October 29th, 2008
04:55 PM ET

McCain vs. Obama: Who would be bigger spender?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

In a last ditch effort to pick up those undecided voters, John McCain's message is focused on portraying Barack Obama as a socialist who wants to raise your taxes and redistribute your wealth.

A socialist? Really? A couple of weeks ago the government effectively nationalized some of the nation's largest banks– a plan signed into law by the current republican president, George W. Bush. A law Senator John McCain voted in favor of. Is nationalizing our banks socialism?

McCain says Obama will be a tax and spender if he's elected. Consider this: The Republican administration of John McCain's good buddy, President Bush, has doubled our national debt since 2000. Bush rewrote the definition of spending money, and McCain supported him more than 90 percent of the time.

We're fighting two wars and facing a giant financial crisis. My buddy, CNN Senior Political Analyst Gloria Borger, says in a column on CNN.com, quote: "No matter who is elected, the new president will find himself trying to figure out a way to keep some of his campaign promises without breaking the bank." Borger says in a week that means someone is going to have to start figuring out how to govern.

When Clinton left office the economy was sound, the government was running a surplus, we were at peace, and the banks were still private institutions. Then what happened. John McCain 's friend George Bush happened.

Here’s my question to you: Who would be the bigger spender in the White House: John McCain or Barack Obama?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Amy from Elkridge, Maryland writes:
I think when you look at what will be the bottom line, this country will be much better off financially with Barack Obama as president. Unlike John McCain, who would like to pull the lint out of the pockets of the poor, Barack Obama will go where the real money is, and tax the rich who can afford to do without a couple of bucks.

Stella from Bethlehem, Penn. writes:
I think whoever wins will have to spend a lot to get our country back on track. The question will be where the money comes from. Will it keep coming from the middle class or will someone help level the playing field and make companies pay what they should?

Jennifer from Raleigh, N.C. writes:
That depends. What price do you put on morality, on unity, or on our reputation at home and around the world? What’s the ROI for investing in the middle class and on turning our attention to energy independence? This Presidency is more than just dollars, it’s dollars and “sense.” McCain in office would be far more costly, on all fronts, economic and otherwise.

Marjorie from Canada writes:
Both would be big spenders. The difference is that John McCain would spend it on tax breaks for his wealthy buddies and continuing a multitude of wars, and Barack Obama would spend it on rebuilding the U.S. infrastructure, health care, schools and tax breaks for the poor and middle class who have been overlooked for the last eight years.

PJ writes:
It’s a sad day in America. Barack Obama has been accused of being a socialist , a terrorist, a communist an elitist, a liar. I could go on and on, but from what I'm getting from this entire election, "McCain and Palin" are the only ones terrorizing people.

Dhiren from California writes:
I think they would spend equally. However, Obama's economic policies target the right group of people which will create millions of jobs which means higher productivity, an improvement in exports, and a lower national deficit. Although I will likely benefit from McCain's tax policies, I believe Obama is the better choice for the overall economy.

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soundoff (384 Responses)
  1. Jim, from Las Vegas

    There is not a single doubt in my mind that Obama would push for much more expenditiure than McCain. One has only to look at the earmarks from both to see what the future trends would be.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:01 pm |
  2. Yvonne in GA

    Both candidates would be big spenders. The question should be who would be a wiser spender? Obama has a clear vision and he cares about the wellbeing and security of all Americans. I would not trust McCain to secure my seatbelt.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:01 pm |
  3. B, Calgary, Canada

    Not only would McCain spend more, but he would borrow to pay for his spending – as the huge deficits symbolic of Republicans have shown in the past. On top of it, McCain would spend the money on stupid things such as giving the wealthy even more tax cuts, wars and giveaways to insurance companies and Wall Street.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:05 pm |
  4. ken - florida

    Historically, Republicans have been bigger spenders than Democrats. Just the past 28 years has shown that the only president so far to balance the budget was President Bill Clinton. I believe that President Obama will be able to not only balance the budget, but spend less money than Senator McCain would in doing so.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:06 pm |
  5. Donovan from Miami, FL

    Obama would definetely be the bigger spender because of the programs that he intends to inact, which could be helpful but would cost some money, which could run us deeper into debt. But with many other sources pointing out that both candidates have plans that could increase the national debt, theres no way out of this.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:06 pm |
  6. Philip from Toronto

    I think that they would spend about the same...the bills are coming due and will have to be paid,,,by taxation or deflation or just printing money like crazy. But I also think that Obama will spend on the poor and middle-class in ways that benefit society as a whole...McCain will bailout the rich, over and over again hoping that the 'trickle-down" theory eventually works. Its been raining money on the elite and connected for decades but my shoes are still dry.........Capitalism has worked pretty good for the capitalists...now its time for socialism to work for society...............

    October 29, 2008 at 1:07 pm |
  7. Daniel

    Both of their budget projections are only 3 million dollars a year different. What concerns me is how they will raise the money. McCain would get from the middle class and Obama the wealthy.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:08 pm |
  8. Jamey in Chesterfield VA

    Too easy, Obama... we have already beared witness to his ability to lie to us about how he would spend during the campaign, how would it differ when he gets into the White House?

    October 29, 2008 at 1:08 pm |
  9. Beau

    The real difference in the two is Iraq. Obama has a concrete plan to stop the war, and stop the 10 billion dollars a month being spent there. McCain promises to bring 'Victory' in Iraq, but he doesn't tell us how long that might take, or how much it might cost.

    He doesn't tell us, because he doesn't know.

    Bin laden has made it clear he wants to "bleed the US to bankruptcy" in futile wars and occupations, and McCain's plan for Iraq plays right into that strategy. If it takes 100 years to "win" in Iraq, clearly McCain is the bigger spender.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  10. Sheila43302

    They are both going to spend money because that is what governments do. The only variable is what will the money be spent on. Personally I would rather the money be spent on rebuilding our infrastructure, researching renewable energy, making our health care system more affordable, helping small businesses grow, etc. The other alternatives of waging war and bailing out entities that have gotten where they are through greed and mismanagement are not my idea of spending our monetary resources wisely. If spending the citizen's money on the citizen's welare is considered socialism, then so be it. How can this be considered threatening to the citizenry?

    October 29, 2008 at 1:14 pm |
  11. Jim JAX FL.

    JAX Fl. there is no doubt that as is the climate now that war is the main solution to Senator McCains ambition. He would want to protect his trophy from 5 years as a POW. War calls for a large budgetory expense. McCain as he said he is already tested “I am going to test them”. Stump Speech 10/26/2008

    October 29, 2008 at 1:14 pm |
  12. Gayle Liberty, Texas

    McCain would definitely be the big spender; as he is in his personal life (7 houses, 13 cars and a private jet); he will also be with the taxpayers money. And you can bet on it !!

    October 29, 2008 at 1:16 pm |
  13. Cori from Colorado

    Jack, it looks like they're both going to be spending a lot of money to implement their new economic plans for America. We know it's not going to be cheap (because of our ruined economy), but my question is this: who's truly going to benefit in the end, the rich or the poor? In my opinion, if McCain wins, he's going to be spending, no, wasting money and continue the old Bush policies. Barack on the other hand will actually be using those dollars to help this country get back on it's feet, not bury it deeper in debt. Barack will be the one to spend that money wisely, and help America get back on track.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:16 pm |
  14. Joe in Panama City Beach, FL

    Neither of the candidates could out-do the spending habits of the Bush administration and his Republican cohorts.

    McCain keeps talking about how Obama is going to be the BIG SPENDER but, if we get out of Iraq and cease the spending funnel going on there, we can put that money into domestic needs to improve living situations here. You know, SPREAD THE WEALTH to Americans instead of being the world bully!!~ Why doesn't McCain ever address the Iraq issue anymore? Bash, bash, bash and never mention solutions!!!

    October 29, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  15. Mike, Cleveland, Ohio

    Military spending is a core spending program for Republicans and coincidentally also the most expensive. So obviously, McCain would be the bigger spender of the two.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  16. K Lucas

    McCain would be the biggest spender – as shown by the current Republican administration. He wants to continue the Iraq war which we will be paying for for several generations and then we will have the future bills for fixing our infrastructure, renewable energy, and other crucial items needed in our country. Obama wants to invest in us – the United States.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:18 pm |
  17. voter in SC

    Make that McCain! Things have come too easily for him, I doubt that he can identify with our worries and problems.

    After all, he owns something like 8 houses, has umteen cars, wears $500 shoes on the campaign trail, etc., I can't believe he'd be a wise spender – or that he even knows "the value of a dollar." I can't even picture him stooping over to pick up a $100. bill should it drop out of his wallet – "it's only paper!"

    October 29, 2008 at 1:18 pm |
  18. Chris from Atlanta

    It's not who would be the bigger spender it what are they going to spend it on. McCain on more wars or Obama on our country.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:18 pm |
  19. Rich in Glens Falls, NY

    I think they both will be big spenders – McCain will continue spending on the war, while Obama will spend on domestic issues – such as the economy and healthcare. The big difference is that Obama is being responsible and realistic. If you spend more, you need more money coming in. That means someones taxes need to go up. You can't spend more, cut taxes, and then expect a smaller deficit.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  20. Brian Becker

    Both have massive spending plans. Even McCain, who claims hes going to have a spending freeze, has a huge tax cut for the rich and corporations that is going to expand the debt. At least Obama is going to save money by getting us the heck out of Iraq, and hopefully whoever wins can cut the gargantuan pentagon budget.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  21. pam from Arizona

    Hi Jack
    I think both would spend, however, McCain would spend on the war, Obama on the middle class
    where the money is needed.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  22. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    Since McCain is tied so closely to Bush who has increased our Federal deficit tremendously and also because he favors a lot of military spending, I think McCain would spend more. Plus, it's expensive keeping all those oil executives and big wigs happy! If you are an American of ordinary means, don't expect anything from McCain in the way of tax help or better healthcare. What you can expect from McCain is a much greater possibility of more wars!

    Peace = Obama!

    October 29, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  23. Deb n Texas

    Jack, the real question is – who would make it better for us out here and that surely is Barack Obama. They only thing McCain is going to spend money on is helping big oil to continue to Drill Baby Drill.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  24. Jim/Greesnboro, NC

    By far, Obama. Maybe he won't have any distractions from taking care of the economy as Bush has.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:22 pm |
  25. Spencer in Virginia

    It doesn't matter who the bigger spender is. What matters is what will they be spending on. I figure McCain will spend to invest in more war and Obama will invest in the issues that matter most such as the economy, healthcare, jobs and ending the war that is costing us 10 billy a month.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:23 pm |
  26. BG, Seattle WA

    They would be close to the same, except that McCain's spending would be for corporate America making the middle class pay and suffer, and Obama's spending would rebuild the country. McCain will starve the country, giving huge corporate tax breaks with additional hidden loopholes. You can't rebuild this country and create jobs by freezing all programs, increasing corporate tax breaks to keep shipping jobs overseas. This method of greed is how we got where we are. That's why we currently can't recover from natural disasters and repair our bridges.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:24 pm |
  27. Dave from Prospect Bay, Nova Scotia

    I think the amounts would be similar. However Obama's wish list would include: Jobs, education, health care, alternative energy, new power grid, and tax cuts for the middle class.
    McCains would be Tax cuts for those with seven or more houses, doubling the size of the military in men & equipment....And by the time he has finished he won't have to worry about the "Middle Class", there won't be any!

    October 29, 2008 at 1:24 pm |
  28. mitchell ,arkansaw

    it depends on whether or not you consider investments as spending. most of barack's proposals are not just spending. they are investments that have a good chance at paying off for all americans. we just need to all come together ,after this endless election and make things work. the class warfare of the republicans and their haves and havenots needs to go out the door with their failed party.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:24 pm |
  29. Jenny Rome Ga

    No Doubt about it Obama would be the big spender. BUT he would be spending it on things to help our country and its people not $150,000 worth of clothes for Sarah and a war we cannot win and no body wants.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:24 pm |
  30. TJ, Illinois

    My father always told me to make money you have to invest money wisely. Obama would be the biggest spender but it will be beneficial in the long run. We have to invest in Science again people! It will create jobs and just maybe get us out of our slump. Thanks again, George W. Bush!

    October 29, 2008 at 1:25 pm |
  31. JD in NH

    Given the track record of the last 8 years, I would be scared to death to put the pocketbook in the hands of any Republican. For starters, they charge everything. Biden is right about patriotism and taxes. Isn't it patriotic to pay for a war you wage rather than put it on a Chinese credit card for future generations to deal with? It took a Democratic president to clean up after the first Bush and it will take a Democrat to clean up after this one, too.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:25 pm |
  32. Lauri in Maryland

    We have a lot to do and it all takes money. The difference is what we spend the money on. War on mostly innocent people like the citizens of Iraq OR health care and education for our own people. The other difference is where most of the money comes from. The middle class who is struggling OR the wealthy who've had an eight year party at our expense.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:25 pm |
  33. erika

    McCain says Obama will pay for his big spending by raising taxes but he hasn't explained how he will pay for anything (large or small). He says he will freeze all non-essential government spending. "Non- essential" is a subjective qualifier based off of judgment and if his pick of Palin is an example of the kind of judgment he would exercise in making other decisions, all Americans (not just those making over $250,000) grab your coats, because we are headed for a long cold winter!!!!

    October 29, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  34. Charlie (Bethpage, NY)

    Considering he wants to stay in Iraq for the next 100 years at $10 billion a month...McCain. The Republicans are trying to run on this "watch out for the tax and spend liberal" platform, when they have had the wallet wide open for the last eight years. I think Obama will spend, but on the right things that will improve us as a Country, where McCain will spend foolishly like Bush.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:27 pm |
  35. Conor in Chicago

    Both will spend money. The question is what will they spend it on?

    I have more faith that Obama will spend wisely and with the citizenry in mind. He will be far from perfect but his heart just might be in the right place and he will certainly be thinking ahead to the future of the country. If he is an ego-maniac, which I think anyone who thinks they can president is, he will be concerned enough for what history will say about the first African American President that it was he who set the stage for future American prosperity and power.

    McCain? He'll stick the Republican playbook, which for all of you should conjure images of 1980-93 and 2000-present.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:27 pm |
  36. Mickie in Philadelphia, PA

    Definitely McCain, with his tax breaks and deregulation for the rich and the continued war with Iraq and who knows who else. I would rather have Obama spending the same amount of medicare and tax breaks for the little people.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:28 pm |
  37. Robin Cox, Minneapolis

    Running up a humongous deficit is as bad as increasing taxes.
    And we all saw what happened when the debt gets spread around!

    That said, it's my conviction that both of them will spent like there's no tomorrow...

    October 29, 2008 at 1:29 pm |
  38. James in Nebraska

    If you take out the money spent on foreign wars, I would say Obama. Although he will have more income and the money he spends will be on our country. Not spending it on rebuilding a foreign country so we can blow it up again.

