The top two contenders for the U.S. presidency have criticized each
other's economic plans, as a new jobs report shows unemployment in the
United States at a five year high.
On his first day campaigning as the Republican nominee, John McCain
said the rising jobless rate shows that Americans "are hurting." He
promised a new plan to create jobs and boost small businesses.
accused his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, of planning to raise taxes,
which McCain said would damage the economy.
Obama said today's (Friday's) report on job losses show
"what is at stake in this election." He accused President Bush of doing
too little to manage economic issues and said McCain plans to manage
the economy the same way Mr. Bush has for the past eight years.
Many voters have told opinion poll researchers that the economy is their most important issue.