September 19th, 2008
10:23 AM ET
10 years ago

AFL-CIO plans economy mailer on McCain's 'strong' remark

The AFL-CIO will send a two page mailer out Monday.

The AFL-CIO will send a two page mailer out Monday.

(CNN)—In the face of growing economic concerns, the AFL-CIO will being sending out a new mailer Monday taking direct aim at Sen. John McCain’s recent comment that the fundamentals of the U.S. economy are “strong.”

“John McCain says the economy is fundamentally strong,” the mailer reads. “John McCain is fundamentally wrong.”

McCain made the comments at a campaign event in Florida hours after Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy last Monday.

"You know, there's been tremendous turmoil in our financial markets and Wall Street," McCain said in Jacksonville. “Our economy, I think, still, the fundamentals of our economy are strong, but these are very, very difficult times."

The Obama campaign has used the comment to attack the Republican nominee, calling him “disturbingly out of touch.”

The mailer, which the AFL-CIO calls their “broadest yet,” is set to reach more than one million union households in the swing states of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

The mailer will coincide with an e-mail reaching 500,000 people, phone calls and door to door visits from volunteers.

Filed under: AFL-CIO • John McCain
soundoff (198 Responses)
  1. Tony

    McCain is all about WAR!

    Palin is all about ENERGY!

    Both will wallow in the gutter, lie, cheat and steal to get what they want. Everything is expendable to them....even the country!

    September 19, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Courtney

    PLEASE pick up a copy of Screwed by Thom Hartmann. Also, The Fourth Turning by William and Howe.

    These should be required reading! They give the big picture on our economic history. With history we can learn (remember) how to navigate the storm.

    I'll give you a hint – McCain's way WILL NOT work. How quickly we forget the lessons of our past.

    September 19, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Seattle Voter

    McCain/Palin maybe too much BEER in their blood.

    September 19, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Paizley

    There should be a new law that for every proven lie told in a national campaign, the person guilty of the lie should lose 1 electoral vote. At this rate, McCain would beat -11.

    September 19, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. Tom in S.A.

    Because the lies are from blogs, the look into what you haters say about lies and find there is nothing to report. If you believe everything Obama says but everything McCain says then you are not doing your homework. They've both told mistruths. That's not a lie if your a politician....

    September 19, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. paula

    McCain has given us a glimpse of what kind of president he would make during his campaign. He has already alienated many, including other countries, with his lies and misleading statements. This is NOT the kind of leadership our country deserves. I hope folks can give up their idealism and do what is truly right for the future of our country. PLEASE vote for Obama, or will be in big trouble, and based on McCain's comments so far......headed for another costly war. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

    September 19, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. jm for sc

    If I was supporting McCain, and he stood on national television making those comments, I would not be too set in my old ways to change candidates. I can't understand how anyone in their sane mind can honestly believe and make excuses for the things McCain and Palin are saying on the trail. McCain will do anything to become president. Palin will do anything to become vice president expecially to a man as old as McCain with bad health. Palin is fighting to become president, that' why her focus is on Obama rather than Joe Biden who she should be competing with.

    McCain is a liar and every one even the people who are supporting him, knows it.

    If Obama or Biden was caught in the number of lies McCain and Palin has been, this race would be over; they would be 30 points down in the polls.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 19, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. doc L.A. CA

    Scary how McCain keeps bringing up war analogies to explain issues to the people of the United States. I guess war is never far from his thoughts.

    September 19, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. John

    but some of us want to vote for McCain because he looks like us!
    Major league baseball learned years ago to hire the most talented players regardless of their skin color. Also they know that the players with the most years of experience aren't necessarily the best.

    September 19, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. Mike - Texas

    The "blue colar" economy is strong.

    What has messed everything up is the greedy finacial advisors that lined their pockets with millions of dollars, 2 of which now work fo Nobama.

    September 19, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. Jen

    If you compare McCain remarks this morning with Obama's remarks, there is NO comparison.

    Barack Obama looked and sounded *presidential*. Everything he said was right on the money.

