April 10th, 2008
04:06 PM ET
6 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. RFB

    Ha Ha. Read the article on the new obamodam versus McCain, and guess who is going to be your next President. It ain't going to be your favorite choice of the Dem party. Read it and weep. If Hillary isn't nominated you will be supplying Iraq with your sons and daughters for the next 100 years. Good luck and reap what you have sown.

    April 10, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. Mark

    You said it Obama!

    April 10, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. Val

    You go Senator McCain! We cannot afford Obama in the White House in these troubling economic times. Obama is just an empty suit. And what's up with him mocking others?

    McCain 08!

    April 10, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. Vig

    What do Chinese food and Obama's speeches have in common? After about 2 hours you feel hungry again.

    April 10, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. Nancy Pe

    Obama could raise all the issues that we are facing in this country, and use them to mock other candidates, but he could never come up with any sound solutions to the problems. Furthermore, Obama would never be the democratic nominee if the democratic party did not strip away the right of the Floridian and Michigan voters in the beginning.

    April 10, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  6. Ric

    Look at history!! Every time there is a brokered nominee (someone who needs super delegates), that person LOSES the election. Kennedy vs Carter, Reagan vs Ford. Over and over! History never lies. Mc Cain will win this year. Best you Dems can hope for is reclaiming more than 60 senate seats. At least you'll be able to slow them down. And override any veto.

    April 10, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  7. gary

    If you Obama supporters believe your canidate dont take lobby money,you are being sold.He has been taking money from big oil company"s etc. You young people are so twisted from his connig ways. O.B. will tell you all anything to have you vote for him.He only tells you what you want to hear.There is a saying in this country. WHAT YOU DONT KNOW WONT HURT YOU. Think about it.

    April 10, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  8. Russ

    How about a headline something like: "Clinton leads by a small margin in latest national poll? " Cable "news" is simply pathetic.

    Russ
    Miami

    April 10, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. Lance

    First, Nancy I think you need a lesson on the definition of a fact. Secondly I believe McCain could do more to help our world standing than either democrat. Have either democratic nominee promised to close guantanimo or outlaw the use of torture. McCain has openly talked about both since the war began. Will they have the gumption to do this after using most of their political capital to get out of Iraq. Lastly do you really think pulling out of Iraq will improve our world standing.

    April 10, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. Realistic

    Let Obama deal with the economy. Send Hillary back to Wal-Mart.

    April 10, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. IN for Obama, because McCain might not remember

    The truth should not hurt, McCain with his memory on current events he might not remember that there is a problem with housing. McCain has tonnel vision with his age he might not have Joe leberman to remind him in the future.

    Just remember how Ronald Reagan was in his later days..

    April 10, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. Hispanics now for Obama

    Hillary should learn from Obama. Attack your opponent (Rep) not your fellow Democrat. But I forgot that she is an idiot who is purposely trying to divide us all.

    April 10, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. Jedi Academy

    Barack is totally right on this one.

    April 10, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. VA

    Just might be interesting if you check out Huffington Post and the Columbia deals Clinton has made...As far as the person that suggested Obama tells about Rezko and Wright. If you pay any attention at all...he has addressed those issues Also , I certainly hope you had smarts enough to read the Wright sermons and just maybe you would understand.....it was not as big a deal as you seem to want it to be...If you want to dissect someone..you had better look deeper into Clinton..Peter Paul...Columbia and need I go on, as there is much more the Republicans are holding back on to see if she is the nominee...they are not going to play their cards now...they want to wait until it has real effect..Obama has garbage like a suitcase...Clintons have garbage by the truckloads...we do not need a Clinton dynasty...I hope someday...a honest woman becomes pres. it will not be her.....The people in the primary elections are but a few numbers.......They will come out in droves for the general election...she is not well liked and Bill's legacy is going down the tubes.......she will NEVER win..

    April 10, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. GG, Dallas, TX

    Nancy – are you plumb daft? Where on earth did Bama get any experience? Geez, the Koolaid is building up in the arteries! Wake up!

    Go McCain!! Obamamma can't beat you! Wait until the debates!!!

    April 10, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  16. Stephen

    "I'm glad he finally offered a plan. Better late than never." – Obama

    Where Obama's plans are offered (and xerox'd) after Hillary releases hers

    April 10, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. Ig

    Nina, I can see u live in the past. People like you personify the ignorance that hurts America today.

    April 10, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. John

    Oh, like Mr. Obama is qualified to anything. This Senator needs to stay in Illinois with Mr. Larry Sinclair and the Rev. Wright, instead of further destroying this great nation!

    April 10, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  19. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama is right. McCain doesn't have time to take a quick course in economics so his so called solution is empty and it sure isn't his.

    April 10, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  20. too late

    Too late

    If you steal the democratic nomination, we lifelong democrats will make sure that you lose in Nov.

    We are a power and a force... and we do NOT like celebrity bandwagons, playing the race card for personal gain , DNC pre-selecting the party nominee, the disenfranchising of millions of fellow democrats by not counting their votes, the vulgarity and hatred of Obama supporters and the pro-Obama media circus.

    Ironically the very tactics designed to force an Obama win, will work to ensure his loss. Poetic justice.

    No cheaters for president.

    We believe in freedom and fair play.

    April 10, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. Darth Vadik, CA

    I would jump into the grand canyon before voting for McCain.

    The man is creepy, dosn't know what the heck he is talking about and by his own words doesn't know much about the economy or foreign relations.

    What he knows is war, war, war, and more war. Notice the little subltities when he answers questions, his answers always imply some kind of bullying. Proof, gues who he hired to be one of his forign advisors.....

    ....yes the stapler thrower himself....

    ....JOHN BOLTON...

    Like I said, war, war, war, and more war.....Insane McCain just sort of fits.

    April 10, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  22. RFB

    Here we go again, obamodam critizing someone elses plan without giving any specifics as to what he plans to do. When are people going to stop being blinded by his pretty, idle words and realize he is not giving any solutions that mean anything. Change, Change!!! How, when, and what kind of change. Answers, not idle words.

    April 10, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. Tom,des moines

    Nancy. The reason Hillary will win in NOV. Because she will win in a swing states or a red state like AR, MI,OH,PA and FL and that all you need to win in order to get 270 electoral vote to be come the next president. Again the reason Hill will win in this states because she already have won in the primary and she has most of the elected official behind her already like the governer,mayor and so on. Hussein Obama did not have the kind of support that Hillary has in this crucial states.

    April 10, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  24. Now for Obama

    I live in Dallas, TX and there are countless amounts of different Anti-Hillary groups. Many have previously voted for her, but know they detest her. People really don't trust her around here. Thousands of people have switched to Obama. If she gets the Democratic nomination or even is on the ticket or has even a cabinet position in the White House, then I don't know anyone who would vote Dem in the Fall.

    April 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  25. Now for Obama

    Hillary should learn from Obama. Attack your opponent (Rep) not your fellow Democrat. But I forgot that she is purposely trying to divide us all.

    Do you hate America that much Hillary?

    April 10, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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