May 9th, 2008
12:25 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama targets McCain, limits mentions of Clinton

Barack Obama targeted McCain Friday.
Barack Obama targeted McCain Friday.

BEAVERTON, Oregon (CNN) – What just a week ago was a joint attack on Hillary Clinton and John McCain over the proposed gas tax holiday is now just an attack on McCain - in fact, nowhere in his opening words did Barack Obama utter the word "Clinton."

"McCain," on the other hand, was tossed out nine times in the prepared comments.

The Illinois senator called the presumptive Republican nominee "dead wrong" when it comes to comments he made about the economy under the Bush administration, and he even took a swipe at McCain's healthcare plan - an issue that has not traditionally been used as a means to contrast himself from the Arizona senator.

"John McCain wants to continue a George Bush approach that only takes care of the healthy and the wealthy," Obama said.

During a question-and-answer session, however, Obama was asked what he thought about the idea of picking Clinton as his running mate. The White House hopeful repeated his standard response: that he has "not won this nomination yet" and that the two Democrats are still "actively running."

"She is very smart, and so I think she would be on anyone's…short list of vice presidential candidates," Obama said. "But beyond that I don't want to offer an opinion."

soundoff (214 Responses)
  1. Anthony Heyward In New York City

    Brian from Fort Mill, SC. Your hysterical,,,I'm at work and actually laughed out loud.

    Obama O8!

    May 9, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Bucks County

    Let the games begin.

    May 9, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Freddy

    It's amazing. The only reason he is going to get the nomination is because they are gonna hand it to him so not to upset the African-American voters who already have said they will not vote or riot if the "brother" don't get in. I don't care what color he is. He doesn't have the knowledge, the drive, the general know-how to run this country. He has been given everything to him his whole life.

    We might as well give him the Presidency....don't want to upset anyone now....do we?

    May 9, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Walt, Belton,TX

    You have to give Obama credit. At least his socialist view on healthcare is up front. That same view on the economy will devastate and erode our financial stature in the world community for years.

    May 9, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. Juan

    Hamas endorsement of Obama is all I need to know about Obama.

    May 9, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. andrea benini

    I"m with Hillary all the way. Go girl! We love you!

    May 9, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. Bayou Joe

    This wimp is not fit to shine McCain's combat boots, much less be President of the Greatest Nation on Earth.

    No Bama in our Whitehouse. Not on my watch. Semper Fi.

    May 9, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Tejano

    Brian, people like you make me sick. That is why Obama will never be president. We don't like the company he keeps and his supporters give him away.

    May 9, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. andrea benini

    If he wins the nomination ( which is not certain) Mccain will be the next president.

    May 9, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. Huh?

    To Susan Missouri:

    Who ARE you? You post the whackiest comments on every article. You must have multiple personalities because you are kinda inconsistent on who you support.

    May 9, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. Tim Mathews

    Obama you ain't seen nothing yet. Wait till your very thin resmue is looked at.

    May 9, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. HAWK,TEXAS

    I THOUGHT ALL THESE OBAMA SUPPORTERS WERE WELL EDUCATED . BUT BY THEIR RANTING AND RAVING . IT SEEMS THAT THEY ARE A BUNCH OF ILLERATE THUGS. HILLARY YOU ARE NOT OUT OF THE PICTURE YET.

    May 9, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. Bayou Joe

    Better a man with one leg in the grave, than a closet Muslim taking over the Greatest Country in the World.

    NO SURRENDER.

    911 is not just a number to us.

    May 9, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. jane in CA

    Republicans vote for Obama.

    May 9, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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