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. California Voter

    Perhaps we need a woman running for President for a change!

    September 15, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. J. Dean

    WE ARE INDEED SITNESSING A GROSS ECONOMIC DISASTER.
    OUR COUNTRY IS BLEEDING.
    FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ARE GOING BANKRUPT.
    U.S. CITIZENS ARE LOOSING THEIR HOMES.
    BANKS ARE LOOSING THEIR EQUITIES UP TO 90 %.
    THE AUTO INSDUATRIES ARE LOOSING THEIR MARKET SHARES.
    AMERICAN INVESTORS AND RETIREES ARE LOOSING THEIR ENTIRE FINANCIAL FUTURE.
    YET STILL, GEORGE BUSH AND JOHN McCAIN ARE TELLING US THAT """""""""""""""""'OUR ECONOMY IS IN THE PROCESS OF ADJUSTMENTS"""""""""""""""""""""""". EXCELLENT JOB REPUBLICANS.
    I AM A LIFETIME REPUBLICAN AND I APPROVE THE ABOVE STATEMENT.

    September 15, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. Republicans Hate America

    He just does not get it. Enough with your feel good American hard lunch pale worker! get lost you have ruined this country.

    September 15, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Chip

    Only spoiled liberals would see an economy that is growing, just at a much slower pace than before, in a fierce globalized market, as not strong. So many say they are scared by McCain... and that is because liberals are so easily scared. They are cowards, afraid to compete in a free market economy without the giant government as their crutch. If you honestly think this economy is not strong, then put your money where your mouth is and go live somewhere else... try Rwanda, and then try to say that the US economy is not strong.

    September 15, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. oneworld

    McCains analysis of the economic situation is shared by millions of americans and therefore not necessarily a scientific one. I miss quaified
    statements as to how he would go about rectifying this frightening situation. I believe his economic advisers have advised the Bush administration?! Have they become the great healers over night?

    September 15, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. Bruce

    Has he seen the trade defcicit, and the number of jobs abd businesses outsourced?
    Does he have any realization fo what is going on...
    if he and moose lady get elected everyone get out your sleeping bags and cardboard boxes, because the great depression will seem like a cake walk compared to what he and 4 more years of the same will bring us.

    September 15, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. frankfrankfrank

    If our Economy does not have strong fundamentals, why even bother to try and fix it? Of course it has strong fundamentals, if it didn't we'd be better off starting from scratch with socialism.

    September 15, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. Republicans Hate America

    Warren Buffet the richest man in the world who will probably be taxed the most supports Obama. What does that tell you?

    September 15, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. CHUCK

    I SAY NO MCCAIN,NO CNN.

    September 15, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. Len in Washington

    "I'd rather lie to the people than lose an election."
    John McCain, daily

    September 15, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    The economy is "strong" if you ask my lobbiest friends or political cronies... as well as the current President who is one of my staunchest supporters... God Bless us!

    September 15, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. drone

    DOnt try to DRESS if up now McCain.. Mean what you say, and say what you mean. You made a gigantic mistake, with regard to how our economy is doing..

    Dont try to switch your idiotc coment around to make it seem as if Obama dont support the average worker.. Its you MCCAIN who dont support the average worker... I hate you MCCAIN..

    September 15, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Lady

    =============idiots all for mcBush===============

    September 15, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. Clare from Orlando, Florida

    Oh, yeah......well tell that to the people here in Orlando that have lost jobs, fuel sky rocketing, homes going into foreclosure, and our businesses closing, I don't know about the, "White WalMart and Soccer Moms" but I know we Black Moms have had enough of the Bushwhackos. It's time for Americans to come together and stand up against the Republicans McCainiagans. No Way, No How, No McBush, No McPalin.

    OBAMA/BIDEN/CLINTON 08'

    September 15, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. Go Sarah

    I know 66 million reasons of why the economy is strong ... if things were so bad, why did Obama opt for private funding. If he really cared about his supporters he would have accepted Govt funding and spared his supporters from sending him their hard earned cash. So bottom line is that plenty of people feel that they rather send Obama money than to use that money to pay mortgages, tuition, medical bills, etc then these people must be comfortable knowing that there is plenty of growth, jobs, and money out there in the current economy.

    September 15, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. babs-toronto

    Yeah John economy is strong, health care is strong, eduction is strong and the world is safer place. What land do u live in John WONDERLAND!
    I think 7 years in Hanoi has taken a toll on your brain.

    September 15, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. John 64 years old Independent

    All of the self interest greed and corruption that John McCain talks about is his plan to continue just that kind of policy!

    John McCain and the Republican party have been for the richest elite in this country and "THAT ECONOMY" is doing great!

    John, John, oh John, you can't build a bridge to the White House with a "Bridge of Lies"

    September 15, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. Marge Hibbing Mn

    The reason the banks, and institutions on wall street are failing is greed. They have given themselves millions and millions of dollars in salaries. They have given themselves millions and millions of dollars in retirement packages. Then there wasn't any money left to run the company....

    Course listen to obama he is going to change something. he said so, but what the heck he is going to change is anybody's guess. Maybe his voting record...he could vote for something you know.

    September 15, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. CRAZY

    BUT HE IS TIED WITH OBAMA. WELL SOMETHING ELSE MUST BE DRIVING HIS SUPPORT COULD IT BE FOOLISHNESS OR RACE. WE KNOW IT'S NOT THE ECONOMY.

    OBAMA.....08

    September 15, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. Trysh, Los Angeles

    In the immortal words of Mr. Benny Hill...."SHEEPDIP!!"

    September 15, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. FRANK IN FLORIDA

    People are suffering. It will be interesting to see if the voters stick with what got them here or will they step out and go for a new direction.. . .

    Vote Obama!

    September 15, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  22. Cathy

    Hazard, Kentucky – it's called reality. Would you rather have a President that lies to you so stay positive while you are losing your job and home.

    Get Real!!!!

    September 15, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. Dave M

    I hope McCain knows that he is running for the President of the USA and not China. His ignorant comments are indicative of his "out of touch" politics. He is not in for Americans or for the country. He is in for himself and he wants to win this election at any cost. Selection of Palin as his running mate is prime example.

    September 15, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. Poochie

    I guess this is what they mean by "Maverick"! LOL!

    September 15, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  25. withheld

    People should notice that the red states are getting pounded by these hurricanes. The wrath of God is nothing to play with, you think Texas Louisana, and Ohio, and the republican strongholds in Illinois are in the dark now, wait till November if they aid and abett the McCain/Palin Ticket.

    September 15, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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