Meet the Press – NBC

John McCain sat down with Tom Brokaw on Meet the Press, where he again attempted to disassociate himself with the Bush administration, and insisted that, despite the polls, his campaign is still going strong.

“I am not George Bush,” McCain said. “The fact is that I was not popular within my own party. The fact is that when I said that we were failing in Iraq and we were going to lose, I was criticized by Republicans. The fact is when I did campaign finance reform with Russ Feingold, I was opposed by my own party and my own president. So do we share a common philosophy of the Republican Party? Of course. But I’ve, I’ve stood up against my party, not just President Bush, but others; and I’ve got the scars to prove it, including taking up, with Ted Kennedy, immigration reform, knowing full well that that was going to hurt my chances in the primaries. So I could go down a long list of issues with you.”

Fox News Sunday – Fox News

Fox News Sunday hosted Karl Rove, who looked at the numbers and predictions for the election, but dismissed the current polling as “unreliable”.

“We endow these polls, first of all, with a false scientific precision they simply do not have. And second of all, we spend way too much time covering them. I mean, think about that — 177 polls this month, compared to 55 four years ago. That’s three times as many opportunities for media outlets to spend time covering the racehorse rather than the substance of the campaign, to talk about who’s up, who’s down, as opposed to what exactly the candidates are saying.”

Face the Nation (PDF) – CBS

Roberty Rubin, senior economic advisor to Barack Obama, appeared on Face the Nation, calling for a new economic stimulus package.

“My own view is that we’re in a perfect storm. We’re in extraordinary uncharted waters with respect to our financial markets, one of these very low probability events with huge consequences. But I do think the power of public policy in its entirety, that which has been done plus a large fiscal stimulus and the other kinds of measures we can take, should be able to stem this within a reasonable period of time.”

Late Edition – CNN

Republican Senator Jon Kyl and Democratic Senator Evan Bayh discussed the candidates’ economic platforms with Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s Late Edition.

“John McCain supports reducing the corporate tax rate, as well as keeping the rate for small businesses low because to the extent they both create jobs here at home,” said Kyl. “They rely upon a favorable economic client and low taxes. If you go to a country like Ireland, for example, you’ve got an 11 percent tax rate. What John McCain is proposing is that the corporate tax rate come down from 35 to 25. That would still make it higher than most of the competing countries, but right now, we have the highest corporate tax rate in the world, except for Japan. And so our companies can’t compete as well here in the United States. Why not go to Ireland where they don’t have to pay as much in taxes?”

Peter Fray

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