Wall Street turmoil gives Dems opening
CNN poll 5-7 Sept
The Wall street crisis tumbling Americas Icons Lehman Bros, AIG ...Americans lost the confidence in Sen. John McCain steering the economy. The poll, conducted September 5-7, found that more than half, 56 percent, of the voters condidered the economy as No 1. issue and Obama the better candidate to handle the economy, voted for by 52 percent of those surveyed, compared with 44 percent who saw McCain as the better candidate for economy.
But as the recent failures of major investment banks on Wall Street remind voters of troubles facing the economy, the Democratic ticket of Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden has an opening to get back on offense.
"We have reached another major turning point in the campaign. John McCain had all the momentum coming out of his convention with Sarah Palin and dominated the news, [and] was on offense right to the end of this last week," said David Gergen, a CNN senior political analyst. "And there is the opportunity for Obama to seize the momentum back on his side. I don't know if he's going to do it or not. He is trying."