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Joining us now to discuss some Barack Obama is dealing with a Republican attacks and dealing with the clintons is senator Dick Durban national -- -- for the Obama campaign.
Who comes to us from Chicago senator Durbin we played was God's truth squad with a McCain.
As -- must do the same and and Obama had here it is.
-- -- -- -- And tax breaks and senator -- isn't that misleading.
John McCain is not proposing any special tax breaks for big -- he's just talking about.
Lowering the corporate tax rate for every business.
Oh Chris let's be very honest about that when you lower the taxes and some of the most profitable corporations in America will benefit.
And one of the most profitable corporations in America ExxonMobil for example.
The John McCain proposal would give them -- one point two billion dollar tax break overall.
Four billion dollars in tax breaks for oil companies at a time when we have the worst deficit in our history.
That is responsible and that -- is accurate.
But let me ask you because Obama's answer it -- says that not -- is two impose a windfall profits tax on the oil industry.
-- -- summing up.
Last year the oil and gas industry made a profit of eight point 3%.
-- beverages and tobacco on an average profit of 19%.
Drug companies 18% computer companies.
Why single out.
The oil industry and say is their profits alone that are unreasonable.
Because they have reported record breaking profits.
Not just for oil companies but for American businesses the amount of money that they are taking you know profits.
At the expense of families and businesses and farmers and our overall economy.
Are absolutely beyond everything historically.
And -- worst thing is there's a limit this president should have called the oil companies sex in the office long ago and said you're killing the economy.
The airlines can't survive.
He -- jawbone you should've made it clear that the profit taking that they are experiencing.
Is at the expense of this economy of families are struggling to get by.
But people who were losing jobs.
But but but senator I mean one of the reasons of their profits as of gross number is so big are because they're investments disobeyed.
They're research and development is something if I just pointed out there are under other industries which has as a percentage of their expenditure is making double.
The percentage of profits of the oil industry.
Chris I'm not an accountant but those who or have dug into the books and what you listen what it turns out to be.
The profit taking by the oil companies is not being used to look for new solar sources of oil and gas overwhelmingly their buying back their stock.
They're paying out dividends they're paying the CEO salaries.
In other words third at plowing the back into the futures of their company they're plowing them into the wallets of their officers and the people who run their companies as well as their shareholders.
Now that kind of profit taking is okay generally but it reaches a point now where the oil companies are literally killing the economy and when John McCain says what they need four billion dollars more in tax breaks.
He just doesn't understand the reality of what this economy is facing.
But that Senator Obama is also talking about possibly lowering.
The corporate tax rate as a way as a general way to spur the economy if he does that then he's going to be giving tax breaks for the oil industry.
I'll take on balance though Obama approach to the McCain approach any day.
What Barack Obama has said his focus the tax breaks on the families that are struggling.
Middle income working families and those are the folks have been disadvantaged by a war that's costing us ten to twelve billion dollars a month.
-- it's taking money out of our economy that could be spent here in America.
What the rockets that give those families a fighting chance they've fallen behind under the bush economic policies.
And let me just also remind you in April when John McCain was asked.
He said he thought that the bush economic part of policies were showing progress in America.
I don't think that you can find many American families it would agree with that state.
Senator Durbin a lot of Democrats keep asking why is this race so close let me put something on the screen when voters are asked do you want a Democrat.
Or a Republican for president.
Your party wins by twelve points but when they are asked.
About the horse race between a nominees Obama leads McCain.
-- less than four points what's the problem.
This is about where the polls were a month ago.
And the fact is Chris you and I live and breathe politics but most Americans have a life to lead.
They're watching the Olympics they're ready to get the kids back to school they know politicians are making a lot of noise out there they're not really going to focus on until it gets closer to the election.
The statistic that I think should be compelling for those analyzing this.
And you ask the people voting for Barack Obama or you're excited and committed the numbers are overwhelmingly positive asked the same question about McCain voters.
They're pretty anemic fewer than half say this is an exciting election that they want to get involved -- specifically -- the level of support for change strong.
Senator why -- how do you explain the fact that Barack Obama runs so far behind.
Question do you want a Democrat or a Republican as your next president.
Because they're still unanswered questions about both candidates both Obama and McCain.
And as -- said most voters aren't really focusing.
But still we have the conventions they had the choice of vice president.
The debates you know the American people would really want to major these candidates in the closing days in the critical decisions and then they'll make their choice of October.
