In a conference call just now, the Obama campaign sought to refocus the terms of the debate back onto the economy and John McCain’s close connection to George Bush and his detachment from the struggles of the American middle class.
But it was clear from the questions asked on the call that the media is not done talking about Sarah Palin.
One reporter asked if the McCain campaign was effectively swift-boating Obama with Palin.
Obama campaign manager David Plouffe responded with little mention of Palin, but said that with McCain, “You will get two for one.”
“George Bush’s economic policies and Dick Cheney’s foreign policy,” he said.
Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois added, “John McCain is more of the same.”
When asked what might be the dangers of taking a sharper line against McCain, as a new for-public-consumption strategy memo from Plouffe suggests, again, the campaign will do, Representative Rahm Emanuel of Illinois said “Nothing, in my view. Because I think the American people know this is a big election.”
Indicative of the bump the Obama campaign has hit, Plouffe at one point in the call defended the camapign’s slip in the polls by saying, “ I believe at the end of the day Florida will be a battleground state.”
Here’s the memo: