Republican candidates criticize Obama's tax plans during stop in Ohio

Erin Pustay

Ohio remains one of the central cogs in an electorate machine that could still propel Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, to the White House.

Right now, the numbers look grim. The climb looks steep. But both McCain and Palin said they are ready for the fight and ready for a victory.

“Don’t give up. Have hope,” McCain called from the stage at a rally at Green High School on Wednesday. “Stand up for what’s right. ... Stand up and fight for our country.”

According to recent blog posts on, Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama enjoys a slight edge over McCain in Ohio (50 to 46 percent) in a poll that surveys likely voters.

“This election is going to come right down to the wire,” Palin said, noting they are not giving up. “This is where the rubber meets the road. Your support will put us on the road to victory.”

Hartville resident Theresa Eckelberry was one of about 10,000 people who attended the Green rally to prove that the McCain-Palin campaign is rolling steadily forward.

“All you see in the news – depending on what news you watch or what newspaper you read – is that they are done and buried,” Eckelberry said. “It’s not over yet.”

During her stump speech, Palin continued to hammer Obama’s tax plan, noting that he plans to raise taxes during an economic recession. It’s a recipe she believes could lead to a depression.

“You have a real choice when it comes to taxes,” Palin said. “John McCain and I are for a real tax credit that takes less of your earnings in the first place.”

According to Palin, the McCain tax plan would lower income tax rates, double the tax deductions families receive for children, cut the capital gains tax and cut business taxes “so we can keep American business in America” and “keep American money in America.”

McCain, later, continued to take Obama’s tax plan to task.

“(Obama) is more concerned about creating a tax plan that is ‘fair,’” McCain said, “rather than a plan that creates jobs and grows the economy.”

Obama’s plan, McCain pointed out, will cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans and provide a tax credit to 40 percent of Americans who do not pay taxes. To fund that plan, McCain said that Obama will raise taxes on the country’s wealthiest and most successful businesses – including small business.

“A sudden tax hike will kill jobs at a time when America needs more jobs,” McCain said. “Sarah Palin and I will not let that happen ... (because) in this country we believe in spreading opportunity for those who need jobs and helping those who can create them.”

Palin and McCain thundered the belief that America needs break its reliance on foreign oil if it is going to get ahead in a growing global market. They called for Americans to tap natural resources we have at home and invest in alternative energies including clean coal and nuclear power.

“Drill, baby, drill and mine, baby, mine,” Palin said. “America is not the problem; it’s the solution.”

Above all else, McCain made one message clear: From the moment he walks into the oval office, he will be ready to lead. Making reference to a comment by Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., McCain said that he will not be bullied by foreign powers who look to test the next president. McCain said he has the wisdom and judgment to take America into the best years it has ever seen.

“I will not be a president that needs to be tested, I have been tested,” McCain said making reference to his military service. “We can’t spend the next four years like we have the last eight years – looking for luck to change things at home and abroad. We need a new direction and we have to fight for it.”

The Independent