But Americans want change they know John McCain is more of the same when it comes to bush politics and they know Barack Obama is going to bring real change to America in Washington.
Senator let's turn to the Clinton decide Hillary Clinton seemed to suggest this last week when she was.
Talking to a group that her supporters.
Need to have their voices heard and and perhaps even in a roll call of a convention.
I happen to believe that.
We won't come out stronger if people feel that their voices were heard.
Is the Obama camp okay what they roll call out the convention and which delegates can vote openly for either Clinton or Obama.
I can tell you this I don't know what decision has been made if there is a final decision on that question.
But I can tell you this Hillary Clinton and President Clinton or -- parts of our convention in Denver.
Hillary Clinton will be speaking Tuesday night in prime time President Clinton will be speaking Wednesday night.
They're people or not only welcome to this convention we need their help.
Now let's understand we've gone through a bruising primary season between these two excellent candidates and there are some people still healing from that I understand it.
But in the end I believe that the Hillary Clinton supporters and Hillary herself -- definitely committed to Obama's candidacy but what happened just the day or two ago.
Here was Hillary Clinton in Nevada.
Campaigning for Barack Obama on the issue of pay equity so the women are treated fairly in the workplace an issue which John McCain disagrees with Obama on disagrees with Hillary Clinton.
There or clear differences between the candidate.
And Hillary Clinton is going to be supporting Barack Obama and encouraging all over voters to do.
But just a simple questions sir do you think a roll call is a good idea or not.
I think I'm not going to speak to that -- I don't know what decision has been reached at the convention trust me the Hillary Clinton delegates will be treated fairly.
We welcome them we need them if we're gonna win in November of their support is critical.
Meanwhile Bill Clinton you talk about how they're going to be on board couldn't have been more -- head in his support for Barack Obama.
In an interview this week let's take a look at that.
It's ready to be president.
You could argue that no one's ever.
How you gonna get the former president to stop salt it.
Well I can tell I think Bill Clinton is hurting I'll be honest with you his so wife did not prevail in the primary.
He worked hard and it was involved in some controversial statements.
But trust me when people judge Bill Clinton and his -- presidency what it did for America in terms of building this economy.
And moving this forward.
He's going to do quite well I believe before the end of the day he's going to be an active.
-- supporter of the Obama campaign justice Hillary Clinton -- today.
Do you think the revelation that John Edwards had an extramarital affair -- Democrats.
Let's be very honest there is weakness -- when it comes to both political parties.
Feel very badly for John list of who were friends I know them and I know their families they're going through very difficult time I hope they can resolve this between them.
The reason I ask is the revelation late in the 2006 campaign the congressmen Republican congressman Mark Foley.
Had a had.
Were relationships involvement with the congressional.
Seem to be very damaging to the GOP and not election what's the difference.
Well there's a big difference I mean exploiting.
And infidelity in marriage I think.
It would save both are wrong but Mark Foley situation with the pages involved.
Relationship which was just absolutely scandalous these are young people coming to Washington who were.
Really in our custody and care as members of congress and I think that was required that quantum difference between the two.
Do you think that Obama would still consider Edwards for a job and his administration after the revelation.
I have no idea -- not spoken to him about that as you're aware I'm sure Senator Edwards announced through one of his service staffers.
He would not be attending the convention in Denver.
Finalists are on the on the veep stakes dominant show you a poll this week.
That found that on the issue cools the candidates for change Obama -- 61%.
To seven team.
But on who would do better in the war on terror McCain leads 56%.
Senator given that isn't it a no brainer that that Barack Obama should choose is a running mate someone who can -- LN and reassure people.
On the farm policy commander in chief mission.
Well I'm sure that's going to be taken into consideration but first and foremost Barack Obama needs someone that he trusts someone he can work -- Someone who -- some unforeseen circumstance could step -- and and lead this nation that's what he's looking for and there are many possibilities out there John McCain of course has many positive attributes of these work on the military side.
And throw -- his career even -- in his life.
At this point though the number one issue in the minds the American people -- we're gonna put the bush economic policies behind us.
And unfortunately John McCain has endorsed those policies.
I think that when it comes to the future and our economy and what families are looking for the first question is can the American economy.
Really be fair to working families and middle income families and give them a fighting chance when it comes to gasoline prices and food prices and other things beyond the control.
Senator Durbin we're gonna have to look at -- we want to thank you so much for joining us and we'll see you what your convention.
Thanks -- -- up next guy.
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