Talking Heads Talk Economy

Pocketbook issues seem likely to trump racism for voters
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Oct 12, 2008 2:07 PM CDT
House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., center, talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Sept. 29, 2008, following the failed House vote on the financial...   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – With little time remaining until Election Day, the Sunday talk shows focused on the ongoing economic turmoil and the racial issues roiling the presidential campaigns. Politico spins the dial:

  • On This Week, surrogates from both parties endorsed the Treasury’s capital-injection plan for banks. But guests split over an economic stimulus, with Republican Roy Blunt opposing what he called the Democrats’ “public works plan.”

  • New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine and ex-White House budget chief Rob Portman echoed the social spending vs. belt-tightening debate on Meet the Press.
  • On Fox News Sunday, the presidential campaign managers went at it over the race card. Rick Davis defended John McCain against Georgia Rep. John Lewis' comparison to George Wallace, and David Axelrod argued that the McCain campaign's "ads are continuing to drive this."