Barack Obama and John McCain Spar Over the Economy...and Michigan

June 17, 2008

After almost a year long absence from Michigan, Barack Obama is reaching out to voters in that state by focusing on the economy.

Michigan has taken a big hit in this economic downturn. But, John McCain argues that idea will come with a big price tag that will be paid for by raising taxes.

Michigan voters are still getting to know Obama, because he never campaigned there in the primaries. Analysts say that's why he picked the state to announce endorsements from two top democrats: John Edwards, and most recently, Al Gore.

Obama also hopes to convince Michigan voters that he's the best candidate to rebuild the battered economy.

"We cant wait to fix our schools, we cant wait to fix our health care system, we cant wait to bring back good jobs back to Michigan," said Obama.

The recent economic slump has hit Michigan hard. Gas prices soaring above $4 a gallon has especially hurt the auto industry in the state.

Obama is pushing his economic plans, because he hopes to win over blue-collar workers, who are worried about their jobs.

However, John McCain says his opponent's proposals would spell disaster for states like Michigan. The Arizona Republican is telling voters that Obama's message of change will translate into tax increases.

McCain is also fighting back against Obama's claim that a McCain administration would equal four more years of George Bush's policies.

McCain said, "I voted against the Bush energy bill. Senator Obama voted for it. It's full of good deals and tax breaks for oil companies."

The votes cast in Michigan come November will be critical ones. When those voters head to the polls, they'll have to choose between McCain's warnings, and Obama's promises.

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