At a rally in Denver, CO, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will seize on comment by John McCain this morning on Meet the Press that he and George W. Bush share a common philosophy.
Today on Meet the Press, McCain said, “Do I share a common philosophy of the Republican Party with George Bush? Sure I do.” Obama’s reply will be, “But then, just this morning, Senator McCain said that he and President Bush – “share a common philosophy.” That’s right, Colorado. I guess that was John McCain finally giving us a little straight talk, and owning up to the fact that he and George Bush actually have a whole lot in common.”
Then he will link McCain and Bush again, “Well, we know what the Bush-McCain philosophy looks like. It’s a philosophy that says we should give more and more to folks at the top and hope that it trickles down. It’s a philosophy that gives tax breaks to wealthy CEOs and to corporations that ship jobs overseas while hundreds of thousands of jobs are disappearing here at home. It’s a philosophy that justifies spending $10 billion a month in Iraq while the Iraqi government sits on a huge surplus and our economy is in crisis.”
Obama will also make his pitch for change, “For eight years, we’ve seen the Bush-McCain philosophy put our country on the wrong track, and we cannot have another four years that look just like the last eight. It’s time for change in Washington, and that’s why I’m running for President of the United States.” The problem that McCain has is that he can’t on one hand distance himself from Bush, but acknowledge that he has voted with Bush 90% of the time.
Linking McCain to Bush and talking about the economy for the next 9 days is the winning formula for Obama. There have two consistent truths in this race, people are sick of George W. Bush, and they are worried sick about the economy. McCain can make his delusional claim that he is going to win this race, and I expect that the polls will tighten a bit, but a campaign that has no message or money and also seems to be at war with itself is not the type that usually pulls out comeback victories days before Election Day.