As the final presidential debate began on Wednesday night, one of the opening questions led to both Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain, speaking to the tax situation of U.S. citizen “Joe Plumber” and his efforts to achieve a goal of business ownership in America in the current state of the economy.
Both Republican Candidate McCain and Democratic Candidate Obama spoke of their tax proposals that each alleges would be beneficial for assisting “Joe Plumber” who expressed concerns that their plans might place additional financial constraints on his ability to finance his business.
As the debate continued, among the many topics of discussion was whether each felt they could balance the budget in four years. McCain replied “sure I do” before stating to Obama, who subsequently compared his policies with those of the current Administration “Senator Obama I am not President Bush.”
In reference to the controversy surrounding each other’s party campaigns, Senator McCain responded with “I think the tone of this campaign could have been very different” followed by Senator Obama’s response of “I think the American people are less interested in our [Obama’s McCain’s] hurt feelings… all they see is a tit for tat and what they want is the ability to focus on the challenges we face now.”