    They will both be big spenders, but I have more faith in Obama to spend it wisely.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:29 pm |
  39. Thomas/Alabama

    I think Sen. McCain would be a bigger spender because just like Pres. Bush he would continue policies that would lead to further economic demise and we the taxpayer would have to pony up even more money. McCain would continue to pump billions if dollars into Iraq and by the time he managed to get around to Afghanistan they would need 700 billion dollars too. He talks a good game but he won't cut Bush's spending because he has thus far agreed with 92% of it.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:29 pm |
  40. Jane (Minnesota)

    I think McCain ultimately would be the bigger spender – war spending and tax cuts are both spending no matter how you look at them. With his attitude of "Stay until there is Victory" & his 90% voting support of the Bush policies leaves the US Checkbook open indefinitely.................

    October 29, 2008 at 1:29 pm |
  41. Bill Davis

    My guess is McCain will be the bigger spender. Republican administrations in recent history have been bigger spenders. More to the point, I believe McCain, like Bush, will simply "cost" us more.

    Bill D.
    Champaign, IL

    October 29, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  42. Michael - Las Vegas

    Neither will be able to do what they want early because of the financial situation today. In the long run however there is no doubt in my mind that Obama will be the more fiscally responsible.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  43. Joshuwa

    Houston, Texas

    The real question should be what programs will receive the bulk of the spending? John McCain has promised to cut everything with the exception of defense, as if we need any more bombs being built. Plus, the 10+ billion a month, on a war based on faulty intelligence, isn't going to lighten the financial woes. But, then McCain wants to cut education? It's a no brainer that McCan't should not be president of the United States.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:34 pm |
  44. Marge in New Port Richey, Florida

    What difference does it make? No one could outspend W. I cringe everytime I think of the money spent, wasted and stolen in and for Iraq. It has hardened me to the numbers like never before. Even if the next president spends more money, hopefully they will be spending it here in the USA on the citizens of this country.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  45. Ray in Nashville


    What are they going to spend? By the time the next president takes office, congress will have broken the bank with bailouts.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  46. Jackie in Dallas

    Is this a trick question, Jack?

    I'm going to take the opposite tack than most of the posters and say that McCain would be the bigger spender. For one, he wants to stay in Iraq, costing us more than $10 billion a month. Secondly, he's likely to open up yet another aggressive front in Iran = at LEAST that much per month. Third, he wants to lower taxes on the corporations and rich, who already pay less than their fair share. Plus, Senator "Deregulation" is likely to cause further difficulties in our economy, because, in his own words "I know less than I should about the economy". When you are in an economic crisis, you want someone who has some ideas about how to resolve it, and you don't want that person's chief financial advisor saying the the crisis is all in our heads.

    Obama may spend more on domestic issues, but is less likely to mortgage more of the country to China by continuing failed foreign policies. And domestic issues are where I want to see money spent - to improve our healthcare, to shore up Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid, to improve our infrastructure of roads, bridges, levees, etc.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  47. Alan

    Both will spend but who will cut/stop spending for wasteful programs. Dems may be 'tax & spend' but at least they tell you how they're going to pay for a project. Repubs are 'borrow & spend' then we all get stuck with the massive debt that's created long after these clowns are out of office. Spending wisely is what Obama will do & hopefully cut out wasteful spending, including wasteful defense projects.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  48. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    Obama. Just look at how much he's wasting on his campaign, Jack!

    October 29, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  49. Dennis in Albuquerque

    When you take into account the Iraq war for many years in the future and future wars in Iran, Syria, and possibly Russia, it will be McCain.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  50. Precious Coker


    McCain: on issues that will pay hansomely to "my friends"

    Obama: on issues that will pay the middle class, everyday struggling Americans!!!

    October 29, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  51. Matthew Young

    It doesn’t matter who is the bigger spender! They are both taking us to the same place and that is BANKRUPT. Neither of them will balance the budget nor stop big time spending.

    So either we spend money at home and go broke or spend money over seas and go broke. Where is the third option! Oh yeah, we only have a 2 party system that makes people feel like crap for voting third party and makes it extremely hard for everyone hear other options.

    Sorry folks, don’t tell me I am throwing away my vote! I vote on principle, not the lesser of two evils!

    Ron Paul is the only one who could have spanked Obama and wake up the U.S! I hope he runs in 2012, after the demarcates have there turn I think he will get more support! Because nothing is going to change expect the blinders may be shut over our eyes. Demarcates know they have to take care of the U.S first. Then they can continue policing the world, building countries and making our empire strong while giving up our sovereignty to the UN and other world organizations!

    October 29, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  52. Anthony Smith

    Both! It was the most expensive campaign in history. Wasted dollars that could have been spent more wisely like feeding and housing people in this country. Also, they both approved the biggest bailout in history. Both of them are liars and great spenders of other people's money!

    Wildwood Crest, NJ

    October 29, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  53. Brett in Oriskany,Va

    Either one is going have to spend. No matter what they say. obama has a distinct vision, its going to cost money,perhaps he can raise it taxing the wealthy. McCain proposes a spending freeze, which would cause a disaster in these times of economic chaos. Fixing that later on will require even more money.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  54. Dennis North Carolina

    This is a trick question because neither has been in a place to control spending. Senate offices put spending bills out and vote on these bills but do not control spending themselves like the president and his administration. If you take the past four presidents such as Reagen, Bush and Bush, we have ten plus trillion in national debt over spending of tax income compared to Clinton who balanced the budget and left a surplus. I would say Obama will control expenses better.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  55. Jolly Potter, NY


    it's not a question of who would be the big spender but who would be the wiser spender. And I would say based on what we have seen with the way their campaigns have been run Obama wins this argument hands down. If he is able to turn the tide in Iraq and get us out sooner than later that's a $10Billion credit a month in the Obama column..MCCain would extend the War and run up more debt .

    October 29, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  56. David, Tampa, Fl

    This is why I dont like either Obama or McCain. We have doubled our national debt in the eight years of the Bush administration and both of these guys have "pet" projects that will increase it so our great grand childrens great grand children will still be paying off what we already owe. McCain says he will veto earmark and pork legislation and has never proffered any on behalf of Arizona. He didn't need to since the other Arizona legislator put forth bunches which he votes for along with everybody elses. Obama will see to it we get somekind of health care for those not covered currently. Both will discover that if you dont let some pork go to the folks back home they will turn against you and vote for your opponent. Under either we will be lucky to survive the greed machines both parties repersent.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  57. Erin in Healdsburg CA

    I agree with many of the comments before me. They will both spend, but McCain will continue to waste money on an impossible war and Obama will spend at home helping to alleviate the staggering issues we now have because of Bush's years of over spending and failed policies.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  58. jim kanous ny

    it does not matter... the issue is which candidate will spend responsibly and work to balance the budget...

    October 29, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  59. Matthew Welch in Baltimore, MD

    Wars and Nuclear Power are big-ticket items. Trickle-down economics is a proven deficit-booster and bubble-burster. I think it is pretty easy to make the argument that McCain, despite the rhetoric regarding earmarks, would in fact, be a much bigger spender than the pragmatic Obama. Plus, McCain has more factions to please in the fractured and disjointed GOP. Obama is in it to win it, not the election, but a better future for all Americans. McCain's just fighting for the belt, the title, the trophy at this point. If the state of his campaign does not give you an indication of how miserable and ineffectual his administration would be, you are not paying attention. Republicans cost more than Democrats, period.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  60. Ken in Seattle

    A greater question is where the money will be spent. Will it go to further enrichment of the few, or will it go to creating jobs for the middle class and improving their lives. Obama will invest in middle America. McCain will invest in corporate America at the expense of middle America.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  61. Charla in De Kalb, Texas

    I really think that the spending will probably be about the same, maybe a little more with Obama. BUT, the real question is spending on what? President Obama will spend the money where it needs to be spent......right here at home, on the needs of the USA and it's citizens. Healthcare, education, infrastructure......all of which have been completely and totally neglected by the Bush regime. And by all accounts, McCain intends to do the same. Which is where money should have been being spent in the first place, and not terrorizing middle eastern countries.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  62. Donna CA.

    I think it would probably be a toss up ,but I would rather have Obama holding the purse strings and looking out for the country's best interest. The last eight years have proven to be a hole lot of (trick) for the middle class and a lot of (treat) for big business. Obama has brought back a little HOPE in my life!

    October 29, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  63. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Neither-what is left to spend–we have bailed out everybody and we haven't collected those funds yet.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  64. Martha

    I think McCain would probably be a bigger spender. Just think about it, nothing seems like more ridiculous spending than to allow your running mate to have such a large budget for clothing, hair and makeup to come out of campaign dollars. She could have been made presentable for one third of the amount spent. Scary to think that this is good judgement in how to spend hard earned dollars.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  65. Mickey-Texas

    Let's put it this way Jack. When I recieved a letter from the RNC to plegde money. I readily agreed to pledge 1,000. I then asked them to feel free to deduct it from the 150,000 they spent on clothing Sarah and the kids. Who wll be bigger spenders....hummmm? Think I can make that a tax deduction? I voted Democrat!

    October 29, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  66. Dave in Astoria

    There's NO MONEY left... they both are going in with the Bush legacy on their heels. The last eight years have more to do with their agendas than their hopes, dreams, and goals will ever have.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  67. Sarah Louise

    It's hard to tell but both of their spending plans (when spending cuts are taken into account) are estimated to cost $250-300Billion more than the current level of spending which is unrealistic.

    Given the choice I'd rather have Obama pick the spending priorities as McCain would continue the Iraq war longer at $10Billion a month AND he'd be more likely to start another war elsewhere. Obama would more likely use diplomacy more and spend money in the US.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  68. Candy West Virginia

    I am not sure if anyone could out do the last eight years of republican spending but I'm sure mccain would give it his best shot drumming up another costly war while continuing the Iraq war.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  69. jenny

    John McCain on the campaign trail said that he will make Washington live on a budget like Main Street only spending on the wars and defence and that he was going to balace the deficit in four years.I guess then the punishment ,hunger and poverty will continue under a McCain/palin administration. Too bad for those who will continue to support the Republican party.I've alresdy voted for Obama who will bring REAL CHANGE to America and will spend wisely and will bring this war in Iraq to an end.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  70. John W

    Jack McCain probably would spend less but the problem is he will spend money on the wrong things. We need to stop spending 12 billion a month in Iraq, we need to invest in our infrastructure, we need to ivest in alternative energy. All these things cost money now but will save us trillions in the future, so let's do now what we should have done in the seventies. I was there I remember.

    Obama 08

    October 29, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  71. Tess in Georgia

    Obviously the bigger spender would be John McCain, since, in addition to continuing George Bush's spending spree on wars and tax cuts for the wealthy, McCain would have to continue purchasing his vp and family's rather luxurious wardrobe. After all, "she needs clothes."

    October 29, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  72. Rachielle from VA

    Both of them will raise federal debt, and in fairness to both, if it wasn't for the last 8 years, we wouldn't have to worry about our debt, but we do. The fundamental difference between Obama and McCain is that Obama wants to try new things because what we've been doing the past 8 years isn't working at ALL. McCain wants to continue those things, which have resulted in an economy slower than frozen molasses. Obama wants to implement things we absolutely need, and all McCain can conjure up is pork-barrel spending, which conveniently enough for him, he and his running-mate share quite a bit of. We don't know who will ultimately be the bigger spender because both of them are not going to be able to do everything they want thanks to Bush.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  73. Carol in Western Massachusetts

    There's no money left to spend. But if there were which one has spent money on houses, cars, lavish designer clothes? Which one has a single house, an economy car, shops at Target?

    October 29, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  74. Andrew

    As proven by Bush.. Republicans are the biggest spenders so McCain will be the biggest spender and biggest creator of debt

    October 29, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  75. Jon-Colorado Springs, CO

    Just the facts Jack. According to the Tax Policy Center Senator McCain will increase the deficit by 5 trillion dollars over 10 years a 50% increase. Senator Obama will increase the deficit by 3.5 trillion dollars over 10 years a 35% increase.

    Thanks Jack!

    October 29, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  76. Raphael in New York

    Jack, Obama's economic plans suggest he would spend more. However, in light of our economic problems and the moneys the governmernt has and will spent on bailouts etc., both my have to spend more to offset what is needed now and in the future.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  77. Karen, Florida

    The current "Democratic Congress" and a Democratic President who is spending the devil out of an extraordinary amount of "donations" pretty well answers that. (still wonder where all that is coming from).

    All the bright shining light promises now, will somehow fall by wayside
    after the dust has settled...."mesmerized...and they didn't even see it coming..."

    October 29, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  78. Mickie in Philadelphia, PA

    The republicans are mad because they had their way for the past 8 years spending wildly and their afraid democrats will get their way now. Well guess what, maybe a little spending into the pockets of the little people isn't such a bad idea. I love how they say Obama is for spending, McCain voted with Bush 90% of the time and Bush has spent us into oblivion and not just on the war. If McCain gets in, we'll have more wars with more countries who don't agree with him and he has a hair-trigger temper.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  79. Nancy Raichlen

    The bigger spender will no doubt be McCain, following in the tracks of George W, the premium SPEND AND BORROW Republican. I'm tired of hearing about the TAX AND SPEND Democrats when the current administration has sacrificed our national interests and integrity by borrowing from other nations. These foreign nations are no doubt going to call on us for favors! Wouldn't it be better for our citizens to pay taxes and get ourselves out of the hole we are in?

    October 29, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  80. Margie Ramsey

    I like Barack Obama, but I'm ashamed and disappointed about his big expenditure for 30 minute info-mercials. Couldn't he cut the time in half and send the rest of the money to a Food Bank or homeless shelter?...something to help people who are hurting right now? I think this would get more votes than making the TV and cable companies richer! Guess no one was listening to Campbell Brown when she suggested this awhile back ! Thanks, Margie Registered NM voter

    October 29, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  81. Kelley

    McCain will add more taxes to the middle and low class people if he is elected president. He will be able to buy more houses,but most of he will veto all the bills that come across his desk from demoratic senator's as he have said in so many words.It will be harder for low class and some of themiddle class people to get homes,cars,and student loans for their childern to go to colleges.Joe the plummer doesn't own an company and plus OBAMA didn't go to his house.This man was out in his own yard playing ball with his son.He could have stayed in his, but he wanted to been seen on television.Please this man needs to get act together.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  82. Shirley -AK OHIO

    McCain, Obama will try to put an end to this war in Iraq and that will be half of Americas problem solved right.

