Obama Flack Accidentally Sends Out Pre-Debate Talking Points

By Natalie Gewargis

Oct 15, 2008 11:17am

"Reminder: These are for staff only and not for distribution," warns the e-mail.

And then, the spin, accidentally sent to reporters this morning.

"* This is John McCain’s last chance to turn this race around and somehow convince the American people that his erratic response to this economic crisis doesn’t disqualify him from being president.

"* Just this weekend, John McCain vowed to ‘whip Obama’s you-know-what’ at the debate, and he’s indicated that he’ll be bringing up Bill Ayers to try to distract voters.

"* So we know that Senator McCain will come ready to attack Barack Obama and bring his dishonorable campaign tactics to the debate stage.

"Obama continues to lead on the economic crisis with a rescue plan for Main Street.

"Over the course of the campaign, Barack Obama has laid out a set of policies that will grow our middle class and strengthen our economy.

"But he knows we face an immediate economic emergency that requires urgent action -– on top of the plans he’s already laid out –- to help workers and families and communities struggling right now. 

"That’s why Barack Obama is introducing a comprehensive four-part Rescue Plan for the Middle Class -– to immediately stabilize our financial system, provide relief to families and communities, and help struggling homeowners. 

"This is a plan that can and should be implemented immediately.

"Obama has shown steady leadership during this crisis and offered concrete solutions to move the country forward -– and his Rescue Plan for the Middle Class builds on the plans to strengthen the economy and rebuild the middle class that he’s laid out over the course of this campaign.

"Already in this campaign, he’s unveiled plans to give 95 percent of workers and their families a tax cut, eliminate income taxes for seniors making under $50,000, bring down the cost of health care for families and businesses; and create millions of new jobs by investing in the renewable energy sources.

"John McCain has been erratic and unsteady since this crisis began -– staggering from position to position and trying to change the subject away from the economy by launching false character attacks."

– Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller

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