Obama, McCain Woo CEOs to Shore Up Economic Cred

Candidates try to make up for their lacking economic records
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2008 2:16 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., applauds the crowd before delivering a campaign speech in Denver, Colo., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008.    (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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(Newser) – John McCain and Barack Obama are doggedly courting CEOs of leading businesses in an effort to win voters' economic confidence, the Wall Street Journal reports. Each candidate has already lined up a corps of "poster CEOs," including the FedEx chairman, who is supporting McCain, and Warren Buffet, who is backing Obama.

The economy continues to dominate national attention, but neither candidate has strong credentials on that front. McCain's strengths are focused on foreign affairs and national security. And Obama, who presented a harsh tone toward corporations during his primary run, has a scant economic record.