Why McCain Lost – And the 10 Quotes that Helped


An overwhelming majority of voters cited “economic concerns” as their main issue during this election, and with McCain bumbling over economic issues, he was easy to beat. We’ve all heard him say how “the fundamentals of the economy” were strong, but did you know McCain wanted to set the middle class/rich income threshold at the $5 million mark? Read the quotes below to see his indications of early onset Alzheimer’s.


10. In response to the question, “Give me a specific number, where do you move from middle class to rich?” McCain, Aug. 16, 2008: “If you’re just talking about income—how about $5 million?”

9. McCain, Sept. 16, 2008: “I know how to fix this economy. I have had great experience on these issues as chairman of the commerce committee.”

8. Top McCain strategist, Oct. 5, 2008: “If we keep talking about the economic crisis, we’re going to lose.”

7. McCain, summer 2008: “Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation.”

6. McCain economic adviser Phil Gramm, July 9, 2008: “You’ve heard of mental depression—this is a mental recession. … We’ve sort of become a nation of whiners.”

5. McCain spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt, Oct. 22, 2008: “With all of the important issues facing the country right now, it’s remarkable that we’re spending time talking about pantsuits and blouses. It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign.”

4. McCain, Aug. 20, 2008: Asked how many homes he owns: “I think—I’ll have my staff get to you. … It’s condominiums where—I’ll have them get to you.”

3. McCain, Dec. 17, 2007: “The issue of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should. … I’ve got Greenspan’s book.”

2. McCain, Sept. 24, 2008: “It has become clear that no consensus has developed to support the administration’s proposal. I do not believe that the plan on the table will pass as it currently stands, and we are running out of time. Tomorrow morning, I will suspend my campaign and return to Washington after speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative.”

1. McCain, Sept. 15, 2008: “There’s been tremendous turmoil in our financial markets and Wall Street. People are frightened by these events. Our economy, I think, still, the fundamentals of our economy are strong.”


Have your own favorite McCain moments? Leave them in the comments section below, or e-mail them to yellatjared@gmail.com

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One Response to “Why McCain Lost – And the 10 Quotes that Helped”

  1. “I endorse Senator John McCain for President of the United States.”
    -George W. Bush

    That quote certainly helped. Didn’t McCain say something about how the war in Iraq might go on for a hundred years? #9 is funny. “I know how to fix this economy.” Just like “I know how to get Bin Laden.” Share, John. Share.

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