    October 29, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  83. Howard M. Bolingbrook IL

    Probably Obama, will be the bigger spender. Democrats traditionally try to help the less fortunate more so then the Republicans. Any form of government help/assistance costs money. I don't think Obama will be able to go forward with all of the programs he has touted, but he will push forward with some of them.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  84. Michael and Diane Phoenix AZ

    McCain. Everything has to go through the Congress first. McCain says he will balance the budget in his first 4 years...How? By cutting revenues that could be used to buy down the debt? Not hardly. Obama has some large programs also, but we think he will be much the wiser of the two in how to use the budget in order to keep the debt in line and get it reduced. One way to reduce the national debt is reduce our "overseas" funding of wars, actually have "real bids" for any contract work to be done, unlike the "no bid" contracts handed out by the Bush Administration for the past 8 years.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  85. Keith - Twinsburg, OH

    What difference does it make, Jack... Our money is only printed paper now, anyway.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  86. me46

    John (Bush) McCain will quadruple our debt with wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Pakistan, North korea and Venezuela; Palin/McCain will also fund more police, more prisons, and tighter security to control economic dissidents; plus corporate subsidies and tax breaks to oil corps., defense contractors, drug companies, and banks; plus huge entitlement payments for medical care and disability for wounded veterans; massive defense budgets.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  87. Brenda, CT


    This is really a tough question - let me take a few minutes to think about this one - hmmm. Well, considering the $150,000 spent on a wardrobe for the Palin family because "Sarah needed clothes" as McCain indicated - this is a no brainer. A shopping spree at Neiman's and Saks, wow, Macy's and Dillards not good enough. At least Obama's clothes were not paid for by the DNC and in regard to Obama outspending McCain - well that is due to contributors like me.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  88. Joe in Ohio

    Spending and wasting are two different things. Barack has a clear plan for investments that will help to get our economy going both short-term and long-term. Think about it. If you fix the levees, you give people jobs. They spend money and businesses do better. The levees don't break and we don't lose crops, and food prices don't go up. People don't lose their homes, so we don't have to "waste" money fixing them. People don't lose their businesses and we don't lose jobs. McCain will continue to waste our money in Iraq and while he promises all kinds of great things, he proposes no way to pay for them.
    Joe in Ohio

    October 29, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  89. Claudia

    Owing to McCain's fixation on wars and lack of education on the economy he will spend the most without even realizing it. It will go to the National Debt and not come from taxes. He will never give up military offensive to curtail spending. He kinda likes it.

    He will focus on the earmarks that comprise less than 3% of our spending. This is the only part he understands and is able to discuss.

    On yeah...that housing bailout for consumers will go away as soon as he is in office....his cronies won't let that happen. No Bank is going to eat the difference between the original cost of the house and the value now.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  90. Jean from Belgium

    Of course McCain. He wants to go on with the war in Irac. And others will follow. He gives lot of money to big companies and the wealths around to keep them as friends he used to live with.
    He doesn't know anything about average and common people.
    Good luck Americans with such a president..

    October 29, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  91. John W. Hall, Fredericksburg Virginia


    That's the wrong way to ask the question. Instead, you should ask "who would spend the US tax dollar more wisely?" It is a given fact that whoever wins the election will need to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on the failed and unjust war in Iraq in order to support our troops who have been put illegally into harms way by the current administration. Also, the next president will need to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to help the US and our economic partners out of the most explosive financial crisis the world has ever known which, has also been caused by the same questionable individuals in the current administration. So, who would spend the US tax dollar more wisely (?), the answer is obvious; Obama would of course spend the money more wisely because he’s actually got a plan and he actually understands national and international economics. McCain’s plan is to stop (Ho Really?) the ear-marks and pork barrel spending in Congress???? What McCain knows about economics comes from his mis-guided, uninformed, and crooked republican advisors.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  92. Kathy Glendale Heights, IL

    Obama may soend more, however, he intends to obtain the money he spends from cutting wasteful spending...unlike the Republicans who just add to the debt and/or print more money devaluing the dollar.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  93. Judy Knight

    McCain will continue to spend millions for years on the Iraq war.
    Obama will deescalate the war and will go through the spending that is now and cut out the over spending projects. This money will cover the cost of the projects Obama will implement to help out our country.
    J.K. Boise, Idaho

    October 29, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  94. Chris, Thousand Oaks Ca

    McCain would be the bigger spender because he would perpetuate the war in Iraq and would extend the Bush tax cuts. You just can't keep spending and cutting taxes on the wealthy. This scenario proves McCain is just 4 more years of the failed Bush policies and the voodoo economics of Reagan catching up with us.

    Obama's programs would be able to be funded at least partially by much less spending in Iraq and the tax increase on the wealthy, back to Clinton levels in the 90's.

    One idea I would like to throw out there – a national lottery with all proceeds going to reduce the deficit. People love to gamble.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  95. Jim from Chicago

    The question is not who would be the bigger spender - it is who would deliver the most value to the American people for the buck! Bush was the biggest spender of all. He wasted billions in tax breaks for big corporations and the wealthy, and $10 billion a month in Iraq. Now, McCain wants to maintain those same economic and foreign policies and is trying to call Obama a "tax and spend liberal." What a joke!

    October 29, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  96. Kyle- DuPont, WA

    I think they would both spend the same dollar amount, just on different programs. Spread the wealth, spread the health, spread the Stealth,..all adds up to money we do not have anyway.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  97. Annie Kraft Naples FL


    1. warmongers always spend more money

    2. clothing Palin ... that is expensive....

    3. Cindy has expensive tastes and may want to stop spending her own money.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  98. Ingrid, new york

    Obama will spend less because he is able to be thoughtful and see the big picture. Obama sees the forest for the trees, whereas McCain gets stuck in the branches and cannot imagine more. A pilot focuses on specific targets he does not have any idea what the big battle plan is. A community organizer goes in trying to change the whole. Both are necessary for the functioning of a government but the latter, the organizer, is necessary as president. I did not like reagan at all, thought he made a mess- why did Bush 41 have to increase taxes after Reagan (that's another conversation), but his strength was that he saw the big picture).

    October 29, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  99. Kevin in Mass

    Have you not been watching the canidates Jack? Obama on his own would spend more. Combine this with the Democratsearmarks, Pelosi, Reed and their promises of spending and it will be staggering. The Democrats by nature make promises and pay for them with new or higher taxes.
    McCain wants a freeze on spending and an end to earmarks. Do the math Jack!

    October 29, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  100. frank capobianco

    I know this is not your qestion of the day but I would like to know why if you are white and do not vote for Oboma, you are look at by main stream meda as a racist. But if 98% of blacks vote for Oboma no one rasies the question orraises an eye brow.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  101. Doug from Bloomington IN

    It depends on how you spin it.

    To state it as objectively as I can (I voted for Obama): Obama has proposed a lot of new spending, but he has also proposed ways of paying for it, or having it pay for itself. College in return for national service, ending the war in Iraq to pay for numerous programs; that's just two examples.

    McCain has not, in my mind, told me how he will pay for anything he proposes to do without it costing the taxpayers. Taxing health care benefits. Conversely, a tax credit for health care benefits (how will he pay for that?). Continuing the skirmish in Iraq indefinitely.

    So I think McCain is planning to spend more money without any form of payback or offset.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  102. Ingrid, new york

    Obama will spend less because he is able to be thoughtful and see the big picture. Obama sees the forest for the trees, whereas McCain gets stuck in the branches and cannot imagine more. A pilot focuses on specific targets he does not have any idea what the big battle plan is. A community organizer goes in trying to change the whole. Both are necessary for the functioning of a government but the latter, the organizer, is necessary as president. I did not like reagan at all, thought he made a mess- why did Bush 41 have to increase taxes after Reagan (that's another conversation), but his strength was that he saw the big picture).

    October 29, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  103. sandi-arizona

    After the spending of the last eight years it's pretty hard to say any party spends as much as the Republicans do. They just repeat "tax and spend" regarding the Democrats so as to deflect away from the spending that both Bushs and Regan did. You can't have a bad economy and a war without the government spending mony.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  104. Judy Knight

    McCain will continue to spend millions for years on the Iraq war.
    Obama will deescalate the war and will go through the spending that is now and cut out the over spending projects. This money will cover the cost of the projects Obama will implement to help out our country.
    Judy Knight, Boise, Idaho

    October 29, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  105. John in Santa Barbara, CA

    McCain will spend in one month on the war in Iraq, what Obama will spend in one year on domestic programs.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  106. james

    I do believe that because of what we are now facing they both will spend a fair about, but I do believe that in would be 60/40 McCain

    October 29, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  107. Troy

    Oxford, MS
    They would spend about the same which is WAY too much. Obama blow our money sending troops to Afghanistan, leaving some in Iraq and having a bunch of welfare programs here while sending billions in aid to other countries. McCain would blow our money blowing people up in Iraq, Afghanistan, possibly Iran and some other places. Since neither party nominated a fiscal conservative were going to move closer and closer to bankruptcy no matter which guy we elect.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  108. susan from Idaho

    I think the question should be who would spend the taxpayer’s money more prudently? I know it will be Obama.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  109. Liz in Towson, MD

    Jack, I actually believe McCain would be the bigger spender. Obama may appear to be, but once you factor in the millions of dollars per month we spend at war in Iraq, I have no doubt that McCain would win the title.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  110. Bruce St Paul MN

    Bush tax cuts, Iraq war, hands-off defense contracts and homeland security contracts. McCain wins.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  111. Doris/St. Louis, MO

    I did the math, Mccain+Bush=More money for the Fat Cats. Obama+Biden= A helping hand to all Americans!! McCain would absolutely be the biggest spender!

    October 29, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  112. Emma, San Jose, CA

    Many of Obama's expenditures would be to increase American's opportunities to have jobs and a college education. He has been more clear about how he would manage expenditures and income taxes.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  113. JoycesVoice

    McCain would spend more, He'd give all his big corporate buddies their tax break and we working middle class folk would pay them. How ironic it is that the middle class pays more taxes while the top 5% pay none thanks to the Bush tax breaks. Thinking that McCain would noto continue the irresponsible spending habits of his buddy Bush, we'll get BUSHED AGAIN!

    October 29, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  114. Judie from St. Augustine, Fl.

    They will not have any real "Money" to spend, The cash is gone. The question should be who will pay off our debts and increase our cash reserve while growing the economy. I believe that Obama will be the one to dig us out of the financial mess we are now in. McCain will just keep on spending what we don't have and dig us into an endless pit.
    St. Augustine, Fl

    October 29, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  115. Diana in Oregon

    It doesn't matter. We all need to buckle up and get ready to sacrifice in order to get this economy back on track. It's about damn time for a flat rate income tax too. And ending the war in Iraq should help until we have to start building troops up in Afghanistan. Either way, we all need to relook deeply at how we live and think about not just ourselves but our neighbors. What can we do, collectively as a community, city, state, nation, to help each other.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  116. Erik, McDonough, GA

    With the economy the way it is, I don't think either of them would be big spenders. If I had to choose, I'd pick the candidate who was elected president of Harvard's Law Review over the candidate who brought up the rear of his academy class.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  117. Sam Hill, Toronto, Canada.

    McCain will maintain the Bush tax cuts for the rich and keep the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. That will create a bigger hole in the treasury and will make the strain on the economy worse.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  118. Tonya from Mississippi

    They are both big Spenter Jack. Did n't you know that why we hire them to spent money on the programs that benefit the rich and let the middle class pay for it..

    October 29, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  119. marti thompson

    We don't have any money to spend, China...

    October 29, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  120. karen-phoenix

    McCain will continue the war in Iraq and continue the bush tax cuts to the rich which means McCain will far out spend Obama 2 to 1. Obama wants the money we are spending in Iraq redirected to the American people!!! This is a NO BRAINER!!!!

    October 29, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  121. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    McCain will be by far the bigger spender. He will keep the war going for years and perhaps look for more chances to deploy our military and commit the US. He will also keep the tax cuts for the wealthy and cut programs that would help our young people and needy families. He will be putting the money in the wrong places. Obama is taking knocks now about not accepting public financing. How could he? He was just overwhelmed by the amouint of small donations that were thrust upon him. A grandmother on social security would send $10.00 and a single parent may send $5.00 and all of these little donations add up to a big "campaign kitty." McCain could have chanced it by not accepting public financing but he knew he would be no match for Obama,unless Cindy coughed up some of her fortune .

    October 29, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  122. Teasha, Florida

    McCain by far, he voted with Bush, the President that doubled our national debt, 90% of the time, he wants to continue the Iraq war at all costs, currently $10 billion per month, he supports deregulation which means more mutli-hundred billion dollar bailouts on the horizon. Need I say more.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  123. Karen - Nashville

    I think Obama would be the bigger spender, but also the bigger saver. The spending would be on health care, education, the infrastructure, seniors, and a multitude of other thing that matter to us. The savings would be on unnecessary wars, extravagant waste, and tax breaks to big corporations. I'm with Obama, because the net benefit to us will be a plus.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  124. Bennie

    Hi Jack:

    I think if would be McCain because he wants to stay in Iraq and fight for victory (whatever that means to him). Palin has also said she wants money for her projects. Where is the money for this coming from? You guess it a tax raise for everybody.

    Avon, IN

    October 29, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  125. odessa ohio

    hi jack, it's good to se you..mccain took the public money which only has 84 million dollars; but he took a loan out during the primary running against romney and other bafoons..obama noticed that he had to beat mccain and gop because 84 million dollars isn't enough money to beat them..he noticed that the money that he raised during the primary was very astonishing as well record-breaking..now obama surpassed his expectations, he can do whatever he wants to do meaning paying volunteers,ads,etc,..if obama wins this election, this will proves he can't be mess with and proves that he's very smart man..

    October 29, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  126. Anna, New York

    McCain will push for expenditures erratically and independently, the maverick that he is. Obama will study the need and will invite consultants to analyze the situation before presenting a spending proposal. Look how well, financially, Obama's campaign was run. I prefer intelligence(Obama) to hunches (McCain).

    October 29, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  127. Suzanne -Virginia

    The question is really not the who, but the how .
    McCain can be quoted as saying he will 'freeze' all spending except that for defense meaning Iraq. No program funds for Vets coming home, no help for Health Care, no help for Education, and so on and so on.
    He will however 'find' the money to keep fighting a war that the majority disapprove of. He will 'find' the funds to continue to cover the tax breaks for the rich.
    The rest of us can just scrounge around for the crumbs that 'trickle down' from the cake being consumed by the wealthy elite.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  128. Heather

    It isn't as important how much money is spent as it is how wisely the money is spent. I think that Obama will be much more fiscally responsible than McCain.

    Elko, Nevada

    October 29, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  129. Elizabeth in NC

    McCain by a longshot, by a landslide, the only thing the man understands is WAR and it cost's plenty to do that...

    Elizabeth in NC

    October 29, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  130. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Barack Obama has already stated that some programs will have
    to be put on hold and we will have to tighten our belts. He is
    intelligent enough to realize our government cannot go on
    with business as usual.
    There has to be spending by our government but the difference
    will be that it will be funded and controlled. Obama will have
    the best financial advisors available, Mccain will continue on
    with his cronies ie, Phil Gramm etc.
    No more borrow, borrow, borrow, spend, spend, spend.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  131. Ruby

    George Bush Jr = McCAIN. The Republicians have always out spent the Dems!!

    October 29, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  132. Jenna Wade

    McCain vs. Obama: Who would be bigger spender?

    Neither could meet the out of control spending of GW Bush..

    But of the two I think that Obama would spend more, however he wouldn't be foolish with his spending..

    There's an old saying, "If you dance you've got to pay the fiddler", well the GOP have been dancing for years and now we have to pay..

    Roseville CA

    October 29, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  133. Matt in Las Vegas, NV

    McCain would spend more, especially after he starts WWIII. That would probably cost a little more than Iraq (a war McCain want's to go on forever), don't ya think Jack?

    I figure to go to war with Russia, Iran, Syria & China, we will have to spend about 100 billion per month, until the nukes fall.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  134. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Look who has promised the most: Obama. This is too easy.

    But the polls are tightening, and he isn't going to win, so the point is moot.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  135. Ken in NC

    Biggest spender of WHAT? We was robbed. What Bush didn't spend, the FAT CATS on Wall Street stole and then convinced us to replace what they stole so they could do it again.

