While speaking in Abington, PA today, Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama talked about jobs, the criticism from McCain/Palin that the Obama economic plan would kill jobs. Obama said that the McCain camp know something about killing jobs, because their policies kill jobs every day.
“You know, there were a lot of noteworthy moments in that debate, but there’s one that sticks out this morning. It’s when Governor Palin said to Joe Biden that our plan to get our economy out of the ditch was somehow a job killing plan. I wonder if she turned on the news this morning,” Obama said.
He then hit McCain on the economy again, and talked about the new jobs numbers, “Because it was just reported that America has experienced its ninth straight month of job loss. Just since January, we’ve lost more than 750,000 jobs across America, 7,000 in Pennsylvania alone. This is the economy that John McCain said – just two weeks ago – was fundamentally strong. This is the economy that my opponent said made great progress under the policies of George W. Bush. And those are the economic policies that he proposes to continue for another four years.”
The Democrat accused the policies McCain supports of killing jobs everyday, “So when Senator McCain and his running mate talk about job killing, that’s something they know a thing or two about. Because the policies they’re supporting are killing jobs every single day.” This is there language of politics in states like Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Even the Republicans in Pennsylvania talk about job creation. The economy in general is the big issues, but the economic discussion centers around jobs.
The reason why the McCain campaign is failing in each of these states is because they talk about jobs, but don’t speak the language of jobs. John McCain talks about jobs, small businesses, and tax cuts. The people in these states know that tax cuts don’t create permanent jobs in their states. Pennsylvania has been using tax cuts for decades, only to see companies move here for the duration of the tax cut then leave. The state already has a low business tax rate, but in Central and Western Pennsylvania the jobs still go away.
McCain hasn’t gained the trust of these voters to handle the economy. He pulled out of Michigan yesterday, and I would not be all that shocked if he cut back his resources in Pennsylvania before Election Day, and concentrated on Ohio. There has not been a single poll that showed McCain winning in Pennsylvania, and it is because Obama speaks the language of jobs that he is likely to win this state.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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