have economic benefit. Those who are not without considerable offshore assets can not afford John McCain.

Even McCain will have to raise taxes no matter what he says. The tax hikes will be on people but not corporations.Obama will not raise taxes on those earning the medium US income, the reason is that it would do more harm than good.

Only the wealthy can afford John McCain.

Posted by: Gator-ron | July 7, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

So where is the money for SS and Medicare. You can't keep on paper spending the same money. I wonder of his wife lets this idiot handle any of here money? I would doubt it. He is lucky he has her to pay his bills because he has no clue about economics.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 7, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

McCain's promise comes with at least a few huge holes: First, it does not count funding for the war in Iraq. Second, McCain does not state how he intends to actually balance the budget, what with all these tax cuts. More economic drivel from the same Republican party who've brought us all this economic misery (for all but their cronies!). Don't fall for it.

Posted by: John S., Alamo, California | July 7, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

9 out of 10 economists agree, you can't trust Republicans to balance a budget.

Posted by: thebob.bob | July 7, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

"Sen. John McCain pledged today to balance the federal budget by 2013, the end of his first term."

That of course was Herbert Hoover's brilliant policy for ending the Great Depression, hopefully it won't come to that!

Posted by: marc | July 7, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

McCain is clueless, out of touch and not the right man for the job.

Posted by: x32792 | July 7, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Yeah - McBush's budget ideas are concrete... like cement...dense, and monolithic. But what do you expect from a 71 year old with a rich wife - he has no sense of reality.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 7, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

McCain can't balance in the ideas of Shias, Sunnis, Iraq, Iran, and Al Qaeda in his head- how the heck is he going to balance the budget of the largest, most powerful organization in the world?

Posted by: JR, Boston | July 7, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

For the third time, McCain has changed his promise to balance the budget. While promising more tax cuts for the wealthy; more war and defense spending; what's going to give? EITHER, the monumental deficit (created by the no-billionaire-left-behind Republicans) will continue to grow, OR McCain will cut even more programs that benefit American citizens. He talks a good game but can't back up his promises with specifics.

Senator Obama, on the other hand, makes clear that he will fund tax cuts for the middle class by raising taxes on the rich. He will help solve the home foreclosure disaster by penalizing the lending institutions that deceived borrowers. He'll bring American tax dollars home from Iraq, ending the financial gluttony of the war profiteers (corporations friendly with Bush and McCain). Once the Republicans are no longer pillaging our nation's resources, average Americans will again be able to prosper.

Posted by: barbara campbell | July 7, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama will lead us into an economic quagmire by raising taxes and causing the budget deficit to grow even larger. This will cause the U.S. dollar to depreciate further, causing prices to rise even higher. Obama is like a teenager with a credit card. We need fiscal responsibility, not more spending.

Posted by: Jack | July 7, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Obama will destroy American prestige by surrendering in Iraq, as well as further destroy the economy by raising taxes. Because Obama is against offshore drilling, speculators will buy more gas futures, causing gas prices to go even higher. Bush was a mistake, but Obama is an even greater mistake.

Posted by: Bob | July 7, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

McCain is pro-victory, and supports a balanced budget, as well as low taxes. Obama fanatics are jealous that McCain actually has a concrete message.

Posted by: Jane | July 7, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Um but he didn't figure in any part of his 100 years in Iraq. So he lied but the fawning press won't cover it.

Posted by: Julian | July 7, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

McCain has no idea on how to improve the economy. He still thinks gas costs a nickel a gallon, because he admitted he hasn't pumped gas for 30 years. He thinks medicare is a nuisance because his rich wife told him she doesn't want to pay for her employees benefit. McCain says he wants a balanced budget, but ask him how he'll achieve that...he'll probably tell you to shut up because he was a POW during Vietnam. That's his answer to everything,"I was a POW".

Posted by: Paul | July 7, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

McBush is suffering from primary stage syphilitic dementia...what do you expect? He's 71 and thinks everyone is married to a rich white woman with big hooters!

Posted by: Daddio on the Paddio | July 7, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

McCain told us he didn't know much about the economy, and now he's trying to prove that. Next. he'll be offering $300 million prize money to anyone who can 'invent' a better economy....he's that stupid. Every time he opens his mouth, he drops 2 percent in the polls.

