Michigan Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm blasted John McCain for repeating his claim Monday that the fundamentals of the economy are strong, as Wall Street recoils from the bankruptcy declaration by Lehman Brothers bank and the takeover of Merrill Lynch.
“It is absurd to say that the fundamentals of this economy are sound, especially from someone that has been to Michigan so much,” Graholm said of McCain’s comments. “I can’t believe he would repeat that to the nation.”
Speaking at a rally in Florida on Monday morning, McCain said: "I believe, still, the fundamentals of our economy are strong, but these are very, very difficult times.”
As governor of a key swing state, Granholm predicted that McCain’s comments would not sit well in Michigan, which has the highest unemployment in the nation.
“How can the fundamentals of the economy be strong when you talk to everyday citizens that are struggling so much?” she asked on a conference call with reporters Monday morning.
Other Democrats have quickly pounced on McCain's comments as well, hoping to portray the Arizona senator as out of touch with the concerns of everyday citizens.
“[McCain] has been to Michigan a lot, but he hasn’t learned lessons of Michigan, said Carl Levin, the state’s senior Democratic senator.
“The fundamentals of our economy are not strong.”