Economic advisor Carly Fiorina leaves her options open as potential running mate.
Ms. Fiorina, the former Chairman and CEO of Hewlett Packard, replied, "A focus on job creation. The American dream starts with a job. It is all about growing jobs."
So began a week in which both presidential campaigns plan to focus on the economy, a subject of growing concern to voters.
The issue of job creation is especially sensitive for Sen. John McCain, given his party's control of the White House. The latest National Journal poll of Republican insiders in Washington said the two biggest vulnerabilities for Senator McCain were President Bush's unpopularity and the economy.
McCain began a speech in Denver on Monday noting that, "More than 400,000 people have lost their jobs since December, and the rate of new job creation has fallen sharply."
Acknowledging that gas and food prices are up dramatically, McCain stressed, "I have a plan to grow this economy, create more and better jobs, and get America moving again."