May 27th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama hits McCain for fundraising with Bush

Obama has looked to tie McCain to Bush.
Obama has looked to tie McCain to Bush.

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) - Democrat Barack Obama Tuesday continued
his efforts to tag John McCain as a candidate with ideas no different than President Bush's.

The Illinois senator highlighted McCain's scheduled Tuesday evening closed-press fundraiser, where Bush and the presumptive Republican nominee will appear together.

"No cameras, no reporters, and we all know why," Obama said. "Sen. McCain doesn't want to be seen, hat in hand, with the president whose failed policies he promises to continue for another four years. Now the question for the American people is do we want to continue George Bush's policies?"

To this, the crowd promptly answered, "no."

Obama, though, isn't completely in the clear himself when it comes to private fundraisers. The "bitter" controversy int he wake of Pennsylvania's primary contest stemmed from comments the White House hopeful made at a closed-door event in San Francisco April 6.


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soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. Ralph

    Obama is calling the way we all see it. McCain will lose by the largest margins in histoory. Just watch.

    May 27, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. gary

    OBAMA YOUR A HYPOCRITE. YOU LIE TO THE PEOPLE WHERE YOU GET YOUR MONEY. YOU GET IT FROM LOBBIEST, BIG OIL ,OPRAH ETC. YOU TALK CHANGE ,BUT YOU PUT US BACK 100YRS. OR MORE AND YOU ARE THE DIRTIES PLAYER I HAVE EVER SEEN. YOU TALK YOUR NOT LIKE WASHINGTON. YOU ARE JUST LIKE ANY LYING POLITICIAN.

    May 27, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  3. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    ... McCain already has picked up the Bush habit of secrecy ... and McCain isn't even the nominee yet!

    Just who does he think he is fooling? Just because there are no current pictures of him and Bush, does not mean Americans will be fooled into believing they aren't close... even after all the nasty things Bush said about McCain in 2000 ... was Bush telling lies then – or now?

    McCain's fund raising reminds me of a baby playing "peek-a-boo" – who is kidding who ... and why not just have the little woman fund the campaign?? Simple to say the least.

    May 27, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  4. KSObserver

    No matter how he tries to disguise it, electing McCain is same as another term for Bush.

    May 27, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  5. Susan/PA

    So you bring up the "bitter" non issue ( yes, non issue..I am from PA and Obama got it right) just to balance out that McCain and Bush are "in bed together"???????

    McCain is aligned with Bush 100%...............lets see him squirm out of that one come November

    May 27, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  6. Ratgurl

    "Obama, though, isn't completely in the clear himself when it comes to private fundraisers. The "bitter" controversy int he wake of Pennsylvania's primary contest stemmed from comments the White House hopeful made at a closed-door event in San Francisco April 6."

    Compared to the past 8 years of the Bush administration, I'd hardly call that a controversy!

    Plus, if anyone IS bitter, it's likely due to be the fault of the the Bush Administration.

    May 27, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  7. MGJams

    I'm not happy that anyone has closed door meetings to raise money.
    But I'm sure that CNN has closed door policies about finances too. And you are supposed to be working for the public with accurate News reports. How about Mcain meeting to raise money secretly with Bush! Whats the matter CNN, you can't find anything wrong with it unless a Democrat does it. Two wrongs don't make a right! I have a problem with CNN being secretly,, well maybe not so secretly,, supporting Republicans and the Conservative Republican Party!
    How about all those phony reports about the Iraq War! did CNN even try to confirm anything that this fascist President wanted? NO! So get out of Politics and try to do real reporting CNN! Shame on your reporting practices!

    May 27, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  8. Dave, SC

    Barack, has no substance and nothing to talk about issues. He wants to talk about George bush and John McCain. Barack, your days are numbered. Go away. CNN is giving too much publicity to your talk. CNN is your mouthpiece. I am sure CNN will not publish this letter.

    May 27, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  9. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Tee hee, hee, hee... this is gonna be SO much fun! Where do we begin? The list is... endless. As a Dem. I'm truly giddy with the prospect of going up against Sen. McCain.

    After the RNC fired one over the Obama bow this afternoon, I was just pickled-tink! The swift boat crews will come, but I think even the RNC knows that it's an uphill battle with a politician from the last century, with last centuries ideas and ways of doing things. Then trying to ride GWB coat tails? GW no longer has a coat. Shoot, he doesn't even have a t-shirt.

    Ding, dong, the witch is dead, the wicked witch is dead! C'mon January!

    May 27, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. ChicoSez

    So the policitcs of hope have degenerated into politics as usual, distort and demonize your opponent and his/hers beliefs, history and policies. Then cry foul when someone dares criticize you and call them names and hurl slurs and ridicule at the person for daring to disagree with the Obamagod. Another ex-dem for McCain.

