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. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Are Americans ready to unleash another Bush idiot in the White House namely John McCain. McCain has the principles of are economy wrong, wrong, wrong and he has no resume of education to back him up. In fact McCain has no college education at all to support him in any economic decisions. Check out Obama and Biden's education resume and you be the judge.

    September 19, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. rob

    Fact check this, Barney Frank was on Charlie Rose the other night and he said the same thing as McCain. Look it up.

    Running around saying the economy is terrible is as bad as raising taxes in an economic down turn. I guess the worse things get the better it is for Obama, what a sad way to run for President.

    September 19, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Bill in Ct.

    Mcsame and air head Sarah Palin have no ideal what is going on with the average american. Just listen to both of them on the trail, neither one of them are saying anything about what their going to do for the average person, its just Mcsame is a war hero, Mcsame is a reformer, Mcsame knows about me(Sarah) was a point guard on my high school basketball team, my husband is a union guy,(so), wheres the important things for this country. OBAMA/BIDEN "08"

    September 19, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. John, Fundamentally Wrong

    McCain is running his campaign like he would his White House. He is fundamentally wrong on so many levels. I hope the American people will be able to see through his lies.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 19, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Hannah Stevens

    Unions will be come obsolete when companies stop exploiting workers. Until then they are necessary to the health and welfare of the working people of America. Vote Democratic in November.

    September 19, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. cmc

    hey, Steve in the above comment.... How much do you makie per yr. One of 2 things r going on here! either ur "rich" or u r brain dead. If it wasn't for the unions of the past and present you would be making oh let's say $4.00 per hour. the unions gave "us" the people a 40 hour work week, fair labor laws, and a decent wage, now who r u rich or brain dead? No Moderation please

    September 19, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Obama For America

    John McCain is George W. Bush. What the hell is the difference? Really, they're both clueless and inept when it comes to leading.

    John has been a wealthy man for a long time and no amount of preparation will morph him into a caring, concerned candidate who is aware of our struggles.

    He got a lot of help from Rick Warren, which finally gave him is quasi townhall. He got a lot of help from Sarah who served as an opening act for a has-been. Americans are smart, and we can see that this man is unable to do the job.

    My vote goes to Barack Obama, who is young, but wise beyond his years.

    September 19, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Marc

    "'John McCain says the economy is fundamentally strong,' the mailer reads." Too bad that's not what he actually said.

    "...the economy is fundamentally strong..." does not mean the same thing as "...the fundamentals of our economy are strong..."

    Though I suppose basic reading comprehension and proper English skills aren't exactly in abundance among the AFL-CIO.

    The funniest part is that people like AFL-CIO members are exactly the "fundamentals" McCain was speaking about. I guess blind partisanship means you'd rather inaccurately attack the candidate you don't like instead of accepting due praise. Good job, AFL-CIO.

    September 19, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. anonymous

    What a laugh coming from the biggest group of liars that align themselves with the mob! Get a grip!

    McCain/Palin – CHANGE we need! Nobama can't even change his underwear without asking permission, much less change things in this country!

    September 19, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Apples for sale

    WHERE IS JOHN MCAINS FIRST WIFE AND WHY HASNT ANYONE FOUND HER???

    September 19, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. JAK

    Obama was right when he said - "Enough Is Enough!" "You can't just make this stuff up!"

    The GOP's just makes up lies and keep repeating them over and over –even after it is reported they are lying. S.P. keeps saying, "I told the Congress, Thanks but no thanks to that bridge to Nowhere." Everyone now knows it was the Congress who said, Thanks, but no thanks to that brigde to Nowhere. Somehow S.P. still got millions. That's not reform.

    They just think American's are too stupid and will believe all their lies, if they say them enought times.

    Unions have made this country strong. they have ensured that our workers make a living wage. Coorportations that make billions have a social obligation to pay their workers a living wage.

