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Obama: Fundamentals of the Economy Are Strong

3:15 PM, Sep 30, 2008 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
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The McCain campaign has a new "web ad" out that mocks Barack Obama for a comment he made yesterday. After weeks of mocking John McCain for his claim that the fundamentals of the American economy are strong, Obama said yesterday:

"After this immediate problem, we've got the long-term fundamentals that will really make sure this economy grows."

It's not surprising that he would say this. Although his political advisers have urged him to use McCain's words on the campaign trail, his economic advisers have been saying, in effect, that McCain was right. And sometimes they say it in public. Last week, Obama economic adviser Jason Furman told the Washington Post: "This is a major fiscal problem in the short run, but it doesn't alter the long-term fiscal picture."

Sounds a lot like "the fundamentals of the economy are strong."

Here's the ad script:

ANNCR: Who's Barack Obama?

First, Obama attacked McCain.

Then said:

BARACK OBAMA: "We've got the long term fundamentals that will really make sure this economy grows."

ANNCR: Strong fundamentals?

Is Obama saying McCain's right?

Or is Obama saying his own attacks are shameless?

Either way, Obama's a hypocrite.

JOHN MCCAIN: I'm John McCain and I approve this message.

I'm eager to read the lengthy, front-page story in tomorrow's New York Times on the mixed messages from the Obama campaign and how such poor communications reflects a campaign in disarray.