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Polls Show Obama Edge on Economy

By Jon Cohen
Beneath the sturm und drang about today's horse race numbers lies a more ominous indicator for John McCain: Across this week's polls, he trails Barack Obama on core economic questions. Here's a quick rundown:

Obama +24 on better understands the economic problems people in this country are having (Post-ABC).
Obama +14 on trust to handle the economy (Post-ABC).
Obama +14 on better ideas for strengthening the nation's economy
(LAT-Bloomberg).
Obama +13 on fixing problems with major financial institutions (Post-ABC).
Obama +12 on better on improving the economy (WSJ-NBC).
Obama +12 on better job handling this financial crisis next year (LAT-Bloomberg).
Obama +12 on better handling the economy (CNN).
Obama +12 on best address the problems investment banks and companies with
ties to the housing market (McClatchy).
Obama +10 on trust to handle the economy (Fox).
Obama +10 on trust to handle the major economic problems currently facing the
country (Fox).
Obama +8 on better on the mortgage and housing crisis (WSJ-NBC).
Obama +8 on stronger on the economy (McClatchy).
Obama +6 on would do best job handling economy (Hotline).
Obama +5 on better dealing with the Wall Street financial crisis (WSJ-NBC).
Obama +3 on would display good judgment in an economic crisis (CNN).

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 24, 2008; 7:03 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , John McCain , The Pollster  
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Just LOOK around YOU !

Piss-Poor State-Craft...
A Bungled Economy...

Is this the America you remember growing up?
So where does the Buck Stop NOW ?

Why would America REWARD complete Republican failure ?

We wont.

Posted by: PulSamsara | September 26, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone think ahead to what happens if this bailout does not work? We will be more vulnerable to a terroist attack because we will be in total chaos at home. Do you think Obama, the community project leader, will be able to protect our nation??? I think not. Democrats have been in charge of the senate and nothing has got done. Illegal aliens have taken out numerous home loans and probably gave up and went home with us footing the bill. This whole country is suffering from an invasion like never seen before. McCain is not the perfect choice either, but I trust him to protect our nation from a foreign attack when all this economy stuff hits the fan. Americans just walk around like nothing is happening and many dont understand the serious problems that would follow a great depression!!!
Barack Obama and his unfriendly friends scare the heck out of me.

Posted by: wakeupamerica2 | September 26, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Wow, I can't believe McCain, this man is the most cynical and craven politician i have seem in my 40 yrs. This latest move, like picking gump Palin, is so calculated, its insulting. Clearly, McCain is trying desperately to save his campaign!! Are you serious that everyone doesn't see this as a bald faced attempt to slow Obama's big Mo! You gotta be kidding me right.
Can anyone tell me why this election is so close again. You and I both know why McCain(the weakest link) is still in this. Grow up America, you have been virtually beat up for the past 8 years from the Bush incompentence and yet you are oblivious and want the same for 4 more years!!
This is incredible on so many levels. We all know why this race is still close. Admit it.

Obama is clearly the best thing since JFK, RFK and WJC. Why, America can't we see that. What a shame!!! I honestly grieve for my country if you elect McCain and Palin.

Posted by: Ron DC | September 25, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

What a shame that american voters don't inform themselves. I'm not here to bash Obama or Mccain, just know the facts. It's true, republicans generally are against gov. regulation. That can be a good thing. Too much gov. involvement muddy's the water. That being said, many saw problems on the horizon, and did or said nothing. Barney Frank, DEMOCRAT, said a few years ago, fannie and freddy are fine and propigating unfounded fear is wrong. This in the midst of many screaming, we see a train wreck coming. A bill was brought to congress to oversee what was happening on wall st. with co. like freddie and fannie to stop this chaos. Every DEMOCRAT VOTED against this and every REPUBLICAN VOTED for it. Democrats held control of congress and we got what we got. Mccain was calling for reform at that time and Obama failed to vote. Democrats felt it would be too hard for low income people too get loans if the regulation passed. (These same people now, who can't pay back the loan. SUPRISE) It's easy to just blame Bush, but look at the facts, and as informed americans and media put the blame where it lies.

Posted by: Truth | September 25, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

If Obama is so economical, then why does he have a brother, George Obama, living in a slum in Nairobi. Obama lives in an over Million dollar house in Chicago, with the assistance of slumlord Rezko, who now sits in prison. Obama is a scam.

Posted by: Anne Days | September 25, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

ALERT - THEY HOPE WE'RE TOO DISTRACTED TO NOTICE!!