    McCain sounded – once again – like an old man who wants to go to 'war' with Wall St.....and Spain.....and Russia....and Iran......and whoever else gets in his way. Typical McCain; shoot first ask questions later!

    September 19, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Uncle Sam

    When do you ever see the Obama campaign lie?
    I mean, besides the McCain is Bush mantra.
    Although it' is hard to refer to that as a lie.
    I would simply call it the Obama campaign.


    September 19, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Cathy

    They should have listed the other FIFTEEN TIMES McCain has said that the "fundamentals of the economy are strong."

    September 19, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Dameun Strange

    McSame is running ads in MN talking about how Democrats love big government. But historically the republicans have been the party of BIG GOVERNMENT and BIG SPENDING...Proof:

    Now McCain wants to ad another agency to fix the financial crisis...don't we already have enough financial agencies?


    September 19, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Silence Dogood

    Obama is getting big LOBBY $$$$ from corporations and the ones involved in this mess are paying him.

    Why didn't Obama warn us about this? Most politicians knew it was coming. Follow the $$$$$$$$.

    Obama has lied about his donations – he is already lying and corrupt and in the pockets of Wall Street, Big Oil, etc. etc.

    Vote Green Party – anti-corporate, feminist, anti-war.

    September 19, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Tony

    When McCain and Palin have no record of their own to run on, what else can they do but ATTACK, LIE, and DISTORT!

    Right out of the Republican playbook. Pathetic!

    September 19, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. Jen

    Hey, I'd like to why Sarah Palin isn't putting forth an economic plan....she has 'executive' experience and all. What a JOKE!

    September 19, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. Frank

    You just misunderstood him.

    He said the fundamentals of HIS economy are strong.

    Too bad we can't all cheat on our wives with beer heiresses 17 years younger than we are and then run off and marry their money.

    That's puttin' the FUN back into "fundamentals" John ol' boy!

    September 19, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. The Soccer Mom

    But but but....He is a POW.

    But but but ..She is a Hockey Mom.

    It is going to be a landslide victory for Obama

    September 19, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. someone

    Nothing like dirty politics. Just need to look at what is happening to Sarah Palin......unbelievably sad to think that is how politics work.

    Nov, 4th will count. Mr. Bill Clinton said Quote: Do not underestimate Sarah Palin.

    The world is changing but, I feel sorry for the next generation that have no values and enjoy demeaning others as they did with Hillary Clinton and now Governor Sarah Palin. we in Canada can relate to Aaska.
    However thereis a saying What goes around comes around and the DNC will see this in November. Please post.........or are you really Pro OBAMA............

    September 19, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. Ellie

    John McCain and Sarah Palin is starting to get a TRUE reality check from the American People. Voters are tired of getting LIED to over and over, and getting CHEATED because of politicians like John McCain and Sarah McCain are all about putting THEMSELVES FIRST, not "Country First".

    WE'RE SICK and TIRED of being LIED TO....

    Unlike Cindy "Barbie Doll" McCain who comes out wearing $300,000 in ONE OUTFIT at the RNC while millions for families are trying to just put food on their table!!! That's DISGRACEFUL!!

    The McCain family is NOT about "COUNTRY FIRST"... they are ALL about "YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN"!!...









    September 19, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. FactCheck

    > Unions only benefit the lazy worker and the union bosses. The hard
    > working laborers carry the entire load and get nothing for it.

    You are right, let's get rid of Unions and bring back child labor, 80 hour work week without health benefits, the company stores, and sweatshops on every street corner. This will really help the US establish the right tone when China completely takes over the country.

    September 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. Courtney

    Our workers have ALWAYS been strong! The failure or success of the economy has little to do with how "strong" our workers are.

    McCain was obviously back-pedaling and grasping at straws.

    If you believe he was actually referring to the workers in his original statement, then I've got a bridge to sell you in Alaska.

    September 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. Get informed! is a beautiful thing! People, read....get informed!

    September 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. Susan

    Tjhe Republicans are running on a tank of hot air, McCain and Palin. We have had enough of the business as usual, and lying politicians. McCain and Palin lead the list. They should be on a reality show named "Which One Is The Biggest Liar".

    September 19, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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