Economists 'Endorsing' Mac Plan Didn't See Fine Print

Of 300 signed on to support jobs plan, many tepid, or worse, on his overall agenda
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2008 3:37 PM CDT
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain waves to spectators as he leaves a Pittsburgh restaurant yesterday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – On Monday, John McCain's campaign released a pledge of support for the candidate’s “Jobs for America” plan signed by 300 economists. But, Politico found in interviews with a sample of the signatories, many didn’t actually support many of the policy prescriptions in the Republican's plan—and one even said he backs Democrat Barack Obama for president.

One professor said he saw the letter as "an expression of support for [McCain], not necessarily each and every detail of his plan, which I may not have had time to study closely." Said another: "I would describe myself as an Obama supporter," he explained. "Maybe I shouldn't have rushed into signing the letter."