If the Senate fails to reauthorize E-Verify THIS WEEK before the session ends, the entire program will expire in November!

E-Verify has been touted by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security as "...one of the nations best and most effective tools for ensuring a legal workforce." And according to the General Accountability Office, "E-Verify is 99.5% effect."

Senator Menendez (D-NJ) has placed a hold on the E-Verify bill and is trying to hijack it by insisting on an increase of over half a million visas for foreign workers next year.

"The E-Verify Program MUST be authorized before it expires in November if U.S. Citizens are to believe our Congress is serious at all about restoring the rule of law," per Senator Sessions.

E-Verify is one of the governments most successful programs targeting workplace enforcement of our immigration laws and is now in danger of being eliminated.

The federal government has breeched its Constitutionally required duty under Article IV, Section IV to protect citizens and states from foreign invasion, instead choosing to play politics with the law and mislabeling the invasion (of an estimated 12-20 million armed and unarmed Mexican citizens and another 4-8 million non-Mexicans) as merely unfortunate--ignoring the $300+ billion yearly impact on local and state governments and landslide of negative impacts on Americans.

The leaders of this Democratic Congress are hoping U.S. Citizens won't be paying much attention as they try to betray us yet again regarding enforcement of our immigration laws and using programs that work against illegal workers. They are hoping We are too busy with the Presidential election and the meltdown of our economy, which illegal immigration has contributed greatly to, as our lawmakers still continue to pander to corporate america.

Dash Nancy Pelosi and Senator Harry Reids hopes that Senator Robert Menendezs' attempts to block E-Verify will work! Menendez is putting his personal views ahead of our national interests.

CONTACT YOUR SENATORS NOW - TELL THEM TO AUTHORIZE E-VERIFY!

Posted by: calumonit | September 25, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Mark writes:

"How can anyone trust the liberal snake-oil salesman, Obama?"

How can anyone trust McCain after he cheated on his first wife and then kicked her to the curb, for a younger, rich cheerleader ?

Or maybe that actually adds points to McCain's score card in your eyes, eh Mark ?

Marrying up.......

Posted by: MA | September 25, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

McCain doesn't sit on the finance committe and brings nothing special in terms of insight or economic acumen (he does bring politcal cover for Republicans to vote yes) to help "solve" this chicken little financial crisis.

And why does the Bush hype on this matter sound a lot like his mushroom cloud jive from 2002 ?

I noticed McCain met with Mitt Romney yesterday, among other corporate advisers of his.....ole Mitt is looking pretty good in Mc-Why-did-I-pick-Palin's, rearview mirror these days.

So, what's left in McCain's bag of tricks ? Attempt to postpone the election until he catches up in the polls ?

Or maybe his pal Bush will declare martial law between now and election day.

Posted by: MA | September 25, 2008 7:44 AM | Report abuse

McCain Runs And Hides From His Past:

John McCain running from the debate with Barack Obama is unacceptable, and COWARDICE! There are over 350 members of congress to deal with the US economic collapse. And even more capital hill aids, advisers, and experts to deal with the economic catastrophe created by the corrupt Bush McCain presidency and the past republican controlled congress.

Every American, and TRUE! patriot needs to demand that John McCain debate Barack Obama and tell the American people how he is going to fix this economic catastrophe that he (John McCain), Bush, and the past Republican controlled congress created.

Contact the news media. Your local papers. And demand that they hold John McCain accountable to debate Barack Obama. Contact all your friends and ask them to do the same. Call your senators, and congressmen and tell them that you expect "Let Them Eat Cake" John McCain to debate Barack Obama on this economic catastrophe that John McCain and "Let Them Eat Cake" BUSH! created.

It's time to get ANGRY! America. Tell John McCain you want answers, and you want those answers NOW!

He can run. But he cant hide anymore.

What ever congress does to try and fix our stunning economic catastrophe needs to be done very carefully. Congress needs to take their time, and be sure of what they are doing. Whatever is done needs to be sharply focused at helping, and protecting the best interest of the ordinary Americans. In particular the vast American middle class. 700 billion dollars is a lot of the peoples money to spend to bail out a bunch of corrupt Bush loan sharks.

My fellow human beings, just as I warned you ahead of this catastrophic economic meltdown, I must now warn you that what is a head has the potential to be even more catastrophic than what we are going through now. The worlds geopolitical landscape has been booby trapped by the Bush McCain administration and their republican allies in congress. These booby traps are poised to spring at any time.