    May 27, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. judasgoat

    now lets thread lightly ; now obama camp. you know how cacuasians view a black man everytime we open our mouth ,it is seen as being arrogant . when talking w/ or about our counterparts. check-out the look on the faces of the white voters [ the ones who you haven't won over ]. it is a distant cool -like lookyou get when you talk to the not ready for a blackman yet look. just go back and look at tapes or tv footage and scan the faces in the crowd of whites . you will see apprehension and a slight look of indifference . so lets come off diginfied and not cocky when we 'talk' about or address mccain and his weakness or any issue he might have its called attack w/ frm dignity. YES AND COME OUT OF PREACHER MODE . you are not talking to a congregation or choir , its the people not people in pews. and don't even think about going over to iraq . keep your freinds close and your enemines closer.

    May 27, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  12. Jerry Lee

    Finally a Democrat that hits back and hits back hard and immediately.Obama is not your average Democrat and is showing no fear of taking on McCain in the area of National security that McCain claims to be the strongest in.
    Kerry and Gore avoided exactly that and lost. Finally some change.....not to quote his campaign ad.

    May 27, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Obama need not worry as long as his critics are on the side of satin. I know all too well that truth crushed to the earth will indeed rise again. and no lie can live forever. stay strong democrats because this division which has overtaken the minds and hearts of americans against their niehbor will not keep god's justice silent. we very well know who the devil is and believe me he is real as the day is long.

    May 27, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. mike-fla

    TO YOU MR.OBAMA ITS TIME TO TELL US HOW YOU WILL HELP US WE KNOW JOHN WON'T AND CAN'T!!

    May 27, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. Gregorian Antonio

    Obama need not worry as long as his critics are on the side of satin. I know all too well that truth crushed to the earth will indeed rise again. and no lie can live forever. stay strong democrats because this division which has overtaken the minds and hearts of americans against their niehbor will not keep god's justice silent. we very well know who the devil is and believe me he is real as the day is long.

    May 27, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. UNFAIR

    Birds of a feather flock together. Just stay humble and honest Obama. We know McCaine is only doing what He is told by his brother McBush.

    May 27, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  17. The Truth

    The only difference between Bush and McBush is John's military service and Georges I.Q............

    Can you guess who's parents are prouder?..........

    Other than that they are the Mcsame.....Four more years? No Thanks.

    OBAMA: THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  18. Olaoye Odubore

    American people should now know beyound doubt that President Bush and Senator McCain are thesame. Pls beware !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  19. bill pike

    Lincoln said it best, "WHAT KILLS A SKUNK IS THE PUBLICITY IT GIVES ITSELF". The DNC could not pay for this kind of STUFF. please bush go to every meeting your little old buddie has–it will put obama in the white house.

    May 27, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  20. KSObserver

    Why waste anyone's time with awaiting moderation. Has been approx 12 minutes and obviously no one is working. Just dump my post, obvious opinions don't matter.

    May 27, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  21. chisom

    Let forget this issue, McCain is not a match to Obama, Mccain will only smell the white house if Hillary gets the dem. nomination, and so far so bad for Hillary.....and McCain,
    With Obama vs McCain, the game is over in Obama's favor

    May 27, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  22. Terry

    Barack's meeting in San Francisco was with fund raisers and not with President Bush who has a 28% approval rating. Nice try, RNC, but it's not going to work. The american people are alot smarter than you think.

    May 27, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  23. Dave from Florida

    John McBush wants us to continue with the same failed policies that Bush has us under. Now he's at a private fundraiser with President Bush at a private home in Phoenix,

    The fundraiser was supposed to be held at a convention center in Phoenix, but TICKET SALES WERE SLOW....GEEEEE!!!! I wonder why they had to move it into a smaller venue? To a private residence.

    No reporters, no televison cameras at this fundraiser, no one but the top 1% of the people that McBush still want to help for the next 4 years. If McBush gets elected....We'll be paying $8.00 a gallon for gas in 4 years, still be in Iraq, about to invade Iran, Roe V.Wade will be in jeopardy with his conservative supreme court appointees, and he'll still be controlled by the still 113 WASHINGTON LOBBYISTS WORKING IN HIS CAMPAIGN.

    It's time to let McBush and the Republicans know...It's time for a brignew direction, a Brighter day. A democratic majority in the House and Senate, and a Democrat President....Barack Obama.

    Obama 08!!!!

    May 27, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  24. Joyce in Florida

    No, we do not want another Bush Administration. I still believe that Hillary Clinton should be the nominee to run against John McCain. SHE IS the stronger candidate. Let's keep fighting Senator Clinton and hope to see YOU in the White House. GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  25. James

    Go Obama, Tell it all.

    May 27, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
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