A Voter's Guide to the Economy

How Obama and McCain propose to create jobs and ease the pain on Wall Street and Main Street

Brooks Kraft / Corbis Christopher Morris / VII

Obama and McCain

Consumer confidence is at an all-time low, and many Americans are struggling to avert foreclosure as they fork over $4 a gallon for gasoline. That's why the U.S. economy has grabbed center stage this campaign season. The ultimate test: How would the candidates put more money in your pocket while dealing with a record estimated budget deficit of $482 billion? Here's where the candidates stand on four key issues: [This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine.]

  DEMOCRAT REPUBLICAN   Barack Obama John McCain   'The core of our economic success is ... each American does better when...

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