March 26th, 2008
04:15 PM ET
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Clinton, Obama take aim at John McCain

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Watch Obama’s criticism of John McCain Wednesday

(CNN) – Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, engaged in an increasingly brutal war of words, directed some of their verbal fire power this week at presumptive Republican nominee John McCain – who immediately fought back.

On Wednesday, the Obama campaign took aim at both of McCain’s major policy speeches. At a campaign event in North Carolina, Obama said the McCain’s economic address “offered not one policy, not one idea, not one bit of relief… We’ve been down this road before. It’s the road that George Bush has taken for the last eight years.”

In a statement released later Wednesday afternoon, Obama spokesman Bill Burton said “John McCain is determined to carry out four more years of George Bush's failed policies, including an open-ended war in Iraq that has cost us thousands of lives and billions of dollars while making us less safe.”

Hillary Clinton has also spent the past two days tying McCain to Bush on foreign policy, telling a Pennsylvania audience that the Arizona senator’s policies represented “four more years of the same.”

The McCain campaign released a statement in response to Obama’s criticism of his economic policies, saying, “Senator Obama’s blatant mischaracterizations aren’t the new politics he’s promised America, they’re the old attack and smear tactics that Americans are tired of.”

McCain also took an indirect hit at the Democratic candidates in his foreign policy in Los Angeles, saying that withdrawal from Iraq – a position advocated by both of his potential fall opponents – would result in “horrendous violence, ethnic cleansing and possibly genocide.”

Related: Suzanne Malveaux reports on Obama's return to the campaign trail

–CNN’s Emily Sherman

soundoff (142 Responses)
  1. Mike

    Why is Obama still here?

    The man sold out his pastor, grandmother, Ohio, Canada and everyone else for his political ambitions.

    The polls show that Obama cant win against McCain and McCain cant win against Hillary.

    Take the hint Obama and leave!

    March 26, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  2. Robert Friends

    Don't see the point of attacking McCain at this stage, even if the indepedents run to him after Democratic party picks its nominee, he still doesn't have enough conservatives to vote for him.

    March 26, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. Ifeanyi

    That is what they should have been at, not fighting themselves.

    March 26, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. Shawn - GA

    I love how afraid they are of Mc Cain, they know darn well he is not another Bush they just keep saying that so people will think it is true so MAYBE they have a chance to beat him. In time Mr Mc Cain will show them what he is about and shut down this "4 more years of the same" argument.

    March 26, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. charlotte

    What are your plans? You surely don't expect to win with, I did not vote for the war, and anti-Bush, we're all anti Bush. Please, don't just repeat what HIllary has already said she would do. Try to have an original idea.

    March 26, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. Nganenu

    Obama to the White House. Keep on! Question their position. Hammer on issue. Concentrate on Economy and War. One comes as the consequence of the other.
    Nganenu

    March 26, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  7. Chris

    Good for Obama. Forget Clinton, she is insignificant..we all know she will lose unless she tries something dirty and start changing rules. Obama should focus on McCain and not Hillary.

    Barack Obama for President

    March 26, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. I love Clinton!

    I really doubt Obama's brain!

    I guess the reason Why Mr. Obama keeps lying in front of us is just because his brain has been damaged. Maybe he does not intentionally lie.. Oh! God. Poor Obama..........

    Obama, please go back to your vacation and wish you never come back again!

    March 26, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. annie

    People seem to forget Democrats are tough....we'll duke it out....nominate a winner and then team up against McCain.

    This is just the warm up....we'll be ready for McCain.....the question is...........IS McCaine ready for us?

    March 26, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  10. Willie

    Obama is starting to look very unappealing. I have always been a Clinton supporter, but I used to look up to Obama and think that he was a cool guy, but now he just looks like another politician. I cant even vote for him now if he is in the General Election and im black. I look at McCain like he is a democrat. To me, McCain is still a democrat. McCain has lots of ties in the democratic party so it will be very easy for him to branch out over party lines. If not Hillary, then McCain. Sorry, but I am not the "Typical Black Person".

