Ooops! Someone at Obama HQ goofed big time. They mistakenly released the talking points early.
The points reveal how eager the Obama camp is to raise the expectations for McCain in this last debate. Their message is McCain is “erratic”, this is last and only opportunity McCain has to turn the race around, and McCain will go on the attack because he’s a dishonorable guy.
“Reminder: These are for staff only and not for distribution,” warns the email.
And then, the spin, accidentally sent to reporters this morning.
“* This is John McCain’s last chance to turn this race around and somehow convince the American people that his erratic response to this economic crisis doesn’t disqualify him from being President.
“* Just this weekend the weekend, John McCain vowed to ‘whip Obama’s you-know-what’ at the debate, and he’s indicated that he’ll be bringing up Bill Ayers to try to distract voters.
“* So we know that Senator McCain will come ready to attack Barack Obama and bring his dishonorable campaign tactics to the debate stage.
“Obama continues to lead on the economic crisis with a rescue plan for Main Street.
“Over the course of the campaign, Barack Obama has laid out a set of policies that will grow our middle class and strengthen our economy.
“But he knows we face an immediate economic emergency that requires urgent action – on top of the plans he’s already laid out – to help workers and families and communities struggling right now.
“That’s why Barack Obama is introducing a comprehensive four-part Rescue Plan for the Middle Class – to immediately to stabilize our financial system, provide relief to families and communities, and help struggling homeowners.
“This is a plan that can and should be implemented immediately.
“Obama has shown steady leadership during this crisis and offered concrete solutions to move the country forward – and his Rescue Plan for the Middle Class builds on the plans to strengthen the economy and rebuild the middle class that he’s laid out over the course of this campaign.
“Already in this campaign, he’s unveiled plans to give 95 percent of workers and their families a tax cut, eliminate income taxes for seniors making under $50,000, bring down the cost of health care for families and businesses; and create millions of new jobs by investing in the renewable energy sources.
“John McCain has been erratic and unsteady since this crisis began – staggering from position to position and trying to change the subject away from the economy by launching false character attacks.”
Call me crazy, but I don’t buy the polls that say one candidate is ahead of another. It doesn’t matter to me which candidate the polls favor, I don’t bank on them because people are tricky. They’ll tell you one thing and then act in a completely different way in the voting booth. We’ve seen this in election after election. While I find polls fun for speculation, they’re not worth getting worked up about since they are highly unreliable in actually predicting the winner. The only way to know who will win is to wait until the votes are all counted. Tonight will not be the ‘last chance’ for either candidate to turn this around. Many things can still happen over the next 20 days to turn this election on its head yet again.
As to the erratic talking point- please, McCain is no more erratic than flip-flopper Obama has proven to be.
Now for the final point- McCain attacking Obama. I know many hope he’ll go full steam ahead aiming for Obama’s throat. I hope McCain does NOT go that route. I’m sick of these two snipping at each other. I know Obama is an empty suit who promises ‘hope’ and ‘change’ but has never delivered on that for his constituents. I know Obama has scary friends and associates. His judgement is flawed and he’s just as old style politics as every other candidate. I don’t need McCain to tell me what I already know.
What I want to see tonight is the gracious character of someone who deserves to have the title of President. I want to see leadership that inspires me to believe we’re going to be OK as a nation and we’re going to be led by a person with integrity. Someone who wants a better country than we’ve experienced under Bush and will make the tough choices to get us out of the hole we’re currently in now. I know that leader is not Obama. I don’t know if it’s McCain, but I’m willing to listen to him if he can show me he is above the petty political garbage tonight.