The Washington Post leads with a new poll that shows Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain are running even among political independents. McCain has a clear lead among this crucial group of voters on dealing with terrorism while Obama is seen as better equipped to handle a variety of domestic issues. The two presumptive nominees are pretty much evenly split on who would be better on Iraq. Overall, Obama leads McCain 48 percent to 42 percent among all adults and 49 percent to 45 percent among registered voters.
The new WP poll shows a majority believes McCain would run the country much like President Bush, which is a bad sign for the Republican nominee when unhappiness with the direction of the country continues to increase. In total, 84 percent say that the country is on the wrong track. McCain also faces a clear “enthusiasm gap” as many more said they’re “very enthusiastic” about Obama, a trend that carries over even to the supporters of the presumptive nominee. But enthusiastic or not, McCain has the support of almost nine in 10 Republicans, while Obama still has clear scars from the long primary fight as “not quite eight in 10 Democrats” said they support him, while “nearly a quarter” of Clinton supporters said they’d rather see McCain win in November.
The Wall Street Journal leads its world-wide newsbox with some new details on Obama’s economic plans, which the candidate revealed in an interview with the paper.
In order to increase economic growth, the WSJ notes that Obama would “rely on a heavy dose of government spending,” including a plan to spend $15 billion a year for 10 years on energy technology. Obama also emphasized that the government must use its power to redistribute income. The presumptive Democratic nominee noted he might back a decrease in corporate tax rates as part of a package that would simplify the system by reducing existing loopholes.