Republican presidential candidate John McCain says he would fire Securities and Exchange Commissioner Christopher Cox if he were president.
McCain told supporters at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on
Thursday that Cox had, in McCain's words, "betrayed the public's
Stocks on Wall Street have tumbled this week amid the worst
financial meltdown in the U.S. since the Great Depression.
Cox was appointed SEC chairman by President Bush in 2005. Before
that, Cox was a Republican congressman from California for 17
An SEC spokesman didn't immediately return a telephone call
seeking comment on McCain's statement.
The Securities and Exchange Commission oversees regulation of
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