Dems Tread Similar Paths on Economy

Neither Clinton nor Obama venturing far into populist Edwards territory
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Feb 15, 2008 9:57 AM CST
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., speaks at a campaign stop at Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – With the Ohio and Pennsylvania primaries on the horizon, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are fine-tuning economic visions that have more similarities than differences, reports the Washington Post. Both candidates promise to ease the middle class tax burden while putting pressure on corporations that send jobs overseas, and to protect consumers from predatory mortgage, credit card and college lenders.

Neither, say party economists, have gone far enough to appease some of the nation’s voters hardest hit by a devastated housing market and massive job losses. Neither, for example, has been especially aggressive on outsourcing. "We’re hearing a lot of generalities,” complained Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio. And, with economic news continuing to trend downward, pressure to deliver details is growing.