From: "Meghan Ashford-Grooms" <mashford-grooms@statesman.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2011 18:29:51 -0500
To: Meghan Ashford-Grooms <mashford-grooms@statesman.com>

Subject: RE: media question about Aug. 5 U.S. downgrade report
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2011 17:57:25 -0400
From: Piecuch, John
To: Meghan Ashford-Grooms <mashford-grooms@statesman.com>


Hello Meghan,
 
Please find responses below.
 
Regards,
John

John Piecuch

Director, Communications
Standard & Poor's

 
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This is the first time that S&P has lowered its rating on the US (we canot speak for other firms). 
 
Standard & Poor's has assigned its AAA rating on the United States since it was created in 1941 by a merger.  The predecessor companies both gave the US their highest ratings as well.