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. dennis from chicago

    take these lies any more ///// o bama does not even have a valid birth certificate....check it out hear obama ads in spanish are up to a good lie EXPLAIN THAT/// bt his antics o bama acts his age with his pompous redicule.... patent pending o bama's CHANGE his exclusive DO NOTHING JUST PROMOTE SARCASMS .......CAN'T HIDE WHEN THE DEBATES ARE FORCED ON YOU........NO TELEPROMPTER NO LUCK o bama

    September 19, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Fed Up

    McSame again nails it ... NOT.

    McSame = Clueless = Senile

    I can only hope that the poll shifts that have been in the past week have people getting past Caribou Barbie, the "shiny object," and looking at the issues. McSame is wrong, time after time. He's wrong on everything, but I do have to say I'm glad he invented the Blackberry. : -)

    Just say NO to Bush 44.

    GO Obama/Biden!!

    September 19, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Naturally the right wingers will try to equate Unions with Communism, etc. McCain is in full back pedal (or rather back 'peddle') over this comment. He has no clue on the economy and has been a staunch advocate for deregulation which has directly contributed to our current financial crisis. He is unqualified to lead.

    September 19, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Joseph, Los Angeles

    YIKES! That's a mailer for you.

    I remember in McCains acceptance speech he said he would deal with the union bosses. As soon as he said that I thought; there goes the union vote... the teachers were next...

    September 19, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. TJS

    Hope they save postage and don't send one to my PA address. They are part of the problem.

    September 19, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. Rick

    I'm voting Democrat because English has no place being the official language in America.
    I'm voting Democrat because I'd rather pay $4 for a gallon of gas than allow drilling for oil off the coasts of America.
    I'm voting Democrat because I think the government will do a better job of spending my money than I could.
    I'm voting Democrat because when we pull out of Afghanistan and Iraq, I know the Islamic terrorists will stop trying to kill us because they'll think we're a good and decent country.

    September 19, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. faye, NV

    If the AFL-CIO is willing to mail these flyer, one would think, seriously think Palin/McCain is dead wrong about the economy.

    Palin I work in a hospital patient registration representative does it mean I am qualified to be a doctor, nurse, CEO? You may mean well, but we don't trust you and believe you are a danger to this political world.

    September 19, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. patti Adkins

    do we laugh now of latter aflcio is nothing but a joke

    September 19, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Barney

    I and a lot of my friends had jobs outsourced overseas, and we weren't union.

    Quit blaming, and find a solution. Put brains in the white house and while you're at it, put in decent senate and congress

    September 19, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Ken in Dallas

    "Palin will bring transparency to Washington."

    True in a way. I find Palin's dissembling pretty transparent.

    September 19, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. White-African(born there) American Military BRAT




    And, as mentioned above. WE DEMAND a MENTAL EVALUATION OF MCCAIN BEFORE he is allowed ON THE BALLOT.


    September 19, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    He doesn't get it.

    And working people know it.

    September 19, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. youth vote

    McCain = economic genocide

    September 19, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. nancy

    poor suffers and all our tax money is going to bailouts what is this now were are bail bonds for the rich???????!!!!! mccain get it right you are not taking office this year

    September 19, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. Barbara Campbell

    Deregulation and high-risk lending practices caused the Savings and Loan collapse in the 1980s. Taxpayers footed the bill while S&L directors, including George Bush’s brother Neil, walked away with millions. The current financial crisis resulted from similar conditions promoted by the Bush administration and Congressional Republicans. Time for a change?

    September 19, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    the economy is strong? where? overseas maybe where we exported all the jobs to. when we exported our jobs we exported our economy, its coming back to haunt us now..Obama 08..............

    September 19, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. Donna in ID

    Trying to figure out with the economy in trouble and the unions being big backers of Obama then why are they pulling strikes –AT THIS TIME. It looked as if maybe Boeing was gong to get the military new refueling planes contract so a French company and other overseas companies didn't and then they pull this strike. Is that the way Obama wants to rebuild the economy and stop out sourcing? Non of them care about America. Now this whole contract is being reevaluated by the Pentagon and could very easily go overseas. we need help keeping people working not striking. What bad timing-- BUT they are Obama people and are going to help the American people and economy. What a bunch of crap!!!!!!!!!

    September 19, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. Billy

    Our nation is too important to let McCain lie his way to the White House.

    Don't let up! Don't let him breathe!

    September 19, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. Vets Daughter

    So we can come up with nearly 1 trillion dollars of tax payer money in 7 days to bail out Wall Street but we cant afford to give the same tax payers universal healthcare????

    September 19, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. Mr. Scary

    Gee, under McCain there will be no unemployment, no taxes, and best of all...he will "eliminate greed". I'm very impressed...I hope to see some ponies and unicorns also.

    September 19, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. nancy

    mccain create another blackberry and our economy will grow lol

    September 19, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. alvino

    We have what we have today because of the hard work of unions. Those who look for corruption need only look at the two that are heading the repubican ticket.

    September 19, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. tiffany in ohio

    i just want to know why is it ok to welfare the people with big money? but not ok to welfare the very people who struggle to make them big money? why is it ok to give them big payouts an unlimited health care that we have to pay for? an the American people are dieing left an right at home an abroad with no health care? why are republicans are so pro life but have so many of our people in a war dieing for a cause still unknown to the American people? i just want to know why?

    September 19, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. elm

    John McCain in not in touch!

    I want to see his medical records.
    5 years in a prison camp and a guy has to have some screws loose. I do not want this tempermental time bomb as leader of the free world.

    September 19, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. bill for barack

    IF you leave a disabled wife to take up with a drug-addicted beer heiress worth untold millions of dollars, owning who-knows-how-many houses, then yes, for you the fundamentals of your economy
    probably are strong.
    Foe real people living in the real world however.......

    September 19, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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