    Like I said,.....BIGGEST SPENDER OF WHAT?

    October 29, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  136. Doug - Dallas

    The republicans have proven they can spent with the best of them. Unfortunately, the fixes we need are going to require a lot of money to be spent, so if they truly address the issues, they are both going to spend a lot.

    The question should be who will spend the money most wisely and that would be Obama.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  137. Michael, Pensacola, FL

    Its not about who will spend more money, its who will manage their money better. If you control spending in other areas, how much you spend doesn't matter! I believe Mr. Obama will spend better because he's done so during the election.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  138. Paul Martin

    Hurst, Texas
    This may prove to be a necessity given our current economic woes.
    However, I expect that Obama will submit a balanced budget by his 4th year in office.
    Remember them?

    October 29, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  139. Diane Memphis

    Well, there's two ways you can look at it. For example, inital spending for a health care program would be costly, but in the long run not as costly as no health care program at all. Don't we all have a right to the best?

    October 29, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  140. Paul

    McCain says he would not be yet he is ready to fight! Fight everything the economy, health insurance or national health insurance, medicare, social security, and oh yes all the WARS he will win. It all takes money to fight everything lots and lots of money. So McCain would be the one to spend more lots more.
    Round Rock, Texas

    October 29, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  141. Anna - Santa Teresa, NM

    Obama said he would pull our troops out of Iraq (responsibly) and that would save us billions. He will put more troops in Afghanistan (justly so) but it won't cost as much as what we're spending in Iraq. He also said he would go by each line item of programs and eliminate the ones that are of little or no value to the American people. To me that is an intelligent plan to rebuild America.

    Now what does McCain intend to eliminate if he gets elected? Oh well what do you know, he has no idea what he wants to eliminate! Its spend, spend, spend for McCain. Stay in Iraq and continue spending $10B a month. Buy out the mortgages for those who are facing foreclosure–that's an expense. I tell you, McCain's plan is no different that Bush.

    At least Obama is looking for resources (other than taxation) to offset his plans to rebuild America. You don't hear that from McCain.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  142. Eric


    Independent analyses based on Congressional Budget Office figures indicate that McCain's plan shows the biggest jump in the deficit. FactCheck.org states that both Obama ($3.5 trillion) and McCain ($5 trillion) will increase the debt over 10 years. Obama's plan represents a more than 30 percent reduction of Bush's debts, and is 30 percent lower than McCain's proposed debt. The verdict: McCain will spend more and he'll be on par with Bush.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  143. Richard, Enoch, Utah

    I believe that Obama would Spend more until he started cutting waistefull spending on programs that aren't working and bringing our troops home. That would save us alot of money right there. Obama plans on going through the budget line by line. McCain would cotinue us in the same down ward spiral we are in.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  144. teri from Mi.

    Well, Jack I believe they both would have to spend if elected, but a more important question to me is what would they spend our tax dollars on. I believe Senator Obama will be spending it on our future creating and keeping jobs here in America, on developing alternative energy so we no longer have to depend on foreign oil. I believe he will address the rising cost of health care and education and try to help the middle class to stay afloat. On the other hand, John McCain will continue to borrow money from China to support a war that most people believe is over. He will also give bigger tax cuts to corporations in the misguided belief that it will trickle down to the rest of us. Well let me tell you after 8 years it has yet to trickle down to the middle class. How could it, when it has to get past the greedy fists of the CEO'S.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  145. Rosalynd Florida

    McCain will be the big spender for sure. His tax plan, his plans for continuing the war in Iraq and agitating Iran probably to war, tusseling with Russia .....the list goes on.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  146. Doug Phillips

    I firmly believe that McCain would be a greater spender than Obama. McCain wants to continue spending 10 billion a month in a hopeless situation in Iraq. McCain wants to continue borrowing from China to fund his little chess game in the Middle East. Borrowed money comes with a cost – interest rates. I would much rather see the money that comes from our taxes used to help out people in our country. We need universal health care, affordable higher education, improved infrastructure, and so many more things. McCain and his Repub friends do not care about taking care of our country. They would rather go play war games in other countries and to build exorbitant military forces that are not needed. Did someone tell those folks the Cold War is over? I am not sure their brains came out of the Cold War without frostbite. I am for the person who is going to solve the problems in our country, and that seems to be Obama and the Dems. Palin the clueless- what a joke – is there more that needs to be said.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  147. Denniejj

    With the economy in the tank , both would have to spend more to put people back to work. I trust Obama to do more for the middle class. McCain doesn't know how many houses he has so I'm sure he hasn't written a check or paid a bill since he married Cindy. I don't think he can relate. I'm with Chris Rock......vote for the candidate who has only one house.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  148. Nora Corpus Christi Texas

    You know either one of them could spend a lot of money. The question is how wisely will they spend it? Who can not run his own campaign?Who did not choose his own VP? Who thinks it is ok to keep spending money in Iraq for 100 years? Who voted for 4 out of 5 GWB's budgets? Who does not care about the middle class? I don't even have to tell you, you know!!!

    October 29, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  149. Jeff in Glen Carbon IL

    I actually don't care how much is spent in year one to get things rolling correctly, but I honestly think McCain would spend more based on his last few crazy offers to do some of the most stupid things ever conceived, "fed gov directly buying up bad home mortgages," for one. Who is the socialist, now? At least, Obama's spending is neither corporate welfare nor totally based on middle class welfare, but actual stimulus to energy independence and job creation.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  150. Roy - Chicago IL

    Using a very relative term like 'spending' invites many interpretations, however, for over-all impact on the federal budget, and for making the federal deficit even BIGGER, McCain would win wallets down. The war, the tax cuts for big oil and big business, all increase the burden this country is laboring under thanks to Bush. A trillion dollar surplus and more was spent on a perpetual war whose only beneficiaries were the American subcontractors and the Iraqi Federal Reserve.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  151. Chris

    Obama would probably spend more than McCain. However, it's a question of what Obama will spend on. Personally, I think that the $10 billion a month we're spending in Iraq - while they sit on a surplus –might give us a better return on our investment if we spend it wisely here at home. Speaking of McCain, I wonder how he's going to invest in alternative forms of energy if he imposes a spending freeze on everything except defense, veterans' care and healthcare. Sounds to me like a Catch-22!!!!!

    Chris from NC

    October 29, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  152. Mary - California

    McCain is for Corporate America and big donations. McCain is for the Iraq war and big money. Obama may be using more money on his campaign trail, but McCain would spend the big money, if he were in the White House and put the American people and this country in further debt.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  153. Elle from Pullman, WA

    I think Obama would be a bigger spender. He would spend more on renewable energy, healthcare and fixing the economy than McCain, because in McCain's own words, he'll "put a freeze on all government spending". Which means what? That all the promises HE's making won't happen. People need to realize we NEED to spend money in order to get us out of the multiple messes we're currently in. Maybe we'll be in debt a little longer, but with the right programs in place the economy will balance out and our kids will have a far better future.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  154. Joe in MO

    Who was the bigger spender between George W. Bush and Bill Clinton? I'd expect it to be the same this time too.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  155. Andrew, Brier WA

    What will the next President have to spend? W has already spent everything!

    October 29, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  156. June from Jax, FL

    Jack, I believe that there has already been an independant study of the two budget plans, and McCain will spend more.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  157. Dave in MO

    This is a no brainer Obama wants to socialise everything. The beauty of it is I don't make over 150k a year so I won't haft to pay for it. So let me be the first to say thanks to both you and Mr. Blitzer Jack!

    October 29, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  158. Annie, Atlanta

    We've heard about tax and spend liberals for years, but Bush wins hands down in the spend department. If McCain is going to adopt his economic plans, I'd say McCain.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  159. Gigi in Alabama

    It's hard to say which would spend the most, but I do know they would spend the taxpayer money differently.
    McCain would continue to adher to the Reagan/Kemp "trickle down" theory that only helps those that do not need help (rich folks), and spend 10 million a day on the uncalled for war in Iraq
    Obama would spend money on things like education, health care and the country's inforsturcture that will benefit all Americans.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  160. Steve, Jacksonville, Fl.

    McRage would be the bigger spender by financing all the wars he would start trying to prove to the world how tough he is.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  161. Patricia F Pine Plains NY

    Just by continuing the war in Iraq, McCain would be the bigger spender. His plans do not account for any cuts anywhere else. Where as Obama plans on raising taxes those making over $250K and has said he will go over the budget line by line, eliminating programs that do not work.

    My opinion, McCain would be the bigger spender.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  162. Amanda in OKC

    People are stupid if they think you can run a goverment without spending. I say Obama's plans spend smarter, since McCain is intent on giving tax breaks to big companies. Can you say Anheuser-Busch? He IS married to it. How about bridge roads and jobs? That sounds better.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  163. Marie Ontario

    My experience with conservatism is they talk a fiscal government but once in power spend like drunken sailors on their elite friends and business associates.

    All Obama has to do is bring the troops home and he will be spending less than McCain just by saving the money the wars cost unlike McCain who will have to spend to keep his wars up and running.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  164. nathan njakoy

    its this simple jack.john mccaine's arrogance and ignorance in the economy like tax cuts for the rich will in no way create any revenues,especially with the huge deficit we have at the moment.secondly his aggressive foreign policy objectives will not re-assure the already lost foreign relations,frienship we use to have with some important nations out there.this means therefore that we will stay longer and if not forever in the middle east fighting useless wars waged with tax payers money and i fear with little or no assistance from our coalition partners who are slowly taking an exit out of such wastefull deals..well may god guide us

    October 29, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  165. Michelle, Central PA

    That's a pick 'em, Jack. The question is, do you want Republican Borrow and Spend or Democratic Tax and Spend? Personally, I'd rather pay a little extra in taxes than continue to mortgage my children's, grandchildren's and great-grandchildren's future to the Chinese. With Obama, us average folks might even see some improvement. With McCain, average people won't even be noticed unless his motorcade runs one of us over....then he'll have to know who to scream at for denting his hood.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  166. JaneE from CA

    I suspect they would spend about the same, just on different things. McCain = continuing war = blowing up things. Obama = building infrastructure = creating something of value. And Obama will at least try to pay for his spending. McCain thinks he can pay for 30 billion in tax cuts by cutting 30 million in waste.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  167. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If John McCain doesn't understand economics how can anyone expect him to control spending. McCain has kept it simple, he doesn't talk about it he only talks about what Obama will do.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  168. Ray Lawson from Danville, VA

    Obama, by a large margin.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  169. Paul

    Independent organizations have said the John McCain would have a increase the US deficity $5 trillion by 2016 while Obama would increase it by $3.6. But in the meantime McCain is attacking Obama for being the big spender? Yet one more thing to add to the list of McCain and Palin hypocrisies.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  170. fred hughes

    McCain is a man of war and wars are expensive. If Obama wants to spend more money on America for Americans then the spending is wise. I for one, am tired of our tax dollars being spent on everyone but us. Fred, Livingston, Al.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  171. PC from Atlanta


    It's McCain, hands down. We do have a neverending war in Iraq to pay for.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  172. wally Ruehmann las vegas nv

    easy it's McCain and family. his snobby daughter will need her own flat, john will need a big, huge garage for his car's, and if you think for one minute Cindy will spend one nite in that dump , without a complete make over, your mistaken... they talk about Obama measuring for drapes, that's nothing compared to Cindy's taste...she'll need one floor for her dresses....

    October 29, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  173. Peter Fern Park, Fla.

    It doesn't matter who would be the bigger spender. We're in a hole. Do we spend on more shovels to dig deeper or do we spend it on shoring to keep it from collasping and burying us all.
    A WPA approach to rebuilding our infrustrure and and expansion of alternative energy projects will put money directly in my pocket thru earned wages. I can then spend it on things that will benefit me.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  174. Greg Lancaster, Tx

    Obama is by far the better bet for fiscal responsibility. In a democratic administration paygo will be back. In a republican administration Mccain will freeze everything except the military and entitlements that are bankrupting us already while refusing to make the wealthy and corporations pay their fair share. Mccain had better watch out throwing the phrase redistribution of wealth around. As more and more Americans lose their jobs and futures redistribution of wealth may start sounding pretty good to folks with no wealth.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  175. Arlene, Illinois

    Obama will save us at least $ 10 Billion a month
    when the Iraq war ends.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  176. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    The terms liberal, and concervitive can have several different meanings. The ones the GOP would have you beleive is that liberals through money out the window, and concervitives are good at saveing. Just look at the score board. Don`t be fooled again.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  177. M. Winners, Mesa AZ

    Hey Jack, here's a qwuestion for you...
    Any thoughts on Sen. Lib Dole's (R-NC) slimeball attack ad calling her opponent "Godless"?
    Or do you just chalk it up to neocon hate politics as usual...

    October 29, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  178. Corey, Erie, Pennsylvania

    John McCain, because of his willingness to stay in Iraq for "100 years if necessary." Why not just make it the 51st state while he's at it.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  179. Toni Boutwell, Myrtle Beach SC

    They would both be big spenders. McCain would spend starting wars, creating enemies and giving to big business. Obaba will spend on making life easier for Americans, making health care, college and raising families better. It's a choice between smart spending and Bush like squandering.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  180. Greg in Cabot AR

    Both would be big spenders except they would shop at different stores. McCain would spend money at Sachs 5th Ave while Obama would be shopping for bargains at Sears.

    When they spend other peoples money, (namely taxpayers money), I prefer someone who lives closer to middle America financial realities than someone who has more homes than he can remember.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  181. kathleen , san juan

    Barack Obama has already shown that he has an amazing capacity to MAKE money.

    The way he has run the campaign is a microcosm for the way he will run the country.

    I believe he will spend money once he is in the White House, but I believe he will also lead America back into making money again.

    He has run the most publicly funded campaign in the history of American politics.

    Obama has succeeded beyond what anyone ever could have imagined every step of the way throughout his life.

    John McCain's biography is pretty much one 'screw-up' after another.

    Obama plays a slow and careful dollar-ante game of poker with friends. He has spent the campaign donations wisely and well.

    McCain is a reckless $1000-dollar a minute craps player with high-rollers in Las Vegas, thanks to the Henley family fortune.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  182. AG (Dearborn, Michigan)

    I believe it will be McCain. Why? Because, he will still continue to spend bilions in Iraq. As long as we are in Iraq, there will be a lot of money to be thrown away.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  183. ernest stewart

    The whole world laughed at us in disbelief when the moron that is the current president of our great nation was reelected. No one remembers when the current policy on energy was concocted behind closed doors by President Cheney. No one recalls the lies that were told to enter into the war that steals our childrens future. No one remembers that many American heros that trusted the incompetents were held up to ridicule and shame. There is no way that way Americans can or will elect another group of idiots that will loot and pillage our most courageous youth and the treasury. I hate racism, greedy bankers and unscrupulous politicians. I hate ignorant and stupid people more.
    Let them spend what they need to Unite and bring us to a place where we can love one another. The choice is easy. Go into the booth. Pull the curtain. Answer to the truth of who you are.
    Ernest an American throuth and through

    October 29, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  184. voter in Kansas

    By far the biggest expense in our budget is for the war.

    Always. Despite all the ballyhoo from the Republicans about how they spend less, they always omit mentioning this budget item.