Fortunately the Worlds Nations have been blest with many excellent leaders (except the US) who have been careful, wise, strong, and self-restrained in dealing with the provocations, and antagonism's of the Bush, McCain administration.

Barack Obama and the democrats are your best hope now. Tell your family, friends, and everyone you know to support them as best you can, and vote for them like your life, and the lives of your loved ones depends on it. Because it does. You will not survive 4 more years of Bush McCain.

JACK SMITH - WORKING CLASS...

Posted by: jacksmith | September 25, 2008 6:27 AM | Report abuse

I cannot believe this. McSame pulls another stunt and grabs the headlines. . I was watching FOX and they say 89% of the participants in a survey said McSame has put the country first by suspending his campaign. With such people amongst the voters only GOD can save America from a disastrous third term. This is serious guys. McSame is insane. This guy is erratic and bizarre

Posted by: unclesam | September 25, 2008 2:31 AM | Report abuse

"America's 1st Reaction -- Friday's McCain-Obama Debate Should Still Be Held On Friday, But Perhaps with New Focus: Immediately after John McCain's announcement at 3 pm ET today, Wednesday 09/24/08, that he was suspending his campaign and seeking to postpone Friday's scheduled presidential debate, SurveyUSA interviewed 1,000 adults nationwide. Key findings:

A majority of Americans say the debate should be held on Friday. Just 10% say the debate should be postponed. A sizable percentage of Americans, 36%, think the focus of the debate should be modified to focus more on the economy. 3 of 4 Americans say the presidential campaigns should continue. Just 14% say the presidential campaigns should be suspended. If Friday's debate does not take place, 46% of Americans say that would be bad for America."

http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollReportUC.aspx?g=54d651a7-a62b-4420-bb32-9dd6b2df8c02

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:31 AM | Report abuse

John,

I don't know where you came up with Kerry having a lead at this point in 2004, he didn't in fact it was either VERY close or he was behind. There was actually an article about this very subject either here in the Wp or the Times today.

Besides, no matter what poles say and no matter who you support, get out to vote on November 4th.

Posted by: Independent | September 24, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

I am not surprise, just disappointed.
The people were wrong on the housing economy and they are now still wrong... about Obama.

The worse of all the candidates: McCain, Clinton and Obama. Obama is the only one with a triple whammy on housing: Resko, Raines and Stephen.

Clinton would have been better choice.

Posted by: pete | September 24, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama as usual is late in his announcements and lacking in his commitment to the American people. While he is a presidential candidate he also has a duty to work on the most important finacial legislature since the depression. The American people will see him for what he is when it comes time to vote. He is all talk, uncommitted, manipulative, racist and inexperienced for the job he is seeking. Perhaps he and Reverend Wright can tour America and try to spread their poison message after he loses this election. Oh thats right. He gave up his hate church for the sake of votes. McCain Acts. Obama is out for HIMSELF. After today, I am now voting for McCain /Palin.

Posted by: S Denecker | September 24, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Funny, in the last election the polls showed Kerry quite a bit ahead of Bush, but Bush clobbered Kerry in the elections.

I've been a life long Democrat and I am tired of these Republicans stealing these elections.

Are these polls really telling the truth, or are the questions that these polls ask make it so that the answer favors the Dems and hide a little of the truth in it?

I don't want to be disappointed like I have been in the last two elections.

Posted by: John | September 24, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

McMoron is running scared- Its the Metastatic Melanoma And Alzheimer's that sets him apart. What a guy- Can't handle more then one thing at a time.

Posted by: anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats caused this mess.


In 2003, the Republicans wanted to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac... and the Democrats refused!


Here's the New York Times article from September 11, 2003.


http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E06E3D6123BF932A2575AC0A9659C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=1


There you have it.


Proof!


The Democrats DID NOT WANT to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac.


Note the Barney Frank quote on page 2 of the article. It's very revealing!


It was the Democrats who pushed for this deregulation -- because the liberals feared that regulations placed on Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac would deny home loans to poor minorities.


A vote for Obama in November is a vote for unprecedented financial DISASTER. You ain't seen nothing yet!


The Democrats caused this financial mess with their stupid deregulation of the mortgage industry via liberal policies of forcing lenders to lend to poor people who can't possibly pay back.


How can anyone trust the liberal snake-oil salesman, Obama?


Obama has no track record on economic matters. None! Nada!


Obama-nomics is all smoke and mirrors.


