After many shifts in rhetoric, John McCain gave yet another “major policy address” on the economy yesterday in Pittsburg. But as he brings his out of touch policies to Wisconsin today, it remains clear that John McCain does not understand the challenges facing working families in the state.
 
“In Wisconsin, over a half a million people are uninsured, more than 16,000 homes were in foreclosure in the fourth quarter of 2007 alone, and we have the highest unemployment rate in five years,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chairman Joe Wineke said. “The last thing we need is a third term of George Bush’s failed economic policies. When it comes to the economy, John McCain is out of touch with the challenges facing Wisconsin families.” 

McCain spent his visit today in a campaign event closed to the public. Meanwhile, Democratic volunteers are canvassing in Milwaukee today, in response to McCain’s visit.
 
“While Senator McCain spends his first visit to Wisconsin since clinching the Republican nomination in an event closed to the public, Democrats will be communicating with voters his real record on the economy,” Wineke said. “Let’s not forget this is someone who has openly said he doesn’t understand economics.”
 
Again and again, McCain has shifted his rhetoric. Although it was billed as a major economic address, Senator McCain’s speech yesterday didn’t answer the important questions.
 
“He says he’d close corporate loopholes, but doesn’t say how. He says he’d end corporate welfare, but doesn’t say how. And he says he’ll make Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthiest permanent, but doesn’t say how he’ll pay for it.”
 
The Washington Post noted yesterday that McCain’s "proposals together would cost trillions of dollars to implement and add to the growing budget deficits, a fact that (he) did not address in his speech." (Washington Post, 4/15/08)
 
“Instead of offering solutions, McCain offers a third Bush term of reckless fiscal policies that are hurting our country and would put us further into debt,” Wineke said. “Wisconsin voters aren’t going to buy it.”