Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008 | 3:22 p.m.
WASHINGTON - Sen. Harry Reid can't resist a history lesson, and in today's he suggested John McCain is channelling Depression-era President Herbert Hoover.
"What we have going on in America today is the ghost of Herbert Hoover -- and the person who is the conduit of that is John McCain," Reid said this afternoon.
The majority leader has been using the McCain-Hoover line all day, after the Republican presidential candidate's upbeat assessment of the economic outlook on Monday -- a day when one of the nation's biggest investment houses was headed toward banruptcy and the stock market closed with the largest one-day drop since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
"Yet one senator - John McCain - woke up yesterday morning, surveyed the state of the U.S. economy, summoned the ghost of his fellow Republican, Herbert Hoover, and declared 'the fundamentals of our economy are strong.'"
Stay tuned for the response from the other side.