Obama Camp: McCain Gun-shy on Economy
Before Sen. John McCain finished his new stump speech Monday, the Obama campaign had already upbraided the GOP nominee for scuttling plans to outline new economic policies.
“Less than 12 hours after his campaign announced that Sen. McCain would finally have some new ideas on the economy, he decided that it was more important to give a new political speech about where he is in the polls,” said Obama spokesperson Dan Pfeiffer on Monday morning, refering to a New York Times report about how “internal confusion” left the McCain campaign gun-shy on a new economic platform.
Pfeiffer painted a picture of a poll-driven McCain in contrast to an Obama animated by populism.
“Barack Obama will continue to bring his message of change to every corner of this country, which is why he’s talking today about his new plan to provide immediate relief to struggling families and homeowners, jump-start job creation in America, and ease the credit crisis that’s hurting too many businesses.”
Listen closely. This contrast has faint echoes of last week’s attack by the Obama campaign that McCain was avoiding criticizing the Illinois senator “to his face.”
The storyline is that McCain just won’t step up — neither to his opponent nor the economic problems hurting the nation.