By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press Writer
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Republican John McCain pledged to fight for a new direction for the country in an energetic new campaign stump speech Monday that sought to distance him from the economic policies of President Bush. “We cannot spend the next four years as we have spent much of the last eight: waiting for our luck to change,” McCain said while campaigning with Sarah Palin in this once reliably Republican state that has become a battleground this year.
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., give the thumbs-up as he speaks at a rally at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Va., Monday, Oct. 13, 2008.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Theinsisted he understood Americans’ concerns about the deepening , even as fears about the meltdown have moved voters firmly in Democrat Barack Obama’s direction in recent weeks.
The repudiation of the Republican incumbent’s economic policies came as McCain has struggled to find a message that would reverse his sagging poll results nationally and in some. Yet, McCain echoed a line from and his son, George W. Bush, about Democrats “measuring the drapes” that proved ineffectual for the in 1992 and 2006.
“secret ballot in labor elections, and concede defeat in Iraq,” McCain said, targeting the prospect of one-party government with references to the Democratic leaders of the House and Senate.is measuring the drapes, and planning with Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi and Sen. (Harry) Reid to raise taxes, increase spending, take away your right to vote by