Posted by: Playa | July 7, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

For those who are not aware the S&P 500 has not appreciated at all during Bush's administration. The market has not plummeted yet and McCain wants to be sure of that outcome so he plans to continue more of the same. He says he will balance the budget by 2013 but if the dollar keeps falling the way it has there will be no balancing the budget period. So McCain's professed economic policy will lead us to a collapse of the dollar or he is lying about his economic policy and he will raise taxes.

Economically nothing good will happen as long as we are in Iraq with our current commitment and McCain is wedded to Iraq. Therefore McCain is wedded to economic failure.

Premier you should be more worried about the economic future of this country and less worried how your candidate who was a third rate pilot is going to win a few votes. The economy = a McCain loss. If the economy is better it will be a tight race. I hope the economy is better than I think.

Posted by: G8tr | July 7, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I GUESS THERE IS SOME PROGRESS TO MADE BY TALKING TO YOUR ENEMIES. VOTE FOR Obama'

Israel signs deal with Hezbollah
Posted: 01:27 PM ET

JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Israel has signed a U.N.-brokered deal with Hezbollah under which it plans to release prisoners in exchange for two kidnapped Israeli soldiers, the Israeli prime minister's office said Monday.

But there are still several hurdles that must be overcome before the agreement is implemented.

Israel has yet to receive a final report from the Lebanese militant group on Ron Arad, an Israeli airman who has been missing since he was forced to eject from his plane over Lebanon in October 1986. Once it receives that report, the statement said, Israel will set up a timetable for the prisoner release.

Posted by: Dwayne | July 7, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

McCain's idea of balancing the budget by increasing the trade of American and Arab body bags isn't going to cut it.

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/ny-lisold0706,0,814136,print.story

Let's be honest: we are in Iraq because of oil. And we need oil because we have never had a sensible energy policy that would increase efficiency and pursue alt energy solutions.

The Republicans knee-capped Carter's energy initiatives just like they put the stranglehold on Clinton's health care plan.

Unlike the old world, where no one knew what the heck was going on, people like Dick Nixon got elected, and conservatives pulled all sorts of wars and scandals to line their network's deep dark pockets, we now live in an information age where people have access to real knowledge.

And Republicans like McCain have a lot of explaining to do. History will not be kind to them. And, unless we turn this ship around quickly, the next generation is going to be be apoplectic when they realize what happened with Enron, Halliburton, Blackwater etc.

The way to peace in the middle east is through peace talks, not by bombing yet another generation of Arabs. The alternative is WW III.

If we can talk with the Iranians about Iraq, then we should drop the tough guy pretense and talk to them, directly, about the nuclear issue and the Israel issue.
The problems of Islamic extremism, Iran's ambitions, and Israeli-Palestinian peace are intertwined.

We can divide and conquer our way into WW III or we can pursue a sensible, moral, progressive strategy of talking with all of the major players, building trust, and creating a framework for lasting peace.

Posted by: JR, Boston | July 7, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain doesn't even know what the budget is....,but he's pretty sure he could balance it on his head.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 7, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I do not see any point why McCain keeps trying to make a case by saying:

"Senator Obama's tax increases will hurt the economy even more, and destroy jobs across this country..If you are one of the 23 million small business owners in America who files as an individual rate payer, Senator Obama is going to raise your tax rates."

If McCain let the voters decide, instead of arguing, then the "messages" he is trying to convey will be more effective. You have not established any public images as much as Obama's, and why do you take the risk by concluding something?

The statements (or messages) above are something you have to wait until the debate or something you have to deliver by means of political advertisements. When you make a public speech, your messages have to be positive and promising to build your credibility first.

You have not done it yet only by attacking your opponents so far.

Posted by: Premier | July 7, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

read about mccain on the stump and about obama in denver:

http://thevote.abc13.com

Posted by: tomabrahams | July 7, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse


How's he going to pay for his "100 Years" of war in Iraq?

Posted by: sequoia | July 7, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Now only if he will renew his commitment to paying his property taxes on time maybe somewhere a budget deficit will go down.

Posted by: Crempole Stalwart | July 7, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

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