Weekend Watchdog Wrapup

Terrance Heath

The watchdog was 2-for-3 again this week, even with the two presidential candidates (and one vice presidential candidate) in the Sunday line-up. Depending on how you look at it, that is.

I didn’t think it would happen, but Fox New Sunday host Chris Wallace did a pretty good job of posing our question to Rick Davis.

WALLACE: Let’s get back to your comment last week that I discussed with David Axelrod.

DAVIS: Sure.

WALLACE: And let’s put it up on the screen again. "This election is not about issues. This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates."

WALLACE: Rick, do you want to focus on personality or a composite view of the candidates, not issues, because of the fact, for instance, that we’ve got 6.1 percent unemployment, the highest in five years?

DAVIS: No, Chris. And what you didn’t — what you didn’t show on the screen was the next sentence, which is the composite view is made up of people’s values. It’s made up of their opinions. It’s made up of their judgment and their principles.

And so then I let — then the next sentence says, "And of course, issues will play an important role in people’s final decision."

Fair enough on the next sentence. But will the issues play an "important role" or a primary role in people’s final decision? Or does that spot belong to the "composite view" Davis emphasized earlier, and does that view consist of much more than whatever Davis hopes voters will project upon his candidate?

On Face the Nation, McCain briefly mentioned creating jobs before jump from that to — of all things — school vouchers. How will he create jobs? He wasn’t asked, and didn’t say.

And on This Week, no questions for Obama on when he’ll present a bold, comprehensive plan that helps working Americans and their families, and no details beyond the middle class tax-cuts he mentioned before.

See you back here next week!

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