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. bigben

    bold new plan? what exactly is this plan?

    May 9, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Keep hacking away at McCain. Eventually, his pacemaker will give out.

    May 9, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. Informed

    After reports that lobbyists, but not the American people, received information about the most unsafe nursing homes in the country, Barack Obama demanded the Department of Health and Human Services release that information to the public. Following Obama's letter, the names of the four Iowa care facilities cited for unsafe care were released to the public. Obama's efforts follow his successful efforts in Illinois to make nursing home information public and strengthen elder abuse laws.

    May 9, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. LucieLee

    Obama is correct in not focusing so much on Clinton. Hillary at this point is irrelevent.....

    May 9, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Informed

    In 2003, Obama was the chief cosponsor of a successful Illinois State Senate bill establishing the Illinois Investment and Development Authority to support the creation and growth of community development financial institutions. Obama was the chief sponsor of bills that sought to increase the number of Illinois "enterprise zones" and expand the number of years they could be in service. Enterprise zones provide incentives to help stagnant local economies grow.

    May 9, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Yolanda/S.A. Texas

    Now just stay on track with the facts. Obama has no room for foul ups or mishaps during this final run.
    If Hillary is on the ticket, Does anyone really think she wouldn't be trying to undermine him behind his back? You know making deals under the table so she can say I told you so.
    What he needs to do is find someone he can truly say will be in his corner "NO MATTER WHAT"..
    I believe right now she would be to devious.

    May 9, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. LT for Obama

    Time to start banding around the eventual nominee and start going after the real enemy because they are coming after Obama already.

    Let's end the bickering and hurt feelings and do what is best for the party and this country.

    May 9, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. Kiah

    Just like the GOP and McCain have been doing to Hillary all along Barack is now doing. Completely acting like she doesn't exist. Because as far as this process, so doesn't. And the sooner she realizes that the better!

    May 9, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. Rick FL

    Whoever the nominee is, we got your back this time against the failed Bush policies of the past seven years, which McCain has unfortunately adopted.

    Dem '08

    May 9, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. for unity

    I am all for unity so I am sticking to Hillary Clinton- right until I have to write her name in if that is what it takes.

    The vitriolic comments and hateful attitude of all the pro-Obama supporters have turned me off to Obama permanently.

    How can a campaign of hope, change, unity and a new brand of politics end up with such a large following of haters?

    Sorry... that just doesn't fit the pretend message being peddled.

    May 9, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Grant

    Be careful of the Clintons, they have something here on him, just waiting for it to materialize...this is about to get real nasty Dems. One thing that the Clintons are not is STUPID, she would not be in this race unless they had something up their sleeves here like another BOMBSHELL for Obama...why would she ask for the Supers to declare for her privately...they have something on him!!! She is just buying time until they go with it...They are too smart TO stay in a race that they know they cannot win, give her more credit than that.....THEY ARE SCHEMING SOMETHING...LOOK OUT BARACK!!!

    May 9, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Unless something happens, this is what he should be focusing on - his Republican opponent. I doubt that there is much Clinton can do to pull off a win of the nomination.

    May 9, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. HillarySkank on myspace

    In a choice between Obama and McCain, the best choice for American and her fighting women and men is Barack.

    May 9, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. sell out

    Even selling out by denouncing his friend, Rev. Wright can not help Obama.

    We see that he is the typical, pandering, lying, politician- all the worse for selling out.

    I'm with Wright- Obama will say and do whatever it takes as a politician in order to win.

    I'm staying with Clinton to the end- that would be in Nov.

    May 9, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. I have a goldfish - Iowa

    For the love of my country...I truly hope she is not on his short list of VP's. Obama-Edwards?...okay....Obama-Richardson?...sure. Obama-Clinton?...not part of Obama's vision for change and hope and all that stuff in America.

    May 9, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. fafa

    dont overestimate Hilary. She's up to something.

    May 9, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. Emily Coletta

    Obama is a true gentleman–he doesn't sling mud at Clinton.

    May 9, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. JENNIFER

    PLEASE READ THIS COMMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY

    IGNORE THE WHITE VOTE???????????????????

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

    THIS IS A PREDOMINATELY WHITE COUNTRY.

    YOU CANNOT WIN WITHOUT THEIR VOTE.

    HILLARY CLINTON SHOULD BE THE NOMINEE

    OPRAH WINFREY THREW A WRENCH IN THE SYSTEM.

    I HOPE SHE WAS RIGHT, I HOPE HE CAN WIN THE PRESIDENCY AND BE A GREAT PRESIDENT

    I LIKE OBAMA BUT I QUESTION HIM NOT BECAUSE HE IS BLACK BUT BECAUSE OF HIS EXPERIENCE. HE'S A FINE MAN WITH ONE GOOD JUDGMENT CALL (THE WAR) NOW WAS IT REALLY GOOD JUDGMENT OR DID HE by CHANCE HAPPEN TO VOTE THAT WAY?

    I JUST HOPE ALL THE OBAMA SUPPORTERS ARE RIGHT, HE WILL GET MY VOTE IF HE'S THE NOMINEE BUT CAN HE WIN AND WILL HE BE A GREAT PRESIDENT? I HOPE BUT I REALLY THINK THE WISE CHOICE WOULD BE HER.

    SINCERELY

    YOUR FELLOW CONCERNED AMERICAN CITIZEN

    May 9, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. Terry

    If it's not a Obama/Clinton tickets, the Democrats will lose come November. Hillary can pick whoever she would want as a VP because at least she has the experience to be President unlike Obama. I wouldn't mind Obama being VP so he could gain experience to be in the White House in 2012 or 2016. Obama on the other hand will have a good portion of Clinton supporters not vote for him, including all the conservatives, and to be perfectly honest.. All the people who would not vote for an African American simply because of the color of their skin. Think about it people. Bush was-not-really elected in 2000. In 2004, with the unpopularity of the war and everything, he STILL beat McCain. November isn't Dems just voting. You add all the conservatives, racists, etc. There is only way to win in Nov. Joint ticket!

    Hillary 08

    May 9, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. An Agnostic Democrat

    That's right, you just start running those circles around McSame now.
    He'll be so tired by the general election he won't know which way is up without Lieberman next to him to remind him that he lost the election.

    May 9, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. Paul

    I wonder who washes McCains face?? or even scratches his
    nose..

    i can see it now "before i launch the Nuc on Korea, scratch my nose..somebody..please!!"

    lol.. some president he would be!

    May 9, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. Terry

    Err. I mean Bush still beat Kerry.. :)

    May 9, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. skyjuice

    What I find truely sad is that there are so many folks that refuse to aknowledge Barack's white side. Folks, he is bi-racial and to deny him is to deny part of yourself. This message is for those that cant see beyond color.

    God bless Obama.

    Obama 08'/12'

    May 9, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. Jason from Colorado

    Good move Obama, at this point, we might as well start focusing on McCain. Clinton can take West Virginia if she wants, who honestly cares? With the nomination over, it's best to just focus on the general now. The uniting can start now. All the way to the White House!

    OBAMA 08!

    May 9, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. What does he stand for

    What does Obama stand for?

    He agrees with Wright in substance and spirit- but still denounced him for political gain.

    He claims he will talk to our enemies- but then denounces efforts to talk with Hamas.

    He claims he is a uniter- but has divided the party by his willingness to play the race card and exploit the black vote to his gain.

    May 9, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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