June 3rd, 2008
12:45 PM ET
7 years ago

McCain to highlight differences with Bush in New Orleans

McCain will give a prime time speech in New Orleans Tuesday.
McCain will give a prime time speech in New Orleans Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Just days after holding a closed door fundraiser with President Bush in Arizona, presumptive Republican nominee John McCain will put space between himself and the president tonight in a prime time speech to be given just outside of New Orleans.

McCain adviser Steve Schmidt appeared on CNN’s "American Morning" on Tuesday and said the speech will be "about the future" and outline differences between McCain’s vision for America and that of of Barack Obama, who is expected to claim victory in the Democratic primary race tonight.

But Schmidt also signaled that the setting of the speech in New Orleans, where McCain last visited in April, is intended to highlight differences between McCain and the current Republican occupying the White House. The city, Schmidt said, "signifies to the American people what is broken about our government."

Schmidt struck back at attempts by Obama and Democratic interest groups to portray McCain as a natural successor to Bush.

“Senator Obama is fond of saying that John McCain represent as third term for George W. Bush,” he said. "The reality is that Senator McCain has disagreed on issue after issue with President Bush over the last eight years. He is his own man. He has his own opinions."

Schmidt argued that McCain's opposition to the administration’s initial strategy in Iraq highlights the senator’s independent spirit. He also challenged Obama's judgment on the war.

"On the biggest question this country has faced, over the last couple of years, while the two of them have been in the senate, it was this question about how we change the strategy in Iraq," Schmidt said. "Sen. McCain advocated a change in strategy that has led to where we are today, which is success in Iraq. We are winning this war after many years of mismanagement. Sen. Obama said that strategy would not succeed. He was wrong. Sen. McCain was right."


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soundoff (342 Responses)
  1. Dave in Houston

    McCain calls projects like strengthening and building levees "pork", "waste" and "earmarks."

    He has a terrible record when it comes to infrastructure, and while that area seems terribly boring, the people of New Orleans just got a whole lot more interested in its importance recently.

    June 3, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. rdbtwthlins

    Stupidity ignores level 5 hurricane warnings and then relies on the others to rescue it. Fools rebuild history for stupidity to repeat..

    June 3, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. CNN CREW...

    Jack is for Obama!
    Wolzf is for Clinton
    Cambell is for Clinton
    Martin is for Obama!
    Donna is for Obama!
    That other girl rogers or something
    she was for Clinton until lately, now that she knows Clinton is not going to win. She did a flip flop, don't want to be on the loosers team.

    June 3, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Hillary Clinton

    Former Clinton supporters = McCain Democrats

    June 3, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. used to want Hillary

    Ok, i cant take it anymore. Hillary this is getting really sad. I supported you through everything and listened to everyone say you were for yourself. I defended you countless times. Now i see no way that they were not right. I have had to step back and take a look at everything i thought was fact. You said you were fired on by snipers and i said ok. you said you were never for Nafta and i said ok. you said Obama was not qualified, i said ok. You said you could still win this, i said ok. Hillary, why did you lie to me about all of these things. Why have you said you care about this party, this country, the people and then keep doing this to us. I am sorry but i can no longer stand with you while you tear us apart. Obama is a smart man, he is a good man, he is maybe better for us than you. i am very sad right now.

    June 3, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. ANGEL

    I live in NEW ORLEANS, and no New Orleanian could afford to go to his DINNER ...It has been all over the local news ...
    It is 100,000 a couple , are you KIDDING me ???... We are rebuilding our homes and lives and this OUT OF TOUCH dinosaur from the 1800's decides he needs to show the nation how different from BUSH he is, that's laughable, he is just like BUSH, only BUSH would come to a city recovering from the worst disaster in our NATIONS history and have a 100,000 a couple DINNER ....
    Only a REPUBLICAN would be this insensitive and out of touch with Americans . Similar to BUSH's FLYOVER after Katrina hit, he didn't want to get his cowboy boots wet I guess ......

    June 3, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Fay Tx

    The Bush Twins : George and John....... VERY GOOD !!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Bob Stephens

    The difference is McCain sings " Bomb, Bomb Iran" and Bush sang " Bomb Iraq... Other than that, not much difference.

    June 3, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. No More Years, Lake Forest CA

    Anybody remember where President Bush was on the day Katrina struck New Orleans?

    If you said that he was presenting John McCain with a birthday cake (August 29, 2005) give yourself a round of applause!

    June 3, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. Independent-Cuban-American-woman-voter-for-Obama

    TO FORMER HILLARY SUPPORTERS:

    GO AHEAD AND VOTE FOR MCCAIN. BUT REMEMBER....... DO NOT COMPLAIN NOT ONCE WHEN THE NATIONAL DEBT GROWS BEYOND THE ............... $10 TRILLION WE OWE MOSTLY TO CHINA!

    DO NOT COMPLAIN WHEN THE YOUNG SOLDIERS CONTINUE TO COME HOME IN BODY BAGS, MAIMED.........AND WORSE CONTINUE TO COMMIT SUICIDE!

    A VOTE FOR MCCAIN IS A VOTE TO CONTINUE THE WAR IN IRAQ!

    GO AHEAD AND VOTE FOR MCCAIN......... THE REST OF US, THINKING-EDUCATED-HARDWORKING-BITTER-GOD LOVING AMERICANS WILL VOTE FOR CHANGE...............

    BARRACK OBAMA!

    June 3, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. kayla

    mcsame, a fool may be talking, but no fool is listening.

    June 3, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Bobby

    Oh my God- Ignoring the United Nations is not in reality that bad of a thing- while the UN is successful in some aspects, when it comes to the most important issues of preventing genocide and humanitarian crises it has a miserable record. Why is nothing being truly done in an effort to stop the crisis in Suda? Because China is a permanent member of the UN Security Council and has an intricate trade relationship with the country. They also have a veto. The United States' ignoring the UN is certainly positive in this scenario as they have introduced economic sanctions all over the country and should really be going one step further. And when it comes to Iraq, being there in one hundred years is a better alternative than taking off now with our tails between our legs.

    June 3, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. Micky TX

    McCain is trying to BS Americans into thinking he has always been a supporter of the environment and projects that do as well. I am so sick of his trying to ERASE his history. Maybe HE forgets because of his AGE, but the rest of us WON"T.
    All the money that has gone into keeping this wasteful war alive, is killing American's-health, economy and future.

    June 3, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. smw

    those "life-long democrats" posting in these fora are either complete and utter morons who don't have a clue as to the policies Obama represents, racists, or republican trolls. The right reasons to vote for Hillary were and are her policies, which are very close to identical to Obamas. If you trust Hillary's judgment, why not pledge to throw your support to whoever she endorses?

    June 3, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. beevee

    I do not believe there are any differences. Who is he trying to fool.

    June 3, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Rj

    GO DETROIT PISTONS!!!!! I THINK WE CAN STILL WIN THE 2008 CHAMPIONSHIP!!! EVEN WHEN IT'S OVER, IT'S NOT OVER. GO PISTONS I'M BEHIND YOU ALL THE WAY!!!

    June 3, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. ENOUGH

    When this thing is over Hillary and her $110 million will be just fine where will the rest of us be? Mired in a recession because some bitter women think they’re standing up for Hillary.

    DO NOT VOTE MCCAIN

    June 3, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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