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Debate Moment: McCain says he never said he didn’t know economics (Lieberman backs him up, the recor

Questioned by Tim Russert in last night’s debate about his admission that he doesn’t know much about economics, McCain denied it. “Actually, I don’t know where you got that quote from,” McCain said. “I’m very well versed in economics. I was there at the Reagan revolution.”

In his recent interview with JTA, Joe Lieberman also denied McCain had said he didn’t know economics. “I’ve never heard him say what you said,” Lieberman said. “As a matter of fact I’ve been with him the last couple of days, Michigan and South Carolina, where he’s talked about the economic challenge and offered some ideas to deal with it.”

Fact check. At least three newspapers have quoted McCain acknowledging he needs to learn more about economics. Here’s one, from the Wall Street Journal: “I’m going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. I still need to be educated.”