Politics & Government

July 16, 2008

Just in time for Obama, economy becomes Issue No. 1

Iraq has faded as the defining issue for the presidential election, and that's good news for Barack Obama, who wasn't faring all that well as the peace candidate, despite the war's unpopularity. The falloff in violence made his criticism of the surge a liability, and this week, he took comments knocking the troop buildup off his Web site. But it might not matter. Fifty-three percent of Americans now rank the economy as their top concern, and that's likely to favor Obama, not McCain.

Related content