January 24th, 2008
09:44 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain: I am not weak on the economy

(CNN) - Republican John McCain brushed aside suggestions the emergence of the economy as an issue on voters' minds could harm his presidential chances.

"I am very well versed in economics," he said during Thursday's presidential debate. “I was there at the Reagan revolution. I was there just after we enacted the first tax cuts and restraints on spending. I was chairman of the commerce committee in the United States Senate, which addresses virtually every economic issues that affects the United States."

Long viewed as a respected voice on national security, McCain has not made economic issues as much of a driving force in his presidential bid. Political observers have questioned whether the issue's new prominence in the campaign may shift votes towards successful businessman Mitt Romney - who has made economic policy a centerpiece of his run.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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  1. David.....Nevada

    John McAmnesty and Stallone too should both take their old tired careers and ride off into the sunset and quit trying to milk the cow for more. Stop beating a dead horse to death Mc, because deep inside you know absolutely giltch about jobs or economics. Sounds like with Jack Kemp and L. Graham and your circle of friends, which u kept repeating, they'll make all ur decisions for ya. Hope you have the "Friends can call anytime" plan because it looks and sounds like you'd sure be dependent on it. NO thanks...

    January 25, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Karen Kindel

    McCain lies again!

    Debate question for McCain about quote in Times Magazine as he ststes that he knows little about the econmy and he denied making that quote

    Since our econmy is in big trouble and to stay in wars forever as McCain wants, we will continue borrowing money

    Do we need this Debt? NO

    McCain also wants Amnesty but now says that he has heard and wants border first well he is from Arizona as I am and border agents are being attacked and murdered on our border Where is McCain?

    948 lies from Bush and his croonies before Iraq war , hidden secrets and stuburn secret policies

    2 lies from from stuburn McCain and he not knowing about the econmy

    Do we need 4 more Bushy Senior years? NO!!!

    War Hero does not mean he has knowledge how to run this Country

    Broken Government = Change

    January 25, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Bob

    Why has John McCain consistently fought every effort to secure the Mexican border? He is senator of Arizona, one of the states hit hardest by illegal immigration. Why has John McCain backed George Bush on every issue, including the sale of American Ports to Dubai?

    Is this the guy we want? I thought we were trying to get rid of George W Bush. So why would we want to elect somebody who has the same goals and plans?

    January 25, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. Wayne

    With John McCain it's all about one issue and one issue only: National Defense. Which is a good quality for the President to have. But it shouldn't be the ONLY issue he/she is proficient in. Hillary is strong on Defense and Smart on the economy.

    January 25, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. James, Houston,TX.

    McCain is not too weak on the economy; Only on Guts and Principle! in addition to being in Self-Denial.

    January 25, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. deepak

    Mccain made a food of himself last night.
    He lied about saying that economy is his not his weakness
    He lied saying that he as much knowledge if not more on economy than anyone else on stage.
    Then he made up an answer to a question from Ron Paul without having a clue about what he was talking about.

    When it comes to Economy it comes down to two people
    Ron Paul and Romney , but I would trust Ron Paul more because he has more experience and knowledge about Macro Economy and monetary policy than Romney who is mainly a micro economy person . Romney uses vicious and dirty tactics against his American opponents.Who knows how he will be with foreigners and what kind of false ads he will try to sell us to get to do something his masters desire ???

    Ron Paul is the only person that can bring peace and prosperity to America and the world

    PS: If you want to elect another Liar go for McCain or if you hate Ron Paul for no reason go for his copycat ( Mike Hike) who still think Iraq is hiding WMDs under hussine 's cousin's rug lol


    January 25, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Big Brother 2008

    John thinks War is great for the Economy,since most of what we manufacture here are guns and bullets.

    January 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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