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. WENDY

    wow,what an idiot. –yup,he'll get elected.

    September 15, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. Keating Five

    So if we sell more than we buy, why does everyone keep referring to our trade DEFICIT??? I'm becoming more amused with McCain's campaign every day.

    September 15, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Ted

    Where did they find this guy?

    September 15, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. Pam

    and you Republicants want to elect this moron and the "governor" from the meth capital of the US also known as Alaska???? Pathetic and out of touch. The Republican(t) Party.

    It is time to stand up and say ENOUGH!!! NO MORE!!! to the Republicans and their inability to govern.

    VOTE FOR OBAMA / BIDEN!!!!

    September 15, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. Shame on you Mr. Obama

    We keep hearing how bad the economy is, and then we hear that month after month Obama gets double digit Millions of $ in PRIVATE donations.

    So Mr. Obama I ask you, which is it? is the economy so bad? Then where is all this money coming from? You are truley must be getting money from corporate fat cats who are pulling your strings.

    OR

    it is not as bad as you try to make everyone believe hence the average Joe having enough money to spare that they can send it your way.

    September 15, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Alex

    I've always been a Republican. After this stupid comment I'll be voting for Obama. We really do need a change.

    September 15, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    Wow............ amazing. The SAD thing is that there are plenty of Americans whom he will fool.

    We need to change the course of our Nation. Wonder if anyone will 'get it' ?

    September 15, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. Obamabot-purchased CNN Moderator

    I just got here; has CNN reported on Obama's attempt to stall the pull-out of American troops from Iraq?

    Probably not.....

    September 15, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Tom L

    1.) What's Johnny smoking that's making him think that?

    2.) Can I have some of that?

    September 15, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. Billy, Baltimore, MD

    "When I said the economy was awesome, what I really meant was that YOU are awesome! You da man! Anybody buying this?"

    September 15, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Beartrack

    There has been a collapse of these national institutions because of a collapse of our culture. Greed, self-interest, lack of true character and integrity, and most of all–honor. Unfortunately McCain, and Palin really does, represents, and are examples of this new culture.

    September 15, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. Chris, Denver CO

    If I had a hundred million in the bank and more houses than I could count, I bet I would think the economy was strong, too.

    September 15, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. K

    You think the economy is strong?
    BOO THIS MAN
    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 15, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. Indy in AZ

    It's time for the Republican party to be known for what it REALLY is:

    THE PARTY THAT WRECKED AMERICA

    OBAMA '08

    September 15, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Susan

    What you SAID Senator, is the American Economy is fundamentally strong. You can't change that. If you and your neocon friends hadn't allowed so many jobs to be shipped out of the country, then good, hardworking Americans would be working. You and the Republicans, following George Bush and Dick cheney, have destoyed the American Dream!

    September 15, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. harry

    this man is
    out of touch
    actually he is just .......out.....

    September 15, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. OS

    Being in Washington for last 20 years senator McCain neither talked about change or even attempted to bring about the change. Now, he wants to bring the change to Washington. What was he doing for the last 20 years – Why it did not occur to him that there is a need for change for the last 20 years? Why only now – because the Republican party wants to follow on the footsteps of Obama.

    They lack the originality.

    September 15, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. Republican for Obama

    STOP THE INSANITY.

    I am willing to admit I was wrong the past 8 years.

    FOOL ME ONCE, SHAME ON ME. FOOL ME TWICE, SHAME ON ME. FOOL ME THREE TIMES – IT'S WORLD WAR THREE!!!!

    September 15, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. Independent Thinker

    It's to late John "I was a POW" McCain I pray the American people won't continue to make the same mistake and elect you.

    September 15, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. IAMWMD

    The Russians are coming but never fear because Sarah "Troopergate" Palin will see them coming from her living room couch.

    Obama/Biden

    September 15, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. LYNETTE IN CA

    What is he talking about??? Yes the top is broken, but the middle and the bottom are as well! I guess when he was speaking earlier, Lieberman wasn't there to whisper the correction in his ear!

    Obama / Biden '08

    September 15, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. HEINRICH

    ohhhhh my gush. This guy has no idea of what is going on.Please let not be dumb to vote for this guy(McSame) in November because it gonna be a desaster.Please, please,please.

    I am a Republican but will vote for Obama because with McShame i gonna have the same poor ecomomy and little or no change that he claims.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 15, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. White Mother for Obama!!

    Okay ,,, sure,,, yeah... whatever you say McCain the Same.

    That is why we have unemployment rate so high because we sell so much and have so much business..

    Have you forgotten you all let our jobs go overseas????

    September 15, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. Not A Clarification

    McCain did not clarify his words. This is bad reporting. He changed them when he was told how out-of-touch they were. Changed from economy being strong to American workers being the best.

    If Americans fall for this guy, then I don't know what to say...except that you guys voted for Bush twice so anything is possible. Just proves that facts don't matter as much as they should.

    September 15, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. sa

    this man doesn't understand the economy, the fundamentals of trickle down economics doesn't work, and the american workers that he praises here are not whiners that his advisors call him

    September 15, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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