    Go Unions! Obama/Biden '08:-)

    September 19, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. NOSS

    One of the most corrupt so called labor unions in the USA, The AFL-CIO and the affiliates beneath their umbrella.
    They have the integrity of the managementof FREDDIE MAC and FANNIE MAE. FILL MY POCKETS AT THE EXPENSE OF THEIR MEMBERS.

    September 19, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Jayhu

    There are definitely people hurting right now, but this economy could be A LOT worse. Look at the historical facts. 6 % unemployment is not high – it's low. There are more foreclosures, but they are still a fraction of overall ownership. In election years, everyone seems to lose sight of the fact that the economy does take downturns every few years with regularity. I wish politicians would stop using it as yet another excuse to hammer each other, and in the process make it seem that the sky is falling. I wouldn't put up with this behavior from my 5 year old.

    September 19, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. Matt, Manchester, CT

    Haha, a union lecturing others on the economy is like a drunk lecturing on the virtues of sobriety. Neither one has any idea what they are talking about.

    September 19, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Look Who's In The Wings

    Look who was waiting in the wings–Romney, who would run the country like a business, but would not care about the customers (us.) Rudy, who is as ruthless as they come (lived with his mistress and his wife in the same house). Huckabee, who will talk you to death with folksy, homespun humor, but really doesn't understand urban America. He is clueless when it comes to minorities as was exemplified by his tasteless joke about Barack being shot.

    So the Republicans will have to go back and think about their image. For so long they were known as great on financial matters, but lacking on social issues. Now they're lacking on both.

    Obama/Biden for a new America.

    September 19, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. beevee

    Time and again Mr.McCain is making goofy decisions on economy and other matters during his campaign. At 72 and having health problems his mental faculties are worrisome. Is Cindy going run the show for him?

    September 19, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. AMERICA IS IN NEED OF NEW LEADERSHIP

    WE NEED MORE AD'S..........................STICK TO THE TRUTH.........

    NO MORE LIES

    NO MORE LIES

    NO MORE LIES

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 19, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    It's the economy.

    One ticket has a an academic scholar, who seems to be able to grasp new ideas and think things through before he speaks or takes action.

    One ticket has a decorated veteran who seems able to look at ideas from his perspective, but does always think things through before he speaks or takes action.

    September 19, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. Bill in Ct.

    Marc, get real, we as americans are not stupid, we knew what he meant, just face it the guy is out of touch. The fundamental of the economy is strong, does not mean "people", that's just the crap you republicans call your "SPINCARD" around something that you know you screwed up by saying. He can't get his way out of this one!!!!!!!!!!

    September 19, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. There's something wrong

    Why is everyone afraid to investigate the Federal Reserve?

    Hey ....wait, read the headlines

    No one is really talking change

    Goto Ralph Nader's Website, just for the heck of it, see what he's saying.....thats all, it wont hurt, and you will be a bit wiser

    C,mon daRE YA TO GET INFORMED,

    ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

    September 19, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. There's something wrong here

    Why is everyone afraid to investigate the Federal Reserve?

    Hey ....wait, read the headlines

    No one is really talking change

    Goto Ralph Nader's Website, just for the heck of it, see what he's saying.....thats all, it wont hurt, and you will be a bit wiser

    C,mon daRE YA TO GET INFORMED,

    ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

    September 19, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  22. Freedom Loving Patriot (God fearing too!)

    LIKE the PALIN choice, that remark is just more of McCain's self deprecating humor.

    September 19, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. james

    No Unions, lets leave the well being of the entire American workforce up to the free market, I am sure they will be up to the job. Remember deregulation. I always knew the memory American was short, my god, but not that short.

    September 19, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. Ajay Jain TX, USA

    Its the ECONOMY S T U P I D McSAME!!!

    Obama '08

    September 19, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. Independent for Obama

    Not so hard to picture this fictitional scenario:
    ring, ring . . .
    Pentagon calling McCain: A delegation of Russians and Spaniards are flying in to see you.
    McCain: Shoot them down!
    (a few hours later)
    McCain: What I meant to say is send out for Mexican food.

    September 19, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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