Words: McCain believes we should drastically cut government spending and eliminate all pork-barrel bills. He supports a Balanced Budget Amendment.
Actions: McCain voted FOR a balanced budget constitutional amendment (1997), AGAINST making national debt reduction a lower priority than tax cuts (2000), and FOR a $40 billion reduction in overall spending (2005).
UPDATE: This juxtoposition between Gov Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain was to highlight their contrasting expertise .
Sen. McCain has been at pains to burnish his image on economics. You read about it here