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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soundoff (295 Responses)
  1. Pia

    Sen. Obama done good with this one. Hahaha

    Only when he speaks the truth whereby he's considered to be stepping out of his place in comparison to the other candidates do the troll and sock puppet brigade rush up on their superiority platform spewing hatred, negatvity and ignorance. Go Barack! LOL

    April 10, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  2. Debi

    Obama speaks many words, none of which have any meaning. He can talk circle around the moon and back, but with no plan of action they are still just words. You keep saying change, now it the time to start saying HOW!

    April 10, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  3. An Agnostic Democrat

    Hillary Clinton has always been a finger-in-the-wind politician. Those of you accusing Mr. Obama of copying her better get your facts straight since your straight talk is beginning to sound a lot like McSame's. He's not the cheater ( read: rule changer) and liar that this strong woman candidate has been, has become and will always be.

    April 10, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. Venus

    To Hillary's and Mc Cain supporters... Grow up!

    April 10, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  5. charlene

    hilay will be the nominee, hilary thinking outside the box, it obama who is losing sight. hilary knows how to play the game. and i believe obama is in for a big suprise a few days before the next vote. hilary has been quiet. man you got to love her. she may lie however i know who and where she coming from. there are no suprise when it comes to her, i already expect that from her, i would love to have her fighting for me.

    hilary 08

    April 10, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  6. charlene

    hilay will be the nominee, hilary thinking outside the box, it obama who is losing sight. hilary knows how to play the game. and i believe obama is in for a big suprise a few days before the next vote. hilary has been quiet. man you got to love her. she may lie however i know who and where she coming from. there are no suprise when it comes to her, i already expect that from her, i would love to have her fighting for me. with hilary you know what your getting, obama who know how big his lies and past are.

    hilary 08

    April 10, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  7. Chris in Va.

    The Hillary supporters may have a viable point. We need a strong politician in the White House. Knowing well that politicians in America are self-serving crooks, Hillary may well be the best choice. She certainly holds the credentials of 35 years of lying, cheating, and scheming to serve her self interest and ambition.

    April 10, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  8. Jim

    Dude, get a new script!

    April 10, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. Bill

    I thought Obama said he wasn't going to go negative. I guess this is just one more thing he said that he is renegging on. BTW where is Michelle these days? Haven't heard much from her since the Wright flap. I guess they don't want her saying anything, since the racist philosophy of her church might just pop out of her mouth.

    April 10, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. Dave, Laguna Niguel, California

    It must be nice to have the luxury of never having to explain any proposals that you have, and instead just bash everybody elses' plans. And then if anyone speaks against you, you can just simply call them a racist. Go Bama!

    April 10, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. Hillary Hate

    You always have to pay the piper.

    Obama supporters will reap what they have sown.

    All that hatred for Hillary Clinton and her supporters will translate into a McCain win in Nov.

    I hope you enjoy being the fodder for his Iraq war. But please, do NOT count on the Hillary supporters that you have demeaned, denigrated, insulted, called idiots, to come to your rescue.

    You chose to play foul , and bashed Hillary, instead of supporting either candidate. Now you will hear the Hillary democrats speak in Nov with their ballot and their votes. We do not resort to bully tactics, screaming, name-calling, and viscious insults. We simply use our freedom to vote. You denied some of us that right in this primary... but it is the election that counts.

    April 10, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. I used to be a Democrat

    You Obamanazis need to get a life.

    Obama has no chance of winning when former Democrats like myself are refusing to vote for someone as inexperienced as Obama.

    Both parties have shifted to the left, and many Democrats are going to vote for McCain.

    April 10, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. Lynn D

    I want to leave a message for Nancy Pelosi. Madame, if you don't stop trying to help Obama win, the Democrats will lose the majority in the Congress and then you will be out as Speaker of the House. You need to stay neutral. And if Clinton and Obama decide to get toether at the end of this, it is none of your business. Now, as far as this article, Senator Obama is less experienced than both Clinton and McCain. His ads on TV are just shameful. Senator Obama does not sound sure of himself. I will never vote for Senator Obama in November. So I suggest you pay close attention to this poll. Senator McCain will beat Senator Obama in a landslide. Release the delegates in Florida and Michigan. Senator Clinton is the only one who can beat Senator McCain.

    April 10, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |

    Believe it or not OBAMA is going to be your next president. All you Hillary supporters can decide to be crazy and vote for McCain and we will be fine with it. Even if it means winning by one electoral vote Obama CAN and WILL get it to be POTUS.

    And make my day by voting john and lose the right to your body you feminists. I'll be so glad because you would have succeeded in setting back the feminist agenda by 100 years. Thank God not all feminists are like the Clinton supporters. I always knew feminists were smart. Ha!

    So buzz of you losers!

