April 10th, 2008
04:06 PM ET
10 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."

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    Obama will be on the BOTTOM of McCain's shoe by summer if he gets the nomination......I WILL BE LAUGHING EVERY DAY........:) CNN your bias is quite disturbing......NICE ATTEMPT at cherry picking polls......you are purely pathetic and a disgrace to journalism...........

    April 10, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. suzy

    so why is it OK for Obama to attack McCain, but it's wrong for Hillary to attack OBAMA.....

    April 10, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. N Nieder

    Funny..the pot calling the kettle black.....

    April 10, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  4. Anthony

    Obama, needs to get out of the race. I would rather have Hillary then Obama. He is to much of a unknown. He was the worst voting records in congress. which the economy didnt go under til dems got control. But thats a different story. With Hillary we know what we are going to get. I heard Obama speak and he never gives a clear anwser. He blames everything on someone else. Getting On McCains case about introducing housing legistration. Hello whats he doing? He quick to points fingers at people other then himself. Im a independent voter but on May 6th Im voting for Hillary.. Hillary 08.

    All you people that vote for obama i cant wait till i can say told you so. He will turn make my Nation part of the Gobal System. Which is the begining of the Endtime. But To all God Will be done.

    April 10, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. mary

    As Senator of Illionois what has Obama accomplished in that state?

    April 10, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. John

    Right now when it comes to who will the presidency?I cannot predict However I have this confidence that both Hillary Clinton and John McCain wil be on the General Election docket.The winner,I know I am biased-but Hillary Rodham Clinton will win by circa 5-6% points.

    April 10, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |


    April 10, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  8. Lisa

    Obama is the only one whom has the insight to realize the United States is tied to China financially. He is the only one that realized that it was foolish to invade Iraq. Are we grounded in reality or are we just hateful. Please lets get someone in the White House whom does not have their personal finances tied into policies that this country cannot afford, and does not vote for a war that shows no evidence of ending. It is easy to change your views in the middle of the race. I prefer Obama because he is consistent. What is so difficult to understand. Why wipe off your nose to spite your face.

    April 10, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  9. John from Las Vegas

    Is it any wonder that Obama will be the Democratic nominee? After 8 long years of George Bush and his illegal war, why would anyone with half a brain (Democrat or Republican) vote for John McCain? He's too old, too narrowminded, and too oprtunistic to even be considered for such a position. And he obviously wants to keep the war going since it's "going so well". What a (bad) joke!

    The Republicans will most certainly try and "swift boat" Obama but, in the end the effort will fail, and we will finally have a president who can fill the shoes and restore the Constitution.

    Obama '08......PEACE '09

    April 10, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  10. unions are not stupid

    I have to laugh at such stupid crazy people on here saying the same thing about Obama over and voer and over and no matter how many times they say it it is still not true how many post on here saying Obama can't win! since the beginning of the primary people have been saying that and well hum he is winning guess these people never learn. When he is at the inagural ball i wonder if they will still be saying he will never win just plain stupid! read more than just the headlines get off just one web site and explore the issues and everyones stance that is why everywhere he goes his numbers climb people actually get to know him. Then they find out of I have been mislead or mis spoke to about him. DUH!!!!!!

    Go Obama 08

    April 10, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  11. Cynthia

    When all the elections are completed in June, Obama will be able to concentrate on pointing out the needs people really need to know about McCain.

    Nina: let go of the Rev. Wright & Rezco stuff – you life will be much better for it. If people brought up all of the Clinton things there would be no room on the blog.

    April 10, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |

    YO.. nice right wing analogy of "you should have read the fine print, so screw you"... regarding the guy who's brother lost his house...

    i did notice, however... there was NO such "read the fine print, screw u" regarding the part about the Bear Sterns bailout...


    well... How 'bout it?? don't they get the "it's a free market" speech too?

    April 10, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  13. The Corp

    This guy is such a tool, what a farse that he's even being considered. What have we become that such an inexperienced mouthpiece is even in the running for this office. Always spewing his kumbyah platitudes and little else. Except of course when he's talking about embracing our enemies. And some say this poser isn't sympathetic to our enemies causes. And where do these progressive fools get the notion that they have to like their leader? It is every intelligent Americans duty to destroy extreme liberalism.

    April 10, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |

    Obama the follower again... what is he going to do when he doesn't have Clinton to lead him or people to write the words that spew from his mouth??

    OK, how is Obama going to pay for all of his "dreams"??? Ask his friend/business partner Rezko for a loan??? Obama may walk the walk and talk the talk that the kool-aid generation wants to hear, but his plans are unobtainable.

    Also, Obama needs to lose his arrogant nature as if he won the nomination. Try to look humble as if you really care about us blue-collar workers.

