September 15th, 2008
02:47 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain clarifies economy comments

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(CNN) - Hours after calling the economy ‘strong,’ John McCain appeared to clarify the comment Monday afternoon, minutes after he was derided as "out of touch" by the Obama campaign.

"My opponents may disagree, but those fundamentals of America are strong," McCain said at a campaign event in Orlando. "No one can match an American worker. Our workers sell more goods to more markets than any other on earth. Our workers have always been the strength of our economy, and they remain the strength of our economy today."

“But their efforts are not being matched at the top," he added. "From Washington to Wall Street, the top of our economy is broken. We have seen self interest, greed, irresponsibility and corruption undermine the hard work of the American people."

McCain faced criticism earlier in the day from Democrats for telling a Jacksonville crowd that, "Our economy - I think, still - the fundamentals of our economy are strong, but these are very, very difficult times."

Earlier: McCain mocked for saying economy still 'strong'

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (279 Responses)
  1. AllthatMatters



    September 15, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Bubba

    Which one of his twenty-seven houses was he phoning that one in from? Cake-eater.

    September 15, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. ran

    People once again it is so clear that voting for Obama/Biden and other Democrats is our only hope of getting this great country back to us.

    Please people especially independent voters and any other voter who really cares about this country do not be fooled again by this insane Republican party.

    September 15, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Kel in Auburn, AL

    Actually, the USA is #11 when it comes to nominal GDP per capita, so Mr. McCain, there are actually 10 countries with workers that can beat ours. WRONG AGAIN!

    September 15, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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