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. Support the fight to free America

    Fundamentals of the economy ....Economic fundamentals....

    Marc i am not part of the AFL-CIO
    But this i know non of the above is equal to american workers

    breaking up words in english is very easy but replacing the words are not as much. There is no economic book that signifies fundamentals with human beings except in biology.

    September 19, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. Deb

    If Senator McSame plans on running the White House as he is running his campaign we should all be very afraid. It speaks one untruth after the other and even spends money on ads with these untruths. Does he think Americans are stupid? Voting for McSame would be sending this country into a depression.

    September 19, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. Alice Brinkley

    McCain is right. Obama is fundamentally a fool and that's no lie.

    September 19, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    he is in the twlight zone, not broke USA.

    September 19, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. gEnie

    You can see Mccain bad judgement again just like when pick Palin for his VP, a mother of infant who needs the special care and a grandmother to be to her underage pregnant daughter. How he expect palin to help him if she can't even take care of her own family .

    September 19, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Jude

    Its funny listening to the IDIOTS that are trying to "explain" what McCain said. He was dumb enough to say something stupid and now there's those trying to defend his stupid remarks. I guess stupidity does run around!!!

    September 19, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. McCain is Clueless

    Maybe the media won't call out McCain for his outrageous lies in his political ads, but the American people are not stupid enough to believe
    anything McCain says anymore. He can't be trusted. He is no friend of working families. Thank goodness the AFL-CIO is making sure their members know what a disaster McCain is and would be for their lives. McCain can't speak without a script – just like Bush. Palin is a corrupt liar who abuses power and tries to take down anyone who disagrees with her – just like Cheney. No one is showing up for the McCain-Palin events anymore because they are sick of hearing no substance and only negativity, lies, and rote speeches repeated over and over and over again. They are a stuck broken record and have no clue and nothing it takes to truly lead this country. Good job AFL-CIO. It's time these two liars are exposed. Obama and Biden are the true leaders we need and they have kept theoir character and integrity despite the gutter tactics on McCain and his lobbyist campaign staff. They actually care about Americans and want to help fix the disasters caused by Bush and his Repubilican buddiies. They are our best hope for the restoration of America on many levels. Encourage everyone you know to make sure they are registered to vote and get out and use that vote to tell the Republicans we have had enough of t their failed and corrupt government tactics. Obama/Biden – CHARACTER and TRUTH we can believe in.

    September 19, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. To Anti-Union Zealots

    Unions my fellow citizens are the way progress is made in a Democracy. Without unions our country would be similar to China as far as unhealthy working conditions, fair pay, and equal benefits for both men and women.
    Many people criticize bad union leaders and they should. There are a few no doubt, just like there are bad CEO's, but at the end of the day a secure union job with guaranteed benefits is by far better than a Non-Secured(Walmart) job with shoddy benefits.
    I worked at Walmart for a year and I have to say the funniest thing I heard in the breakrooms was "At Walmart if you get cancer you are guaranteed to die"
    That said...God Bless Democracy,God Bless the Unions, and is it Nov 4 yet cause I want President Obama in office Today!
    Obama/Biden by a landslide!

    September 19, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Gail

    Marc: You don't really believe McCain meant the workers of America are what's fundamentally strong about the American economy do you?

    Not when McCain has been caught saying the exact same thing 16 times over the last year, and never once did McClown mention American workers, EXCEPT when he was called out on his gaffe on Monday.

    Spin it anyway you like, but Americans know exactly what he meant, or didn't mean, or didn't understand, or now meant to say,.....

    Obama is whipping McClown. McClown is just too old – he sounds like a tetering old man.

    You just sound dumb.

    September 19, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. Sage

    @Silence Dogood....John McCain has 169 LOBBYIST running his campaign along with much of the Bush 2000 2004 staff...all wall st. and big oil LOBBYIST, from Wayne Berman-Chevron to Frank Donatelli-EXXON to Nancy Pfotenhayer-Koch...we see they have infected McCain in this campaign...tell me who do you think will really be running the White House if McCain is elected? him? as it stands John McCain seems like an older version of Ronald Regan, and his VP pick seems like Dick Chaney shady

