PRESS RELEASE from John McCain 2008

Policy Team Is A Collection Of Leading Conservatives

For Immediate Release 
Thursday, July 12, 2007 
Contact: Danny Diaz 
ARLINGTON, VA - U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today announced an impressive collection of economists, professors, and prominent conservative policy leaders who will advise the Arizona Senator as he seeks the White House.

Members of the economic policy team will use their combined years of experience and expertise with domestic and international economic issues to help guide and promote his call for greater economic freedom and more robust growth.

Gerry Parsky, who serves as a senior economic advisor to John McCain's presidential campaign, is a partner with California-based Aurora Capital Group. In the 1970's, Parsky was an official at the Federal Energy Office and served as the Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

"There is no greater advocate for reducing government spending and promoting free enterprise in our economy than Senator McCain," said Parsky. "John McCain's respect for the American economy and the ingenuity that drives its progress makes him an extraordinary candidate."

Kevin Hassett, who will also advise the campaign on economic policy, is a resident scholar and the director of economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Hassett is a former senior economist to the Board of Governors at the Federal Reserve System, economics and finance professor at the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University, and economic policy advisor to President George W. Bush's reelection campaign in 2004.

"John McCain has a clear record of supporting tax cuts and promoting trade," Hassett said. "Whether it's his undying initiative to beat back federal spending or his refusal to raise taxes, conservatives must appreciate that John McCain is the best man for the job."

Dr. John Taylor is professor of economics at Stanford University and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. Taylor is also a former Under Secretary for International Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Treasury in the George W. Bush Administration.

"John McCain knows that economic freedom is among the American people's most cherished assets," said Dr. Taylor. "His experience with these issues and understanding of our government make Senator McCain the most prepared candidate to lead our economy on day one."

Senator John McCain stated that he was proud of the support and counsel he would receive from these advisors. "The American economy must maintain its integrity by keeping with the free market principles and competition that have made it the envy of the world," said Senator McCain. "This is a very respected group of advisors and I look forward to working with them to ensure that we do not take that charge lightly and deliver for the American people."

McCain Campaign Economic Policy Advisors

Grant Aldonas
Managing Director For Split Rock International & Former Under Secretary For International Trade At The U.S. Department Of Commerce

Carlos Bonilla
Senior Vice President For The Washington Group & Former Special Assistant To President George W. Bush

Jeff Brown
Associate Professor Of Finance At The College Of Business, University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign

Juan Buttari
Independent Consultant And Researcher In Development Economics

Kathleen Cooper
Dean, College Of Business, University Of North Texas

Steve Davis
CRA International And University Of Chicago Graduate School Of Business

Richard Dekaser
Senior Vice President And Chief Economist, National City Corporation

John Diamond
Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Tax Policy, Baker Institute Of Public Policy, Rice University

Emil Frankel
Transportation Consultant And Former Assistant Secretary For Transportation Policy, Department Of Transportation

Luke Froeb
Professor, Vanderbilt University

Senator Phil Gramm
Former U.S. Senator From Texas

Kevin Hassett
Resident Scholar And Director Of Economic Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Greg Jenner
Former Executive Vice President, American Council Of Life Insurers & Acting Assistant Secretary (Tax Policy), U.S. Treasury Department

David John
Senior Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation

Tim Kane
Director, Center for International Trade and Economics, Heritage Foundation

Melissa Kearney
Assistant Professor Of Economics, University Of Maryland

Anne Krueger
Professor At The Johns Hopkins School Of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) & Former First Deputy Managing Director, IMF

Adam Lerrick
Visiting Scholar For The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) And Friends Of Allan H. Meltzer Professor Of Economics For Carnegie Mellon

Phil Levy
Resident Scholar for the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and Former Senior Economist for Trade on the President's Council of Economic Advisers

Will Melick
Gensemer Associate Professor of Economics, Kenyon College

Michael Moore
Professor Of Economics And International Affairs, George Washington University

Tom Miller
Resident Fellow for American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Tim Muris
Foundation Professor, George Mason University School Of Law

Gerry Parsky
Senior Economic Advisor

Nancy Pfotenhauer
Former President, Independent Women's Forum

James Rill
Partner, Howrey LLP and Former Assistant Attorney General (Antitrust), U.S. Department of Justice

Kenneth Rogoff
Professor Of Public Policy, Harvard University

Harvey Rosen
Professor Of Economics And Business Policy, Princeton University

John Silvia
Managing Director, Chief Economist, Wachovia Bank

Acquiles Suarez
Vice President For Government Affairs For National Association Of Industrial And Office Properties & Former Special Assistant To The President For Domestic Policy

Dr. John Taylor
Professor Of Economics At Stanford, Senior Fellow At The Hoover Institution & Former Under Secretary Of Treasury

Anthony Villamil
Chief Executive Officer, The Washington Economics Group, Inc. & Former Under Secretary Of Commerce For Economic Affairs

Joseph Wright
Chairman Of The Board For Intelsat

Mark Zandi
Chief Economist For Moody's Economy.Com

James Rill
Antitrust Attorney at Howrey LLP; Former Assistant Attorney General in charge of the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division

Sean O'Keefe
Former Secretary Of The Navy, NASA Administrator, & Deputy Director Of Office of Management & Budget, The White House

* Affiliations are shown for identification purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement.