Americans Trust Obama, Not McCain, to Lower Gas Prices
by Jonathan Singer, Tue Jun 17, 2008 at 05:04:59 AM EDT
Wonder why John McCain recently ramped up his obfuscation campaign on gas prices, launching screed after screed about getting rid of the federal gas tax for the summer (not mentioning, of course, that this wouldn't actually lower the price of a gas of gasoline for the American consumer, while at the same time either cutting key funding -- and thus jobs -- in highways or growing the national debt)? This from the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll should provide a bit of an answer:
Six percent in the new poll call gas and energy prices the single most important issue in the presidential election now underway. In February, under 1 percent highlighted the issue as tops. Asked which candidate they trust to deal with the situation, 50 percent said Barack Obama and 30 percent said John McCain. Eleven percent said neither presumptive nominee is better on gas prices.
This has got to be a focus of the Obama campaign going forward, pressing this already present advantage on the issue of gas prices. With the potential of five or even (oy gevalt) six dollar a gallon gas near the time of election day, energy issues aren't likely to come off the collective mind of the American people any time soon. And as a memo to John McCain, I would just say that going and pandering to oil executives probably isn't the way to assure voters that you're going to be any better on the issue than George W. Bush.