Friday’s top news… Why is John McCain comparing Barack Obama to Herbert Hoover? Why might Obama have handed McCain a potentially winning issue? How are Obama and Biden reacting to the “Joe the Plumber” phenomenon? We answer all those questions in the top news for Friday, October 17, 2008.
With Halloween just two weeks away and America enduring a nightmarish economic struggle, The Capitol Steps are here with their new hit “Monster Cash”. Steps star and co-founder Elaina Newport is with us.
Are 98 percent of small businesses really earning too little to face higher taxes under Barack Obama’s plan? Is that number even close? Is Obama’s working class tax cut plan really just a welfare program? What are some of the best features of Obama’s tax plan? And which candidate’s proposal would have the best news for middle class taxpayers? We get clear detailed analysis from Bill Beach, Director of the Center for Data Analysis at the Heritage Foundation.
Not long ago, Iraq’s violent and unstable Anbar Province was the poster child for the anti-war movement’s argument against the U.S. presence in Iraq. Now Anbar is secure to the point all U.S. Marines are scheduled to be out by the middle of November. So what changed? What made the difference in turning Anbar and most of Iraq in a dramatically positive direction? And who should get the lion’s share of the credit? We ask David Bellavia, an Iraq War veteran who fought in the brutal 2004 Battle of Fallujah in Anbar Province. He is also Vice Chairman and Founder of Vets for Freedom.
Politicians at the state and national levels have been pushing for mandatory universal health care, but the example of Hawaii may cause voters to reconsider. Why did Hawaii have to shut down its universal coverage for children? What are the cautionary lessons for federal leaders? And does the Obama plan or the McCain plan do a better job of avoiding this financial pitfall? We ask Grace-Marie Turner, President of the Galen Institute.
Why does John McCain believe he is the candidate of small businesses? How did Barack Obama respond to accusations he would create a possible depression by raising taxes on the wealthy and some small business owners? How has Obama ever bucked his party leadership? And why does Obama confuse Bush and McCain policies even though they differ on many? We discuss all of these issues in the top news for Thursday, October 16, 2008.
How did Barack Obama handle the Bill Ayers question on Wednesday? What are both candidates saying on the campaign trail today? What did the stock markets do on Thursday? We have all the answers as Thursday’s top news continues.
Did John McCain reverse any of the momentum moving against him in Wednesday’s debate? Why would Barack Obama’s tax plan be bad news for small business owners? And what is the Republican party doing to defend suddenly vulnerable House and Senate seats? We ask Alex Conant, National Press Secretary for the Republican National Committee.
By most accounts, John McCain delivered his best debate performance of the campaign Wednesday night. So why are Democrats confident that Barack Obama is even closer to winning the presidency? What helped him in this debate more than anything he actually said? What must Obama and Joe Biden do to hang onto their lead over the next 19 days? We ask Michael Lewan, longtime Democratic strategist and former Chief of Staff for Sen. Joe Lieberman.
John McCain and Barack Obama are deadlocked in North Carolina despite easy Republican wins in 2000 and 2004. Why is that? What are the dynamics in the very close governor’s race to replace term-limited Democrat Mike Easley? And why is Elizabeth Dole suddenly in trouble in her bid to win another term in the U.S. Senate? We ask Jim Morrill of The Charlotte Observer.