Sept. 3, 2008, 1:30 p.m. EDT
Q. What serious issue in your state would you like the next president to address?
That's why I'm here to really stand up for Sen. McCain, because he is for tightening the belt on big waste in government and making sure our taxes are reduced. We need that kind of support more than ever in New York. In New York, we got 100,000 of our friends and neighbors who leave the state every single year. Businesses are closing up. Costs for electricity are 70 percent higher than in the rest of the United States. We cannot afford someone like Obama to get in office and raise taxes. If we do that, it's going to be a calamity.
-New York delegate Jim Coleman of Eastchester, president of a business consulting service, interviewed by Daniel C. Vock, Stateline.org
We have unique issues in New York with respect to taxes in particular. In 2003, our financial markets were in collapse. What brought them back was the tax cut in capital gains and dividends. That brought the financial markets roaring back. Once again, the financial world is in difficulties. The financial world is very important to New York state. Now, Barack Obama wants to re-impose those taxes, just at the wrong time on the wrong sector. To increase capital gains and dividends taxes is bad for New York.
-New York delegate Ed Cox, a lawyer and chairman of McCain's New York campaign, interviewed by Daniel C. Vock, Stateline.org