As the election nears, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) seems to be making a final push to distance himself from President Bush. In yesterday’s debate, he firmly declared, “I am not President Bush. … I’m going to give a new direction to this economy in this country.” In a new ad out today named “Fight,” McCain directly tells viewers that the economy during the Bush years hasn’t “worked very well”:
The last eight years haven’t worked very well, have they? I’ll make the next four better.
Not long ago, McCain was more optimistic about the Bush economy. In April, McCain said that “you could make an argument that there’s been great progress economically over that period of time.” During a January GOP primary debate, he stated, “I think that you could argue that Americans overall are better off because we have had a pretty good prosperous time. … A lot of good things have happened.” Watch it:
McCain released a similar ad in August that stated, “We’re worse off than we were four years ago.” The public, however, isn’t buying the spin that McCain has different policies than Bush. An LA Times poll released Tuesday found that a majority of Americans believe McCain would continue Bush’s policies, a finding consistent with numerous other surveys.