Heidi Moore: They downgraded the U.S. credit rating. It's like cutting our credit score. We went from a AAA to a AA+ -- which is more than people expected; people thought we'd just be a AA. The importance of this is largely psychological -- we've always been a AAA country. But now that we are a AA+, that's what everyone else will be too. I think everyone else will follow us.
Carney agreed that other countries would be downgraded as well:
John Carney: Remember, we're the country that supports people when they get in trouble. If our credit rating is lower, so is everybody else's.
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