Obama Blasts the GOP Convention for Ignoring the Economy

ImageIf you were watching the Republican convention last night, you probably noticed that not a single speaker mentioned the economy. Barack Obama noticed, and blasted the Republicans today for ignoring the economy at their convention.

While campaigning in Ohio today, Obama said, “Which probably explains why last night when they were speaking, all these speakers (at the Republican National Convention) came up, you didn’t hear a single word about the economy. Not once did people mention the hardships that people are going through. I guess I don’t blame them, because if you don’t have any issues to run on, you want it all to be about personality. If you have got George Bush’s track record and John McCain voting 90 percent of the time in agreement with George Bush, then you probably you don’t want to talk about issues either.”

The McCain campaign has made a conscious decision that this convention is going to be about playing up McCain’s bio, and demonizing Barack Obama. They are going to ignore all of the other issues except national security and Iraq. It seems like the selection of Joe Biden by Obama has even taken foreign policy off of the table. Although, they are still trying to play up the experience angle, they have been hamstrung by the perception that very few people outside of the Republican Party actually believe that Sarah Palin is qualified to be president.

While people sitting at home watching this convention want to hear what John McCain is going to do about the number one issue in this election, they are getting hours of hearing about what a hero McCain is combined with what a risk it would be not to elect him. It is almost like the McCain campaign is trying to hold the worst convention possible. From an atmosphere that is funeral like at best, to a convention hall that is mostly empty, this is not a made for television event that is putting their candidate’s best foot forward.

Obama should be attacking McCain and the Republicans on the economy every single day. It is an issue that McCain wants to avoid, but it is on everyone’s minds. Obama needs to be reminding voters that McCain doesn’t know much about the economy, and he has picked a running mate that knows even less. I remember the Ronald Reagan conventions of the 1980’s. They were filled with youth, optimism, and an economic message, kind of like Denver was for Obama. In contrast, the McCain convention has been stale, old, and soul less, kind of like the man it will formally nominate on Thursday.

4 Replies to “Obama Blasts the GOP Convention for Ignoring the Economy”

  1. Remember when a reporter asked President Bush about $4 Gas and he looked stunned and said he hadn’t heard that? Remember when Bush tried to say we were not in a recession and the economy is strong?

    Remember McCain saying he didn’t know how to send an email? Remember when McCain was asked how many houses he and his wife owned and he wasn’t even sure?

    These guys are so out of toch with the pulse of the nation. They do not know what the common man feels or what he is dealing with. These guys only know and answer to Big Business.

  2. Do you belive the John McCain cares about you?
    ………. Think again!………….
    When John McCain entered the senate minimum wage was $3.35. In 26 years John McCain had the opportunity to vote 18 times to help raise the standard of living for the neediest Americans. He voted 18 times against raising the minimum wage. Why should that matter to you, because all salaries start with the minimum wage baseline.

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