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McCain calls for creating wealth, not spreading it around

Posted October 28, 2008
Updated October 29, 2008

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— In his third visit to North Carolina in two weeks, Republican presidential candidate John McCain told a Fayetteville Tuesday evening that he would create wealth and opportunity for Americans and not try to spread the wealth across the country.

McCain criticized the economic policies of his opponent, Barack Obama, saying the Democrat wants to be "redistributionist-in-chief" instead of commander-in-chief.

In response to a question from an Ohio man – now famously known as "Joe the plumber" – at a campaign appearance a couple of weeks ago, Obama said he wanted to "spread the wealth around" by taxing the wealthy and large companies and providing more services for lower-income Americans.

"He's more interested in controlling wealth than creating it. ... I'm going to create wealth for all Americans by creating opportunity for all Americans," McCain told a cheering crowd at Crown Coliseum. "Sen. Obama is running to punish the successful. I'm going to make everyone successful."

McCain again tried to distance himself from the unpopular President George W. Bush, saying the country has waited for eight years for its luck to change. With the sluggish economy and chaos in the mortgage and financial industries, he said, the U.S. can't afford to continue waiting.

"We have to act. We need a new direction, and we have to fight for it," he said.

Obama would work with a Democratic-controlled Congress to raise taxes on middle-class Americans, he said, while he would work to rein in government spending, including vetoing all pork-barrel spending.

Making his first appearance in Fayetteville since the 1990s, McCain also vowed to win the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Responding to chants of "drill, baby, drill," he said his energy policy would include offshore exploration for oil and natural gas.

"We'll invest in all energy alternatives," he said. "We'll lower the cost of energy within six months, and we'll create millions of new jobs."

Country music star Hank Williams Jr. warmed up the crowd for the rally, and U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge appeared with McCain.

Tuesday marks the third day in a four-day stretch that will see all four candidates on the Democratic and Republican presidential tickets appear in North Carolina.

McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, spoke in Asheville Sunday, while her Democratic counterpart, U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, visited Greenville Monday. Obama is scheduled to hold a rally in downtown Raleigh Wednesday morning, and his wife, Michelle Obama, is expected to attend a public event in Rocky Mount and a private one in Fayetteville.

Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr, a former congressman from Georgia, also visited the state Tuesday, making a speech at Duke University.

The heavy campaigning indicates the urgency of winning North Carolina and its 15 electoral votes.

North Carolina has not voted for a Democrat since 1976, but a WRAL News poll released Monday shows Obama and McCain in a dead heat, with each candidate garnering 47 percent of the vote.

Noting many national pundits are predicting an Obama victory on Election Day, McCain urged supporters to head to the polls and stage an upset.

"I believe you should finish the race before starting your victory lap," he said. "We're going to win here on Nov. 4, and we're going to bring real change to Washington."

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  • news4u Oct 29, 2008

    JUST THE FACTS MA'AME:

    9-11 occurred when Clinton(D) failed to capture bin Laden in the 90's. Job losses - Clinton(D) signed NAFTA into law in 94. Gas was $1.25/Gallon in '04 (Republican controlled Congress) then in '06 prices went up reached record highs in '08 (Democratic controlled Congress).

    In 1999 Clinton signed into law a sweeping overhaul of Depression-era banking laws. The measure lifts barriers in the industry and allows banks, securities firms and insurance companies to merge and to sell each other's products.
    The bill repeals parts of the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act and the 1956 Bank Holding Company Act.

    People who couldn't qualify to buy homes were now in the Sub-Prime market.

    ''This legislation is truly historic,'' President Clinton told a packed audience of lawmakers and top financial regulators. ''We have done right by the American people.''

    Oct '08 - The chickens come home to roost and the Republicans get blamed!

  • R.O.BdaCZAR Oct 29, 2008

    Creating not spreading? You want to scare old rich white guys say, "redistribution of wealth." It doesn't mean take away from them, but does mean take your foot off the throat of those who have not accumulated 4 or 5 generations of real property(appreciates over time), assests, and cash. Its no way monetarily the lower and middle class will surpass the wealthy, but it will decrease their dependency upon the wealthy. That is the equivalent of dying to the wealthy.

  • Leftwing Oct 29, 2008

    Thank goodness for John McCain. I want to keep my hard earned "wealth" that is generated from my grandparents and parents work ethics. Hard work, schooling will get you there. Pull up your big boy pants and deal with me making more than you and wanting to keep it.

  • foetine Oct 29, 2008

    John McCain only cares about John McCain. He's a rat. He told his Vietnamese captures who his father was. He lied about his real relationship with Charles Keating to save his senate seat. He lied to his wife and children in order to carry on an affair with a rich 24 year old cheerleader. He mocks celebrities, but begged to host Saturday Night Live. He brags about knowing how to win wars, but can't mention which ones.

    Ronald Reagan hated McCain for what he did to his first wife.

  • QC Oct 29, 2008

    From Mr. McCain himself:

    Please send to friends, family, and anyone else you think may need it:

    http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/10/29/75840/021/278/645519

  • NO_COMMENT11235813 Oct 29, 2008

    I personally see McCain as anti American worker. His deregualtion and free trade policies will only hurt the Middle Class.

    Companies will offshore more work , and layoff more amaericans so they can compete with foriegn coutnries labor forces. If you are a fry cook or a hotel conceirge, you might be in ok shape, but if you are an engineer,lawer, machinest, farmer , lab clinician, middle management, or other related field, you are going to suffer from wage depression, or loss of a job under McCain

    destewart-2
    If you say Obama is anti-american for consorting with a religious person, who he has stated he disagrees with, then you must be more concenred about religion than your job in this election.

  • NO_COMMENT11235813 Oct 29, 2008

    rushbot-- go see my 2:14 for reference of your 2:19.

    I was referring to one person and their ignorant and racist views.

    This race should be about issues, and not racist character debates by Joe Redneck, MC mg Thug

  • Weetie Oct 29, 2008

    McCain wants to make the rich richer and keep the poor struggling.

  • rushbot Oct 29, 2008

    Dear Mr/Ms NC_interest, please refer to my 2:19 comment for help with your 2:14 comment!

  • WRAL is joe_dirt Oct 29, 2008

    "IF YOU'RE NOT FOR ME, YOU MUST BE AGAINST ME" Famous last words indeed!

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