May 9th, 2008
12:25 PM ET
6 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. Caras

    Obama we are supporting you 100% !! Obama 08

    May 9, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. Obama v McCain

    McCain.
    BRING IT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 9, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. ok

    Now that Obama is in command and too sure of the nomination, McCain is tossed. All polls will proof that. McCain does not know economy. McCain flip flops, changes mind every hour.

    May 9, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. proud army and navy mom

    is the media obsessed with Hillary? she's irrelevant.. let it go already

    May 9, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. Phil-Little Rock

    I'm a staunch Obama supporter, but he's playing coy for a reason: let her get out there and work to undo the damage she's started with the negativity.

    Then kick her fat, wide behind to the curb.

    May 9, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. Felly

    Obama is smart. He is the real deal.

    President Obama!

    May 9, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. David Goldman for OBAMA

    DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT HILLARY.

    SHE DISCREDITS HERSELF.

    May 9, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. Venus

    I am willing to bet a lot of money that – that's what Hillary wants now!

    Obama – don't give Hillary nothing – but a kick to the curb!!!

    She's too nasty considering all things!

    Just stay focus on Mc Cain – let Hillary play with her supporters and James Carville!

    May 9, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. franco

    Obama, you're an empty suit! Go home and come back in 15 years!.

    May 9, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  10. After further review,Texas

    McCain wont even fund the wounded vets coming home.

    May 9, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. 58 white old ladies for OBAMA

    HILLARY AT THIS POINT COULDN'T WIN 51% VOTE

    IF SHE WAS THE ONLY ONE RUNNING.

    May 9, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. Independent99999

    Go Obama. You make the Americans Proud

    May 9, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    I can't wait for Barack to officially secure the nomination so that everyone will be able to focus on the true differences between himself and McCain. Once that occurs, I find it hard to believe that Hillary's supporters would vote for McCain over Barack. The differences between Hillary and Barck are so minimal when ompared to the differences between Hillary and McCain. If Hillary's supporters are truly about what is best for the country, they will rally around Barack when all is said and done.

    May 9, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. Independent

    Not sure what the "lies" are, Sharon. I thought your campaign called them "misspeaks."

    He is trying to be nice by saying she would be on anyone's short list, although of course we all know he has no intention of asking Clinton to be VP.

    It's like when your friend asks you if her pants make her look fat. You don't say yes! Sometimes you have to tell the little white lie to be nice to someone.

    May 9, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. Venus

    Sharon Minnesota May 9th, 2008 3:05 pm ET

    Barack Obama stop the lies before you get your pants on fire.
    ___________________________________________________

    Gosh – I am so sick of you! Go to Hillary's little news and join your other miserable and nasty Hillary supporters. As a matter of fact – could you please send Hillary some money – she's broke!

    Stay off of our news for Obama! As you can see – he is the winer!

    May 9, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    knowing what hillary is willing to do to get to the presidency... why would he make her his VP....

    and then for the next 4-8 years need a Taster every time she offers him a cup of coffee or stick of gum!!!!

    (c'mon cnn... you KNOW ITS FUNNY!!!)

    post this..

    May 9, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. mark0rz

    mccain was personally endorsed by bush so of course he would somewhat continue his policies! common sense people!

    obama 08

    May 9, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. The Maven

    Old Man McCain may have picked the wrong year to run for President. Ha ha, let the fun officially begin. Sharon Minnesota, Hillary has has told so many lies I am surprised her pantsuits aren't collectively on fire.

    May 9, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  19. Scott ATL

    Clinton who???

    May 9, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. Brian

    She deserves to be ignored.... her negativity gives me headaches

    May 9, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. SHIRLEY-OHIO

    He is the nominee, he does not have to address her anymore. She is not his problem any more.

    May 9, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. Every State is important!

    WHat do you expect.....her campaign continues to tell him that he is weak and will not win the nomination....I wouldn't want somone on my team who thinks we cannot win.

    That is just stupid.

    May 9, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. Liz in SD

    Traitor Joe Lieberman and the Old Man are TOAST. They remind me of two old guys playing scrabble in the park–cute picture but not what I want running the country.

    May 9, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. pathetic

    "prepared statements"...."During a question-and-answer session, Obama was asked what he thought about the idea of picking Clinton as his running mate(...)But beyond that I don't want to offer an opinion."
    ...what a surprise...

    May 9, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Stacy Clarks

    don't worry Obama, we got your back!!!! (WHITE AMERICANS INCLUDED!!!!)

    Who wants another 4 years of Bush killing our kids in Iraq, and an economy that is trash?!?!

    DEMOCRATS IN 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 9, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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