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. Myke of Maryland

    Obama is without a doubt SMARTER than McCain and Hillary put together!!!

    April 10, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. Brian

    Obama *Pretends* to understand the economy, but what economic background or experience does he *really* have???

    Socialism *always* ends up most hurting the ones it intends to help.

    Obama's pocies are as close to Socialism as we have seen in for a very long time.

    April 10, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. Jack

    Who cares about the words racism,bigots,indifference.
    tolerance ect exct
    those words are just words leftist bleeding heart liberals use
    to ge welfare
    if wanting people to quit having children out of wedlock [70%]
    quit selling drugs,quit robbing,raping and murdering innocent people and go to school and get an education and be a responsible citizen. If that is racism
    I am a proud racist
    MCcain 08

    April 10, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  4. K

    Keep trying to deflect off of yourself, Obama...you can't erase the shadow of your shady character and dealings

    April 10, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. Michael

    Its funny listening to people talk about Obama and they really have no idea of how the economy is actually run. Oh but he's going to raise taxes and he's has no plan, and he's all talk. Give me a break. He spells his plan out every time he speaks on the subject of the economy. Are you not listening to what he is saying? He Is also talking about not spending a billion dollars a day in Iraq and bringing that money home. And oh by the way, except for the giving black people aids comment, the rest of what wright said is true. We just don't to admit it. We did bring crack into this country to pay for military actions in south america. This country is run by white people. We have bombed more countries that anyone else in the world. We have helped dictators into power when its in our best interests. We did tell black people they could not eat in our diners, ride our buses, go to our schools. The army infected an entire black airborne unit with std just to see what would happen. The tuskegee airmen. The government finally apologized for that last year. So back off the I'm not a racist bit. Wright was not preaching hate, he was preaching anger.

    April 10, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  6. Bayou Joe

    Apparently Barak and his followers have selective hearing. This 100 years comment is going to come back and bite him in November. We the public know what McCain said and we also agree that we may be in the Middle East for more than 100 years. Just like we are in Japan and Germany for more than 60 years.

    Does anyone suggest we leave Germany or Japan. Maybe that is where we need to start. If Germany and Japan, two industrial powers,
    had to spend money on their own defense, instead of relying on our
    military, maybe they would not have the resources to out produce our industry and sell their vehicles in the United States, thus undermining our economy.

    April 10, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Fendley

    Obama is counting his chickens before they hatch. I dont believe God will permit him to be president. He is empty headed, also racist and arrogant. And so is his wife. God will not permit it. He has not given up on the United States, the hope of the world.

    April 10, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  8. Jack

    MCcain will be elected President.
    Obama will be selling used cars on the south side of Chicago
    and all will be well
    The Business of America is business and war is good for business.
    And of course McCain was not tortured That why they called it the
    Hanoi Hilton. finest koniac and cuban cigars and dede maou
    strip dancer every nite You leftist are so pathetically weak and
    inferior to the norm, sad yet true

    April 10, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  9. JustinA

    "writing checks with other people's money" is the same BS we have heard for the past 8 years. Iraq No-bid contracts, Enron, Bank bailouts are just examples of taxpayers money at work to benefit corporations.
    Say no to McCain.

    April 10, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. Mike

    Obama has legitimate plans to help our economy. Hillary has... a speech she gave last month. McCain has, Not a Clue!

    April 10, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  11. James M, Tacoma WA

    If John McCain understood the economy at all, he'd actually plan to do something other than more corporate handouts, and more Bush-style economic policies. How is it that Conservatives can pretend to know anything about economics, and yet always seem to get them wrong? Reagan Recession, Bush Recession, Nixon Inflation, Hoover Depression. I see a pattern.

    April 10, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  12. Phil Cuthbertson

    OK. Mr. Obama, please explain, if you're the candidate of change, why is it you think Jimmy Carter should not meet with leaders of Hamas? I think you have said you would reach out to our enemies and seek common ground. That we as a nation should lead. I guess its tough sticking to your guns in the heat of a political campaign.

    April 10, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  13. Ryan, Los Angeles

    Obama is going after McCain in this article, which is why, for the life of me, I don't understand why fellow democrats (Hillary supporters) are bashing him for it!!! I expect it from the looney conservatives, but democrats come on!! Let's unite! Otherwise we are gonna see more war, more corporate greed, more conservative pro-business judges, more religious right-wing fanaticalism, etc...

    Obama OR Hillary '08!!! Either one should work for all of us.

    April 10, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  14. alan

    The cheers for Obama will quickly turn to groans after the Democratic Convention when the realization hits the party faithful that they yet again painted themselves into a corner with a losing candidate.

    Obama won't lose because he is black.

