Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama gave major economic policy speeches Thursday, outlining specific proposals and highlighting John McCain’s relative weakness on the subject. Obama called for a boost in regulation and an additional $30 billion in stimulus while Clinton proposed a job retraining program.
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Democrat Barack Obama said Thursday a firmer government hand is needed on Wall Street and a $30 billion stimulus is needed to rescue homeowners and the jobless. Rival Hillary Rodham Clinton called for a new job retraining program to remedy what both candidates derided as Republican indifference to a sputtering economy.
Both Obama and Clinton argued that Republican nominee-in-waiting John McCain isn’t ready or willing to handle an economic emergency.
“The phone is ringing, and he would just let it ring and ring,” Clinton said, echoing the “3 a.m. phone call” TV ad she used earlier to suggest she was more qualified than Obama to handle a national security crisis. Speaking in Raleigh, North Carolina, she chastised McCain for opposing government intervention in the nation’s credit and mortgage crisis.