AC360° Senior Producer
It's the economy, smartypants.
John McCain and Barack Obama talked today about how to save an economy plagued by six straight months of job losses, a bear market, rampant foreclosures, teetering credit card debt, a sunken dollar and falling consumer confidence. Oh, and three quarters of Americans think we're in a recession, says a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll out today.
So... did you catch their econ plans, carried live on cable nets? What do you think?
Thing is, both candidates have been talking about solutions for a couple months. But it's not clear that either has gotten much traction among the public. It could be because people don't always like hearing about the economy when it's bad - or ever, for that matter.
McCain promised to boost job growth, especially among small businesses, and to target wasteful spending. He used to oppose the Bush tax cuts, but now wants to extend them. His campaign today touts his plan to balance the budget by 2013, but McCain himself didn't mention that in his speech.
Obama said the US must boost research, especially for alternative energy sources, keep jobs at home, and focus on protecting families' economic security. He said rebuilding the nation's infrastructure - schools, roads, brudges etc. - would create jobs.
And the two criticized each other.
Solutions? Vision? Sometimes you can find them in the details.
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