With pundits and politicos handicapping the campaign like the Super Bowl, it's easy to lose sight of what's at stake. An economy in peril. A country at war. A future uncertain.
In the meantime, President Bush discussed the economy in Chicago:
We have a strong foundation in our economy, but we cannot take economic growth for granted. That's what I want to share with you. I understand that while there is a foundation that would be the envy of a lot of other nations, we cannot take growth for granted. We confront economic challenges, from the downturn of the housing sector to high energy prices to painful adjustments in some of the financial markets. Recent economic indicators have become increasingly mixed. Last Friday we learned that our economy has now had 52 months of uninterrupted job growth. That's a record. That's the longest period of job creation on record.Our entrepreneurs are taking risks. Our small businesses are expanding.
To be fair, the President did say there is some mixed news. But whether the economy is strong or the economy is in peril, Bush and Giuliani agree we need to keep taxes low even if they have no real intent on reducing government spending low. More on this theme from Paul Krugman.