Sunday, July 27, 2008

For Obama, ‘It’s the trust, stupid’

by Sam Youngman,, July 28, 2008

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is on the right path to winning the presidency, but he needs to get over the trust hurdle he has with some voters if he wants to close the deal on rival John McCain, Democratic strategists say.

Obama has maintained a narrow lead in national polls over McCain since winning the nomination against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) in early June. Now, strategists say, Obama has to continue to introduce himself to voters who remain wary of a freshman senator who is still an unknown quantity to a lot of swing voters.

Democratic strategists interviewed for this story seemed to agree that the contest, now less than 100 days away, is a referendum both on an unpopular President Bush and an unknown Obama. While Bush’s presence remains detrimental to the Arizona Republican’s chances, they said, Obama’s fate is largely his own. >>Read More

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