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McCain adviser denies that McCain said economy was in good shape
David Edwards
Published: Sunday July 13, 2008

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NBC's Tom Brokaw talked on Sunday with McCain adviser Carly Fiorina and Obama supporter Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) about the candidates' economic policies.

Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard CEO who has been spoken of as a possible McCain running-mate, denied that John McCain had said in January that the economy was in good shape. "I've been around long enough to know you can make a sound bite say anything," she insisted.

During a CNN debate on January 30, John McCain said, "I think you could argue that Americans overall are better off, because we have had a pretty good prosperous time, with low unemployment and low inflation and a lot of good things have happened. A lot of jobs have been created."

Partial transcript

McCASKILL: If you look at the tax plans by these two candidates, you can, in fact, bring down the deficit by giving tax cuts to most of America. As long as you make a very thin sliver of them pay more. We have done a lot for the hedge fund -- for corporate CEOs in eight years. You know, it hasn't turned out so well. We lost almost a half a billion -- half a million jobs since January. 428,000 jobs since January. And in January John McCain was saying nice things about the economy. so --

FIORINA: That is not true.

McCASKILL: It is true. -- He said this economy is in pretty good shape.

BROKAW: Said it would take care of itself. We just showed that. He said that we'll work our way through the economy. Let me --

FIORINA: I've been around long enough to know you can make a sound bite say anything. The reality is that John McCain has been saying for months and months and months --

BROKAW: We didn't make that up.

This video is from NBC's Meet the Press, broadcast July 13, 2008.


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