April 10th, 2008
04:06 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama levels new attacks on McCain

 Obama criticized McCain's new mortgage relief plan Thursday.
Obama criticized McCain's new mortgage relief plan Thursday.

GARY, Indiana (CNN) - Barack Obama had strong words for Republican John McCain's economic speech Thursday, saying the Arizona senator's plan to assist homeowners doesn't include "any real answers" to the housing crisis.

Speaking to an audience in Gary, Indiana, Obama said, "I'm glad he finally offered a plan. Better late than never."

"Don't expect it to actually help struggling families," he continued. "Because Senator McCain's solution to the housing crisis seems like a lot like George Bush's solution to the housing crisis, which is to sit by and hope it passes by while families are facing foreclosure and watching their home values decline."

McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds was quick to respond.

"Unlike Senator Obama, John McCain doesn't believe that writing checks with other people's money is the solution to every problem," Bounds said. "He has produced thoughtful, near-term solutions that provide a bridge to a stronger economy that replaces workers' fears of losing a job with a pathway to opportunity and prosperity for their families."

Later while taking questions from the audience, Obama was asked if he would withdraw any remaining U.S. troops from countries other than Iraq in order to spend the money in better ways.

Obama used this question to further attack McCain, this time for saying he would be willing to keep a U.S. presence in Iraq for a 100 years as long as forces weren't being killed. Obama has said he would not put any permanent bases in Iraq.

Obama said of McCain mockingly, "When I criticized him he said, 'Wait, wait, wait. That's not fair. Don't criticize me. I didn't say I wanted war for 100 years. I said if US troops weren't being injured or killed we could have them there for 100 years, just like in Korea.'"

"Understand, that would cost us a trillion dollars or more," Obama continued. "That means investments that we are not making here in the United States. And so he doesn't even take into account the costs that are involved as well as the message that is sent around the Middle East if we have permanent bases there."

Earlier in his speech, Obama touched on President Bush's comments that he plans to halt current troop pullouts.

"This war should be coming to an end. But President Bush announced today that he was going to put a pause on the withdrawal."

"It's estimated that we will have at least 140,000 troops there until the end of the year. In other words, there is no end in sight under the Bush policy. If that isn't enough for you to want change, I don't know what is."


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (295 Responses)
  1. Darth Vadik, CA

    Obama is absolutely 100% correct.

    April 10, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. Jessie

    He's right. McCain admits he doesn't know anything about the economy.

    Obama 08

    April 10, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. Stacy Clarks,

    GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 10, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Barb Canada

    Well Obama you have Hillarys plans to follow as soon as she announces them........Mccain doesn't have that luxury!

    April 10, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. Obama the Great Deceiver

    Just how does Obama plan to pay for his SOLUTIONS- a lot of TAXES, leaving Americans with only CHANGE in their pockets.

    April 10, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. Patriot

    The general election between Obama and McCain has begun.

    It's time for any other distractions to go away.

    April 10, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Mike

    More useless words from the empty suit. We need more debates so Obama can copy more of Hillary's answers on things.

    April 10, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Cal

    Bearstearn deserves a 13billion dollar bailout while my brother loses his home?

    This country is ridiculious, does it even belong to the people anymore? as far as i can tell corporations and banks own it.

    Alas we can spend 10billion a month in iraq but we cant save our own skin? what is wrong with this place. 100 years ago people would have revolted for such gross negligence.

    Hilary and mccains campaighns are being fed by these corporations, lets get someone in who hasnt been fed from the corporate hand bur rather the peoples.

    Obama 2008!

    April 10, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. Hyde

    And what is Obama's specific plan?

    April 10, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. nina

    Before Obama attack another candidate he has to answer about his spirital leader of 20 years Reverend Jeremiah Wright and Retzko

    April 10, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Latigo

    You can bet your stars that Obama will withdraw troops from Europe/Nato, Korea, and anywhere else where he can gather more money for programs. The fact that he didn't deny he would do just that indicates he probably is thinking in those terms Beware. Obama watns more and more programs here and more and more entitlements and redistribution of income from those who work arnd want to run their own lives to those who don't work and want a nanny economy.

    April 10, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. Nancy

    Why do people think Hillary will win in November when the numbers just don't add up to her even being the nominee?
    Why do people still want to vote for Hillary after all that she's lied about?
    It's a proven fact that Obama has more experience.

    April 10, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. Jane

    Whether you support Obama or Clinton, we MUST unite to stop McCain for the good of the country and our moral standing throughout the world.

    April 10, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. Its True

    I can't wait to see either Democrat "DESTROY" McCain in the electoral debates. If it were my choice Obama will be the one to take him apart, but I would be just as happy to see Hillary Clinton make McNasty fall on his knees as well.

    April 10, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. Gabriel

    What's the attack...."I'm as clueless as he is"?

    April 10, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Mike

    Obama better wait until he beats Clinton before he starts talking about McCain... Arrogance could do him in...

    I am a democrat and I agree with McCain about the government not being responsible for idiots that over extended themselves... I the tax payer should not be responsible... "the american dream" is having what you need not what you want!!!

    April 10, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. A Little Bit Smarter

    Obama, Obama, when will you learn? The American people are smarter than you think. Good luck-you're not going to win, and neither is Hilary.

    April 10, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. blinky

    why do candidates spend so much time talking about other people and so little time talking about themselves and their plans? or is that just the nature of media coverage?

    April 10, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. JJ

    Mcain, sometimes the truth hurts. "writing check with other peoples money"?? Is that not what we are doing for this war that most Americans now say we should not be engaged in. If you really cared about "other peoples money" you would support begining to end this policy in Iraq.

    April 10, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. Aleks, NY

    Obama is full of empty slogans.

    April 10, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  21. LP

    It we all want to stay in are current situation then vote for McCain. If you want Bill back in office vote for Hillary.

    The right choice is very clear......OBAMA !!!

    April 10, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. Angelo

    As for foreign policy and with regards to Iraq and Afghanistan, North Korea, Iran.”

    ….the other night I was watching the BBC and they are hoping for OBAMA as President as he is refreshing and would provide the CHANGE on how the world looks at America.

    That is, presently, it seems to be the norm and acceptable for others to hate the USA…….but if we vote for Obama, that would change dramatically. This was overwhelmingly agreed by a panel of 8 at the BBC!!!

    April 10, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  23. LP

    It we all want to stay in are current situation then vote for McCain. If you want Bill back in office vote for Hillary.

    The right choice is very clear......OBAMA !!!

    April 10, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. I don't remember....

    As the infighting continues in the Democratic Party, I think both Obama and Clinton would be better served (and so would the Democratic Party) if they both started focusing on revealing McCain's shortcomings. I believe that everyone has pretty well decided which Democratic candidate they are going to vote for at this point, so spending more money and time on brow-beating the other candidate has very little value. Both Obama and Clinton claim to be ready to be president and to make changes in government as soon as they get into the Oval Office. That's fine. Now, Hillary, Barak, put your mouth where your money was, and continue to hammer McCain. He's the REAL opponent here. The primaries will take care of themselves at this point.....everyone knows what each of you is like....no need to beat a dead donkey.

    April 10, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  25. Tanya K

    Once again, Obama cannot and will not win, understand that for a change.

    April 10, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
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