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. Ryan

    yeah but it wasn't a closed door fundraiser with Bush. That's a huge difference.

    McCain is just old and twisted. And stupid

    May 27, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  2. Dori in AZ

    No, we don't want to continue with Bush policies....

    As to Obama's remarks regarding his grandmother's brother (even if he mispoke the name). . . In my family, great & step uncles and great & step aunts are just "uncle" and "aunt" to us. That's the way it is in our larger, extended, close families.

    And, the emotional & psychological pain Obama's uncle experienced had to have been overwhelming. Living – or dying – in the camps was horrible. But, the liberators weren't prepared for what they found, either. How could anyone be prepared for hell?

    May 27, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  3. Elizabeth, NC

    McCain, fundraising with the same President with the lowest rating in recent times whose policies he wants to 'shy' away from. He calls himself an agent of change yet he wants to finance this 'new change' with the same old money. Clear example of a flip flopper, opportunist, and an overaged moron who thinks the American people have a very short memory span.

    May 27, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. Jerry in Fresno

    Not only does he not want to be seen with Bush, seen accepting money from you know who, but not let the publicl see how few sources will be in attendance.

    Nor do the sources want to be seen with McCain.

    May 27, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  5. ksobserver

    No matter how he tries to disguise it, electing McCain is same as another term for Bush.
    will try from this browser, see you a re wedded to MS, what a shame.

    May 27, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  6. ne, Pa.

    Weathervane McCain speaks with forked tongue.
    He wants it both ways on every issue...smoke and mirrors.
    He's like Cheney with the secret meetings.
    Obama's the only one who can shake-up Washington.

    May 27, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  7. D.Kimbro OHIO

    Why even bother with this?. If this part of the strategy, WHY!!!! You don't meet people at their position when you are in a better position. Let these guys do what they do...

    May 27, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  8. Frank smith

    whats wrong obama ? want a pity party?

    May 27, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  9. Dawn M. Kosiek

    Senator Obama’s family , his grandfather and uncles in World War II are not running for public office and Mr. Obama seems confused as to why he should be elected in this country.

    The question is what has Mr. Obama ever done for anyone in this country and so far as I have researched,nothing. I do not see any service to this country from Mr. Obama and he is the one running for office not his relative.

    “Senator Obama’s family is proud of the service of his grandfather and uncles in World War II – especially the fact that his great uncle was a part of liberating one of the concentration camps at Buchenwald. Yesterday he mistakenly referred to Auschwitz instead of Buchenwald in telling of his personal experience of a soldier in his family who served heroically,” Burton said.

    May 27, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  10. lloyd Stalling

    Hopefully the Obama camp will continue to forge ahead with it's original message of "CHANGE". However, the campaign must also address the very issues the American people are really interested in ie., high gas prices. state of the economy, the mortgage crises, better benefits for vets, the war in Iraq and restoring America to a state where the International Community will regain the level of respect it once had for the United States. I also hope the Senator from Illonois realizes that the American people "AREN'T" that "NAIVE" to believe that the war in Iraq will be over within a short period of time after the new President is sworn into office. In my opinion, Sen. Obama must "CONVEY" to his supporters and would be supporters just how "SINCERE" he is about bringing "CHANGE" to the way things will be handled from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. He does not have to go on national television and shed tears, just to get a sympathy vote from would be voters. All he has to do is be "REAL" and "TRUTHFUL" and not condenscend to the level of his opponents. The International Community may be ready to accept the change that is soon to take place, but America as a "WHOLE" isn't. This is very unfortunate, but this is "REALITY". Continue to press on Senator Obama, you have (blue collar worker) my vote.

    May 27, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  11. Ron R.

    for someone that doesn't agree with war, Mr. Obama seems to enjoy attacking the President of the United States, and anyone that considers Pres. Bush the president.

    May 27, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  12. An American in Canada for David

    Obama should not stress so much because he will not be in the general elections, H.R. Clinton will be the nominee and then the President.

    However, he is not doing a very good job counter attacking J. McCain.

