Weekend Watchdog

Bill Scher

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For Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. (NBC’s Meet The Press): During Thursday’s debate, Tim Russert referenced your recent comment, “I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. I still need to be educated,” and asked if that was a “problem for your campaign” because the struggling economy is a major concern of voters.

You responded, “I don’t know where you got that quote from. I’m very well versed in economics.”

Well, that exact quote came from an interview you gave to the Wall Street Journal two years ago.

And you haven’t become more educated on economics since then, because you made similar comments in New Hampshire last month, according to the Boston Globe and Baltimore Sun.

Why weren’t you straight with Tim Russert during Thursday’s debate?

For Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson (Fox News Sunday): The stimulus package the White House and the House are supporting includes tax breaks for businesses, but no additional support for food stamps and unemployment benefits.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that increased funding for food stamps and unemployment benefits was a fast and cost-effective way to get money in the hands of struggling Americans who will surely spend it to boost the economy in advance of a possible recession. It was far less confident that the business tax breaks would lead to additional investments that could mitigate a recession.

Senate Democrats are considering their own package which would include more funds for food stamps and unemployment benefits. Will you follow expert advice and support that plan?

For former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (CBS’ Face The Nation): It seems that the more you personally campaign in a state, the worse you do in the polls.

What does that say about a campaign based on exploiting the Sept. 11 attacks for political fear-mongering?

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