Voters getting an early dose of substance--Barack Obama is unleashing the fine print.
In the political hothouses of town meetings and union gatherings, the Democratic presidential candidate has shared his soothing style and intriguing background. He's talked about bringing people together, banishing cynicism, serving as "a vehicle for your hopes and your dreams," as he put it this month in Portsmouth, N.H.
Now his campaign is 10 weeks old. Enough with the niceties, the generalities, the story of his life. On Friday, the Illinois senator unveiled a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Today, he gives a speech on foreign policy. Next up, education and health care.
It may seem early, given that it's nearly nine months until the first nominating contest. Yet Obama is playing catch-up with rivals.
Most Democrats have proposals to wind down the war, and most Republicans are waiting to see how President Bush's policies play out. McCain has outlined many changes he would make to win in Iraq. The Iraq war is one of the hard issues that Cuomo said candidates are ducking: "How exactly do you get out of Iraq?"
Monday, April 23, 2007
"Candidates hope ideas strike chords" (with video)