Obama has never run a business.
Obama has never run a city.
Obama has never run a state.


Obama has never run anything in his life -- not even his own campaign.


Obama is a FRAUD.

Posted by: mark | September 24, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain's choices ( canceling the campaign, choice for VP, etc ) have been surprising -- but the fact, that he's done these things is not.

He has often acted in an irrational and rash manner towards things without first consulting others and running rough-shod over processes for his own purposes...

Sound like any President we know?

Posted by: wolf | September 24, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

McMoron knows nothing of the nation's issues, and is an ignorant war monger.

He claims he is all for off-shore drilling and that he wants to end our dependency on foreign oil, however he wants to continue the war in Iraq so that we can have that countries oil. Don't say the war isn't about oil, because the supposed WMDs don't exist.

Hypocrite.

Posted by: Kevin | September 24, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

An "edge"? Suddenly the headline writer becomes a model of restraint? We must have headline credits, they are too important to continue in this manner free of accountability.

Posted by: zukermand | September 24, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

During the taping of tonight's show, Letterman told the audience that McCain had called him personally to apologize for standing him up and said he was rushing to the airport to get back to Washington. The late-night host called McCain “an honest-to-God hero,” and questioned why he needed to halt his campaign. Couldn’t his running mate, Sarah Palin, take over while he was in Washington? Letterman asked.

“I’m more than a little disappointed by John’s behavior,” he said. “Is he suspending the campaign. because there’s an economic crisis or his poll numbers are sliding?” “You don’t suspend your campaign,” Letterman added. “Do you suspend your campaign? No, because that makes me think, well, you know, maybe there will be other things down the road if he’s in the White House, he could just suspend being president. I mean, we've got a guy like that now!” And guess who would replace him?

Things got worse for McCain when Letterman, in the midst of interviewing substitute guest Keith Olbermann, learned that the GOP candidate was actually still in New York, about five blocks away at the CBS News headquarters, sitting down for a last-minute exclusive interview with Katie Couric.

Incredulous, Letterman interrupted his chat with Olbermann to show the audience a live shot on the internal CBS news feed of McCain getting touched up by a makeup artist as he waited to talk to Couric. “He doesn’t seem to be racing to the airport, does he?” Letterman said, shouting at the television monitor: “Hey John, Do you need a ride to the airport?”

Posted by: josh | September 24, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

My bad, I just read the transscripts. They said $750 billion - or a trillion."

Posted by: Deeva | September 24, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

McFraud!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Let's see. The Republicans control Congress for 14 of the last 16 years, doing the in-and-out with K Street. Republicans set fiscal policy from the White House for 20 of the last 28 years, and the one Dem elected is the only one to balance the books and leave us with a surplus. Republicans, when not actually urging their corporate buddies to pen legislation beneficial to their own special interests unerringly shout out for still more deregulation of the financial sector. Repub trickle down swindles, then impoverishes the hard working middle class, accounting for .01% of the Repubs and their buddies to earn more than the bottom 50%, thus creating the biggest wealth disparity since 1929. Bush demands we give dictatorial powers to Paulson, who, as CEO of Goldman Sachs personally supported and financially benefited to the tune of tens of millions from the deregulation of his industry, and who still owns its stock; and now, when the whole house of cards collapses because the Repubs have gifted their corporate jackal buds with the henhouse, after "I'm always for deregulation" John McCain just a few days ago once again defended his pro deregulation philosophy, and we're expected to pay the bill in full, while those who perpetrated this fraud and thievery sail away on golden parachutes—and there are still those of you who will vote Republican? Absolutely and utterly astounding. I thought Republicans stood for taking personal responsibility? Or do you only mean responsibility for the "little people?"

Posted by: ppotocky | September 24, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Magoo who's 72 is absolutely unfit to be president of this nation. We can't stand the last four years of W and WE BEGGED YOU NOT TO REELECT HIM. Do Not Elect McMoron. He doesn't microeconomics from macro from Mecca and he is a racist who told you he doesn't care who he kills if we control oil for America and said he's sorry he had to kill Iraqis and our kids for oil. People, I am a Vietnam War Air Force veteran, four years with a secret clearance and Republicans intentionally hid tax breaks in a war appropriations bill for the richest of the rich and a corporate war profits tax break in the Homeland Security Act at the same time creating the largest debt in history and calling those who didn't support mass murder traitors. Stop the bleeding and Vote Obama-Biden 08. Four more years of these Big Oil parasites will kill this nation and make stopping global warming unattainable. Choose wisely!

