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. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    "McCain (like Bush) supports the healthy and the wealthy?"

    As usual–your coaches failed to put any facts (or reality) on you 3×5 crib notes. Here are a few for you:

    Mr. Obama–the largest increase in children's health spending in the history of our nation–was led by Bush..and has been increased every year since he's been in office.

    The largest "decentralization" of wealth in the past century-was led by Mr. Bush. There are more Americans living in prosperity today–than ever before–despite the current economic growth stabilization.

    Much of Mr. Bush's tax legislation was aimed at leveling the playing field for owner's of small business (the largest single employment source in our nation) so they could be more competitive against mega corporations.

    He could have done more. But his efforts on behalf of the disadvantaged, the helpless, and small entreprenuers–was certainly more beneficial than anything you have spoken of during this campaign.

    May 9, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. EC


    We're sick and tired of hearing about Senator Clinton. That's OLD news now.

    NO disrespect, but Sen. Clinton needs to get back to her Senate job anyways, if she still has one.

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

    Federal Ethics Reform- Obama and Senator Feingold (D-WI) took on both parties and proposed ethics legislation that was described as the "gold standard" for reform. It was because of their leadership that ending subsidized corporate jet travel, mandating disclosure of lobbyists' bundling of contributions, and enacting strong new restrictions of lobbyist-sponsored trips became part of the final ethics bill that was signed into law. The Washington Post wrote in an editorial, "The final package is the strongest ethics legislation to emerge from Congress yet."

    May 9, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Dennis

    This is what Senator Obama is going to need to do. He needs to mend the fences with Senator Clinton's supporters and focus on John McCain. I imagine that Senator Clinton will offer her support once Senator Obama has officially locked up the nomination. I know a lot of Clinton supporters are threatening to vote for Senator McCain right now, but I suspect over the coming months that will change as we get closer to the general election and the nominees focus all of their attention on each other.

    May 9, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    May 9, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. We white People

    Mc Cain will IMPLODE when the media starts to focus on him like Hillary and Obama.....We all know he has anger management issues. He needs to be debreifed from his days as a POW

    GO OBAMA!!!!!!

    May 9, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. EC


    We're sick and tired of hearing about Senator Clinton. That's OLD news now.

    NO disrespect, but Sen. Clinton needs to get back to her Senate job anyways, if she still has one.

    May 9, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Informed

    Obama voted in 2005, 2006, and 2007 to reinstate pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) federal budget rules

    May 9, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Sue Kim

    I don't get this love affair with Obama! People keep saying that it can't get worst than Bush but I think it can. Oh yes it can...get worse if you put an inexperienced radical in the White House! Yes we can...go into a deeper economic slump when you tax everything in sight! Yes we worse than George W Bush!!!

    May 9, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. Des,Toronto

    When we are through with John McCain, he will be sorry he ever trifled with the Dems,Americans,his fellow fair minded republicans and Obama.We are ready for his lying trash, McCain should not forget we have his flip flops on tape and his pastor friend Hagge too!!

    Obama 08

    May 9, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Most Electable?

    HRC will be awaiting trial in November, as she is currently undergoing a civil suit filed against her and Bill by her former contributor Peter Paul for illegal contributions to her 2000 Senate campaign. A Bill Clinton appointed Superior judge ruled that HRC won't have to testify until November. The Clintons had the charges dismissed once before by attacking Paul's credibility for having a prior record. How is she more electable; if found guilty she'll be facing time in prison for fraud, obstruction of justice, and illegal campaigning practices. I ask is she most electable?

    May 9, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Carly

    So SO true!!! McCain's healthcare plan truly is only for the "healthy or wealthy" LOL. Do a little kresearch America and I'm sure you'll agree!

    May 9, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. Informed

    Obama introduced amendments to put greater emphasis on keeping immigrant families together.

    May 9, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. Informed

    Obama created the Illinois Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income working families in 2000 and successfully sponsored a measure to make the credit permanent in 2003. The law offered about $105 million in tax relief over three years.

    May 9, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. beauty of love

    Clinton supporter know that she is not perfect.

    We know all about the nasty crap- the Obama bloggers have been feeding us a steady diet of it for months. Most of it decades old and long rendered powerless now.

    But we are still loyal to Hillary Clinton becuse we know that she will give her very best to improve the future for ALL Americans.

    We love Hillary- without even needing to HATE ANYbody else.

    So... Obama supporters let's see how your negative campaign of vulgar insults and vitriolic hatred works out for you.

    May 9, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Informed

    In the Illinois State Senate, Obama championed multiple pieces of legislation to help low-income families find adequate affordable housing.

    May 9, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. Felly

    CNN, is too slow in blogging. Breaking news! Obama picks up two more delegates from SC and CA.
    Vernon Watkins of California tells the AP he's going with Obama.
    Wilber Lee Jeffcoat, the Democratic Party Vice Chair in South Carolina and superdelegate endorses Barack Obama.

    May 9, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    Good strategy.....someone has to start healing the party!

    May 9, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. Venus The Super star

    Obama thinks he is qualified to run the united states of America. Are people really voting for someone who has only been in the senate for 3.5 years? Are you kidding me? The United States of America, you've got to be joking. McCain will eat this guy for breakfast you might as well hand him the keys.

    May 9, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. Danielle

    Hope he will never be force to have her... My goodness no way

    May 9, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. bigben

    Obama is so weak I believe he will make NY into a battleground state

    May 9, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Peter Damoah-Afari

    McCain is actually loosing his bearings. He is not even saying anything about his pastor who has said many evil things about american people that even what Rev. Wright had said. Wisdom has been said to be something proportional to age, but McCain is acting otherwise.

    May 9, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. Informed

    Obama has supported a number efforts to strengthen Medicare, including voting for legislation to allow Medicare to negotiate for cheaper prescription drug prices and to extend the enrollment period for low-income beneficiaries.

    May 9, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. Elisabeth

    Please give us an example of Obamas accomplishments of any substance other than that he possesses a small pencil between his two legs and is rather academically intelligent. Excuse bad English!

    May 9, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  25. Informed

    In the U.S. Senate in 2005 and 2006, Obama worked with a bipartisan coalition of Senators to block Administration-proposed cuts to the CDBG program

    May 9, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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