    With a withdrawal from Iraq, automatically Barack Obama will be spending less.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  185. Jim

    There's a difference between spending and investing in our future. Obama will invest in America. With McCain, we will have to bail out another group of CEO's in another 6-9 months.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  186. Doreen, Cornelia Georgia

    Bigger spender of what? Money on green fuel, clean coal, alternative energy, trying to get the working middle class up and out of the rut Bush put us in? That's easy – Obama. The bigger spender of important resources (the military) in regions of the world we aren't welcomed or wanted? That would be McCain. Who would spend the most time in or at the White House trying to fix this mess? Obama. Who would spend more time throwing the finger of blame at any and everybody but those responsible? That's Bush – oops! My bad – I meant McCain. And finally – who would spend the most effort in rectifying the ruined international relationships across the world with diplomacy and tact rather than war and bombs? Definitely Obama.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  187. Fran from Pennsylvania

    John McCain won't be the big spender in the White House, Jack. He'll be the big spender in Iraq! He'll be spending more of our time, our money and tragically, more of our lives. Barack Obama will be the big spender in the White House; spending lots of time digging us out of the deep and dark pitt into which Bush/Cheney plunged this country.
    Fran from Pennsylvania

    October 29, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  188. Anita from Tennessee

    I am sure that they will both spend money. However, having travelled out west this past summer, we were most impressed by the great works of the CCC and how well such projects have served this country for decades. It would be wonderful if Obama is elected that he would put in such a program again to get the unemployed back to work and at the same time rebuild our country's infrastructure. There is much that needs to be done and millions of people that need a job.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:56 pm |

    who would spend more is irrelevent. they will all spend money. I can't believe this notion of promising us tax cuts during a time when we are spending billions bailing out the greedy. I don't want my kids paying for that. you will have to see tax increases or defecit increases, one. you just can't cut enough out of the federal budget to make up for it. McCain's spending freeze fails to mention that over 60% of the federal budget is "essential services" like medicare, social security and defense which we all know he won't cut back on.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  190. Jerry,OK

    Jack, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush's, borrow-and-spend-policies, resulted in a nine trillion dollar national debt, and McCain wants to continue down the same road to ruin. Not to mention, the nine trillion debt tells us, Reagan and Bush knew nothing about the economy, but we don't need history to tell us McCain doesn't know anything about the economy...he told us.

    Jerry N/Ok

    October 29, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  191. Giorgia, CA

    John McCain, you betcha!

    October 29, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  192. Tim - Iowa

    Obama will spend more, however he'll have more revenue coming in. The difference between McCain and Obama is, McCain will continue to provide funding to a "reactive" free market in the form of tax cuts, whereas Obama will provide government contracts to fund development in much needed areas in an effort to become a more "proactive" America. I work for a company that exists in some degree as a result of military spending. If the government placed as much emphasis on energy, education, and/or health care as it did on defense, I doubt we'd be in the mess we are in. Bottom line, Obama's plan will create jobs, increase wages, and strengthen America. Not fatten the wallets of CEO's and hedge fund managers who (according to Alan Greenspan) cannot self regulate in the best interests of their shareholders.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  193. Sharon

    Like it or not both will spend a lot of money. In my mind government spending should fall into three categories, necessary, investment and wasteful. I think both will handle the necessary equally well but the difference is who will lean more toward wasteful vs investment spending. I see Obama as spending more to invest in our economy and all of us reaping a long term reward. McCain will continue on the current path, including Iraq, which makes his spending wasteful. Our government hasn't invested in our country for 8 years now and that's all McCain knows – the past- he is not a visionary. I don't mind the spending if the end results in a better America for all of us.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  194. Sat

    MCCain will be a big spender as he has no clue what economy is. As per his own saying " I have to take help if VP in case of economy questions" that was uttered by him sometime before. How can we trust a person who has no clue how many homes he has, who in this world has no clue about this earnings, his taxes can balance our country's budget....

    October 29, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  195. Lauren Phoenix Az.

    Both have big spending plans. The difference is Obama plans on spending that money to better the lives of the American people whereas McCain will continue to pour our money into the sands of Iraq.

    October 29, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  196. heartlight 3, Maui, HI

    I suspect Obama would spend wisely, while I don't think McCain would. Obama would invest in infrastructure and health care and education which would benefit the country in the long run. Obama would make sure the wealthy pay their share of the tab. McCain would cut taxes, reducing the revenue coming in and requiring him to borrow money to implement his programs. McCain keeps saying he wants to grow the economy, but if you think about it, he has not outlined how he thinks that would happen. All I've heard is that he wants to keep doing more of what we have been doing and hoping that somehow we will get a different result.

    October 29, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  197. gail Centre, Al.

    Obama would spend the most. That's all Obama ,Pelosi, and Reed know how to do.If Obama is elected , we will never see daylight. We'll never be able to make a living, with only 41.7% of each dollar we make. He is going to take the rest and spread it around, well I'm spreading my vote around to MCcain.

    October 29, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  198. Russ in PA

    People are going to get exactly what they asked for, regardless of whether McCain or Obama are in the White House: more spending, more erosion of civil liberties, and a worthless dollar. Welcome to the 21st century...

    People are going to wish they had listened to Ron Paul...

    October 29, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  199. tennisguypitt from Pittsburgh

    Actually, if you go onto factcheck.org, it states that McCain would spend much more!

    October 29, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  200. Happy in Arizona

    The bigger spender would be John McCain. You see, he is nothing more than a war mongrel so he would continue to put us in debt. He says Obama has no experience, yet something goes amiss and McCain is already jumping in to fight without figuring it out. I do not trust him, I am from Arizona and I won't vote for him, especially with Sarah Palin on the ticket. I, too, can read teleprompts and that is all she can do. Sarah Palin needs to go home and stay home she is an embarrassment to the Republican party and the United States of America. How on earth could McCain have picked her!

    October 29, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  201. Steve Peach - Indiana

    Without a doubt it's McCain! There's this 10 billion a month deposit that we keep making in Iraq that is nothing more that jerked over economics! We were all told that the war wouold pay for itself, but look what happened. Iraq is sitting on several billions of dollars to the good, they signed an oil supply deal with China, and we are going broke. But as McCain has said, we will stay the course! Obama's tax cuts will help over 95% of the people in this country. If Obama built a new hospital, grocery store with free food, and public housing in every major city for all who need help the expenses wouldn't be enough to cover a third of what we're spending in Iraq. That's just one example Jack, ther are so many others!!!

    October 29, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  202. Maria, Austin, TX

    Palin would be the biggest spender since she will shop till she dropped for designer clothes if elected. SHe let the RNC foot the bill before, if she gets elected, she will let the taxpayers pay for her and her family's clothes. She will also remodel her office/home like she did at the State Governor's office for 50K and Wasilla Mayor's office for 20K. She's a maverick! You betcha!

    October 29, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  203. Larry Coury Houston, Texas

    The republicans, look at where we are today, compared to where we were, when Clinton was in office, (he had a surplus)

    October 29, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  204. Linda32

    I think it depends on what they are spending it on. Better question, who would be a better steward of our tax dollars?

    October 29, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  205. Cody Weber, Phoenix Arizona

    I would like to say that Obama would spend more... but anymore i just don't know. They both only talk about what they are going to spend money on and nothing of what they are going to do to make the significant cuts in spending that we need to in order to even have a future. I feel bad for anyone under 15 or not even born yet cause they are getting mortgaged over wars and social programs.

    October 29, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  206. Anj in CA

    Endless wars in endless places mean endless spending. McCain will make sure we have a permanent deficit.

    October 29, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  207. John in California

    It's not who would spend more, Jack.

    It's what they would spend it on.

    If we want 8 more years of taking money from working people and giving it to the rich, then choose McCain.

    He'll continue government spending that benefits the top 5%–and continues to bankrupt our country for generations to come, just like Bush has.

    October 29, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  208. Chester in Maine

    Certainly both would spend a lot money. However, we need to look at who would spend in the most responsible ways. Obama would definatly have more money available to go to health care and education than McCain would. $10 billion or more a month in Iraq could be put to good use here at home. With a failing health care system and a last place award in education, the spending needs to be done for the people of this great nation.

    October 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  209. Janet, American Abroad

    Rationale thinking here:

    Obama = one house, one wife, two children, came from middle class family who lived on a budget, mother on food stamps...recently paid his student loan....would be less spender

    McCain...military family, upper class lifestyle, (yes POW like many others) two wives, now millionaire wife, ?how many homes, private planes, ?how many automobiles, servants, endless credit cards....(probably doesn't even know how to budget).....would be endless spender!

    October 29, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  210. Mike in St. Pete Beach, Florida

    With something like 20 million baby boomers retiring in the next presidential term, both will have to spend a lot on Medicare and Social Security alone, and I imagine the republicans will call Obama a Marxist for ackowledging this fact and use it for generations in their vile propaganda.

    October 29, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  211. tj

    McCain is scattering from Bush like an OLD FART in a WIND STORM..
    Talk about turning on your brother...SHAME..

    October 29, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  212. mike, ohio

    It’s clear Jack, as said by an independent study group, that John McCain’s budget and proposals will cost more than Barack Obamas

    October 29, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  213. Jasmine in Germany

    McCain. Obama doesn't have any oil, big contract, corporate, and banking buddies to pay off.

    October 29, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  214. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    Well giving the large corporations and richest people in America a bigger tax cut might not rate as spending but it sure will take away monies that Obama wants to spend on silly stuff like education, infastructure and health insurance programs.

    October 29, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  215. Jay-Mississippi

    No doubt in my mind Obama will spend more. i just believe it will be spent in a wiser way. I believe the national deficit will trend lower. I believe McCain will spend only slightly less than Obama in the most irresponsible way and like with Bush the deficit will trend higher.

    October 29, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  216. John in Arizona

    Jack, the diference would probably not be the amount, but the priorities. McCain would continue to spend more than $10-billion a month chasing an elusive "victory" in Iraq, while Obama would spend your and my tax money on creating energy solutions and rebuilding our deteriorating infrastructure – thus creating jobs, and I don't mean military jobs.

    October 29, 2008 at 3:40 pm |

    The question for me would be not who will be the bigest spender but who will spend according to needs of Americans NOW.

    I think that Obama will provide a strategic way to reduce spending of Programs and initiatives that take away from Programs that need to be funded.

    With that being said I also belive that America hasn't been functioning as a team with collective goals for a while now and I think for the majority of Americans they are in tune with Obama's message and are willing to do what we can to help with Spending initiatives and also play our part in helping to decrease or control what we can as it pertains to Gov't spending

    SO OBAMA /BIDEN it is 08

    October 29, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  218. Erik from Golden, CO

    It's already been decided...

    McCain would spend $10 Billion every month in Iraq for the duration of his term. Obama would not.

    End of story.

    October 29, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  219. Jasmine in Germany

    McCain, he doesn't understand economics.

    October 29, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  220. Sherrol in Canada


    Now you've got me smiling. Believe it or not, it'll be MCain regardless of what he's saying, it's inevitable.

    October 29, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  221. Real K / Omaha, NE

    Jack, 2 choices, a bad economy or a worst one. Either way there will be large spending.

    October 29, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  222. Janice Pound

    McCain. Spending 10 bill on wars. a mon., 50 mill on each nuclear power plant across the country. The hell with globel warming Help destroy the earth by , Let ting the oil cos. make more money to drill, drill, drill. Besides we are owned by 3-4 other countries who could shut us down right now. we're in 11 trillion $ debt, called bankruptcy.We can only hope Obama can at least start making inroads into the economic mess which will take YRS to solve. Also besides voting we have to be vigilent at the voting booth take pics.The GOP has aleady started to commit criminal acts in the voting area.And in the past, Rep. Sec. of States have been noted for not counting mail-in-ballots.I can hear the world now, as one Leader said, "don't tell us how to handle our voting considering what you did in 2000+04". And we have the nerve to preach Democracy to others.! It's too bad the Rep. party can't win or lose with dignity, law-abiding acts and integrity.

    October 29, 2008 at 3:43 pm |

    Who has 8 homes, 13 cars, loves war, my friend who is a party member that gave us Deficit,Contrived gas prices, my friend

    October 29, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  224. Thom Richer

    It is my firm belief that John McCain would spend more than Obama. However, I also believe that because of the situation the Bush administration has put America in, along with McCain's 90% support of Bush's policy's, whomever is the next president will be forced to be a spender. The difference is in how he will spend our money. McCain will spend on the military, the (or a) war, and Corporate Welfare. Obama will spend it on infra-structure, the middle-working-class, education, business, and health coverage. The economy and the American worker grow from being fed from the roots up...not from the tops down. McCain clings to the tried and failed "Trickle Down" theory, while Obama understands growth comes from the roots and flows up to the tops for a healthy, strong and stable economy.

    Negaunee, MI

    October 29, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  225. Brian, Buffalo, NY

    Maybe the question should have been, which candidate would start spending more of the money we don't have before setting up serious plans for improving the economy? Judging by the better oversight of his campaign by Obama, he will probably prove to be the better custodian of the government purse. His economic proposals certainly seem more sound.

    October 29, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  226. Tony S from Bourbonnais IL

    Obama is spending more because he has to. Regardless of the last 8 years and the economy, he had an uphill battle for obvious reasons. I am proud to have helped as little as I did with my contribution to his campaign but I feel as if the odds are stacked against him. After all, regardless of what people say about the liberal media, Mccain has his own station(do I need to say which one)that provides him with a24/7 platform to help destroy his opponent.

    October 29, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  227. Jack in DC

    Both will be big spenders, but the question is: what will they spend on?
    Obama will most likely spend on domestic issues and on rebuilding the homeland while Mccain will most likely continue to spend on the unnecessary Iraq war.

    October 29, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  228. Dave from Orlando

    It will take the next 8 years of non stop spending to dig ourselves out of this deep disastrous dungeon we have been spent into. But the difference is that Obama will try to use the money to find the way out, while McBush will only dig deeper doing favors for his friends.

    October 29, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  229. Donna from Chicago, IL

    I actually think they will both spend but I think McCain would surpass Obama – just look at what the Republican administration did to our budget since Bush took office. I believe that Obama will be effective in looking at how we spend money and work to eliminate waste – he may not spend less but it would be a giant leap in the right direction if we spent "better". If the Democrats find themselves as the party in power in both the legislative and executive branches, I hope they use this opportunity to bring our financial house to order; it will take all of their discipline and courage to do so and they probably have a 2 year time frame to live up to promises.

    October 29, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  230. Jerry from Jacksonville

    Neither one would be able to spend more money than the congress gives them, that said, there will be alot of money spent regardless of who gets elected, it will be necessary to get the economy up and running , plus paying for the wars and all the programs that are in place.

    October 29, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  231. Cheryl, Westfield, MA

    While I think Obama will be the bigger spender, he will bring in the extra money to cover those expenditures – namely, letting the tax cuts for the wealthy die the death they so desperately need to. We have tried trickle down economics for the last 8 years and we are in the worst financial crisis in memorable history. IT DOESN'T WORK. Someone explain that to Joe the Plumber and John the Presidential Candidate. I also believe Barack will be the wiser spender, putting money into programs that will grow our economy, reduce our dependence on finite fuels (oil, coal, etc.), and provide health care opportunities for all. We will be a healthier, financially more independent, and globally more respected country for his presidency. Should McCain get in, our reputation as a bully will prevail and the middle class will all but disappear.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  232. tj

    The GOP guy, look the Republican Party has lost any and all rights to the mantel or claim of Fiscal Conservatism....All they do is spend and spend and never pay for anythingthing. You try doing that and you go to jail for check fraud. GOP yea, Go Out and Purchase..