    April 10, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  15. Jenny Sprowl

    You Billary people are crazy!!!! She copies him throws mud, gets money from A gay Brit, lies like a rug, and all of you dummys fall for it. If she gets in office kiss your jobs goodby. They will all be in Mexico and we will have to go there to look for work while Billary and he sorry as&%d hubby live on there millions. GET A BRAIN WILL YA????

    Obama or Nader 08

    April 10, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  16. NickNas

    Here is a thought for today:

    Barack Obama has NEVER said VOTE FOR ME BECAUSE I AM BLACK. You would think so as often as these clintonbots scream about playing the race card (makes me wonder if they know what that means)


    You OFTEN hear Hillary Clinton saying "IT IS TIME WE ELECT A WOMAN FOR PRESIDENT"

    THAT my friends is playing the GENDER card!

    This has been your " Moment of clarity"

    That is all.

    April 10, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  17. Chris in Va.

    I agree with the Hillary supporters, Hillary should stay in until the last primary vote. Every citizen should have the right to spit in her lying face by voting to end her presidential bid.

    April 10, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  18. Mauri

    As a Democrat, I always knew that if Hillary Clinton and John McCain were candidates in the general election, she would get my vote. As far as Obama is concerned, I was ambivalent about whether he or McCain would get my vote. Today, at hearing Barack Obama's facetious and mocking attack on John McCain, my ambivalence has disappeared. As with all defined "talkers," Obama has now talked himself right out of a trip to the White House.

    As Pastor Jeremiah found, there are some things that are just sacrosanct and untouchable, and that's deriding this great nation we live in, and making mockery of a man that gave to this country five precious years of his life under the most tortuous conditions Obama can only imagine. As was feared, this maverick that is Obama has gone too far; talked too much.

    April 10, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  19. Ian

    Time after time, on this site and others, I see Clinton supporters saying "If Obama wins the nomination, I will vote for McCain". Far fewer Obama supporters say they will vote for McCain if Hillary were the nominee (though many of them would certainly stay home come November).
    Well Clinton-McCain democrats, I hope you reconsider. However if you don't, it might not be such a big loss to Obama's chances in the general election. You are the ones who voted for Bush in 2004, aren't you? Kerry was 'too French' for you. Obama is too black, eh?

    April 10, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  20. unions are not stupid

    hey Adam in Texas it seems you have not read much or study much on these issues! certainly not educated the speech on race was all his!!!! his on words no speech writers nothing and in the debates he articulates very well that is what happens when you graduate valedictorian of one of the greatest colleges in the world. one of the biggest things I love about his message is we have to educate are people very true because after what i read on here it is clear many of them did not get much from high school.

    Go Obama 08

    April 10, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  21. TN

    I am bemused all the Republican supporters are out in force today, trying to help Hillary win in PA because they know they can only beat Hillary in the general election.

    Obama '08

    April 10, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  22. melikeyhill

    did hillary return all the money she got from the criminal norman hsu??? just wondering???? what she got like $800,000??? not sure...

    April 10, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |

    Obama advance: 'Get me more white people'

    From the account in Carnegie Mellon's paper, the Tartan, of a Michelle Obama event in Pittsburgh:

    While the crowd was indeed diverse, some students at the event questioned the practices of Mrs. Obama’s event coordinators, who handpicked the crowd sitting behind Mrs. Obama.

    The Tartan’s correspondents observed one event coordinator say to another, “Get me more white people, we need more white people.” To an Asian girl sitting in the back row, one coordinator said, “We’re moving you, sorry. It’s going to look so pretty, though.”

    “I didn’t know they would say, ‘We need a white person here,’ ” said attendee and senior psychology major Shayna Watson, who sat in the crowd behind Mrs. Obama. “I understood they would want a show of diversity, but to pick up people and to reseat them, I didn’t know it would be so outright.”

    I'm not sure there's any real reason for outrage here; every campaign, at least implicitly, includes race in the staging of events like this - even a campaign whose supporters chant "race doesn't matter." But they don't usually get caught doing it this explicitly.

    And (if you didn't pick it up from the bowling) it does give you a sense of the community Obama's trying to reach in Pennsylvania: whitefolks.

    April 10, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  24. MBFLA

    Do you McCain supporters know what an economic mess Bush has put this country into and how much the war debt to China is a part of that? The lack of oversight in the banking and mortgage industry has allowed this foreclosure crisis to blossom because we sure don't want to regulate our buddies now do we? Why do you think McCain with his endless wars, admitted lack of economic knowledge and dare I say, obvious memory issues would be an improvement. Four more years of McBush is our economy's worst nightmare.

    Any Democrat who says he/she would vote for McBush is a complete fool!

    April 10, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  25. Red Dog an Annishenabe for Obama

    to Go Girl Yay, rocky was a fictional charactor. Balboa was in a gay porn flick, billary is comparing her self to this? no offence to gays, just making a point about how both are two faced. billary yeah right. mccain/bush is a loser also.

    April 10, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
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