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FLASHBACK: McCain Claimed That ‘Americans Are Overall Better Off’ Under Bush

By Amanda Terkel  

"FLASHBACK: McCain Claimed That ‘Americans Are Overall Better Off’ Under Bush"

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Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) campaign has released its latest tv ad today, attempting to distance the senator from President Bush. From the ad’s narration:

Washington’s broken. John McCain knows it. We’re worse off than we were four years ago. Only McCain has taken on big tobacco, drug companies, fought corruption in both parties. He’ll reform Wall Street, battle Big Oil, make America prosper again. He’s the original maverick.

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This statement actually isn’t so maverick. During a January debate at the Reagan Library, McCain stated that Americans were “overall are better off” than they were eight years ago. Watch it:

In April, McCain also said that under the Bush administration, “you could make an argument that there’s been great progress economically over that period of time.”

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