October 7, 2008
THE GLOVES ARE OFF.
As we near this evening Presidential debate, John McCain is under pressure to rescue his White House ambitions with just four weeks from election day. The debate scheduled for tonight gives McCain a chance to land a momentum blow to transform a campaign which has tipped towards Obama, mostly due to voters blaming Republicans for the economic turmoil.
Yahoo! News is reporting that The McCain camp has made a strategic turn in the run-up to the debate, deciding to attack Obama's character and suggesting he did not share basic American values. Obama's chief strategist David Axelrod characterized it as McCain "has signaled to his supporters that he is going to be very aggressive in this debate, that he is going to take the gloves off."
If there was ever a Presidential debate to watch, this is it as Americans want blood and this is likely to be a turning point for either candidate.
Obama is likely to continue linking McCain to the Bush administration by reminding viewers at home of the market melted down taking place on the GOP watch. After all, the old James Carville's maxim of "it's the economy stupid" -- which helped cement Bill Clinton into office in 1992 -- will likely prove to be true the strongest foothold and the Democrats are likely to exploit it.