McCain Talks Economy as Women Break for Obama

Housing seen as way to win over white moms

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 9, 2008 12:03 PM CDT

(Newser) – John McCain is shifting focus to the economy in a bid to win over white women who are rapidly flocking to Barack Obama. Any bump McCain saw with female voters after selecting running mate Sarah Palin has utterly evaporated, the Boston Globe reports. Polls show Obama leading by 17% among women, but McCain's mortgage rescue proposal could be an attempt to narrow that gap.

“The dream of owning a home should not be crushed under the weight of a bad mortgage,” McCain said at a Pennsylvania rally yesterday. He says his plan to sink $300 billion into buying bad loans—an idea, aides readily admit, cribbed from Hillary Clinton—will appeal to suburban moms. Obama yesterday said he opposes the plan, which he contends would prove too costly.

Women wave signs in support of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., Friday, Sept. 19, 2008, during a rally in Coral Gables, Fla.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Women watch a McCain rally in Strongsville, Ohio, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Sarah Palin signs autographs during a rally with John McCain in Bethlehem, Pa., Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Supporters listen to Sarah Palin, legs visible, during a rally with John McCain, not visible, in Bethlehem, Pa., Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
John McCain and Sarah Palin participate in a rally in Strongsville, Ohio, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A woman holds a sign during a rally for Barack Obama, Friday, Sept. 19,2008, in Coral Gables, Fla.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
A woman holds a baby during a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, D-Ill.,, Friday, Sept. 19, 2008, in Coral Gables, Fla.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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