The Campaign Spot

‘Gateway Drug’ and ‘It Corrupts People!’ Seem to Move the Dials

Judging from CNN’s scrolling chart, independents also seemed to like McCain citing Tom Coburn calling earmarks a “gateway drug.” 

Obama says he suspended any requests for earmarks to his own state “until we clean it up.” When was this?
On the chart, Obama is pretty steadily high.
Obama hits McCain for reducing taxes for CEO salaries. Unlike previous lines that seemed negative or partisan, the green line of independents seemed to go up. 
“It corrupts people! It corrupts people!” That seemed to work; the hits on Obama on taxes and spending.
When Obama defends his tax plan, the lines divide pretty sharply, selling much better with Democrats than with the other two groups.

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