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McCain: I’m The Optimist When It Comes To The American Economy September 17, 2008

Posted by trouble97018 in Economy, McCain, News, Politics.

TPM Election Central

John McCain’s efforts to remake himself as a fire-breathing, regulation-wielding populist who will take on Wall Street continued again today with a speech in Michigan.

Notably, in an effort to put his best gloss on previous optimistic statements, such as his repeated claim that the “fundamentals of our economy are sound,” McCain cast himself as an optimist on the economy and suggested his foes are pessimists who think our “nation is in decline.”

In so doing, McCain even tried to claim the mantle of a Democratic President who dramatically expanded the very type of Federal regulatory power that McCain has decried for years, if not decades. From the prepared remarks:

One of our great Presidents, Franklin Roosevelt expressed this optimism even at the height of the Great Depression. He said: ‘Plenty is at our doorstep, but a generous use of it languishes in the very sight of the supply.’ My friends, that is true again today. I reject the doom and gloom that says our nation is in decline. America’s best days are ahead.

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