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. Debby

    Informed, you mean Obama actually voted for something instead of Present.

    May 9, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. losing the war

    The suit gets emptier day by day.

    Democrats always cater to the leftist extremists in selecting a nominee- and then they always lose the unlosable elections.

    Watch it happen again in Nov.

    Only Hillary Clinton has wide-spread and unifying appeal.

    May 9, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    Aside from being no reason to mention HRC since Oregon is an Obama state, he's wise to begin focusing his energies on McCain and the general.

    AZM, I'd much rather see mud-slinging between the two parties than within two people in the Democratic party. McCain has been and will continue to do his share of mud-slinging in Obama's direction.

    Uncle Sam, equating Hamas' endorsement of Obama with Bush's endorsement of McCain is as asinine and stupid and right-wing-idiocy bias as it gets. McCain and Obama are both running as a successor to Bush, if you haven't noticed. Hamas is irrelevant in this fight, as would be an endorsement from any foreign government, group, or individual.

    Democrats Unite in November! A vote for Nader is a vote for McCain.

    May 9, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Joyce in Florida

    This just goes to show how egotistical Senator Obama is. He is already acting like he won the nomination. Therefore, he makes no mention of Hillary Clinton. Everybody calling him "Mr. President". Makes me feel like puking. I think everyone should wait and see how the remaining primaries turn out. We might get another surprise. I will still donate and support Hillary's campaign until the convention. I still believe in her and hope she will become the nominee. GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!

    May 9, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. Ben - Portland

    That's right. Eyes on the prize. Just don't flop in October like Dukakis, Gore, and Kerry...

    But if he does, we'll just blame Hillary, like we've blamed the furlough ad, Nader, and the Swiftboat veterans. Stay in there, Hillary, so we can blame you for dividing the party if we loose. You'll be a great scapegoat and then in 2012, no one will give you the time of day...

    May 9, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. LGG

    Obama should be careful. He is already perceived as being too ful of himself by many. If he dismisses Senator Cknton too early, he will risk losing many of her loyal supports if he becomes the nominee.

    May 9, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. feeling good

    Obama may feel good about his narrow lead against Hillary Clinton... but is that enough to win?

    Not if Hillary supporters simply write her name in come Nov.

    May 9, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. bigben

    how funny he wins a red state NC and now he the greatest ever. Somehow I feel OH abd PA will be more important in nov

    May 9, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. S

    Uncle Sam you're an idiot! Educate yourself, then come back to blog as an educated person.

    May 9, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. outsider

    democrate unite and get the job done

    May 9, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. nganga,Austin TX

    Phil,Little Rock is talking about 'letting her get out there and undo the damage she has made' ?
    Is that why she is out there saying "white Americans will not vote for Obama?
    We have a saying in Swahili that interprets to 'she is frying herself with her own grease like a pig'.

    May 9, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. aida

    Uncle Sam, why don't you come out and say you are racist instead of spreading lies? Whether you like it or not Obama is going to win in November and you're going to be glad when you have a government led by him that do good for the people.

    May 9, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. B + NYC

    Is there anyone of you Obama fanatics that can PLEASE name the five (or even two) most significant accomplishments B. H. Obama has had as a US Senator?

    May 9, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. LGG

    Hamas for Obama, I see a great TV ad in the making! They will be sure to include his middle name for emphasis.

    May 9, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. mike

    If Obama becomes president, I hope the republicans even lose the number neede to filibuster.

    May 9, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. The O

    Hold up did I just hear OBAMA say, LETS ROLL!!!!!!!

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!!

    May 9, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. hate no more

    The rabid, unmitigated antipathy Obama and his supporters have shown towards Clinton and her supporters will follow him to the General Election.

    What true democrat will vote for a candidate that mocks, jeers and demeans his own party's worthy opponent and continually demeans and insults her supporters?

    Who wants that kind of small-minded, petty hatred to rule the white house?

    The college educated Clinton supporters will not fall for it. Neither will their less fortunate lower income fellow democrats.

    May 9, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. Flag

    Can't wait til you Obama fans are forced to convert!

    May 9, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. NewJeffCT

    We have heard about McCain smearing Obama by claiming that Hamas wants Obama to win the election. That was widely reported in the media, even though Cindy McCain said her husband would never engage in negative campaigning.

    However, when will the media report that Al Qaeda has strongly endorsed John McCain? It would be Sunni Al Qaeda’s dream that the US attacks Shi’ite Iran. Of course, McCain does not really know the difference between Sunnis and Shi’ites as it is, so what does he care as long as he gets to bomb, bomb, bomb Iran?

    May 9, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. Terry H

    I've already contacted Governor Crist of my homestate, Florida and informed him that many of us florida democrats are ready to support a republican ticket with him on it. The DNC and Obama have destroyed our party and if Obama is on the democratic ticket because Hillary is getting the shaft then watch out in November. The dnc may not care about the florida voters while they are forcing Obama on us but I promise you they will care about us in November. If not Hillary, then McCain. NO OBAMA!

    May 9, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. Spirit of America

    Don't count your chicken superdelegates before they hatch. Pride precedeth the fall. Get ready for a ibg surprise from wild and wonderful West Virginia and the rest of the American majority.

    May 9, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. Carmon

    Hillary supporters I was willing to vote for if she was the nominee at first but all this race-baiting, greed, and powertripping she is on has made me change my mine.

    Also do you think you Mcsame Dems will try to ruin Baraks chances in Nov. and think that everyone will just forget about it if Hillary tries to run in 2012. Yeah right. She will not only have so many Republicans lining up to vote against her but all the Baraks supporters will come out in droves to make sure she will never win another election. She wont even be able to win a potatoe sack race let alone become the President of the US. Karma comes back 10x over for people like Hillary.

    May 9, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. DoneWithDems

    Uncle Sam gets it!!

    McCain/08

    May 9, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. dz in Austin

    That's right all you Obamaniacs. Just keep insulting Hillary for no reason except to read your own garbage.

    All of us old, bitter, uneducated (not) Hillary supporters will take your advise. we'll shut up and stay home.

    Good luck on your general election when those of us who usually go out and work for the party stay home and keep our money in our pocket.

    You guys are doing a great job supporting your candidate. We're judging him by his supporters and we can see you guys don't want our help in the GE.

    May 9, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. This side of the Mississippi

    Limited mention of Hillary because she is fading from the picture....

    May 9, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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