DNC – McCain Watch: McCain’s Enthusiasm Gap

2008-08-13 09:50:00

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 /EMWNews/ -- The following was

released by the Democratic National Committee:


    As he visits Michigan today, John McCain finds himself at a

particularly low point in his candidacy. In a year when the country is

looking for change, McCain has embraced the failed policies of George W.

Bush and same old politics as Karl Rove, leaving him struggling to win

Americans' support -- even within his own party.

    McCain continues to struggle with an enthusiasm gap among his

supporters, and now he is also weathering the defection of leading members

of his own party. Only three of 12 Republican candidates in competitive

Senate races have agreed to come to the Republican convention, and

yesterday several prominent Republicans -- including former Representative

Jim Leach of Iowa and former Senator Lincoln Chaffee of Rhode Island --

joined a "Republicans for Obama" call. Representative Leach said that "The

prospect that we'll have more of the same -- that is the source of angst of

many Republicans around the country."



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    As his policies and negative politics fall flat among all Americans,

McCain will face a particularly unenthusiastic audience in Michigan, where

McCain means four more years of decreasing incomes and rising unemployment.

Since Bush took office, median income is down nearly 12 percent in Michigan

-- a loss of income of more than $6,000 per household. Bush-McCain economic

policies have already cost Michigan nearly 180,000 jobs, and now Michigan

has the highest unemployment rate in the country at 8.5 percent.



    Income Down 11.9%. Median household income in Michigan has decreased

from $54,516 in 2000 to $48,043 in 2006, a decrease of $6,473 per

household, or 11.9%. [Joint Economic Committee Fact Sheet, 8/29/07, (Bureau

of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce), jec.senate.gov]

    Unemployed Up 74% in Michigan. The number of unemployed workers in

Michigan has increased by 74% under President Bush. The number of

unemployed has gone up from 243,604 in January of 2001 and preliminary

figures for June of 2008 are 423,401, an increase of 179,797 workers. The

unemployment rate has similarly increased from 4.7% to 8.5% -- the HIGHEST

unemployment rate in the nation. [Local Area Unemployed Statistics,

(Seasonally Adjusted), Bureau of Labor Statistics, accessed 7/25/08,



    Prominent Republicans Say Prospect of More of the Same Causes Angst for

Republicans. As reported by MSNBC in First Read, on the "Republicans for

Obama" conference call held that day, "Leach, Chafee, and Hauser cited the

presidential hopeful's approach to foreign policy and to the economy as

reasons for supporting him over McCain, saying the Arizona senator would

continue Bush Administration policies -- from the war in Iraq to an

unwillingness to engage enemies in direct diplomacy -- that have hurt

America's standing in the world and its financial stability. Chafee said

we've seen our credibility shattered over the last eight years. Added

Leach: The prospect that we'll have more of the same -- that is the source

of angst of many Republicans around the country." [MSNBC, 8/12/08]

    Former Bush Fundraiser and White House Intelligence Advisor Endorses

Obama. From AFP, "Hauser is a New York philanthropist who was a financial

backer for Bush in 2000 and served as a White House intelligence adviser,

but then endorsed Democrat John Kerry in 2004 owing to her opposition to

the Iraq war. 'It's difficult to walk away from your party's nominee but

you have to put your country first,' she said, adding that Obama appeals to

'millions of Republicans and former Republicans.'" [AFP, 8/12/08]

    Republicans and McCain in Particular Have "Alienated" Conservatives.

From the Contra Coast Times, "Partly what is going on is that, in recent

years, the Congressional Republicans in general and Sen. John McCain in

particular have so alienated so many conservatives that some of these

conservatives are like a drowning man grasping at a straw." [Contra Coast

Times, 7/22/08]

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http://www.democrats.org. This communication is not authorized by any candidate or

candidate's committee.

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