    October 29, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  233. Lucas in Pawling, NY

    It doesn't even matter who spends more.
    I trust Mr Obama to be the smarter shopper.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  234. Tom, Massachusetts,

    The first priority of any American President is to take care of his/her own people first. Then if there is anything left over the other countries can earn some. Our country is on life support and we need to take care of our people in the U.S. John McCain owns seven homes and more than 10 automobiles you have to ask yourself if a man with so much wealth really knows what the middle class is feeling right now.
    Obama would spend wisely on America and Americans.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  235. Mertis

    Jack, McCain would ultimately be the big spender because he has no plans to end the war in Iraq. 600 Billion and climbing. At least Obama will attempt to offset some of his spending by saying on a war we should have never been in.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  236. C in Belen, New Mexico

    The will probably both spend much more than anyone expects. A better question would be which one will be the most efficent spender.. i.e. Which one will get the best return to the American general public for each tax payer dollar spent ?????????

    October 29, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  237. Sean in California

    Obama will spend more in the White House simply because he's going to win the election. McCain will show us yet another side of himself and spend his remaining days as a senator adding earmarks to bills so he can blame Obama for wasteful spending.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  238. bill in PA

    Lets see if we can guess: President G W Bush has spent every tax dollar, every dollar that belonged in our trust funds, social security, for example and borrowed 5 TRILLION more to spend on no-bid contracts etc. McCain has voted to go along with this spending to enrich the very few. Why would he change? He would not. So there you have it. History shows McCain would continue the spending spree.
    We want to continue to redistribute the wealth to the top. We want American corporations to get tax breaks for sending jobs away. We want our health care taxed. We want to socialize banks and insurance companies, till they look like profitability might return then they will need to be re-privatized.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  239. Matt Callaway in Omaha, NE

    I believe it would be near-even, but history has shown that Republican presidents increase the deficit more than Democratic presidents, and the economy is better under Democrats. The main difference is that we'll actually get something for our money if Obama is president.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  240. Bob D of Morristown, NJ

    Clearly MCain wil because of his intended continuation of the misconceived Iraq war. More important that how much they will spend, is what they will spend it on.

    McCain's squandering on the war and welfare for the wealthy is money poured down a rat hole. Economists value spending on the number of times the amount spent circulates through the economy, going from hand to hand, and creating value with every transaction. Money spent on war, and doles to the rich are close to setting a match to the currency. They pass through the economy once, or at most 1.5 times on average.

    Obama, on the other hand seeks to invest money on things the country needs, and will improve our globally competitive position in the future, such as $150 billion (over ten years) for alternative energy research and development, education programs that work, the infrastructure that allows goods and services to move through the economy and geographically. Funds invested that way pass through the economy four to tive times before being consumed.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  241. Ned - Tennessee

    McCain of course. What is 90% of Geo. Bushes expendatures? Once into office they spend whatever they want to and make sure the Public can't keep track of it all. After that they just spin, spin, spin. Look at the latest crook in Alaska. Conviced of seven Felony's, turned loose to ride home in a Caddilac SUV, posted no bail, he never was hand cuffed, never taken to jail and he would like Alaska to re-elect him........Does that pass the message to the Public, that all Public officials are immune to lawful punishment? That's what it tells me....

    October 29, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  242. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Barack Obama has the intellect, vision, and connections to perform triage on the country, then pay for and implement fixes by priority. If his record is any indication, John McCain would approach the problems like a bull in a china shop at who knows what cost. It is much less expensive to do it right the first time.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  243. Toni


    I think regardless of McCain's claims, BOTH would do a fair amount of spending. The issue is not whether or not the candidates are going to spend (since that's inevitable) it's how the get the money and what that money is spent on.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  244. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    Senator Obama will have to spend more. Once again after a Republican runs up the Natinal Dept and slashes taxes for the Rich and Corporations we need to raise money. We need to slash the hugh national deficit to raise the value of the dollar over seas. But unlike Senator McCain, Senator Obama will spend on items that will benefit individuals and not corporations.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  245. Zubairu Dalhatu from Abuja, Nigeria

    Forget about the leader of the Middle East crises.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  246. Carlos C.

    So far both seem like they're going to spend, being that some kind of serious investment is going to have to be made for job creation and new energy I don't think either of these guys can walk away from it.

    The question is who is going to spend the money needed to spent more wisely for the economy, somebody who knows where to put the money or somebody who has surrounded himself with the same ideas of the last 8 years?

    Btw if those Bush tax cuts that John McCain supports are supose to be so great for the economy in creating jobs then why are so many people being laid off? ==NJ

    October 29, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  247. Eric, Atlanta

    I do believe that both candidates will increase spending quite a bit. My concern is where the money will be spent. The gov't has given the wealthy enough money thru tax breaks and bailouts "hoping" it would trickle down to the middle class and the poor. That way didn't work. This country needs to give the money to the less fortunate who will in turn give it to the rich for some service or product. Yes, it will end up in the hands of the rich anyway but the less fortunate would get something out of it as well.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  248. Bob D of Morristown, NJ

    According to an analysis published as a lead story in today's New York Times McCain will not only spend more, but his budget will yield greater deficits. With friends like that . . . ..

    October 29, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  249. Alan, Buxton Maine

    I'll answer that with another question; who has the most experience increasing spending, waging wars and helping pass legislation that required borrowing billions to finance? I'll give you a clue: One of the entrenched good ole boys who has been in Washington for over a quarter of a century.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  250. Apollo

    Is this a serious question?

    Obama. He promised me a new watch, an ipod, a house, a car and a chicken in every pot in the kitchen.

    I'm just glad that there are 300 million rich people that are going to pay for my luxurious lifestyle so I don't have to work.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  251. Frank, Columbus Ohio

    The pragmatic fiscal policy will be the one that can bring about a prosperity not seen for many years in this country. One that is shared by all, not just the upper income folks. Obama has already stated a preference for pay as you go for the discretionary spending. Smart prioritizing will be the hallmark of an Obama administration. Republicans since Reagan have been largly responsible for the huge 10 trillion plus deficit. To believe that a McCain administration would be any different is to believe that pigs with lipstick can fly. And we all know what that can lead to.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  252. Joyce in Nashville

    McCain by far will be the bigger spender. Republicans like to talk fiscally conservative, but we certainly haven't seen that in these last 8 years. We've gone from a major surplus to unimaginable deficit all under a Republican administration, and John McCain's stance on Iraq among other things just guarantees more of the same.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  253. Kris, Houston, TX

    The way things are... both are not going to have money to spend. What ever they have, McCain will spend in Iraq and Iran, while Obama might spend in the US...

    October 29, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  254. democrat in pa

    all you have to do is look at the past
    democrats spend more then rep's
    it always was that way and anyone who said other then that is a liar
    what are you scare of ? does this go against your obama

    October 29, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  255. tj TAMPA

    McCain, $150,000.00 on clothes for Sarah and they don't even got the job yet.. Next question..

    October 29, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  256. Dave in Phoenix

    This is simpler than it looks. With 10 billion a month in Iraq, keeping the tax cuts in place for the wealthy and advocating more tax cuts for business and individuals with NO mention of how to raise revenue, McCain has no basis to boast about being able to run an economy. Some spending will be required to boast the economy in the short run – infrastructure spending, energy research and implementation, etc. Obama has it right. Those other two nuts don't.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  257. Dan from Kitchener

    Well if John McCain intended to wipe out the deficit by the end of his first year in office he won't be able to spend a cent on anything as well as freezing all spending. He might even have to get out of the war business but then if he did that he would have to abandon his ambition to conquer the world.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  258. Kris

    This study has already been done. It has been proven from what we already know from both candidates would like to do. McCains costs more then Obama's. Cafferty this study has already been done. Infact I watched it on CNN. Where were you about two months ago man.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  259. Randy, San Antonio

    RePO will be the big spenders. You have to include congress, they as a team worry me the most, but be prepared for the tax and spend.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:21 pm |

    The Economy vs. the War? If the war is ended we will have more money to spend to repair our country. If the War continues for an unspecified time then our country will sink further into debt. The war costs each american household $100.00 per month now. So who is the big spender The Guy who is for the WAR !

    October 29, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  261. Emma Carter Brooks

    The buzzard doesn't come on the scene until the carcass is dead. Bush will show up on November 5 to eat the slaughter.

    Birmingham, AL

    October 29, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  262. Alex

    Jack, McCain would use the 1.6 million dollars he made by the end of his first term to buy another mansion, five new cars and a $100,000 hair transplant.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  263. Anna Lamothe

    McCain has long had an icy relationship with Bush and GOP conservatives as McCain has been a moderate who has reached across the aisle on many occasions unlike partisan Obama. McCain is his own man he doesn't need anyone stumping just to give him credibility. McCain is credible on his own. His resume stands the test and stands by itself. He doesn't need a standing president or former president to convince anybody that McCain is himself presidential.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  264. Beth from NC

    I think in light of the current economic mess, both will wind up spending more than they anticipate now, due to the uncertain economic forcast for this country at this given time.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  265. Victoria Anderson Seattle, Washington

    The situation that were in right now will take big spending to get us out of the mess were in. Both McShame and Obama will spend big, but the only difference is that McShame is War – War – and more War and While Obama will help the middle class gain some wealth. It worked in the Clinton years it will work again...

    October 29, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  266. Benjamin from Minneapolis

    McCain, and heres why: If I may bring up Iraq (remember that?) we're spending $10-$12 billion a month over there. Obama, as well as the Iraqi people, several US Generals, and the vast majority of Americans, all want us to finally leave.

    McCain is content on us staying there until it turns into the Burbank of the middle east with a Starbucks on every corner. He also seems ok with starting a new war in Iran, or wherever seems best to him at the time.

    Wars ain't cheap, Jack. McCain by a chin.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  267. CTVoter

    Easy - neither. The answer to "Who would spend the most?" is Sarah Palin - $150,000 for clothes, $50,000 for Governor's mansion renovations, and $54,803 for children's travel expenses since Dec. 2006.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  268. Anne from Vero Beach, FL

    I don't see how either of them could be a big spender since we're broke. I do think for all of his constant blabber about not raising taxes John McCain would do just that. We all remember George Senior's famous "read my lips" promise and I would bet my life McCain would do the same.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  269. Leah from Toronto, Canada

    Jack, it's not just about spending...Spending with a vision makes sense. Spending without a vision or common sense is insane. Both will spend – McCain will spend wrecklessly.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  270. Oz in Oklahoma City

    At this point it is not a mater of whom will spend more, but where will spending occur? Each candidate, if we are to take them at their word, intend to start different programs. Why is it that we never hear about plans for cessation of government plans and programs that are ineffective or primarily wasteful?

    The Iraq war is primarily wasteful with 10 Billion a month dollars of our money going to a country who has a surplus of their own and the oil resources to stabilize their own economy if they could get beyond their own corruption. We are paying big money so that not only American, but Iraqi politicians can get richer.

    There are a multitude of domestic programs that need reform or dissolution. I think the question resides there. If Obama intends to review the budget line by line (which will take up the 3rd quarter of his first year in all honesty) then hopefully he will find some of these bloated and failed programs and work to eliminate them to offset the cost of his new initiatives.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  271. Marcia Traverse City, Michigan

    For me it does not matter who will spend more... it depends on what they are spending it on... health, education, building better highways and bridges, funding NEW sources of energy exploration not back to the same old same old... I prefer Obama's ideas and hopes.
    If you just look at how the Republican Party spent money on clothes and make-up... it shows a very different set of values.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  272. Marla from Venice, Florida

    Republicans like to spend on the military ( on military equipment not so much the personnel or housing) and on tax breaks for businesses and the rich. (Someone has to pay for those tax breaks so it is still spending). Republicans are famous for killing social proframs which usually affect the less fortunate in our society. Democrats like to spend money on education, help with job programs and things that build a stronger middle class. I live a in a Republican controlled community and taxes are high and spending is ridiculous. They spend money on landscaping and consultants. Putting bricks in main roads while laying off people who work for the county. I don't want to hear people saying how fiscally responsible Republicans are because it isn't so. The Democrats tend to do more for the average person and they can balance budgets. I am sick of the republicans trickle down Ronald Reagan failed economic policies. I am also sick of the hand outs to the wealthy while everyone else is asked to sacrifice more to the point where we cannot afford to feed our families or get medical care. McCain can scream whatever names he wants because his way is going to put the middle class into the lower class.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  273. Natasha Klein

    Why, Sarah Palin of course! She "spread the wealth" up there in Alaska, so I'm assuming this maverick will do the same for all Americans, right? What, no she's against that now?! I'm so confused.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  274. John

    I' d say McCain would be the biggest spender....Thats all he knows, $ 500.00 shoes 7 homes 13 cars. McCain knows no different life. As well as the top 5% of the rich they are not seeing hard times either.

    So why would Ole Mac hold back spending the tax payers money.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  275. don in naples, florida

    we have already seen each of their proposed plans. And they both bring about the same amount of debt. So, there really is no difference between the two.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  276. John

    Jack, I believe that Obama would spend more only because of the plans he has for the future of our country. In order rid ourselves of dependence of foreign oil we will have to spend. Obama will also invest more money in the future of our country on things such as education, rebuilding our country infrastructure and unversal healthcare. I believe that McCain would spend more money on offshore drilling and other things that would not benefit this country, but wealthy businessmen.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  277. christine from NY

    I think they will both be big spenders, but what matters is what they spend it on.

    McCain talks of a spending freeze except for the military, veterans benefits and "other key things." The war is the single biggest expense we have. And he keeps saying that we will come home "in victory." Even the people running the war won't say victory, we'll be there a hundred years before the situation could be called a "victory," if ever.

    Obama will spend, but what he says he'll spend it on will strengthen our country and hopefully pull us out of this mess. Spending on education and health care and energy will create jobs and in the long run will lessen costs. He has big picture plans that will cost right now, but they are the right things to do. When was the last time our leaders looked at the big picture and did the right thing?

    October 29, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  278. Bryan D.

    Of course the next president will have to spend more, we have a larger population, more social issues and a two front war that we did not have 20+ years ago. However; the question really is, who will spend it wisely? We can see that over the last 8 years the Republicans could not manage it...tthey were left a very nice surplus and a balanced budget that took 8 years to build and managed to effectively flush it down the toilet in less than 8 years. When you think of a McCain Presidency be afraid, be very afraid.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  279. bryan from Illinois

    As someone mentioned, it is not only how much is spent but how wisely it is invested. Obama has given very clear points on how the U.S. can become the leader in Alternate Energy. We need another industrial boom to recover and alternate energy seems ripe for the picking. All the Republicans who think that he plans on taking their hard earned money to give it to the poor are the ones drinking kool-aid. He simply wants to take less from people who have less like Clinton did. No matter what the GOP says we were in much better shape with Bill Clinton and that is what Obama and Biden will help do.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  280. Preston of Denver, CO

    This is a fairly easy question to answer really. How much is Iraq costing us each month, and which candidate wants to draw out of Iraq sooner rather than later?

