Republican nominee John McCain is working on a new economic plan based on lowering taxation for investors and refinancing mortgage debt for ordinary homeowners in a bid to remove negative equity, an adviser announced.
"I think it goes along the lines that now is the time to lower tax rates for investors, capital gains tax, dividend tax rates, to make sure that we can get the economy jump-started," Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a close political ally and adviser to McCain, told CBS’s "Face the Nation" program Sunday.
"It will be a very comprehensive approach to jump-start the economy by allowing capital to be formed easier in
He said the McCain plan would include measures to help homeowners -- saying that under the plan, Americans would not owe to banks more than their home is worth now and would be given a fixed mortgage rate to help them make monthly payments.
"I think that is a very wise move at this time," Graham said without disclosing when the plan would be unveiled.
A new opinion poll showed nearly nine in 10 registered voters said they were worried about the direction of the national economy while about seven in 10 said they were worried about their own family finances.
Fifty-five percent call the economy the single most important issue in this vote, according to the poll, according to the ABC News/Washington Post survey.
Meanwhile, McCain himself vowed to "whip" Democrat Barack Obama in Wednesday’s final presidential debate, defying doom-laden assessments of his campaign.
McCain on Sunday gave a pep talk to campaign workers in
"So we’re spending a lot of time and after I whip his you-know-what in this debate, we’re going to be going out," McCain said.
McCain spoke after several conservative pundits on Sunday television talk shows gave unflattering assessments of his campaign.
Some key Republicans in battleground states were also quoted in a New York Times article as lambasting his performance, with Obama enjoying leads in national and battleground polls.
The ABC News/Washington Post survey showed McCain trailing Obama among registered voters 43 percent to 53 percent.
It also indicated that Americans preferred Obama over McCain to handle the economy by a 53 percent to 37 percent margin.
On the Democratic side, Hillary and Bill Clinton Sunday launched a campaign blitz in
The couple, making their first double-barreled campaign appearance for Obama in Scranton, dominated Democratic politics for a generation, but now are supporting players, after reconciling Hillary Clintons bitter nominating defeat.
"This election is too important to sit on the sidelines of history," said the former first lady, calling on her legions of working class and women voters to take up the banner of the man who beat her.
"It took a Democratic president to clean up after the last president Bush, its going to take a Democratic president to clean up after this President Bush,"
Biden paid tribute to both Clintons and portrayed himself and Obama as the natural inheritors of their political legacy.
Most polls show Obama with a handy lead in
Hillary Clinton won a stunning 18 million votes in her six-month coast-to-coast nominating showdown with Obama, so she is set to play a vital role in the closing days of the election.