    March 26, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. fed-up

    Obama is not the black man who will be elected. His pastor of 20 years pretty much did him in. He has no experience, knocking on doors in Chicago hardly qualifies someone to be president. while Hillary did overexaggerate the experience in Bosnia, at least she was in a war zone. Has Obama ever been to Afghanastan, he is the committee chair on those activities, is he not? where is his experience? Did he bother to show up and vote on the Iran issue? What, besides great speeches has he done? CNN should know more about him then the rest of us, start naming some of his great accomplishments for the rest of us

    March 26, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  12. Willie

    @Chris

    How is she changing the rules Chris!?! Florida and Michigan are not voting! Obama was the one talking about how the superdelegates should go with the will of the people! If so, then looks like Kerry, Kennedy, and Richardson are not playing by the Obama Law. Looks like you and Obama do not have a brain. How about Obama get a back-bone and attack Clinton himself instead of having Burton do all his dirty work.!!

    March 26, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  13. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama is right by attacking McCain because Hillary and Bill are busy destroying themselves as well as the democrat party. We are tired of the Clinton's tactics and won't vote for Hillary anyway. These Clinton's have too much baggage and why would anyone want to bring old dirty baggage back into the White House, it's like taking back a spouse you divorced.

    March 26, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  14. Remocrat

    Anyone can criticize. It takes a real man or woman to do. The only thing you have changed in this campaign is my mind not to vote for you. You are not fit to shine McCain's Military Boots, must less be President of this Great Nation. Semper Fi..

    March 26, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  15. r. lopez in South Texas

    I never counted McCain out because he has everything no other Republican has. He's tough as an old bird. But for how long?

    March 26, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  16. What?

    Those of you suggesting that Obama drop out or leave (mike and I love clinton) and talking about his brain??? are simply foolish. I really wonder what your true intent and motivation is. It's quite puzzling. He is leading! So why would there be any mention of him dropping out?

    March 26, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  17. Darth Vadik, CA

    MUSIC TO MY EARS, C'MON GUYS HE'S THE TARGET NOT EACH OTHER.

    March 26, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  18. Darth Vadik, CA

    Mike,

    What you’ve just wrote is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever read. At no point were you even close to anything that can be considered a rational thought. Every one in this blog is now dumber for having read it.

    March 26, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  19. Grif

    You Can't!! Mr Obama..
    When did you serve in "The Armed Forces," for the USA .

    When did you ever put you're life on the line ...
    Old Soldiers Never Die.... You're already Dead...
    On what grounds could you hope to win??? Foreign??

    You're the Foreigner. Not just you're policies., of which you have none.

    But You!!!! The USA is not you're Home..
    Just an excuse for Power..

    March 26, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  20. An Agnostic Democrat

    Mike:

    It is Hillary who has a 43% trust and likability rating compared to McCain and Obama in the 60% and above range, so you may want to ask her and yourself how she plans to reverse a trend that had been constant before she announced her candidacy and is nosediving now that people are realizing (and she continues proving) she's much worse than they initially thought she was.

    Not only was she wrong about Iraq because she didn't bother reading the intelligence report (oops!), but she can't even lie her way out of a "war story" of which she's told three different versions. Now we are supposed to believe anything that she says when her version of the truth is constantly changing. But that would depend on what the meaning of "is" is.

    March 26, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  21. Franky

    "CNN should know more about him then the rest of us, start naming some of his great accomplishments for the rest of us"

    You know, maybe you should be quiet and chill because he does appear on Cnn.com on the video. And for the record, don't you have a computer???? So, what are you doing???? Look up more info, learn what is said, talk about an issue and for the record, if you have a question, you could send him one on his website! His speech today was a bit different than before, that I can tell you.....

    March 26, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. Jose

    Thank you Willie. I am an Hispanic in Arizona and have many African American friends that are not Obama supporters. McCain is Republican in name only. Just look at his ideas and who his supporters have been. Many traditional Democrats and Moderate Republicans understand where McCain is coming from. He like us loves this Country and we will not allow it to be torn apart by anyone, Black or White.

    March 26, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. hope

    Obama is clueless, I will never vote for him.

    March 26, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  24. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Remocrat March 26th, 2008 6:37 pm ET

    Anyone can criticize. It takes a real man or woman to do. The only thing you have changed in this campaign is my mind not to vote for you. You are not fit to shine McCain's Military Boots, must less be President of this Great Nation. Semper Fi..

    John McCain is a sell-out who will do or say whatever it takes for votes. Barack Obama is a REAL man – McCain is a has-been political hack.

    BTW, my late father was a Marine, and I know he would agree with me if he were here today. Semper fi yourself.

    March 26, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  25. I Won't Misspeak

    Hillary lost.

    March 26, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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