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. CJ

    With "King George's" approval rating at an all time low and McCain's support of "King George," I cannot believe that McCain would come close to either of the two candidates in any poll. With all the dissention with regard to Iraq, the economy, oil, etc., I question the validity of the polls. It only leaves me to believe that with as many people across this country voicing their disapproval of this administration that should McCain prove to be the next President that something is very wrong with our democratic process in this country. Perhaps democracy has ceased right under our noses as we begin phase two of the Bush dictatorship.

    April 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. Felix

    McCain knows about economy as Bush knows about literature. We cannot afford to have another McBush term. I just can't wait to see a debate Obama – McCain! ooouuchhhh, that's gonna hurt mr. McCain.

    Obama 08!

    April 10, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. California Dreamer

    Nina, you need to move on. Rev. Wright and Retzko are not running for President and both are old news. You need to develop independent thinking my dear.

    April 10, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  4. Max

    Barack is the best.. He will win in November ! He doesn't need PA or Ohio – he has the rest of America behind him.. Two more weeks and Clintons – the bigest LIARS in American politics will be history...HRC lied again today – she said that she asked British PM not to attend the opening ceremony in China and he agreed!!! What a LIE! It appears that British PM has never had any intentions to attend this ceremony .. A month ago he made his plan to attend ONLY the ceremony at the end of the Games... Poor Hillary.. She would do anything to beat Barack! Thanks God, it is IMPOSSIBLE!!!


    April 10, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  5. nolit

    It amazes me that Sen. Obama can criticize other candidates when he doesn't have any plans at all on his own.

    If he is so smart why hasn't he put up anything for people to see so we can study his plans. CHANGE AND HOPE without action will not materialize. Americans should bear in mind that ALL candidates will do anything to get elected so don't be fools!

    April 10, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  6. Kentucky voter

    First of all, I would repeat that Democrats must unite behind a single candidate–hopefully before August.

    Also, I'm curious. I read the statements of Obama detractors–"empty suit," "can't be trusted," etc. What I'd like is more specifics. Tell me exactly why you would refuse to vote for Obama if he is the Democratic party nominee.

    I'm for Obama, but I would vote for Hillary if she is the nominee. What are you seeing that I don't see–or what do I see that you don't see? I'd like to know.

    April 10, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  7. Thomas in Florida

    Nina...you MUST be a Clintonite. You hear a positive message from Obama about helping those in need and ending a war and you go NEGATIVE with questions about Wright and Retzko.

    Obama has answered those issues....and when he did...he told the truth...he didn't "misspeak."

    April 10, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  8. Elisabeth

    Charisma is not enough to beat McCain. Commonsence is needed. That`s what Clinton can offer! Besides In the latest survey, Clinton holds a 48-45 percent lead over McCain while Obama and McCain are even at 45 percent. Factoring the poll's 3 point margin of error, both Democrats are even with the presumptive Republican nominee. CNN´s headline "Poll: McCain even with Obama, Clinton" sounds like (biased) wishful thinking. The poll´s 3 point margin of error can also make it possible that McCain holds a 45-42 percent lead over Obama. or.....?!

    April 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  9. Jim from San Jose

    Obama talks to people in words they can understand. He inspires them, a sign of a leader. Hillary is a manager, they're everywhere; leaders are far and few between.

    April 10, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  10. Julie

    Obama egotistically believes that he will in fact win the Democratic nomination for president, therefore, he's starting early on his attacks on McCain. As a Democrate, it doesn't matter what Obama says about McCain, if Hillary doesn't get the nomination, McCain will get another vote!

    April 10, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. James, SC

    We have got to pool together behind a democrat! Obama/Clinton it only matters that we remove the republicans from the Whitehouse.

    April 10, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  12. Rob

    I'm a Obama supporter

    This one goes out to the Hillary supporters.

    Is this what you want. Does your hatred for Obama blind your common sense that you would put this man in office.

    Better step back and take a look at this. You'll be condemining your kids and grandchildren to have to clean up this mess. Is this the future you want just cause your to bitter to get over the fact that Hillary isn't on the ticket. I would have serious issues voting for Hillary ..but none the less she should get my vote cause McCain will run this country into the ground. Our economy is in the ICU and McCain just insist's on offering no real answers on Iraq the housing problems. Its time to look past this bitter fueding on blog after blog with each other while McCain gets a free ride..we must unite at the end of this primary. Let the election process finish out but once its over an and if Obama or Clinton is the Nominee we have to unite behind them.