    October 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  281. Kalu Walter

    After a heavy rainfall,thunderstorm will surely follow.For now,both candidates seem to worry more about getting to the house ,than whats in the house.However, given their programs ...they both may spend more than this current administration.The difference is how and where they spend the money.While the Democrats promises to concentrate on home front and preserve the economy,the Republicans may keep engaging in endless wars.And I think,the American people don't mind the former.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  282. Michael

    Because of his hawklike views and refusal to use diplomacy as effectively as it can be, McCain will have to spend more. By far most Federal expenditures are defense expenditures, and if McCain is president the chance of being able to reduce those expenditures will be scant.

    I have no doubt that Obama will try to spend more at home, but the attraction of Obama's expenditures are that they might actually benefit the middle class and the working poor rather than the rich.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  283. Steve in Wyoming

    Its not spending per se that is the problem, its the deficit spending. In my voting lifetime, our national debt has increased the most during Reagan, Bush 41 and Bush 43. We gave them the national credit card and they maxed it out. Now we are stuck making the minimum payment to the Bank of China.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  284. Daniel, Indiana

    From what I've seen, Jack, McCain will be the bigger spender. That is why he has to condemn Obama's plans and call him a tax and spender. McCain refuses to explain where the money will come from to pay for his proposals. Obama has a plan and has been willing to express it. I believe that Obama can and will balance the budget or have it in much better shape than it presently is.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  285. Chernmax

    Obama , he's stealing the election right now by removing all security features from his website for Credit Card transactions to buy this election. And the main stream media is ignoring it. He doesn't even have security features that block foriegn donors, how eles do you raise 150 million dollars in 1 month. Red flags all over the place, do an internet search, if you cannot trust his ethics during and election, god forbid when he gets in the Whitehouse!!!

    October 29, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  286. Evan R. in Rochester

    I'm quite sure that Obama would be spending the most, just look at everything he wants to do. That's not going to change my vote for Obama though, because either way both McCain and Obama are going to spend spend spend – and I feel that Obama's big spending spree will be put to better use.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  287. vern-anaheim,ca

    i figure obama would but he would have to because of the mess bush has gotten us into but i think he would save the country money by getting us out of iraq where we are wasting money that should go to helping our own people

    October 29, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  288. malo

    Obama will spend more because, will be cleaning the big old mees Bush left behind and he has to to put us back on track.
    Therefore he will not be spending and maybe China will forgive us as debtors.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  289. Cindy D - Bartlett, TN

    The idea that Democrats alone are the big spenders is hogwash. Republicans have proven to be the biggest spenders ever.

    I'm more concerned with what they're spending money on.

    Can you imagine what good we could do in this country with the money we're wasting on the war in Iraq?

    October 29, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  290. Caleb

    It was the Bush policies that got us from a surplus to trillions in debt. McCain plans on keeping the policies meaning that another government bailout will be on the horizon. The answer is clear, it would be McCain because we as a nation need to keep the wealthy wealthier at any cost!

    October 29, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  291. Linda in Bisbee, AZ

    I trust Obama to spend wisely, and to make expenditures that are beneficial to more people than the very rich and the corporations they represent. Mccain has no plan except to freeze government spending (as if that were possible). He will keep us in perpetual war, which is the biggest expense we have, and the most detrimental to the economy. If he escalates conflict with Iran and Pakistan, he will guarantee the bankruptcy of the US, something we are not so far from achieving at this moment.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  292. Carolyn Pottsville, PA

    We are known by the company we keep. Look at the company McCain keeps – his wife who is worth 100 million dollars and Bush who has spent like a drunken sailor.

    Obama worked his way up the ladder with the burden of being black and still became President of the Harvard Law Review. He worked as a community organizer instead of choosing an elite law firm. Who would you choose to be your financial advisor?

    October 29, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  293. Destiny of DC

    The rich should pay more taxes. The average school teacher makes $40,000 a year. Rush Limbaugh makes 40 Million a year. Who would you rather leave your five year old child with all day? The discrepancies in pay need to be equalized more or one day there will be no teachers or nurses, just fat loud mouth radio talk jocks.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  294. James from Ashburn, VA


    I'm a huge Obama fan so I admit that I'm partisan but consider this: There is a terrorist website that supports Al-Qaeda that is saying they would rather have McCain as he would continue to spend more money in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I feel Obama will pull troops out of Iraq, and perhaps put a few in Afghanistan but will certainly save the bulk of the $10 Billion per month going to Iraq. I find it hard to believe that by saving he could still spend more than McCain

    Love your show

    October 29, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  295. Wendy in NC

    Well how much do endless wars cost? I'd prefer my tax dollars be spent on health care, education and energy/climate costs rather than aggression with no forethought.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  296. Anna Lamothe

    Obama along with liberals Pelosi and Reid are already cooking up spending schemes. Obama will tax and spend us into a depression. Now the democrats are trying to mess with our 401k's so they can implement Obama's "spread the wealth" scheme. Obama equals welfare state and class warfare.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  297. Jeff

    John McCain will spend money padding the wallets of CEO's and Wall Street executives, while Barak Obama will spend money on programs like education, health care, and infrastructure. Obama will undoubtedly spend more, but will help more Americans; therefore, dollar for dollar, McCain will ultimately spend more money.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  298. Darren

    Probably Sen. Obama because he'd quit borrowing all the money to pay for Bush's teo failed wars in the Middle East. Sen. McCain would pick right up where his menton left off.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  299. rotto rutter ralf

    The republican party are the historic big spenders out spending revenue in the last 5 administrations. The last 3 democrat administrations have higher revenues than spending. Trickle down runs up the national debt for future generations to pay for and the republican economic polices have not change since before the great republican depression.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  300. ISABEL

    McCAIN BY A LONG SHOT. HE HAS NO CLUE ABOUT THE ECONOMY and his policies are exactly the same as George Bush with very little difference. We'll all be lining up at the food bank if McCain get's into office.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  301. Gordon from NJ

    Like all Republicans, McCain loves to complain about "tax and spend" Democrats. However, if history is a guide, McCain will spend lots by following the Republicans' classic "Spend and Borrow" agenda. I wonder what his war with Iran will cost?

    October 29, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  302. Soon to be without a job in Mich.

    McCain would out spend Obama. He all ready has. John has 7 homes, 13 cars, his own private jet and the list goes on. Lets not forget that Barak and Michelle just paid off their student loans. As far as the White House and the health of our country goes, Obama will govern with integrity and the same caution the rest of us would. McCain might get in and spend like it's the last remaining days / years of his life.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  303. kervin

    We need anything but another Republican in the white house. What more do we need to see to know that, more spending from another republician? Even as a republican i wouldn't vote for myself. If you can't beat them join them, I'm joining them.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  304. Clayton, California

    Both would spend large amounts, but Obama's spending would count for something.

    Obama/ Biden 08

    October 29, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  305. Gwen

    I think they would both be big spenders.....

    October 29, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  306. Hortense Bellemare

    Obama needs to spend more, You know why? To compensate for ignorance, racism and dishonesty even from some "journalists" of...CNN. Want names?

    October 29, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  307. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Given the last 8 years of a Republican presidency, I don't really see how a McCain presidency would be much different, no matter what he says. He did, after all, vote for a bill that had to have $150 billion in pork attached to it before Republicans would vote for it. That was the bail out bill. Which hasn't done much for "main street" and I doubt that a McCain presidency would do much more. Obama on the other hand will most likely be the one that actually begins to reign in the spending spree the Republican administration has been on the last 8 years.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  308. Rich, Pittsburgh PA

    As an Obama supporter – I suspect Sen. Obama would spend slightly more. However, he would spend in far more intelligent ways like education, health care, tax cuts for the middle class, creating jobs...you know things that actually stimulate the economy and benefit average Americans.

    I suspect Sen. McCain would continue spending our tax dollars on more wars, more tax cuts for the rich and eventually more bailouts caused by our having given more money to wars and the rich (its a vicious Republican cycle).

    October 29, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  309. Diane Ghil

    The economy has to be straightened out and I believe both would spend the same. What McCain does not get it that he cannot lower taxes for the rich and keep spending. What he proposes on spending cuts is minisucle . The war has to end. That has been Obama's message from the beginning.
    I am for Obama's proposals.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  310. julian

    this whole point is moot anyhow. This idea that some how deficit spending is the solution is foolish and we are now trillions of dollars in debt because of the current administrations carelessness. Like a spoiled child with a credit card, George Bush proved there are worse things then being a "tax and spender" and thats being an incompetent dolt.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  311. Imra K3 IL

    McCain and Palin would spend all our money in Iraq and fighting wars!

    Obama and Biden would improve our infrastructure, as well as create jobs in the new energy sector, and developing the new electric cars!

    October 29, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  312. Dave from SC

    I think Obama could be a bigger spender, with his ideas to give teachers higher salaries and other plans. But, with that, he's also put ideas to get money back into our economy. Which is more than McCain can say. He can brag about having ideas to fix every problem he's ever faced, but as much as I look, I've never heard a single solution from him. Straight talk = avoiding issues while slandering your opponent with superficial and meaningless jabber while flipping your stance on all issues you stood for in the past.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  313. Markie from Cali

    As a college student, I rather put my trust in Obama and let him spend what he needs to spend...I trust him to put it to good use instead of McCain supporting another 10 years of Iraq....Obama focuses more on middle class and cares about giving students like me more opportunities to follow up my education! Go Obama/Biden!

    October 29, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  314. Cliff

    Oh so now they worried about how much money is going to be spent, they should have been worried while bush was digging this hole we are in. Now somebody got to pay for his mess sad...... Little Rock , Arkansas

    October 29, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  315. Barbara

    Easy question–McCain of course. He wants to keep spending 10 billion a month on the winless war in Iraq.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  316. Leatherneck

    I believe both candidates would spend equaly. The difference here lies in the fact that Senator McCain has shown very irratic behavior in handling a crisis. In a knee-jerk reaction, he would unwisely spend money in the wrong areas and try to through everything at the economy in an effort to fix it. We need a steady hand in all of this turmoil. We need clear thinking and an educated response. All things that I believe Senator Obama exemplifies.

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 29, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  317. marina in NC

    While McCain would likely continue to throw money away further enriching the already rich and the war profiteers, Obama would likely spend taxpayer dollars on growing our own economy and infrastructure.

    While we certainly need to reign in spending and waste after 8 years of out-of-control Republican economic irresponsibility, I care more about where and how the money is spent than on an amount.

    October 29, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  318. Steve

    It'll be Obama, marginally. The bigger issue is that government spending has become a dirty word. The economy is headed into a recession; the best way to shorten it is to increase government spending!

    October 29, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  319. Jerry from Jacksonville

    The one in the white house would be the bigger spender according to the loser of the race, but whoever gets elected will have to spend money, and speaking of money and McCain and Palins drill, drill and drill some more, has everyone forgotten the largest environmental mess in the history of the United States was the oil spill in Alaska, how many billions and billions of dollars did that cost to clean up and is still being cleaned up.l

    October 29, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  320. Debbie in Warrenton

    McCain definitely would be a bigger spender. He would continue the war, bail out the banks by paying full price for troubled morgages, and give more tax breaks from big businesses that have never spread the wealth around to the average person. he would just won't spend the money on infrastructure and social programs such as education, health, and highways. That is why I am voting for Obama, who is planning on spending the money on the people and infrastructure.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  321. Donna

    Obama will spend more- he whats to take my pie and share with others. I have done without paid for my house and cars. I don't what him to take my pie. I will hide my pie.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  322. Clarence N. Hansen

    Not even counting the giant corporate giveaways that are standard republican fare, McCain's promise of another 100 year war would spend enough money to put our country in the poorhouse for generations to come.
    Clarence Hansen
    Austin, TX

    October 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  323. Gina

    Are you kidding? They've already said what they will each spend if elected. Obama wins this one hands down. Probably like he'll win the election unfortunately.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  324. Steve

    Invading Iran will cost far more than anything Obama wants to do.
    Jacksonville, Fl

    October 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  325. PreppyJack

    Definitely McCain, the man wants to keep fighting a war that he intends to claim victory because he believes coming to a peaceful resolution is not victorious, so indeed he's going to keep pumping money into the war and not to mention that the lives of U.S. troops are also at stake....

    October 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  326. nanak/va.


    McCain will be the biggest spender... Look what Bush did.
    McCain is for the "rich" and Senator Obama is for ALL THE PEOPLE;
    rich and poor alike. We can't wait until this is all over.
    Hope we don't have to wait "hours" in line Voting Day; our Gov.
    should have given us Early Voting in Virginia.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  327. dft

    Both will spend alot . . .

    Bush put an additional 5 trillion on our national debt, giving the money to private contractors who have taken their businesses off shore, destroying our military and ignoring our infrastruture at home.

    McCain has proposed nothing different.

    Obama will end the war and fund the military to rebuild it to address future problems, invest in our infrastructure and new energy technology.

    What is the better investment?

    October 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  328. A.A

    McCain will put us in more debt because he's going to stick our forces in Iraq until they win when we've should have left Iraq after finding Saddam which that was pretty much be the wars victory from my opinion.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  329. Clyde Parillon

    McCain would be a bigger spender. Drill-Baby-Drill

    October 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  330. Peter Bruno

    Does it matter? We're 10 trillion dollars in debt. No matter who becomes president we won't be able to get ride of much that. Obama wants more goverment projects, but McCain wants the war to continue and thats what's spending the most of the money now. I just hope that our next president doesn't continue going on a spending spree.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  331. Phil

    Either candidate is going to spend obscene amounts of money, the real question isn't 'who will be the biggest spender?', it's 'who will be the biggest earner?'. Americans love to preach that you've got to spend money to make money when discussing business, but nobody seems to be willing to make the same statement about government. I feel that Barack Obama's plan of investing $15 billion per year in alternate energy to create jobs and increase energy independence is a strong step in the right direction.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  332. gsmith121

    You have a Republican party who's main mantra is government is bad and can never solve any of society's problems (the free market is were the real freedom is). Then we act shocked (shocked I tell you!) when after Republicans are elected they make things even worse.

    Republicans are great at campaigning – i.e. getting people angry about something – but horrible at governing. Obama will make the federal govt more efficient and less wasteful, but it can only happen after he cleans up the mess the republicans left behind.

    Do Americans have a political eating disorder? We gorge ourselves on Republican "trickle down" policies, then we purge (throw the bums out) when we get sick.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  333. Jacob

    Well Jack, I can't say I know who will spend more, but look at it this way. Sen. McCain started off by saying he would veto any kind of spending bill... But now wants to buy everyone a house. At least Sen. Obama has not tried to hide the fact that he is going to spend money

    October 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  334. Harvey Scribner

    If history is relevant, it will be John McCain. In the last 28 years, the Republicans have borrowed and spent our way into more than $10 trillion of debt. Our debt problems began with the junk economics of Ronald Reagan, followed by George H. W. Bush, and more recently by George W. Bush. We now have a Federal Debt in excess of $10 trillion dollars, or $ 35,000 for every man, woman and child in the U.S. George W. Bush is responsible for $5.4 + trillion alone. The only time we had a surplus in the last 30 years was under Clinton! This huge debt has resulted in debased currency, subsequent inflation, loss of jobs, and a recessionary economy. We can't afford another Republican!