Posted by: bob II | September 24, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

The VETERAN Politician is SCARED!!

He needs a time out so he can figure out if the economy is still "FUNDAMENTALLY STRONG' and whether "THE PUBLIC ARE STILL A BUNCH OF WHINERS"

Why don't we 'TAKE AWAY THE CEO'S GOLDEN PARACHUTES AND LET THEM APPLY FOR WELFARE"!!!

McCain is all about smaller government, NO REGULATIONS, free reign of the market
but NOW THAT HE DESPERATELY WANTS TO BE POTUS

*Let's Bail out all those "old boys of the banking industry" for their MISTAKES
PROFITS ARE PRIVATE>>>>LOSSES ARE SOCIALIZED! YEAH!!

About the FAMOUS FRIDAY PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

* He will show up on Friday if he has the balls and say he is there because he has to be. Otherwise he would be in the capital solving the country's problems (though he doesnt know how many kitchens he has, how many cars he owns, or how much the gas for that plane his wife owns costs)

* If Obama had asked for time out oh the cries of "he is VOTING PRESENT" in the debate would be SOUNDING OUT OF FOX NEWS!!

What a bunch of nonsense.

Guess Palin needs a bigger skirt to hide him under during the debate...and she ALSO needs her debate moved so the "HOTTEST GOVERNOR" can study her geography to determine which other country she can see from a hill in Alaska and the names of the leaders she just met this week.

Posted by: Z | September 24, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

I am a lifelong Republican. I served proudly in the Navy.
I will NOT vote for McCain.

I am another Republican for OBAMA.

We simply cannot afford 4 more years of this; we cannot allow our place in the world, our place in history to continue to be squandered by bullies who would much rather a fight than a good sit down.

When McCain went on and on about new government regulations I thought for certain I had gone through the looking glass. He is the poster boy for deregulation.

My church brothers and sisters join me

More REPUBLICANS for OBAMA

-Stan
Indianapolis

Posted by: Stanley | September 24, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

I heard McCain tonight tell Katie Couric that the bailout was “$750 billion – um - $750 trillion.” Then a few minutes later, Palin said the same thing! They’re both totally incompetent.

Posted by: Deeva | September 24, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Mcain is the perfect anti-poster boy for his washed up party; an era that we and the youth vote, the future of this country, need to sweep away with yesterdays trash; racism, greed, dishonesty, and war mongering. there is a place for the old in our politics; if they show the wisdom that comes with age. Not the same old power grabbing bigots that have run this country into the biggest ditch we have ever known.
Mcain has been a foundation post of the rotten economic principles that has gotten us here and deserves the blame along with his party. Dont try to mimic populist, liberal, Democratic fixes, parrotting Obama on where to take this country. We know better. WE ARE NOT THAT STUPID.
Mr DeRegulator; go home.

Posted by: ukeman | September 24, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain, Win at any cost, desperate man.
For those of you who really think he has
your best interests in mind. Think again,
every calculated step of his campaign is
a stunt, he's a fraud,period.

Posted by: jp | September 24, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a Chicago political thug with a lot of Union money, and tremendous illegal foreign contributions collected from people who want America to brought to its knees.

He is unable to show he knows anything, has any judgment, or courage. He is the least qualified candidate in our history. He is nothing, stands for nothing, will only raise taxes, hurt the economy and make America the laughing stock of the world.

Bah, humbug.

Posted by: Arthur E. Lemay | September 24, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

YES, OBAMA BIDEN 08...!!!

Posted by: NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | September 24, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

the trolls are out in force. panic much?

Posted by: xian | September 24, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Obama, Pelosi and Reid, along with Charles "Taxman" rangel are a national disgrace. Despite the liberal media polls giving Obama a few extra polling points, McCain/Palin will win by 7 points.
Biden - America rejected him time and time again.... what's up with you, Obama?
McCain/Palin 2008
http://www.examiner.com/x-852-Atlanta-Civics-Examiner

Posted by: Larry Clifton | September 24, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

This Washington Post comment board needs a Moderator. Please be civil.

Posted by: Robbie | September 24, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

If +24 is headlined as "Polls Show.. 'Edge'" what would it take for him to have a very substantial lead?

Twenty four points is a blowout, IMHO.

Posted by: Ben Crawley | September 24, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

The country needs McCain back in Washington in the Senate.

