September 15th, 2008
02:47 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain clarifies economy comments

McCain is defending his economy comments.
McCain is defending his economy comments.

(CNN) - Hours after calling the economy ‘strong,’ John McCain appeared to clarify the comment Monday afternoon, minutes after he was derided as "out of touch" by the Obama campaign.

"My opponents may disagree, but those fundamentals of America are strong," McCain said at a campaign event in Orlando. "No one can match an American worker. Our workers sell more goods to more markets than any other on earth. Our workers have always been the strength of our economy, and they remain the strength of our economy today."

“But their efforts are not being matched at the top," he added. "From Washington to Wall Street, the top of our economy is broken. We have seen self interest, greed, irresponsibility and corruption undermine the hard work of the American people."

McCain faced criticism earlier in the day from Democrats for telling a Jacksonville crowd that, "Our economy - I think, still - the fundamentals of our economy are strong, but these are very, very difficult times."

Earlier: McCain mocked for saying economy still 'strong'


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (279 Responses)
  1. Spencer from VA

    OUT OF TOUCH OLD GUY

    September 15, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. Freedom Loving Patriot (God fearing too!)

    The only change that McCain will bring is "CHANGE OF MIND"

    He'll flip-flop and not stop.

    September 15, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. Spencer from VA

    WACKO LIKE HIS RUNNING MATE

    September 15, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Really? He was talking about the workers? Are people going to buy this?

    Sorry, dumb question.

    September 15, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Darryl

    McCain's ties to K Street began attracting attention, and a month later two of his key operatives were forced to resign after the press revealed that they'd lobbied for the Burmese dictatorship. A top McCain fundraiser, former Congressman Tom Loeffler, also got his walking papers after lobbying McCain on behalf of Saudi Arabia. In the space of ten days, five McCain lobbyists-turned-staffers left his campaign. Those who remained included senior adviser Charlie Black–formerly one of the most high-profile Republican lobbyists in Washington, who has represented the likes of Iraqi exile Ahmad Chalabi, mercenary contractor Blackwater and Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos. One could be forgiven for wondering, Was anyone in McCain's inner circle not a lobbyist?

    September 15, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. Tony

    lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol ....I can't stop laughing.

    September 15, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. Spencer from VA

    This coming from a man who admitted he doesn't know jack about the economy.

    September 15, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. mitchell

    they sound real strong, john. yeah. right. thank you for telling us another 'whopper'.

    September 15, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Sarah

    Um. McSame. You said "ECONOMY," not "WORKER." Stop pretending you care about workers, because you don't even know who they are when you're sitting near one of your nine swimming pools.

    September 15, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. Tony

    Just the fact that McCain would try and defend his comments about the economy being strong on one of the worst days on Wall Street in decades should not leave any question in anyone's mind that he is COMPLETELY OUT OF TOUCH!

    September 15, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. Paul

    It's official, McCain is retarded!

    September 15, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. Spencer from VA

    How about reading Mr. Greenspan's book Mr. Out of Touch.

    September 15, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Brian Rich

    This isn't about the American worker, John. This is about your government in D.C., where you and your lobbyists have worked for 30 years, completely failing to monitor the activities of Wall Street and the housing market. Your Congress, in GOP power for six of the past eight years, has completely failed the American people. The American worker is fine, John. It is the GOP establishment, the Bush Administration and their policies you support 90 percent of the time, that is the problem. Time for new leadership, John.

    That's why we need to give Obama a chance. Just four years, that's all we ask for.

    September 15, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. mitchell

    and we should believe anything you say? why? stop the lies!

    September 15, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Adam

    I just saw a pig (with lipstick) flying

    September 15, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Bridgette-PA

    Give me a break. McCsame and Palin are both soooo out of touch, it isn't funny. No way could they run this country, EVER!
    DONATE, DONATE, DONATE TO:

    OBAMA/BIDEN-08!

    September 15, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. Larry

    Every time I look at cnn it has the lying "Palin the Alien" And "John demented rage Mc-insane" with there lying stories about change. "The wealthy can believe in" and almost nothing about Obama ,Biden, and the true issues they want to truthfully let America decide who is actually "Honest". The wealthy Lobbyist that finance Mc-insane …or average people that donate there hard earned money to Obama…This is not rocket science…What is CNN Afraid of…???

    September 15, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. mitchell

    i guess none of his 9 houses are in foreclosure?

    September 15, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. ZANE

    Hey McCain – define "strong".

    September 15, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. Lee-- Dallas, TX

    McCain you are so foolish. US economic fundamentals are not 'strong'. Where have you been for the past year? Oh– In one of your seven-ten houses; depending on what the definition of house is. You sir are a moronic, incompetent republican puppet, a dwindling shadow of your former self.

    September 15, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. inga

    So, The Gramm 'whiner' incident was TRULY an indicator of HOW OUT OF TOUCH the McCain administration is with the economy in America.

    There are only two major investment banks that remain standing now ( and maybe not for long at that). How many more bank failures and implosions like today will have to occur before we are in a FULL BLOWN DEPRESSION?

    I'm not wasting my vote on McCain that has admitted that he doesn't know anything about the economy. How stupid would that be?

    September 15, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. bob in L.A.

    I guess John McCain hasn't heard of a little country called China.
    We BUY more than any country on earth, but we produce less than China and may soon be #3 according many economists.
    Out of touch with America and the world.

    September 15, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. Lisa M

    McCain face saving activity of the day:
    WHen you 'MISSPEAK", back up and 'EXPLAIN"

    In other words lie like a dog;

    September 15, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. mitchell

    lying about our economy, wont fix it ,sen. mccain.

    September 15, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. greta

    i guess in john mccain's world his economy is sound so the rest of us must be.

    mccain math:

    palin asked for $200 million in earmarks and that = zero to him as he said she's asked for none.

    his comments aren't lies at all, it is his reality!!

    he'll now focus on immigration and 'victory' in iraq.
    would someone please nudge him and cindy, their transparency is scary.

    September 15, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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