    April 10, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  15. loser

    Oh Well...
    Obama supporters, the general election is NOT a caucus.

    You can not bully and indimidate people into voting for Obama.

    Dean and the DNC, made their error by forcing Obama on the democrats, and swiftboating the better candidate, Hillary Clinton. They are meaningless now. Democrats will not vote for Obama just out of party loyalty. The party showed the lifelong democrats NO loyalty in this primary. We will return the favor in Nov.

    Get ready for war all you young people. I know that you Obama supporters LOVE to fight- or is it just with insults? Do you wither under the test? Me?....I will be getting ready for a leisurely retirement.

    April 10, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. Shame on you!

    OMFG! I love how these "people" who continually use the term "empty suit" and "no substance" just brainlessly lift those terms from what they hear in Hillary's campaign and use it as though they understood what either term meant! For those of you who claim they will vote for McCain if Obama wins the nomination, you REALLY need to step back and see the situation we are in economically AND militarily speaking! Almost 4 dollar a gallon gas and foreclosures going through the roof while big business gets bailed out?? Do you NOT realize that this is a result of having a REPUBLICAN power lock on all 3 houses of Congress before they were kicked the hell out in 2006?!! If you want more of this crap we're suffering through, complete with a recession, then you just go ahead and vote for McCain, yeah, that'll teach Barack, yeah...and while you're at it, kiss your kids goodbye as they head off, not to college, but to their DEATHS in McCain's 100 year war!! WAKE THE HELL UP and stop with this crap; I expect it from playground children not from supposedly thinking adults!

    April 10, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  17. John

    Who is going to believe on CNN polls punditry in Pennsylvania?Wait for the shoker on 4. 22.2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 10, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  18. Ann Romero

    It really doesn't matter if he attacks McCain and say all the right things, I will still vote for Hillary Clinton, she has what it takes to be a leader in this mess our country is now in.

    We can't put our support towards Obama he is just to inexperience in whole ordeal that is facing our country.

    Obama, please drop out of the race for the American cause to win a war, that you did not support nor can you handle because you have no clue how to resolve the problem. Leave it to the Professionals that under stand the situation.

    April 10, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  19. dajudge

    When will Obama's mask fall off, Look into his eyes and be afraid!
    Hillary is on an ego trip, It's ageing her terribly,
    McCain is the only way out of this hole we're in'.
    We're being sold and traded down the river folks, seasick yet?

    April 10, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  20. no way

    Obama supporters... listen well: The general election is NOT a caucus. Four Hundred voters will not make the decision- nor will you be able to intimidate and bully those who don't agree with you.

    If you want to fight- vote for McCain and fight in Iraq.

    The rest of us Americans will vote our conscience: Hillary or McCain.

    You should NOT have alienated more than 50% of the democratic voters.

    In the end, you lose. Hate and cheating and derogatory attacks on your fellow democrats is NOT a good strategy for winning an all-important election.

    April 10, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  21. John Smith

    What is your answer:

    "I feel I should not follow the same rules that other people do"

    If you answered "true": You must be a Hillary supporter

    If you answered "false": You must be a Obama supporter

    Just a quick emotional test in politics!!

    April 10, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  22. skylark

    Please people, don't forget the ringers who switched parties only to throw a monkey wrench into the Democratic primaries. The ranting and hatred you are hearing is so "Limbaugh" They are being polled as Dems but they are not. This is true of Ind's too. They are being polled and counted unfairly. Don't listen to them. If I am wrong and McCain gets elected, God help us all. We are doomed as a nation.
    Never again will we be admired or respected in the world. We have been a laughing stock since the Clinton scandals. Then when Bush was elected it just got worse. When he was re-elected our standing in the world community dropped to zero. Our money devalued, what there is of it, jobs gone and our kids fighting an unwinnable war. How bad does it have to get for you to see beyond your petty prejudices?
    If you allow the GOP to rule for another 4 years I will be forced to admit that Democracy has failed. GWB is a dictator and McCain will be the same.

    April 10, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  23. Lifelong Democrat

    Does anyone else notice that Obama just copies from Clinton and adds his own twist...

    Week after week I have witnessed this happen. I will not vote for this man who has no oringinal thought.

    April 10, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  24. memory

    The older Hillary democrats have an attention span greater than the latest headline.

    Come Nov, we will still remember the hate towards us and our candidate. We will not vote to save your butts- from going off to war in Iraq, from a draft, from a sinking economy.

    You are all so smart... we will let you figure it out.

    I will be fine under McCain. My democratic party vote has ALWAYS been cast for the benefit of those LESS fortunate than myself, and for a better future for the young.

    But NOT this time. You young people are just not worth it. So full of hate.

    April 10, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  25. joyce

    ypu hillary lovers are sick, sick sick. if you can't put a positive out there just shut up/ no one cares what you think.

    obama for president

    April 10, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
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