WASHINGTON, March 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Though he's been the presumptive Republican nominee for a while now, the weeks don't seem to be getting any easier for John McCain. This week, in what were billed by his campaign as "major policy speeches" on Iraq and the mortgage crisis, McCain in fact included no new policies, proposals or ideas to tackle the most important issues facing our country - and it didn't go unnoticed.
But no one was buying McCain's doubletalk. Below are a selection of articles chronicling McCain's tough week:
On the Economy, Housing Crisis:
Cleveland Plain Dealer
March 28, 2008
"Despite his criticism this week of government intervention in the mortgage and foreclosure crisis, Republican presidential candidate John McCain sounded friendlier toward struggling homeowners last month when he campaigned in Ohio...That's a different tone from the rhetoric he used Tuesday during a speech in which he suggested homeowners facing foreclosure have only themselves to blame...But seeking The Plain Dealer endorsement leading up to Ohio's March 4 primary, McCain struck a more sympathetic tone. Northeast Ohio had the sixth highest foreclosure rate in the nation last year, according to a recent analysis, and three other metro areas in the state were in the top 20."
McCain leaves housing crisis options on table:
March 25, 2008
"McCain, in the midst of a weeklong western fundraising swing, focused on the home-financing crisis at an event in the Republican bastion of Orange County as he tried to rebut Democratic criticism of his economic credentials. His pitch, though, offered little in the way of specific proposals to immediately address the crisis."
McCain talks housing crisis in L.A. area:
Los Angeles Times
March 26, 2008
" Sen. John McCain addressed the mortgage foreclosure crisis and the weakening economy in a speech in Santa Ana today but offered no major prescriptions for quelling turbulence -- instead calling for two panels to look at the problems."
How not to prevent foreclosures:
New York Times
March 27, 2008
"With foreclosures surging, the last thing the nation needs is another government-hosted meeting where mortgage lenders pledge once again to do their utmost to help distressed borrowers stay in their homes -- and then go back to the business of foreclosure. Yet, a meeting and a round of pledges is exactly what Senator John McCain called for on Tuesday, as if the country had not been down that fruitless road already. The real core of his speech was his argument against government action to help dig distressed homeowners -- or the country -- out of the mortgage mess. Mr. McCain 's talk therapy will not ease, let alone end, the worst foreclosure crisis since the Depression or the financial crisis that has erupted in its wake. But worse yet is what it says about the presumptive Republican nominee's view of the economy and the government's responsibility to protect and help its citizens. His suggestion that federal aid might wrongly reward 'undeserving' homeowners sounded both mean-spirited and economically naive. And then there is the double standard. He seemed less concerned about the government helping reckless bankers, endorsing its role in preventing the bankruptcy of Bear Stearns."
McCain, under pressure, revisits economic questions