    October 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  335. Marc from San Diego

    Both–The real question is who is going to spend our money wisely for the future of this country. I don't think tax breaks on top of record profits to the oil companies is a wise way of spending our tax dollars. We should be investing in alternative energy instead of the CEO's of Exxon-Mobil's pockets. Obama is clearly the better choice on spending for the American people.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  336. Drew from Tennessee

    Both will be big spenders, but I believe Obama will spent it for the right reasons and the people of the United States.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  337. Donna

    Both will have to spend mightily to get us out of this mess and frankly, I don't care. There are things on this earth more important than separating me from my almighty dollar (of which I don't have an abundance by an measure). A leader – a true one – one I can trust and that will repair the massive damage we have endured at home and worldwide are chief among those more important 'things' to me. Only Sen. Obama brings this to the table.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  338. Bob, Darrington, WA

    They will both spend a bunch. The difference in a mutli-trillion dollar economy may be incidental. How to pay for it? McCain will continue to borrow against future generations...keeping taxes low, the easy path for McCain, pays it off too slowly. Obama understands reducing borrowing, taxing those that can afford it, and having the guts to own up and pay for what we need and do more quickly.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  339. Pat Infante from new Jersy

    As they say, you can't take it with you when you go, so I say the older guy spends more!

    October 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  340. Ed

    Jack, there is no doubt in my mind that under John McCain we would inherit another four years of big spending and go deeper into an economical deficit as we did under George Bush. All you have to do is listen to his economic strategy and you can hear nothing but the same ole Trickle down economics of the past and we all know what that has produced....one heck of a MESS!

    October 29, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  341. LaRhymes

    If McCain wins he will be the biggest spender. Obama is way more educated in LAW, he is more qualified to help all of Americans.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  342. North Carolina voter

    Jack when it comes to the big spender, we all know who this really describe. Spending $10 billions a month in Iraq for 100 years really tells us who the big spender will be.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  343. June J in Canada

    It seems to me it doesn't really matter as long as its spent wisely.
    American tax payers were told that it was necessary to spend $700.000.000 to keep the economy from going down the tubes because of Republican mismanagement . Spending is necessary, with the empahsis is on WISELY. i have complete faith that things can only get better with time and a new and progressive President. Roll on the 4th.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  344. vincent j. conti

    Obama will end the war in Iraq McCain is committed to the war. I am also concerned with Iran . McCain sees KGB in Putin and I am fearful of his intentions there. Obama will have more to spend on our own needs.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  345. Lew Cloninger

    McCain will be the bigger spender because war is more expensive than peace. Because to give tax breaks to Exxon and the top .02percent of income earners is more expensive than giving people of low or middle income a break. Welfare for the rich is much more expensive than welfare for the poor.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  346. Edwin Yates Sr

    With John McCain voting with Pres. Bush 90% of the time, he should be quite versed in "Mega Spending"
    Obama will spend but he gave us details of how he would be bringing home most of the money being spent abroad right now. Just eliminating the cost of the Iraq war allots enough money to assist the middle class in making a recovery. The middle class is the economy booster that will cause a trickle-up type regeneration. I believe Obama would spend our money wisely where McCain would buy seven more houses. Remember McCain was the one that thought the middle class income was One Million Dollars, so there.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  347. Lisa...Westfield Ma

    I think that McCain will be just more of Bush. The maverick is gone...he is now GOP more than ever. I believe that this country is going down the wrong path. Trickle down economics didn't work with Reagan...and they are not working now either. We are so much better than this.....its a sad day.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  348. Marie

    Sure, McCain talks a good game, but who in their right mind believes him? McCain talks about experience, well experience has taught us that he will vote the same types of policies George Bush voted on 90% of the times. How about we look at John McCain's experince while we're talking about experience. He loves to talk about his experience but the truth of the matter is his experience is bad. Does it count if you've been a sitting sidekick for years? Is that experience we want? Sometimes experience is no contest when it comes to substance and qualities like those Barack Obama have. Barack is smart, innovative, positive, balanced, intelligent, educated, he is a person who believes in democracy and unity, is in touch with reality and today, and he has integrity. Barack is brillant in comparison to McCain.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  349. Jeff's smelly socks

    We're only looking at one side of the balance sheet here. McCain wants to do everything without raising taxes. McCain obviously has a distorted view of economics. Low taxes and high spending only go hand-in-hand in a failing Bush economy. You old conservative farts are digging your grandchildren an awfully large hole.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  350. Brant, Houston, TX

    Obama would spend more than McCain, yet the national deficit would grow more under a McCain administration. This information is according to nonpartisan independent federal budget think tanks. Not only would the deficit grow more under a McCain administration, just like the last 8 years we would have less to show for it and considerably less investment in America's future. The only advantage of a McCain administration is a continuation of the same Bush policies that line the pockets of the very wealthy at the expense of everyone else.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  351. Don-Harvard, MA

    McCain would be constantly at odds with the Democrats. It is likely he would circumvent Congress as it tries to stop his agenda to the detriment of the Constitution and the American people. I fear that he would gut domestic spending to finance possibly a new foreign war.
    Obama would work with the Congress to solve our problems. Hopefully that would result in less spending but better managed programs so we get more "bang for the buck."

    Just look at the past eight years. If that does not answer the question I don't know what will.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  352. Susan

    No doubt in my mind that Obama will spend more. And that it will comes out of the pockets of hard working tax payers like myself and into the pockets of those who don't work, don't pay taxes and are positioning themselves to be first in line for the host of new Democratic social programs and handouts likely to come in an Obama administration.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  353. David Wight

    In my opinion Mr. Obama would be the bigger spender as he has voted for the long standing democratic policy of tax and spend almost 100% of the time. Will he change color?? (no pun intended)
    I don't think so..

    He will continue to support a socialistic increased re-distribution of wealth as he has supported in the past... Tax more, and re-distribute per well-fare handout techniques.. Some of the best known dictators do the same to protect their positions...

    October 29, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  354. Tom Kline

    McCain will spend more. His tax policy will reduce revenue while we continue to spend on the war in Iraq. Obama will get us out of Iraq in accord with the wishes of the Iraqis and save us that money. Then there is the cost of rebuilding the military and the domestic infrastructure. McCain will have to put all of this on our Chinese credit card. That's worse than Obama's "paygo."

    October 29, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  355. Kiara

    Obama will spend more money since the House and Senate will more than likely have a democratic majority. Since it's the House and Senate that are the ones to throw the money around I have to go with the democratic nominee. That and Obama sure does have a lot of Changes to finance.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  356. demiburke

    "McSame" – Certainly, he has never managed a household budget even close to the one of the "average" American, even "Joe the Plumber" with whom he seems to closely identify. John probably didn't even think Sarah's clothing budget was excessive, but hey, hasn't Mrs. McCain worn a different outfit every day? Guess if voters aren't surprsed at the campaign's high rollers, we shouldn't expect something different once that group gets into the white house.

    Barb – Kingsport, Tennessee

    October 29, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  357. Tim in Delafield, Wi

    Jack, I,ve been saying that for the last 6 years. How can they claim they are Republican , when their spending money like a drunken sailor. Why should we think McCain would be different?

    October 29, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  358. joan

    Spend more money?
    OBAMA, of course!
    This will probably get edited out of your blog since your are 100% for Obama. Sadly, CNN can't report accurate and unbiased news anymore.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  359. Tony (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

    They will probably spend the same amount, the difference would be that Obama would spend it on health care & helping the middle class on all kinds of ways and McCain would spend it on Iraq, wall street & clothes for Palin

    October 29, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  360. Rad from virginiabeach

    Answer to your question: Both. There seems to be no end to the amount of tall tales flying from these two and their ongoing promises just to get into the Whitehouse. Obama is almost too good to be true with his promises. Then again, as a registered republican, I'll be truthful and admit McCain is even worse. On a final note, would you kindly ask 'Joe' not to step on stage again?

    October 29, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  361. Julius

    Any conservative who tells you they don't tax and spend are liars. At least the Democrats are somewhat honest about that, but the Repbulicans tell you that to fear monger into voting for them, saying they won't do it– and what do they do when the get elected? Tax and spend, conservatives here in Canada do the same bloody thing– my advice to the American electorate is , don't be fooled by any of the right wingers fear mongering, if they are like conservatives that I have come to know and dislike- they won't tell you exactly what they are going to do until its too late- on Nov. 5!

    October 29, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  362. Ray Clay

    After the last 8 years of republican spending. I would trust Barak with my tax dollars any day. McCain would spend less, take more, and continue the war. So, my answer is "Big Wallet Barak."

    St Louis, MO.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  363. Dharmesh

    Jack, are you kidding? McCain would be the bigger spender. He is like a kid, He who doesnt know anything about economy what will he know about spending and saving.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  364. Patti, Palm Coast, FL

    As a small business owner, I am more concerned with how the money is used. I do belive that 'Geezer & Gidget' if elected would continue the plummet of this country's dire economic situation, right along with our international reputation.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  365. James

    Hard to answer considering we've really only heard about Obama's plans. McCain and the "hidden blonde" Palin have been in attack mode for too long to remember what they said they were going to do!
    That's now a said party and those two are definitely not deserving of the White House. Obama all the way!!!

    October 29, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  366. Karras Bommer, New Orleans

    Answer is McCain. How much money would a third world war cost? McCain could do it once he's got the power. Nothin' like a little revenge... right?

    October 29, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  367. Alice North Carolina

    John Mccain would be the big spender he will be just like George Bush I also think Obama would make a better president. McCain is for the rich and don't let anyone kid you. Mccain along with his lovely partner( Palin) has run a very nasty campain and their dirty remarks will not get them to the white house.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  368. Angel

    I'm more worried about Palin than McCain - considering what she's spent on her wardrobe and cosmetics for a few weeks of stumping, I don't think we can afford her. She's also obviously had a lip job done - and that takes upkeep, I can tell you. Nope. Definitely an Obama gal here.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  369. AF-Atlanta

    Since McCain voted with Bush 90% of the time, and the deficit has almost doubled with Bush no tax but spend policies, history tells me it would be McCain. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities economists have found this: “The dominant factor in the unprecedented fiscal deterioration [of the federal budget since 2001] thus was not the performance of the economy. Nor was it increases in domestic programs. The key factors have been large tax cuts and increases in security-related programs. ”

    The Republicans have sold the American public on the idea that we can fight wars and not pay taxes. The American public has bought it and created a debt that their children and grand-children will suffer.

    Good grief! A pox on everyones house.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  370. Michael in Boulder

    Define spending. Spending on stuff we need? Like schools, energy solutions, infrastructure? Obama, by far.

    Spending on stuff we don't need? Like 100 years of warfare in Iraq and a third war in Iran? McCain.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  371. Rebecca Pinter

    Eastern Shore of Maryland

    That son of a bees turd will double the national debt again just like his good friend George W. He continues this rant about continuing the war in Iraq. Even George is talking drawing down. We can't afford it and the people in Iraq need to start taking over, as they want.

    Sorry, forgot to include my location in my last post.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  372. Maulik

    I believe Obama is bigger spender during Election time thah McCain. But during presidency definately McCain Would beat obama by giving huge breaks to corporations rather than Middle classs people. It is necessary for Obama now to spend more to make future economy better ...

    October 29, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  373. Mike in Los Angeles

    I don't care if Obama spends more so long as the money is spent giving back to the American people and not on war or businesses or home owners who made bad decisions. The failout was a joke, and considering the polls and the amount of undecided voters still not sure who to vote for this is easily the worst electorate ever.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  374. Justin Madden

    For me, the question is not who will be the bigger spender, but who will be the wiser. If spending $150,000 on you're running mate's wardrobe is any indication, I trust McCain as much as I trust Bush; not at all.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  375. Jessica, San Jose CA

    McCain McCain McCain.. he will spend more money and in all the wrong places! Money to countries that have no debt to fund a war no one wants. Money to the wealthy corporations who send it overseas to hire people and hide their profits. Money to oil companies who have record profits.

    Now, why is it socialism if it's intended to help all Americans, but "good capitalism" or "free market" to make the rich richer, send away our jobs, and fund huge corporations with the money of the poor?

    Even IF Obama were to spend anywhere near as much as his opponent (which he won't, he's been perfectly clear about that), at LEAST we would know it would go to AMERICANS to REBUILD what 8 years of republican rule have successfully dismantled, crushed, stolen, let fall into disrepair, and killed. Roads, infrastructure, education, science, alternative fuel, or any innovation.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  376. geraldine reeves

    I am not sure which candidate would spend the most money but i am hoping that it will be spent wisely. I think Obama will do that. I live in Michigan and we can't afford four more years of the same .

    October 29, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  377. John Petesch

    McCain would be the bigger spender because like Bush, McCain is clueless and like Bush, McCain's answer to every problem will probably to throw money at it rather than come up with real solutions.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  378. Diane Ames

    Jack, your're so predictable. Once again you preface your question with a tirade vilifying Republicans. And, gee, I wonder how the audience will respond! Why don't you just wear an OBAMA pin on your lapel? I wonder if this will be your token "conservative" response; there is always one you know, and only one!

    October 29, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  379. rukiddin

    The McCain "tax cut" is just more spending....Deficit Spending, If revenues don't cover spending than your spending your childs and your grandchilds money.

    When will we get over the "gonna cut taxes" campaign lies. Bush (McCain) simply let his buddies keep more of their ill gotten profits while he drove this country off a cliff. Country First ! yea sure. Let's spend our taxes on putting people to work on projects that benefit our country and stop sending our dollars to Haliburton via Irag. We will benefit from higher revenues and lower deficits. But, guess what, it means we have to pay taxes otherwise we can just let our country crumble as we stand by and wait for the great trickle down to occur.
    We ALL have a responsiblity to pay our way. United WE can make this country truly great again. Let's get started.
    Obama on Tuesday.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  380. Ryan in Tempe, AZ

    They will both spend money, and with that money they will fix all of our problems. Obama is going to spend money on things like education, health care, infrastructure, energy and defense. Only then would he think about going on the offense with wars as an option. McCain on the other hand wants to go on the offense first with wars as a requirement, then hopefully after a few decades, he'll take care of our social needs. My thought and vote goes to: "the best defense makes a good offense."

    October 29, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  381. Pablo, Charles Town, WV

    Whoever can better schmooze with Congress, and our creditors – the Chinese. My guess is that will be Obama. McCain isn't bolstering much confidence or credibility these days. After all, it is largely policies he has supported that has resulted in thi economic mess. At least Obama is tantamount to the first time home buyer. A little risky, but worth a shot.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  382. Rajesh, Michigan

    Sure it is McCain. Obama has a clear plan on ending war in Iraq and this will save $10b/month to the country. No doubt McCain will be the huge spender.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  383. Steven Springer from Parma Heights, Ohio

    Even though John McCain has alleged that Senator Obama would be a "big government, big spending" president, he neglects his own positions. His continued support for the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and an unjust war show that he does not have a clue how to handle the budget, and will spend in the wrong way.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  384. Jack

    The difference in national spending would be nothing compared to what Obama would save by getting us out of Iraq.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:36 pm |