Trying to defend against his own admission of economic ignorance, Senator McCain is now saying that he wouldn’t need a Vice President with economic experience. However, in November, he was saying the exact opposite. Yet another straight talk detour.
McCain Said That Because Of His Experience On The Senate Commerce Committee, He Wouldn’t Need A Vice President With Economic Experience. “Noting that he also later ran the Senate Commerce Committee, Mr. McCain said in the interview that he would feel no need to select a vice president with expertise in economic policy to balance his own foreign-policy experience.” (David Leonhardt, “Fiscal Mantra For McCain: Less Is More,” www.nytimes.com, The New York Times, 1/26/08)
However, In November, McCain Said He Would Choose A Vice-President Who Understands Economics Because He Doesn’t. “On at least one occasion, McCain has raised the matter himself. On Nov. 10, while traveling through New Hampshire on his Straight Talk Express bus, McCain was asked what he would seek in a vice presidential candidate if nominated. After mentioning the ability of a potential running mate to replace the president, McCain said, ‘You also look for people who maybe have talents you don’t, or experience or knowledge you don’t, as well.’ ‘What are those qualities that you don’t – that you wouldn’t mind complementing?’ asked David Brooks, a columnist for The New York Times. McCain paused. ‘Uh, maybe I shouldn’t say this, but, somebody who’s really well grounded in economics,’ he said.” (Sasha Issenberg, “McCain Tested On Economy,” The Boston Globe, www.boston.com, 1/26/08)