obama, hammering the economy, gives specifics

Obama’s a smart guy. He knows that he wins if this election is about the economy, and he’s not going to let the current crisis on Wall Street pass without making good use of it. To keep it front and center, he’s releasing an ambitious new ad today that will be aired in swing states. The setup is simple. It’s just a single shot of Obama looking into the camera and talking, like so many alienated teens on YouTube. It’s not slick. It’s personal. It’s reassuring. It’s honest, while offering hope. At two minutes in length, I imagine it’s going to cost the campaign a fortune to run on the networks, but I guess that’s why we’re sending Obama a few million dollars a day… Here’s some of what Obama has to say in the ad:

…Here’s what I believe we need to do. Reform our tax system to give a $1,000 tax break to the middle class instead of showering more on oil companies and corporations that outsource our jobs. End the ‘anything goes’ culture on Wall Street with real regulation that protects your investments and pensions. Fast track a plan for energy ‘made-in-America’ that will free us from our dependence on mid-east oil in 10 years and put millions of Americans to work. Crack down on lobbyists — once and for all — so their back-room deal-making no longer drowns out the voices of the middle class and undermines our common interests as Americans.

And yes, bring a responsible end to this war in Iraq so we stop spending billions each month rebuilding their country when we should be rebuilding ours. Doing these things won’t be easy. But we’re Americans. We’ve met tough challenges before. And we can again. I’m Barack Obama. I hope you’ll read my economic plan. I approved this message because bitter, partisan fights and outworn ideas of the left and the right won’t solve the problems we face today. But a new spirit of unity and shared responsibility will…

Good stuff, right?

And here’s the video:

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  1. Robert
    Posted September 18, 2008 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Early signs are that McCain is taking a lot of damage on the economy issue. His numbers are coming back down significantly.

    Obama’s back up in Ohio, Wisconsin, and even North Carolina. It appears that many folks aren’t buying McCain’s attempts to distance himself from himself.

    The Dow recovered 410 points today, but is still down around 500 for the week. It will be interesting to see if it was McCain’s comments or the market itself which delivered the brunt of the hit to him.

  2. Old Goat
    Posted September 18, 2008 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    McCain: The “10% Maverick!”

  3. Brackache
    Posted September 18, 2008 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Ron Paul’s version of recent economic events.

    Sorry guys.

    I hate annoying Ron Paul youtube posts as much as the next guy and I’ll try to keep it down. I just thought, seeing as how he’s been predicting this shit for years, maybe it’d tickle someone’s brain to hear his take on it.


  4. Robert
    Posted September 19, 2008 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Have you watched McCain reading his stump speeches lately? He hardly looks up from his 3 by 5 cards, he’s so unfamiliar with what’s supposedly his own material. Some “straight talk express” he is. We’re still a month and a half out from election day and McCain is looking tired, disinterested and unprepared. Wow, that’s exactly what I look for in a president. No wonder even a pathetic VP choice like Palin can appear to energize rallies.

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