September 19th, 2008
10:23 AM ET
15 years ago

AFL-CIO plans economy mailer on McCain's 'strong' remark

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(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. will

    John McCain is ALL WRONG he has no idea how much his homes are worth how could he ever have any idea of this economic disaster his Republican Party created.

    McCain = no change

    Obama/Biden 2008

    September 19, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Jewish Mama for Obama

    Volunteers? Where do I sign up? 😉

    America do the right think and vote for the right candidate! Yes we can!

    September 19, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Rodger

    McCain's support will hit an all time low! Obama will get the white woman and white men's vote too! McCain remains out of touch...if union member think he will support them...they better hope they win the lottery!

    September 19, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |


    September 19, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. Dave

    hate to break it to everyone that buys into this two party sham but neither candidate is going to help much. they are both out to do the bidding of the elite that pulls their strings. and they want a total economic collapse so that we can copy the European Union and have a currency like theirs. but the sheep continue to support them. do you really think the current crises happens on its own. it's manufactured for the endgame.

    September 19, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. McCain for Pres.

    If the fundamentals of our economy are not strong then explain how Biden is the 2nd poorest senator and Obama is a multi-millionaire. There are a lot of people hurting in this country, but there are still a lot of people making a lot of money. We would all be hurting if this wasn't true.

    September 19, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. dave g, minneapolis


    Frankly, it's annoying.

    September 19, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. Jim

    mccain is a tool. period, the end.

    September 19, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Frank

    Het morons...John McCain just happens to be right! Open your eyes and ears people! Obama and the Democrats are being absolutely false!

    September 19, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. Emma

    Fight fire with fire! Way to go Senator Obama. Don't let McCain and those cheating Republicans keep spewing their lies and you not respond.

    Lies, lies, lies, lies, McCain and Palin!

    September 19, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Erwin

    So.... Obama's position is therefore... America's economy is screwed, walk away people!

    How can you diss someone being optomistic about America's potential? Talk about negative attacks... That is negative in every sense of teh word.

    September 19, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. Racist People

    To "Riots Anyone",

    Your statement is very racist. I guess you mean Barack's supporters are blacks and only black people riot? Well a lot of Barack supporters are not only black, but intelligent. We will do what everyone else does when our candidate loses–go on with our lives.

    I can tell "Riot's Anyone" that you were raised with a very limited view of the world.

    September 19, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. Support the fight to free America

    Allow me to correct you statement

    McCain is for WAR
    Palin is for earmarks and wasteful spending. Bridge to nowhere, sound familiar? $14.7 million sports complex for 5680 people...close?

    September 19, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. No Time For Hatin'

    Dear Riots Anyone,

    "I've got no time for hatin', no time, the river rolls and so does time. Nothin' easy once it's starts, hatin' just takes too much heart, the river rolls and, there's so little time... so little time".

    –Song from "Don't Bother Me I Can't Cope"

    September 19, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. Bruce

    I am still waiting to hear a concrete original thought come from McCain. I will not get into Palin ( and her "shadow governor), who would become the "shadow VP".....scary.

    McCain come out today with a new government agency...which was already being worked on in Washington with bi partison commitment, as this is too big an issue to not work together .
    Obama comes out and says i am going to wait till i see waht is worked out , and how as this is too big an issue to politicze it, and to muddy the waters with proposals that might not be good. He is take the logical road the road of common sense.
    This election is too imprtant to entrust the country to what is becoming more and more a senile old man, and a young womand who does not have clue.

    September 19, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. Brian in VA

    Uh oh, he's introducing html in his responses.

    September 19, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. Paris

    Distortion, distortion and distortion.

    But the problem is not only the wrong doings of some the problem is that our so called journalists have only eyes and ears for what is wrong with the Republicans and they are completely blinded about Obama and the democratic party.
    This is a major issue and I know that will be talked about and analyzed in the years to come.
    Not even once the media has called Obama on his socialist agenda.


    September 19, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. Eating Buffalo Wings in Heaven with Russert

    I just got here; anyone rip unions yet?

    September 19, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. Andrew

    Regardless of who you support, do any of you find it odd that McCain's campaign has been run so badly? Remember, almost a year ago his campaign was a hair's width away from folding–it seemed like Romney was going to carry the Republican mantle into the general election. I'm used to seeing a certain level of discipline from Republican campaigns (this is the message–stay on message) that is obviously lacking from McCain's. I know there are good Republican strategists out there–why do none of them seem to be working for McCain?

    September 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. J from DC

    I just heard Biden speak in VA. His message was powerful. He just ripped the socks off John McCain. He said some things to women that I have not even heard spoken by Hillary Clinton. Obama is always presidential in his speeches, but women need to hear Biden. He just went hard on McCain and Palin.
    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 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. Lucha

    CLEAN CAMPAIGN, HUH! Not a chance. This was going to be different...yea right! I voted one candidate that was not even considered for the VP spot...consider voting either Demo/Repub but noooo those folks now have decided for me to look at a 3rd part candidate (as many of my friends are doing, their friends and so on).
    Rather vote for a 3rd party and not lose my vote to the donkeys and elephants...great animals as it suites them. Maybe the independants ought to be the rabbits so we can ran from the idiots.

    September 19, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  22. Sherri

    Proud Teamster for Obama/Biden!

    We are watching the economy crumble before our eyes, and it always falls hardest on the backs of the working people. John McCain said our economy is fundamentally strong this past Monday, as Lehman fell and AIG choked. He can't back peddle away from that. I hope my fellow union members will stand up for the average people and recognize the Obama/Biden ticket will bring sound, solid judgment to the White House.

    September 19, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. Griff

    Union are going to be in big trouble, after this Election.. Barack Obama will lose and destroy a Large amount, of how, "Unions have exploited their Member's, this time around...

    September 19, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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