The country needs Obama in the White House.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

The longer this goes on, the more surprised I am that anyone can possibly, honestly believe in McCain. Aren't you reading anything, or paying attention to anything on the news? No one is perfect, but McCain is so far out, it truly is frightening that there are people that embrace his beliefs...oops I mean Bush's beliefs..

Posted by: awake&aware | September 24, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

G D AMERICA!

Where's my Barry been?? He used to scream this with me when we both be at church!

Posted by: Jeramiah Wright | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

G D AMERICA!

Where's my Barry been?? He used to scream this with me when we both be at church!

Posted by: Jeramiah Wright | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

G D AMERICA!

Where's my Barry been?? He used to scream this with me when we both be at church!

Posted by: Jeramiah Wright | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Pain/Bush/Rove/Cheney in 2008!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Famous Quotes:

"When's the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the senate before he started running?"
--Bill Clinton

"When that phone rings, whether it's 3pm or 3am, in the white house, there is no time for speeches or on-the-job training."
--Hillary Clinton

"I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is, the presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."
--Joe Biden

Asked in a second interview days later...
"I stand by my statement."
--Joe Biden

"Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience. I will bring a lifetime of experience. And senator Obama will bring a speech that he gave in 2002."
--Hillary Clinton

"I am a believer in knowing what you're doing when you apply for a job. And I think that if I were to seriously consider running on the national ticket I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the senate. Now there are some people that might be comfortable doing that, but I'm not one of them."
--Barack Obama

Posted by: DNC | September 24, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Why is it you people can't see what a great leader Obama is! After all, he's going back to Washington to fix this economic mess... oh wait... no, that's McCain... Nevermind.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

McCain is being a Bush stooge again.

Obama is being a leader again.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

You know, I have voted democrat for as many years as I've been allowed to vote... but not this year.

Posted by: WasDemNowRep | September 24, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain +89 ability to tell lies.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

NObamas plan is the same as most other democrats... do as little work as possible. Someone will always be there to provide that welfare.

Posted by: BarryO | September 24, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: brock101 | September 24, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

McCain has nothing to worry about, if anything he can get a job at Hollywood as a stuntman. Notice that the latest stunt came just as his numbers were going down and the news got out about his campaign managers getting checks from Fannie and Freddie.

Posted by: thor | September 24, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Obama Leads on Economy. Well, Duh. Even McCain knows this. OK, maybe Palin doesn't.

Posted by: Donny | September 24, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

According to scientists, my monkey DNA is very similar to Obamas.

Posted by: circus monkey | September 24, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

So now that I've put you all in your place, I gots to go back to my place and pleasure myself to photos of NObama.

Posted by: brock101 | September 24, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

It is so obvious that McCain is one of the old guard here in the Senate. I think he should go back to Washington and suspend his campaign for ever.

http://www.boppoll.com

Obama '08

Posted by: Obama Nation Now! | September 24, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

This move by McCain makes him look weak. He looks scared. There is absolutely not ONE thing he can contribute to the resolution to the economic crisis. He has no say in it. It's like me wanting to put an end to abortion. I don't want it to exist but my opinion means nothing. (Prolife, conservative, democrat btw). I don't get what McCain is trying to accomplish. The debates are very important and McCain should not be running from them. He's better than that.

Posted by: Michelle | September 24, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Mark

McCain want a do over

lied about libbyist running his campaign

He admit he don't understand the economy

He panic and want to fire people that can't be fired by the president.

Impulsive behavior is like the last thing america need right now.

Voted against the leahy amendment 3292 war profiteering, and fraud.

Posted by: circus monkey | September 24, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

You mean "TOO little, TOO late"?

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

McCain is in over his head just like George Bush. Bush is a horrible leader. He knew about this for months. He got a lot of nerve trying to hide. Now McCain is doing the same thing.

Obama said what needs to happen

McCain want to go to D.C. to hide. He is a coward.

Bush said after 9/11 go shopping, now we are in panic mode.

Mcderegulater is now for regulation.

To little to late.

Posted by: brock101 | September 24, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a fraud.

When a crisis arrives that affects the American people, Obama wants to stage an unrelated debate (or vote "present").

McCain wants to act!

McCain is a leader.

McCain has America's priorities in order.

Obama does not.

Obama said, "Call me if you need me."

Obama is a follower, not a leader.

Posted by: Mark | September 24, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Just wait until the polling comes out after McCain actually DOES something about the economy and Obama simply fumes and stomps his feet in protest at U. of Mississippi ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

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