It seems Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain are talking about only one thing these days -- the economy. Polls show it is the issue that Americans care about the most.
With Election Day just three weeks away, both candidates are presenting their plans to turn things around.
"We cannot spend the next four years as we have spent much of the last eight -- waiting for our luck to change," McCain said while announcing his plan to rescue the nation's floundering economy.
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Eyewitness News spoke to McCain on Tuesday morning via satellite. Daybreak anchors Scott Wickersham and Natalie Pasquarella asked how his plan would directly affect people in the Carolinas.
“We want to have a program where the government buys bad mortgages and goes back and renegotiates with homeowners at the new values of homes, at payments they can afford, and keep families in their homes, and realize the American dream,” McCain said.
McCain also wants to eliminate taxes on unemployment benefits. And, he plans to encourage investing by cutting in half the tax rate on capital gains.
Obama's plan, announced Monday, would create a 90-day moratorium on home foreclosures at some banks. He also wants to create a two-year tax break for businesses that create jobs.
Obama did not speak Tuesday publicly Tuesday, but mayors from across North Carolina were in Charlotte to show their support for him.
Former North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt spoke on their behalf.
“All of us are behind him to make him the president of the United States. We are pledging to help him carry North Carolina,” Hunt said.
The economy is likely to be a big focus at Wednesday night's presidential debate, the final debate before the election.
Eyewitness News asked McCain about rumors he planned to visit Charlotte for a rally this weekend. He said he will be back to the Queen City, but his schedule is always changing.
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