    Poor Obama just can not speak , off the cuff, without getting into trouble and stuttering all over the place.

    Put him in a Q&A and he stumbles and exaggerates or embellishes his anecdotes and his camp has to come out and save him once again and explain exactly, what the senator from Chicago, meant to say.

    May 27, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  13. Frank smith

    obama has to cheat to win so you states that couldnt vote plame Obama the baby

    May 27, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  14. Ron R.

    why do senators of the opossing parties of the president seem to always blame the president for their own inabilities?...we all know the legislation comes from congress, not the president.

    May 27, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  15. lin8

    Anyone can have a fundraising with whomever they wish.

    May 27, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  16. Obama, Please Explain . . .

    Obama says: "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?"

    I ask Obama: "How does raising campaign money like that constitute "continuing Bush's policies? YOU are known to have attended Jeremiah Wright's race-bating church for 20 YEARS! So does that mean that you, also, will continue Jeremiah's race-bating philosophy by that fact alone?

    May 27, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  17. Benjamin (a Republican), San Diego

    Awesome! Go after 'em, Obama! Awesome strategy being on the offensive! Obama has the smarts and learned from his predecessors (Kerry & Dukakis) to take the war to the Repubs.

    Watch out Mc Cain, he's only warming up and that wasn't even 1st round!

    Republicans for Obama!

    PS- WHAT does it TAKE to get CNN moderators to post my comments???

    May 27, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  18. Charlotte

    I guess only Obama can have closed door fund raisers? Maybe they will just get bitter and cling to their poketbooks.

    May 27, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  19. Benjamin (a Republican), San Diego

    Awesome! Go after 'em, Obama! Awesome strategy being on the offensive! Obama has the smarts and learned from his predecessors (Kerry & Dukakis) to take the war to the Repubs.

    Watch out Mc Cain, he's only warming up and that wasn't even 1st round!

    Republicans for Obama!

    PS- WHAT does it TAKE to get CNN moderators to post my comments???

    May 27, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  20. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Barack,

    Do you realize that in 2000 there were many Democrats who were prepared to vote for McCain over Gore?

    What makes you think any of them will vote for you over McCain now?

    Because you were a state senator who gave a speech in 2002, you say? That's the reason you think you're in any way able to go head-to-head with John McCain and get elected President of the United States?

    You're a joke with a very unfunny punch line.

    Thanks for running prematurely in your ridiculously short career as a politician on the national scene and doing serious damage to the country and the Democratic Party.

    You won't be the only one losing in Nov.

    Thanks for nothing.

    HILLARY CLINTON '08

    May 27, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  21. Florence Indiana

    McCain and Bush together again behind closed doorrs. Don't meet in public only in private,,,What does that sound like?

    May 27, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  22. Lisa in GA.

    Obama... you do not have to point this out... McCain painted himself

    as a Mc Bush a long time ago.

    Everybody knows that McCain is Bush the third.... it a pity some people

    rather vote for pain and suffering before voting for a black man.

    All those kinds of voters have low self esteem and clearly are unhappy with themselves to stoop to a level of racism.

    May 27, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  23. A CANUCK

    Here you go again CNN....dredging stuff up from APRIL...must be a slow news day.

    May 27, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  24. Jane L.

    Sen. Obama has now focused his attacks on Sen. McCain as he did Sen. Clinton for many months. No doubt the press will continue to paint Obama as virtuous, unflappable, and above-the-fray. If Sen. McCain gets the same treatment from the hate-filled Obama followers who remark in these "Comments" and from the severely biased news shows and chattering pundits that Sen. Clinton was subjected to, it's all over for McCain. Then again, it could backfire on Obama this time. We'll see.

    May 27, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  25. RB

    That's small fries. You should ask him about former senator Gramm lobbying for Swiss Bank on the housing/mortgage crisis while working for McCain's campaign. AND, all of the other lobbyist working for banks to prevent mortgages from being re-worked.

    I thought John McCain was against lobbyists? I guess he's only against the lobbyist who are not working for him!

    What a hypocrit!

    May 27, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
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