the bones substantively.
His principle message has been about political reform, but at the end of the day voters want to know how he’s going to put meat and potatoes on the table,” Epstein says. “Republicans will cast him as being too far left and inexperienced.” McCain, he adds, needs to strengthen his economic message.
“The framework of the campaign is pretty clear. Obama’s strength is on economic issues and McCain’s strength is on foreign policy issues,” Epstein says. “One aspect of the summer campaign is going to be the extent to which one candidate can claim some of the territory that the other campaign has staked out.”
The Obama campaign announced over the weekend that the candidate is planning a trip to Europe and the Middle East, which will include a stop in Iraq. “And we’re going to see McCain talking more about solutions for the economy,” Corrado says.