January 31st, 2008
09:11 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain gets applause, criticism from Obama

Sens Obama and McCain participate in a Senate hearing together in 2006.

Sens Obama and McCain participate in a Senate hearing together in 2006.

(CNN) - John McCain has received some unwelcome praise over the last couple weeks - at least as he campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination.

First he was endorsed by The New York Times, a newspaper often criticized by conservatives. Then, former President Bill Clinton said wife, Hillary, and McCain are 'very close.'

Now Barack Obama is getting in on the applause. At Thursday's debate, he lauded McCain for originally voting against the Bush tax cuts.

"I respect McCain who in the first two rounds of Bush tax cuts said it is irresponsible that we have never before cut taxes at the same time as we are going into war," Obama said.

McCain voted against Bush's tax cuts in both 2001 and 2003, but he is now supporting the extension - a fact Obama went on to take issue with.

"But somewhere along the line, the Straight Talk Express lost some wheels and now he is in favor of extending Bush's tax cuts that went to some of the wealthiest Americans who don't need them and were not even asking for them," he said.

- CNN Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. JohnS

    It TOOK A CLINTON (lack of morality) to keep the Republicans in THE WHITE HOUSE for 8 years!!!! Do we need another Clinton after ANOTHER BUSH, followed by another BUSH after another set of Clinon scandals?

    Obama has clearly WON this debate, even though he is trying very hard NOT to put Hillary in an awkward position!!!!!!! Thanks Obama.

    Bill take note, Hillary is the ONLY one who brought in GENDER into the debate: "The First WOMAN President." What is this gender and race set of issues?

    January 31, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  2. Betty Bell

    Senator Clinton what do you feel about the stimulus package?

    Extended unemployment checks would help more than a little spendind money that can be used in one hour. The unemployed are really hurting... I would be willing to give my fair share if all if needed to help the people that have nothing. Do you not think that this is just a bandaid effect until he can return to Crawford Tx?

    January 31, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  3. crews2me

    Obama seems ready for the general election and seems to be prepared for the fight against Republicans. He has a real vision for the country which we haven't seen from a Presidential candidate in a long time. He is already changing American mindsets and view of our government.

    January 31, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  4. zack

    how can people said that Former Bill Cliton is a friend of black people while he was in the oval office when 300,000 died of etinc poltics,he was praising those african leaders who were part of the crime i.e RWANDA,UGANDA ETHIOPIA AND ERITERA?it is unwise to put CLINTON in office again.

    January 31, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  5. John

    McCain is for making the tax cuts permanent because by not extending them it would mean a tax increase.

    McCain has never voted for a tax increase in 25 years in congress.

    January 31, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  6. christine

    Wow! The last debate made me cringe, and this one is making me applaud! Good questions and good answers. I do think, however, Barack is scoring the most points.

    January 31, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  7. Eugene Hall

    We need info on conservation of forests, ocean pollution, nuclear fuels.

    January 31, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  8. Sheryl Rogel

    Cllinton reveals herself here by not addressing the question that she admit that her vote was a mistake. We need a president who can be fully honest to the country. She is of the old school of "mistakes were made."

    January 31, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  9. Bert

    Another comment: Barack is talking about the war, and american interests.
    OIL. Why can't they spend 200 billion dollars on 'american interests' in terms of ridding ourselves of the oil dependency, that, in all honesty, is the root reason for the Iraq war, instead of reinforcing the war machine, year after year, time after time? Let's be honest here, no more Mother Of All Jobs Programs, but this ties into the 'use of force' in lieu of Congress, as a body, living up to its' responsibility of making a formal declaration of war in accordance with the War Powers Act of 1973, which was written in response to the LAST protracted Forever War. War, peace, 2 different words, different spelling, different meaning, kind of binary, kind of like a standard light switch, on/off. Speaking of light switches, what's the Barack position on conservation? Personal practices can make a HUGE dent in energy consumption. Details, details.

    Ike warned us. No one listened.

    January 31, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  10. LP

    Obama says he is for change does he not know that kennedy has been in the senate for decades what is obama going to change with teddy telling him what to do

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  11. Letty Kimble

    American's giving up easily? We went in to Iraq in 2003. It is now 2008. I think, on the contrary, Americans don't give up at all and are still voting for John McCain who says we could be there for 100 years.

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  12. Cynthia

    Hillary is demonstrating how smart and articulate she is and what a great President she will be!

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  13. Daniel from Kansas

    Go Obama!!

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  14. john

    John McCain is so out of touch with reality.

    I am a veteran of the Iraq war and I will NEVER vote for him.

    January 31, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  15. Patrick in PA

    What would be Obama's position on the war in Iraq if there HAD been WMD's? Although we dodged a bomb by not finding any if there had been then he would say he believes in peace not war.....that really worked on 9/11 for us. We need someone who can make tough choices and even if we have to show our muscles!!!!

    January 31, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  16. RED

    Think you Mr. OBAMA finally a politician with common sense thinking like an American. and not selling out the country to big business and special interest and really thinking about our troops !!!

    January 31, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  17. jadie

    Hlilary on the war Iraq she was nieve when she vote for the war when came up the seate

    January 31, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  18. Lance

    Although John McCain has successfully labeled Mitt Romney as a flip-flopper, he has skated free on many of his position changes such as immigration, Bush tax cuts and even abortion. The democrats will have so much fun with this as Obama alluded to tonight in referring to his flip-flopping with the Bush tax cuts.

    January 31, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  19. jadie

    Hilary made a mistaket.

    January 31, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  20. Frank D

    ha ha ha ha ...Kim, your criterion for judging who won the debate is ridiclous...LOL

    January 31, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  21. Kay

    What's next ! First Daddy Bush then Wild Bill Clinton then Baby Bush and now Hillary Clinton come on. Next Bush's brother Jeb bush or Laura Bush will be president stop this cycle America please!

    Vote Obama!!

    PS I have nothing against Laura Bush but I do not want George in the White House again!

    February 1, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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