    April 10, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  13. Terry, NH

    Oh please, I could beat McCain. All you have to do is take a stand on the Bush policies. Just say no more war, no more high gas prices, no more foreclosures, no more torture, no more wire-tapping, I could go on, and on.

    Anybody who votes for a third Bush administration should have his/her head examined, now.

    I'd give anything to go back to those hanging chads, with a different outcome–a Gore victory. The world would have been different.

    What has Bush really done? What has his wife done, and those spoiled girls? If I had been a part of the first family, trust me those girls would have gone to New Orleans to help the Katrina victims, or something. They have done nothing.

    April 10, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  14. John

    All our politicions are worried about homeowners , and rightly so !!! Who is worrying about the rest of us who are in just as much trouble ? We all know that at record profits to oil companies while we must spend cold winters and change our lifestyles because of the high cost of fuel and the rising cost of everything due to it , could be controlled if all politicians were not under the control of the big oil companies !!!

    April 10, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  15. Beverly, Nevada


    Obama should start with his attacks on McCain because as far as Obama supporters are concerned Hillary is a non-issue. McCain has had way too much time on his hands. He needs to know Democrats plan to give him a run for his money.

    April 10, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  16. kerry

    Yes we can! Go Obama!

    April 10, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  17. David

    I guess Obama forgot we have a base in Taif Saudi Arabia. If you're worried about losing your house in this economy just wait until a Democrat gets into office. It will be a toss up between paying the increased taxes or paying for your house.

    Careful what you wish for. You just might get it.

    April 10, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  18. Paul

    nina ok then clinton has to answer to the paul/cliton case in LA
    and the clinton labary

    April 10, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  19. L Daniel

    Barack Obama's Record
    Housing: In the U.S. Senate, Obama introduced the STOP FRAUD Act to increase penalties for mortgage fraud and provide more protections for low-income homebuyers, well before the current subprime crisis began.
    Predatory Lending: In the Illinois State Senate, Obama called attention to predatory lending issues. Obama sponsored legislation to combat predatory payday loans, and he also was credited with lobbying the state to more closely regulate some of the most egregious predatory lending practices.
    American Jobs: Barack Obama introduced the Patriot Employer Act of 2007 to provide a tax credit to companies that maintain or increase the number of full-time workers in America relative to those outside the US; maintain their corporate headquarters in America; pay decent wages; prepare workers for retirement; provide health insurance; and support employees who serve in the military.

    April 10, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  20. Key West Sun

    Notice that Obama never answered the question, he attackes McCain but never said what he would do. Guess he will call Hillary tonight and ask her for the answer. Smoke and mirrors people...... To Nancy ... Hillary has lied, McCain has lied and Obama has lied just as much. So give up on the lie stuff people, and if you really believe that Obama has not lied, you are one sad kool aid drinker.

    April 10, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  21. Cynthia

    When all the primaries are done, Obama will be able to concentrate on pointing out the things people really need to know about McCain.

    Nina: let go of the Reverend Wright and Retzco go – your life will be much better for it.

    April 10, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. julie35

    After listening to Obama today with the cell phone issue, A man wanting to be president , more or less linking his cell phone to his penis, Oh yes ,thats who I want in the oval office! NOT!!!!!!!! Hillary or McCain

    April 10, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  23. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    If the numbers were reveresed for Hillary and Obama your headlind would no doubt be Obama leads McCain in latest Poll.
    At the worst Clinton and McCain are tied. While Obama is either winning or losing to McCain. Further more when a black candidate runs against a white candidate, the black candidate needs a serveral point lead in the polls to defeat the white candidate.

    April 10, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  24. Jack

    I love how the Clintonites keep going on and on about Obama copying from Hillary, when in fact, it's a provable fact it works the other way around. IT'S DOCUMENTED, FOLKS, GET OVER IT! Hillary can't stop lifting Obama's rhetoric.

    But as far as plans go, they both got the backbone of theirs from the Dem platform, but both added their own bits here and there, enough so that Obama has actually gotten Bloomberg's endorsement for his economic plans, whereas Hillary did not. That should tell you a lot right there.

    If you don't know about Obama's actual p[lans, you might try reading them, they have been on his website for most of the campaign now....

    April 10, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  25. kathleen for Obama

    Obama, I just want you to know that Jay Rockerfeller is a courageous
    man who is on your side. He couragously called McCain a
    "Warmonger" yesterday. And to McCains face. Can you imagine
    that. Jay was mad. You have a friend in Jay. I like that man.

    April 10, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
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