The Great Debate: McCain vs McCain
"At the center of the problem were the lobbyists, politicians, and bureaucrats who succeeded in persuading Congress and the administration to ignore the festering problems at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Using money and influence, they prevented reforms that would have curbed their power and limited their ability to damage our economy. And now, as ever, the American taxpayers are left to pay the price for Washington's failure." - John McCain, Green Bay, Wisconsin.
"Fannie cooked the books and Johnson made millions. Then Obama asked him to pick his VP and raise thousands for his campaign." - McCain ad, September 19.
"The lobbying firm of the man Republicans say John McCain has chosen to begin planning a presidential transition earned more than a quarter of a million dollars this year representing Freddie Mac, one of the companies McCain blames for the nation's financial crisis." - Bloomberg news service