McCain Pulls Away from Bush, Obama Pulls Away in the Polls - Black Enterprise

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Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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Today, Sen. Barack Obama is giving what his campaign describes as the closing arguments for his candidacy to voters in Canton, Ohio. As he wraps up his campaign in the final eight days before Election Day, he also plans to air a 30-minute television program during primetime on CBS and NBC simultaneously at a cost of $1 million each.

Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain distanced himself from President George W. Bush after a meeting with economic and business leaders in Cleveland, Ohio. “We both disagree with President Bush on economic policy,” said McCain referring to Obama. “The difference is that he thinks taxes have been too low, and I think that spending has been too high.”

Also today the McCain campaign released “Life Savings” an ad that highlights his differences with Obama on taxes. McCain is steadily trying to position himself as the candidate with the answers to solve the nation’s economic and employment problems. He is simultaneously pushing the message that Obama will tax Americans more in order to pay for more government spending.

“I will create millions of high-paying jobs through tax cuts that spur economic growth — particularly for the small businesses which create 70% of all new jobs in this country,” said McCain.

Accounts from about internal strife within the Republican ticket suggest that Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin is trying to distance herself from McCain because his handlers botched her vice presidential rollout and tarnished her public image.

After speeches in Ohio, Obama will travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, later on Monday. Tuesday he will venture over to Virigina, another battleground state with 13 electoral votes up for grabs.

Bush won Virginia in 2004, but recent elections have trended towards Democrats. Two Monday polls had Obama ahead in Virginia by seven and eight points, although earlier polls have showed a narrower margin, reports Reuters. A set of Reuters/Zogby polls on Monday showed Obama ahead in five out of eight crucial battleground states and McCain with a lead in two. In Florida, the largest of the states up for grabs with 27 electoral college votes, the race was dead even.

Obama’s lead may be attributed to the comparisons he makes between McCain and President George W. Bush. He is relying heavily on the idea that even red states that voted for Bush in 2004 are unhappy with his administration and don’t want the same results for the next four years.

“After 21 months and three debates, Sen. McCain still has not been able to tell the American people a single major thing he’d do differently from President George Bush when it comes to the economy,” said Obama in his Canton speech.

Another red state up for grabs is North Carolina with 15 electoral votes. Sen. Joe Biden will be in Greensboro and Greenville, North Carolina, today and then travels to Florida. North Carolina might be a tough

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.