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. Susan S.

    Thanks Jane, you said it right.

    I strongly support Obama, but I will vote for Hillary if she pulls out a win. Whatever you think about the Democrats, either of them are light years ahead of McCain. Please Dems, don't cut off your nose to spite your face.

    Democrats 08 & 12!!

    April 10, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. Yves larochelle


    are you voting for a principle, an idea, an ideal (call it what you want) or a person (in this case Billary)?
    Are you a democrat or a republican?

    April 10, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. Stan, Michigan

    Hillary's words are lies anyway. Why would Obama want to copy them. Hillary has also credited Obama with some things. Stop nick picking and move on.

    Obama 08

    April 10, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. Get a grip

    Julie – agree with you 100%. No one in the democratic party, not even Hillary could get me to cast a vote for Obama.

    Hillary for President or its another year for Republicans.

    April 10, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. Gail, MN

    I'll be honest, before I knew Obama I was leaning towards Hillary. And that's the truth. But listening to him and realizing that Hillary is not always honest. It is a no-brainer decision. Why would I pick a president who knowingly lies. I won't do it.

    Obama 08

    April 10, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  6. John B.

    Joanne, why don't you do what no one else has been able to do. Tell us exactly what experience Hillary has. Please spare us talk of being in the White House with Bill, Monica can make that claim.

    April 10, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  7. Gordon Hackman

    Most of the people being foreclosed on should not have bought a house in the first place. The bankers were stupid as were those who bought the mortgages. Why should the taxpayer bail out either of the parties.
    It will just encourage more stupid action by banks, etc.

    And why didn't Obama answer the question as to whether he would withdraw troops from Germany, Japan and the multitude of other cou ntries where we have large garrisons doing nothing? Why should we subsidize these economies? Obama is getting to be too political. It is time he gives some answers instead of merely criticizing McCain. Is he becoming another Hillary?

    April 10, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  8. Danny,IA

    Barack has nothing in his portfolio. He has no solutions for the problems but big mouth for a change. I believe if Barack will be the Democratic nominee against McCain then I am sure John McCain will have a landslide victory. This will be a good lesson for Barack. Go away my friend....

    April 10, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. Ellie

    As far as commonsense, sorry but the Hillary lady just doesn't have it. Yrs ago she said she was not a "stand by your man" type of woman, and that's just what she did-she stood by her sleeze of a husband. Why....for her own polical aspirations. Commonsense you say, where was her commensense in Whitewater??? I can mention a few other things but don't have the room here. Too many ???? with the Hillary Rodham Clinton lady.

    April 10, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  10. Tanya K

    Obama cannot and will not win the election if he is the Democratic nominee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 10, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. CJ


    April 10, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  12. Mary

    Hey Julie,

    Why are you splitting the Democratic party?
    Why are you voting for Hillary?
    Do you like being lied to?
    Do you like being mislead?
    Do you like to be embarressed being a woman?
    Why do you not want the best person in the White House?
    Hillary is Not the person who should be elected.

    April 10, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  13. Marilyn

    We cannot sustain the cost of this war. It is that simple. We are indebted to China so much that we have no leverage in the global economy let alone the olympics. We are tearing down our military by not being able to support it properly in the many many places where we have a military presence in the world.
    McCain has misspoke not once, but at least twice, regarding his knowledge of Sunnis and Shiites – the 2nd time in front of General Petraeus. He is simply to old to hold up to the pressures of the presidency.

    April 10, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  14. CJ

    There's a difference in talking with people and talking down to people...The Obama's talk down to people... The problem is our young generation is too ignorant to understand that!

    April 10, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  15. Dan

    It seems ridiculous for republicans to be talking about democrats raising taxes when no one needs to raise taxes if 3 trillion dollars wasn't being spent helping people die in the middle east. That's enough to pay for universal healthcare several times over.

    What is McCain's plan in Iraq? How is it new or helpful? Republicans can talk about the harm that a pullout can do because under their leadership we won't see an end to the war until they are finally ousted from the white house, effectively sticking the dems with the real work.

    April 10, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. R.I.F.

    Obama is not being arrogant in attacking McCain. Clinton attacks McCain as well. That's what Dems are supposed to do. You Clinton supporters are so use to attacking another Dem that you can't focus on the real enemy....McCain

    Obama '08

    April 10, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  17. BG - Texas

    I would much rather hear how Barry is going to solve our economic issues rather than hear his typical negative rhetoric about John and Hillary.

    Isn't Barry the guy who doesn't need to attack his opponents because he is always right the first time? I really do want to know specifically what/how/why he is right on economic issues!

    . . . and hopefully it'll be soon before all the republicans and disillusioned Hillary supporters really get behind McCain.

    April 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  18. Was for Hillary - Pa

    Obama has NEVER copied any of Hil-LIE-ry views, statements or opinions!
    Hope you all saw the interviews with the General Patreus.
    Notice Obama's specific questions on the progress of the war and exit strategies. Then notice Hillary quoting speeches from this person and that person – PATHETIC!
    Notice the headlines that said The General has met his match – Obama! NOT Hillary!
    These misinformed Hillary supporters need to get their act together!
    I did!

    April 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  19. El Queso Grande

    Maybe Obama can offer some Hope or some Change or maybe even some Sunshine and Moonbeams to help folks with their mortgage issues. Oh Look! Here he comes now, riding his golden magical unicorn!

    April 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  20. honkey white guy from cali

    you know i am tired of reading all these post from people who can't read or don't bother go to his web site everything is there and mike Obama does not copy anything from his lying counterpart she got her policies from the lobby and corp American. Read and study before you post you just make yourselves seem like empty suits.

    Go Obama 08

    April 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  21. Ca Native

    How comical !! You Obama-bots are crowing as though Obama has won both the nomination and general election. I LOVE that with all the bad news being reported incessantly by the media (economic downturn, higher gas prices, Iraq War, Mortgage crisis, etc) ... John McCain is EVEN with both democratic candidates.

    You guys should be MILES ahead... but instead half the country is behind McCain. And when one of the two democratic candidates gets shoved off stage and there isn't a joint ticket.... it's over folks. Disenfranchised democrats, Mich/Fla voters will either stay home or vote McCain/Nader/etc – giving the election to the Republicans... Uh-gain.

    April 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  22. Keefer

    Why would anyone that has half a brain vote for an African-American – how about an American!

    April 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  23. Dan

    Also, Democrats, Obama and Clinton have 99% the same policy. Don't flop on your party and your need for a great new direction in this country just because your candidate wasn't picked.

    April 10, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  24. Joyce in Florida

    It is true. Senator Obama cannot come up with any ideas of his own. He has demonstrated this from the start, especially during all the presidential debates. He is not experienced enough to run our country. His arrogance is showing more minute by minute. I sincerely hope that Hillary Clinton will be our nominee. Senator Obama's speeches are just words (not necessarily his own) and mean nothing. It is only words. What has this man accomplished compared to Senator Clinton? Not anything that I can see except for being divisive and negative. GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!! YOU WILL BE OUR NOMINEE!!!!

    April 10, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  25. kathleen for Obama

    THE UNIONS LOVE OBAMAMAN in Pennsylvania. Yea, ladies.

    April 10, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
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