Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Obama opens up nine-point lead over McCain

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows Sen. Barack Obama's lead over Sen. John McCain growing as confidence in the economy falls.

The nine-point lead is formidable and Obamaa's performance in this Friday's debate could send him into double-digits over McCain with about five weeks to go. The economy is going to struggle for at least the next 12 months, so the issue will not go away.

McCain's only chance is to come out forcefully against any bailout plan in the Friday debate for Wall Street and ask that any money be directed right to the people with the bad mortgages. That populist -- and correct -- push would turn voters and address their anger over this situation. Congress at the earliest will not vote on any plan until a week from today.

McCain had better take a definite side. His record of being in Washington for the past 25 years as lawmakers deregulated the financial industry hurts his credibility.

If he doesn't come out againt the current bailout plan, McCain's chances to win in November will fall. But don't count him out. National security could top voter minds if something happens on the terrorist front or Israel bombs Iran. In addition, North Korea now is no longer cooperating with the world community to dismantle its nuclear program. One missile test could put that nation back in the headlines.

To read more about the poll, go to:

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