Posts Tagged ‘Presidential Debate’

The Bailout Plan: Points For Obama

October 8, 2008

I give a lot of credit to Barack Obama for explaining the rationale for the financial rescue plan in a straight forward way.

McCain’s Economic Answer

October 8, 2008

Two parts of John McCain’s answer on the economy failed to resonate. He spoke of the needs to make America energy independent and to curb Washington spending, neither of which address the scope of the current financial crisis. I did like his suggestion of addressing the basic home prices for ordinary Americans. This seemed to be an attempt to come up with a proposal relevant to voters. While I’m not sure I understand the substance of his vague proposal, he deserves points for devising an appeal to the average American.

Tonight’s Debate

October 8, 2008

I’ll be looking at one issue, and one issue only, at tonight’s debate: whether John McCain can connect with undecided voters on the economy. I’ll be thinking of the 1992 town meeting when Bill Clinton clinched the presidency. While Clinton successfully channelled America’s economic angst during our last recession, President Bush appeared entirely disengaged, even glancing at his watch.

Barring an unexpected colossal gaffe on Barack Obama’s part, McCain wins tonight not by attacking Obama on Rev. Wright or William Ayers. Only by showing Americans he feels our pain and has a plan to salve it can he claim a victory.