May 9th, 2008
12:25 PM ET
10 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. Ed

    He needs her more than she needs him.

    May 9, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Robert in Toronto,ON

    Phil in Little Rock. LOL...well done sir!

    There is not one Hillary Clinton in pants suits joke that I haven't laughed my butt off at....

    On a serious note – Obama is doing what he needs to do: focus on McCain because trust me...McCain is focusing on him.

    And on a side note: CNN – Where is the story that the Huffington Post is reporting that Clinton surrogates are threatening undeclared Superdelegates of defection to McCain if Obama gets the nomination? I thought you guys were on top of this.

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

    It's true. McCain is an old fossil. He speaks of his 50 years of public service as if we are supposed to bow down to him. Old Man McCain’s extensive and prolonged seat in the senate will be his downfall.

    McCain embraces many of the Bush policy's that have destroyed this country. McCain wants to stay in Iraq for another 1000 years. How come old men are always in a hurry to send young men off to die.

    McCain suffers from PTSD as a result of his internment and torture as a POW, 40 years ago. He is in no mental capacity to be president. Besides: JOHN MCCAIN IS WAY TOO OLD!!!

    Go Obama!!!

    J. Martin

    May 9, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Kenneth M

    Obama! Do not turn your back on Slick Hillie, She is a mother, and she is worst then Slick willie!

    Obama/Webb 08!

    May 9, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. AZM

    Ah... the democrat mud slinging begins...

    May 9, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Susan Missouri




    Clinton 08 🙂

    May 9, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. nicole

    About time...let's rock.

    May 9, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. Democrats Rule

    That perfect Mr. President. Focus on the General – you have won the primary! 4 more years of Republican nonsense is out of the question so run your general election campaign and we'll be right here behind you!

    May 9, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. Jason - KY

    McSame better sign on to increase the Montgomery GI Bill for our boys and girls fighting the 100 year war and he better do it soon!

    May 9, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. Uncle Sam

    So am I to understand, that because President Bush endorsed Sen. McCain, that means that they share the same philosophy? Let's see, didn't Hamas endorse Sen. Obama?

    Americans for McCain '08

    May 9, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. Meagan

    Good. Focus on the next bump in the road.

    May 9, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. mitchell from arkansaw

    mccain can't remember his own first name,half the time.and he gets angry if he can't find his geritol,and metamucil.his hair will be gone before the election.

    May 9, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. FreshAir

    Can the media please please please get over the stupid idea of putting Hillary on the ticket. It makes no sense and it won't happen. Please do your job and find some questions worth asking.

    May 9, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. Debby

    Hasn't Obama heard the economy is rising a bit by the time Nov. comes he will have no argument other than foreign policy and he will fall flat on his face debating that with McCain.

    May 9, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. Marshall

    That is right focus on the task...Beating McCain.

    May 9, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. Informed

    .) For one, he voted AGAINST the war in Iraq, and outright spoke out against it from the very beginning.

    May 9, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. NoHillaryToTheWhiteHouse

    Why are people and the Media obsessed with a joint ticket crap. Give Obama a break he aswered this question million time No,No,No it will never happpen.

    May 9, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. Patty

    Obama doesn't have to mention Hillary since he has all his supporters trashing her for him.

    May 9, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. Informed

    Furthermore, concerning 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.

    May 9, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. Informed

    Concerning predatory loaning, 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.

    May 9, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. Informed

    Concerning 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.

    May 9, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |

    Once again the DNC is backing a looser! Obama will never beat McCain in the general election. The superdelegates are jumping on the Obama bandwagon b/c he is the popular candidate.. Gore was more popular and he lost to Bush. Hillary is the stronger more qualified candidate. I will write her name on my ballot come come November. Let's see if Obama can get to the white house without the help of HRC supporters

    May 9, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. Dislike Franco

    Franco is an empty suit and who cares what you think!!!

    OBAMA '08 '12

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

    I'm an unwaving Obama supporter...can hardly wait for 01-20-09!! Hillary's run for the nomination is all but over...however, if she feels the need to continue her 'dream' by all means go for it!! Because I agree with Barack...'every American has the right to dream' who are we to take that from her. Let her 'do her thing' we all know that Barack will be the Dem nominee-please stop bashing her and her campaign, we actually need her support and her dedicated supporters support. As a Oregon resident, I'm sure Oregon will favor Barack... his supporters here an numberous and dedicated.

    Barack you're doing the proper thing, please don't debate her in Oregon, we Oregonians don't need to see or hear it- 'do your thing' deal with McCain and your run for the Presidency!!

    Obama 08 & 12

    May 9, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. Informed

    Obama introduced a bold new plan that brought Republicans and Democrats, CAFE supporters and long-time opponents together in support of legislation that will gradually increase fuel economy standards and offer what the New York Times editorial page called "real as opposed to hypothetical results."

    May 9, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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