Obama's speech Wednesday marked a post-Labor Day ramp-up of election sparring. It threw into sharp relief an issue that both parties see as central to their campaign strategies: taxes.
Obama travels to Cleveland to pitch a tax break package worth as much as $300 billion for businesses. But economists are skeptical that many jobs can be gained this way.
Used-car dealers, small manufacturers feel credit squeeze as states and cities postpone projects.
Some companies are having problems getting loans, and others are being informed of reduced credit lines.