    September 19, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Patty

    Lets settle down and look at the record. Everyone that really wants to find out the truth google Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005 which John McCain co sponsored but was killed
    and never voted on. John Mccain was writing bills to try and stop this madness with Fannie and Freddie and the democrates and some republicans stopped it. Why are we not demanding the news media to get anwsers regarding this from the people who were against it. John Mccain does get it and he tried to help all of us but was blocked.
    When they talk about Mccain being a deregulator it is primarily with manufacturing, He has been trying to get government out of the way of
    so manufacturers will come here and build plants and create jobs. We can;t even get a nuke plant built here because of all the regulations. (4 years to get through all the read tape) That is just crazy. Everything he has worked for is to try to make it easier for new business to want to come and build here in the United States. That is why he wants to decrease taxes on businesses. We are second highest in the world for business tax. Why would companies want to come here to build plants? To much regulations and high taxes equals no new plants. If we can't get these businesses to build her where are all our young people going to find a job? So the person who said John Mccain does not get it is just flat wrong

    September 19, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Diana NJ

    I think american were fundamentally strong, but fundation is eroding because of tax incentives to allow corporations outsourcing. This is just to confirm we should employ our strong work force before we destroy them.

    September 19, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Patty

    For the person who asked where John Mccains ex-wife is. They have a very friendly relationship. She actually worked for Ronald Regan. Very well known lady back then

    September 19, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Vincent


    Since Barbie (Sarah) and Ken (first dude) are running all over the U.S
    who is taking care of the children?

    I mean, since this IS the party of "family values." No wonder why the kids got themselves into so much trouble.

    September 19, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. Nom Deplume

    If you go to the Democratic Socialists of America website, there is a Q&A about their views, including this gem about handing corporations in the short term:

    The government could use regulations and tax incentives to encourage companies to act in the public interest and
    outlaw destructive activities such as exporting jobs to low-wage countries and polluting our environment. Public
    pressure can also have a critical role to play in the struggle to hold corporations accountable. Most of all, socialists
    look to unions make private business more responsible.

    It struck me that this was the Obama economic plan in a nutshell. I also recalled that Cornel West, formerly a professor at Harvard Law
    School, is a leading member though the website recently took down the names of prominent democrats that were also DSUSA members.

    Begs the question–since there is no distinction between Obama, the unions and the Democratic Socialist Party, can't we rightfully call Obama and union leaders socialists?


    September 19, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Riots anyone?

    Obama is winning this race and his supporters are so nasty & negative. I wonder what will happen if he loses?

    September 19, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. The COSMOS and McCain ROCKS

    »John McCain/Sarah Palin will be the WINNERS,of course.

    September 19, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. The COSMOS and McCain ROCKS

    »John McCain =Next US President. The LOVELY Sarah Palin = Next Vice-President. Yes.

    September 19, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. demwit

    Union members need an increase in their dues. It's the patriotic thing to do according to Joe Biden!

    September 19, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. The COSMOS and McCain ROCKS

    »HURRAH for McCain/Palin 08 = YES!

    September 19, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. The COSMOS and McCain ROCKS

    »Sarah Palin is so WONDERFUL = Our Next Vice-President. YES!

    September 19, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. DJ Los Angeles

    The Unions are overwhelming UNITED for Democrats.

    You Republicans don't seem to get it. Obviously the Republicans are the ones that are constantly attacking Unions and attempting to break them up whenever possible.

    More importantly the Republicans consistantly vote against any type of worker rights whether it be minimum wage, benefits, etc. So why on Earth would anyone in Union even think about voting Republican? Get real.

    September 19, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. Brian in VA

    I am sick and tired of hearing people refer to Obama's tax plan as "redistribution of wealth". This is simply code, trying to convince people not to vote for a taxing left leaning democrat. It may not be the best plan, but it does make sense to do away with the ironic tax break that high earner's receive when they no longer have to contribute to the Social Security tax after making a certain amount of money. This is purely an example of the rich getting richer, by not having to pay taxes that poorer pay all year.

    Now, let me tell you what "redistribution of wealth" means, as it is being practiced by the republican party. My wife and I did not receive our stimulus checks because we earned too much money, however, my aunts (living in central Virginia and in the same household) each received "stimulus checks". My wife and I paid more in taxes last year than the three of them earned, combined. That MY FRIEND is called redistribution of wealth.

    September 19, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. Support the fight to free America

    McCain claim Obama got monet for Fanny ... its was actully McCain that too money from the lobbyst working for Fannie mae.
    Workers and individuals working there gave monies to Obama like i do but the CEOs and the lobbyist gave money to McCain.
    Got to FactCheck and find it out yourself.

    September 19, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. Arden

    It's about time the unions started working for Obama. He's being ripped by the media, the GOP and any other ignorant fool that chooses to. It wouldn't surprise me if the protestors in florida were paid by John McCain to stand up and show how stupid they are.

    September 19, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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