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. frank

    In America, Obama can't win McCain. You must face the fact that Obama has indeed no experience and but a lot of liabilities, such as Rev. Wright, Bitter gate, and being friend with several radicals.... We can see how republicans beat him. Democrats will lose the general election for sure, if he is the nominee.
    With skill and experience, Hillary could be a very good president, and can solve the current problems America is facing.

    May 9, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. VoteforAmerica

    haha....These obama nuts are in full swing today.

    May 9, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. racism?

    The African American supporters of Obama are NOT all high income and college graduates.

    Get real... the majority are the black equivilent of Hillary's blue collar white voters.

    Stop your silly racist comments. Poor Americans and less educated Americans come in all colors and have the same right to vote as the elitist few.

    May 9, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. J.Onofre -CA

    He doesn't attack Clinton because he's a uniter.

    May 9, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Peter

    If McCain is elected, is he able to finish his term in oval office

    May 9, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Xango

    /Great, , dont mention someone who has lost, and is not longer in the real race, but only in their delusional world.

    good Obama, we need to concentrate on the GE against McCain

    Go Obama,

    great, great, great, that is they way to go, let her talk all she wants and if she wants she can take whomever she wants,

    the people of this country have a nominee and soon a President

    May 9, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Darth Vadik, CA

    Hey McCain, remember that juggernout train that took care of the Clinton Political Machine...

    It just turned your way...

    and its coming for you

    Go get him Barack

    May 9, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. AB

    Yep! That is what presumptive nominees do. Obama makes me proud!! I feel inspired!!

    May 9, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. Gordon

    Reading the Obama supporters comments, makes one realize that Obama and his followers will make our country the laughing stalk of the world. Just read the comments made by the Obama bandwagoniers and you will wonder where these people come from. They make Rev Wright words seem trivial compared to thiers. They talk so nasty of Hillary that it scare me to think that Obama could be our President with the attitude they display. And all these so called "super" delagates that flip flop thier support from one candidate to the next...

    I think I will switch parites if Hillary is not a candidate and vote for Mc Cain

    May 9, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. Zagazaw

    My question to the Hillary supporters, what is it? Is it Hillary you like are is it Obama you Hate? Is your hate for Obama that stronger than you love for Clinton, that you are willing to destroy Hillary in order to get to Obama? GOD is Love, Satan is Hate.
    Just incase you don't know. it's not the person who are being hate have the problem, rather it's the person who are doing the hating is evil. if God is love then the devil is hate. and hate always distroy, but most of all, the hater is the one that altimatly loose the most in the end, because they loose who they are.

    May 9, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. this far

    The fact that Obama has a small lead against Clinton proves that racism hasn't been the issue or a factor.

    The issue is that many of us believe that Clinton is the better candidate and will make the better president.

    Plain and simple.

    No racism, no hate involved.

    The vitriolic venom is spewing from the Obama camp and will work against their candidate. Hate is like that.

    May 9, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. Hit Him Hard

    I just saw a video clip of John McCain saying "of cause not" when he was asked if he voted for Bush. And he goes on to say he voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004.
    He has really lost his BEARINGS....

    May 9, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. Good Grief

    Nice pivot. It's time to address McSame and move forward.

    May 9, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. Bushlike

    Too slick to lead this great country.

    Obama is like an African American version of nice-guy Bush. Just as cocky and arrogant. But no substance.

    Aren't they related?

    May 9, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. Independent

    You have millions of supporters. Why not ask McCain how he can defend the Republicans sending our men to a war that nobody wants, and than can sllep at night. Bring it on John McCain, we are ready, and you will be defeated!

    May 9, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. jim

    A great start, he started out by calling him senile. Hope and change, hope and change..........

    May 9, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. 65+forObama

    Who should Senator Obama choose as a running mate?

    How about:

    Obama Clark 2008

    Your ideas? Some good choices among the beaten contender's supporters. Let's get the right ticket in '08 and bury the corpse of what was once the fine Republican party.

    Ex-Republican (lost my lapel pin)

    May 9, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. Meagan

    That's right Senator Obama. The only people that seem to fear the
    republicans and John McCain are the Hillary supporters, who are going
    to run into his arms like weak traitors instead of helping the democrats
    fight for the White House. Obama gave him a little taste of whats to come
    on the Wolf Blitzer interview.

    Obama 08.

    May 9, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. jimmy vekmen


    May 9, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. Jeremy

    The first time since I can remember, there may be a Democrat worth voting for. Thankfully people won't put Hillary on the ballot and make me vote republican again.

    May 9, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. no mandate

    This primary race is SO close that Obama does not have even a glimmer of a slight, ever so meager of a mandate.

    Write in Hillary Clinton in Nov.

    May 9, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. American Supporter for OBAMA

    I'm with Obama. Put most of your energy towards McCain and the General Election Mr President.

    The Superdelegates are still moving toward Obama which signifies the race is over one way or the other. George Stephanopoulos even announced Obama was already ahead of Clinton in the Superdelegates by two votes on Good Morning America this morning.

    May 9, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. WFK

    Perhaps discussing the issues would be appropriate and a welcome change from discussions of the Rev. Wrong.

    May 9, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. Gerald from Hoboken

    Does he not still have a nomination to win at the convention? I see the convention as the place to win. I honestly think BO does not have a shot against JM.

    Conservatives and Democrats (including this one) are going to vote JM over BO. The party is making a huge mistake nominating BO. He has 0 experience and no idea what he is getting himself in to.

    May 9, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. Lyle

    Mr. Obama just does not get it. He can criticize Mr. McCain until he turns blue, but it is clear that he is unelectable and cannot win the general election.

    One must ask exactly what Mr. Obama’s goal is…is he simply trying to damage the Democratic party and make himself look like a fool, or does he want Mr. McCain elected President?

    Winning the nomination is a cake walk compared to the general election and he will simply wither and fade away in the end. What he has done to his party and America is very sad.

    May 9, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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