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. SECRETS?

    Senator Obama, what about your "secret" fund raiser in San Francisco?? Who were you ashamed to "be seen with" when you gave your "speech" there??? Cell phones are really something, aren't they???

    May 27, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  2. Dani

    The excitement is over for me. If Clinton loses the nomination, then we just have 2 bad choices once again. I give up on voting. No one really makes a difference and the fact that we keep having idiots running in the races just proves that fact. Obama needs to just keep quiet, he looks more and more stupid by the day. One day Iran is a threat, the next they aren't. I can't even keep straight all the times he has misspoken or just flat out lied. He is a joke.

    May 27, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. blair

    obama needs to go back to his roots and become a man instead of a punk boy he is.

    May 27, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  4. RB

    Forgot to add tha Ron Paul better stick around. He may be the Republican nominee as soon as McCain gets kicked to the curb.

    May 27, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  5. noemi in los angeles

    We love you Obama.
    You are our next President.

    May 27, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  6. Jackie Rawlings Riverside California

    Voters should be told by Senator Obama that Howard Dean has picked him as the Democratic nominee after he won Iowa. The Super Delegates pick the candidate not the voters. Hillary was never going to be the candidate from the begining. All this is a show and it's was fixed from the start. Only problem with this selection is Obama wont win. He's a Freshman Senator without experience. McCain is another Bush but he will be able to beat Obama. Democrat Leaders had the chance of a life time but a few Senior Law Makers want to use Obama like the GOP using Bush. I wouldn't be surprised if John Kerry is put in as VP. Cheney runs the White House while Bush followers orders, John Kerry will run the White House while Obama gives the speeches.

    May 27, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  7. AN OHIO VOTER

    SAN FRANCISCO: "No cameras, no reporters, and we all know why", = BITTERGATE!!!!

    May 27, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  8. Silence Dogood

    This is going to be fun to watch. Obama reiterates a statement of the obvious with fake politeness and preppy style. Then watch how long before his back door thugs start with the name calling and hate.

    Hillary was intellectual and pointed in her arguments compared to the attack dogs conservatives have! It will be interesting to see whose nasty minions are more cruel.

    May 27, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  9. KE

    "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?"

    Sen. Obama knows why, because Sen. Obama does the same thing. Politians do. Only the out of touch people will beleive politicians are some kind of a saint. Oh, they do believe Sen. Obama is different.

    May 27, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  10. Ilona Proud Canadian

    CNN,

    Please stop with the subtle digs at Sen. Obama!

    "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"

    Don't you guys know about "spell check"? And guess what? Sen. Obama's private fundraiser is totally different to Sen. McBush, Sen. Obama did not have Bill Clinton at his fundraiser!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  11. Black College Grad for Hillary

    You ought to talk fundraiser, remember yours:
    clinging to guns and religion bitter poor people in PA -says the snob in San Fransico.

    Man, this guy is so weak, it is just sad to watch this.

    May 27, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  12. David D Kollie

    McCain says Obama is inexperience. Let us look at how both Obama and McCain started their respective primaries. Obama did not scape any of the given states that have taken part in the DNC primary.
    McCain other hand scaped Iowa. who is inexperience? Obama demonstrated that he can start from the beginning and end the race with astounding applause. McCain proves he can ignore fewer of the American people and still be rewarded the nomination. McCain, you are out of touch with the American People. No more Bush's policies. The nation is sick and tired of fear tactics. spin, Spin and PR.

    May 27, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  13. Debby

    I love the way Obama criticizes when he himself does the same exact thing as CNN stated in the last sentence. Boy 2 gaffe's in one day and this guy is the frontrunner for the nomination pretty scary.

    May 27, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  14. Mary

    If Obama is elected, we really will see failed policies. In fact, after Obama, America people will give Bush a B to Obama's D-. Just look at Obama's senate stint. His resume is empty.

    May 27, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  15. rachel

    ever the hypocrite is barrack. I can't beleive this guy. I have begun to notice that he has one of 3 responses. McCain is George bush 3rd term, or the kitchen sink, or not this time. I mean is this what we have to look forward to until November. He held closed fundraising to guess he didnt want everyone to know that his money doesnt ALL come from citizens. Also his camp has been critical of Hillary on the slide inflamming the bosnia story and the bobby kennedy story. And look it what we have looks like Obama exaggerates too. Of course when golden boy gets caught in the lie his followers say no big deal. But if Clinton says she misspoke its calculated and she if vile and should burn right? I hope Obama comes up with something new because if all they are banking on is that people hate George Bush they have a rude awakening coming.

    May 27, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  16. Paul from Kissimmee

    And who is Obama tied too? Who's he to talk about anyone's friends and supporters?

    May 27, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  17. MD

    Two peas in a pod.

    May 27, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  18. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain needs Bush like Bush needed McCain to vote for the Iraq war. Put the two together and we have a nuclear warhead with Iran. McCain will have to pay Bush back for his support which McCain will repay by bringing on board Jeb Bush. John McCain/Jeb Bush.

    May 27, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  19. honest

    This shows how Mc Cain is afraid to put pres Bush because of his failled policies. Well, we must learn to walk before we run. Regardless of the situation, mc caine should see Pres Bush as his elder.

    May 27, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  20. Coquelicot

    If a cameraman find a way to cover this fundraising he would probably see both Georges and John dancing and laughing about those idiots thinking they should take any McSame's word seriously.

    May 27, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  21. Wen

    Obama we got your back. You are on the right track. Keep McSane busy on the defensive. Keep it coming. He deserves just that for hoping to continue another four good years of Bush's failed policies. We all know this country cannot afford that. We need change. You represent change we can believe in. Yes, we can!

    Americans will vote for you across demographics and party lines once everybody get to know what you truly represent. Good campaign job. By the way, congratulations on the milestone of reaching the majority of pledged delegates for the democratic nomination. It is just a matter of time for you to emerge the winner of the democratic nomination.

    Obama for President 2008/2012

    May 27, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  22. Daniel Moir

    Oh no Democrats don't use fear mongering! Not at all! They just try to scare the public by trying to tie any Republican to Bush despite the past two years of failed Democrat policies like Ethonal (sp?) which have driven up the cost of fuel processing, not to mention the cost of food. Whatever Obama. The left might buy your nonsense but the smarter people in this country knows better. Both parties sold us out. Both should pay the price.

    May 27, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  23. No McSame

    McSame As George Bush. Under cover and sneaky. Just like old Nixon. Some things never change, they just stay the same.
    Oh yeah bible boy McSame about not wanting to give veterans the same benefits because of time served, I think that you need to open the good book and read Matthew ch20 the parable of The Workers in the Vineyard to see what our Lord thinks about it. Do like the Bereans, that is if you know who they were and line up with the WORD. You do know who the WORD is or don't you?
    NAVY Veteran for Obama No McSame As Bush in 08.

    May 27, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  24. AN OHIO VOTER

    CNN, you have been cleaning up behind Senator Obama all day. Do you have any other news to report??? Talk about a "free" ride and "free" publicity...I will only watch CNN when Lou Dobbs is on. I'm sure that you can find other news to report that does not include Barack Obama......

    May 27, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  25. washnya

    Shame on Mc Cain. If he does not want Pres Bush, he should go ahead and denounce him. What mc cain fails to understand is that even if they hold a metting under the deepest sea, it will still come out. Mc Cain, please, be very very careful. Coz the time is soon coming when you will return back to the senate and continue your funny ideas about wars.

    May 27, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
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