September 19th, 2008
10:23 AM ET
6 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. NORA, FLORIDA

    To: Unions are Corrupt,

    First of all you are fundamentally wrong regarding how unions work because labors do benefit from being a part of the union. This is why the GOP party has continuously tried to get rid of everything that protects the American people. It is obvious that you must be an over the $250K threshhold croony because they are the only ones hollering that AFL is attacking McCain!!!

    September 19, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    YEs, and how lame was it that he said the fundamentals were "the American worker." Would those be the same American workers whose jobs have been sent off-shore for years by McSame and his Reptilican buddies with their union-busting ways?

    September 19, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Darryl

    Let see John McCain family including his Son Andrew McCain and Wife CIndy McCain is all over this they cause the fail Saving and loan in AZ.

    Was it call Silver lake ? the Rich Crooks....

    September 19, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Baze

    It's a wholesale revolt against McCan't. This is getting out of hand. I'm not sure if the debates will even matter by the middle of next week.

    ONE NATION

    September 19, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Hillary 2012

    Obama proved himself he is inexperience candidate in foreign policy and economy when he was talking about G 20

    For photo he was standing with former Clinton advisers

    But he doesn’t want Hillary in the ticket

    What a joke

    Hillary supporter for Mc Cain
    Mc Cain 08
    Hillary 2012

    September 19, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Nada

    He is not to blame...The guy is too old for this job...
    What choice he has other than to attack what he was supporting recently. This is an early sign of dementia

    September 19, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Dave, Illinois

    AFL-CIO is fast becoming obsolete as are most unions. I don't need to be a union thug to get ahead in life. I think for myself and depend upon my hard work to get ahead.

    September 19, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Jews for obama------

    If We are the fundermentals, we dont need our social securities privatised mr. McCain. Since you claim wall street has turn itself into a casino. PLEASE DON'T PRIVATISE SOCIAL SECURITY!!!

    September 19, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. Baze

    It's a wholesale revolt against McCan't. I'm not sure if the debates will matter by the middle of next week.

    ONE NATION

    September 19, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. dennise

    Wow he's definately going to loose those states no...WhEW...Glad some people are seeing through his dollar painted screensaver.

    September 19, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Rob

    be kind McCAin isn't lying he has alzheimers-look at how he's acting and how when he's talking he say's things more than onec..He forgot what he said. He won't let us look at his medical records--Shame on him and Botox Barbie..

    September 19, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Real Real Change

    What's interesting about this is that it is just the simple truth. McCain's own statement, his complete statement, not taken out of context.

    It would be nice if the Palin/what's his name ticket could start to be a little truthier.

    September 19, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. TX Independent for Obama

    It's scary, really and truly. He's really losing touch. His response, "I was referring to the American worker." Wow! He may be accurate, but that was not what he was referring to! He back pedaled on that!

    It is truly frightening that a man under the "pressure" of the campaign can be so out of touch and/or make so many mistakes. Take your pick...both problems are quite worrisome.

    I can't see how this man in this state is electable!

    September 19, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. Spencer from VA

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

    And this comment is not from the Obama camp.

    September 19, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. Donna

    For "Unions are Corrupt:" It you are correct in your opinion, why does Governor Palin make such a show in each speech of claiming that her husband is a member of the Steelworkers union?

    September 19, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. Sage

    McCain seems to be wrong about a whole lot of things, but most important he is wrong for President

    September 19, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. Mark:17

    McCain...a maverck? That's curious! Then he's a maverick confined in the very small Bush corral!

    September 19, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. jaime

    If I am counting my 100's of millions of dollars in one of my many homes in any time zones I choose, then I can say that the economy is fundamentally strong.

    September 19, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. Kristen

    McCain told the people of Michigan earlier this year that their jobs aren't coming back and to get used to that. It wasn't until Monday afternoon that McCain acknowledged a financial crisis. He truly does not live in the same world as the rest of us

    September 19, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. Darrel from Denver

    Go get them!

    McCain needs to be held accountable for his inadequacies.

    September 19, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. Griff

    Where does CNN keep getting their Opinion-Polls from! My psychics are so much stronger than CNN's. I will prove it in November, When John McCain, and Sara Palin win this Election... He can't lose! It's in the "Almanac of Change"...

    September 19, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. mitchell

    i wont feel at all secure with mccain and palin. they dont have it goin' on .

    September 19, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. John

    Some of us still 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. We should do the same and vote for the person who we think has the best ideas.
    Obama'08

    September 19, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. J from DC

    McCain claims he would fire Christopher Cox, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Committee. Yet, McCain won’t even fire his economic advisor Phil Gramm. The real man who created policies which contributed greatly to this recent Economic Meltdown. Unbelievable! Maverick or Mouse, or pathological liar?

    September 19, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. Debby

    This is a lame ad as we already know thats not what McCain meant and its getting old repeating it. They can't go after him for not having any solutions because he has been touting them for the last 2 days vs. Obama who said we can't comment on this right now.

    September 19, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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