    He will lose because when the electorate gets a real good whiff of him, they'll see him for what he is – just another populist politician with sensibilities far too left of center for a real presidential contender.

    The Democrats are going to hand the white house back to the Republicans on a platter, and it will be their own stupidity that does it.

    April 10, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. Dgeorge

    Mr. McCain is carbon copy of George Bush, so if you are satisfied with Bush then support big Mac. If you want change vote Democrat

    April 10, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  16. suzy

    TO WILL...
    WOW – are you kidding me????
    I thought that was a joke before I read it twice!

    Maybe you should do some research....
    Hillary has been THE economic candidate since the beginning...
    SHE is by far the strongest candidate on the economy and most people know that – even CNN said that.
    She was on with Jim Kramer's MAD MONEY twice and she blew it away talking about the economy...he said she and Chris Dodd knew more than anyone in Congress about the economy...her web site if you dare go there can tell you everything you need to know...
    As for the war – OBAMA has ALWAYS been the one candidate who said in EVERY debate that he would have all the troops home in 16 months – of course we now know he is backtracking on that statement – it wasn't "politically" correct....Hillary is backed by more than 30 generals and officers and is on the Armed Services Committee....
    let's see what else – NAFTA she always disagreed with and this has been documented....
    healthcare – her plan is now supported by Elizabeth Edwards – need I say more....
    have a good day Will.........

    April 10, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  17. dave

    after reading this blog you can see why hrc supporters are the least educated people.
    they dont even know that the McCAIN is the opponent. obama and clinton are from the same party. (hrc supporters had a tough week so we can feel your anger to get back at obama but we obama supporters are waiting for the next big lie from clinton)

    April 10, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  18. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    As Winston Churchill said, "The best argument against a democracy is spending 5 min. with the average voter." For those of you who say you will vote for McCain over Obama if Hillary doesn't get the nomination – have you really thought about what it means to have another 4 years of Republican rule? For heaven's sake, think of the Supreme Court and how damaging a right-wing court could be for our country. I would probably throw-up before voting for Hillary, but I will not be a party to a 3rd Bush term. Wake up, people! Look what happened in 2000 and 2004. Please, please, please don't let that happen again. The country and world cannot afford it!

    April 10, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |

    Bye, bye, Obama......

    April 10, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  20. george

    What's the latest on Obama's misuse of church resources that could put his own church's tax exempt status in jeopardy and end his campaign??? The IRS has opened an investigation and there are very credible allegations that there was a misuse of tax exempt resources to promote Obama'scandidacy. A certified letter was sent by the U. S. Dept of the Treasury to the United Church of Christ in February 2008 .

    April 10, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  21. Michael

    You people crack me up talking about voting for McCain if your nominee doesn't get elected. Honestly, you submit this country to four more years of Bush tactics. People are losing their homes. Gas is nearing $4 a gallon. Our health care system is a joke. The government is bailing out financial institutions instead of home owners. People in New Orleans still don't have a place to live 2 years later. Our education system is last in the world. Our sons and daughters are dying in Iraq, for what? You sound like a little kids who say"its my ball and I'm going home" Grow up. We cannot afford to allow this country to continue on its present course. Let be honest, Clinton is a opportunist, disingenuous, and sometimes just lies. But you know what? If she wins the democratic nomination she gets my vote. This election is not about me, and how I feel as much as its about the well being of our country. Patriotism is not something you wear on your jacket.

    April 10, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. Gloria

    Those Clintonians here are copycats of Clintons! The same trash and lies... and mediocrity. As the polls show HC has the support of stupid uneducated, uninformed people who very easily cold be manipulated...They can't even see what is coming.. Their Idol – that garbage Clintons will be history after April 22...Even Penn desn't support them anymore..


    April 10, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  23. IndyPendent

    What? Obama going negative? I can hardly believe it! I didn't think he did stuff like that – the "old" style politics. Oh wait, whatever works, right? Just like his commercial says "I don't take money from oil companies" – and then we find out that he does. Is someone LYING, yet again? Certainly not, he would never do that either would he? Would he? I also like that his grandmother has surfaced (and Michelle has disappeared). He has to show off that "TYPICAL" white person to get some white votes. I just can't buy into this "change" thing and the "Yes We Can" logo. Not working for me! I think it's clear who should be the next president -and it's not the senator from Illinois.

    April 10, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  24. mary

    Obama never has solutions either.

    April 10, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. Lia from Texas

    I guess Obama must have sweet talked his grandma to come up in his defense after throwing her under the truck. Obama, you sweet talker you, but you can't sweet talk this grandma 'cause I can see right thru you boy. I know you are lying about everything. You just want to get in that white house so you can get you crooked and anti American friends in there and hurt us more. You want to be in control.

    April 10, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
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