Taking cue from White House, McCain talks economy in new radio address
Cue John McCain. The Arizona senator and Republican presidential candidate started a weekly radio address on Saturday, modeled after President George W. Bush’s regular broadcast ritual.
“Good morning. I’m John McCain, and this week I’ve been on the road in Colorado, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin,” the candidate said in his first address, according to a copy of the remarks.
“I’ve been holding town hall meetings to talk over the subject on most everyone’s minds these days — our slowing economy.”
McCain went on to review his week, speaking about the economy and his proposals to wean the nation from its dependence on foreign oil.
No mention was made of comments by a top economic adviser, former Texas Sen. Phil Gramm, who described the United States as “a nation of whiners” in a mental recession.
McCain did get a few jabs in at his opponent, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, though.
“In an economic downturn, the worst of all ideas is to raise taxes. And Senator Obama will do just that,” McCain said.
He ended by saying the country had beat longer odds during challenging circumstances in the past. “Very soon, we’re going to get this economy running again at full strength,” he said.
“Thanks for listening.”
Photo credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst; McCain addresses League of United Latin American Citizens in Washington, D.C., July 7, 2008.