Washington (AP) John McCain says “Americans are hurting,” and that in his view, there's a recession under way. That's an assessment that Bush administration officials have declined to make.
The technical definition of a recession is two quarters of negative growth.
Speaking at the annual meeting of the Associated Press, McCain also said Barack Obama's comments that some small-town voters are bitter over their economic situation were “elitist.” he said those are the same people whose children are overseas defending the nation.
On other matters, the republican presidential nominee-in-waiting also announced his support for legislation that would protect the identity of reporters' confidential news sources. He said while the reporters' shield law could be “a license to do harm,” it's also
a license “to disclose injustice and unlawfulness,” citing what he called “the disgrace of Abu Ghraib” as an example.