July 30th, 2008
04:12 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama ready to duel McCain

CNN

Obama: 'I'm ready to duel' McCain over taxes.

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri (CNN) – In his first interaction with voters since returning from his overseas trip, Barack Obama is focusing on the economy on a bus tour in southwest Missouri Wednesday where the Illinois senator took his regular challenge to debate John McCain on taxes to a new level, invoking alleged local heritage.

WATCH Obama: 'I'm ready to duel'

“I was just reading that Wild Bill Hickock, he had the first duel in the town square here in Springfield,” said Obama. “The family legend is that Wild Bill Hickock, he's a distant cousin of mine. I'm serious. This is part of the family legend.”

“So we're going to research that ‘cause I'm ready to duel John McCain on taxes,” Obama added to laughter from supporters, “Right now, right here. I'm a quick draw.”

WATCH McCain: 'I will not raise your taxes'

A McCain spokesman shot back quickly with an e-mail to reporters asking, “If Barack Obama wants this so-called ‘duel’ than why did he and his entourage run for the hills when John McCain challenged him to ten town halls?”

The McCain camp has consistently argued that Obama will raise taxes, an accusation Obama tried to lay to rest Wednesday.

“You're going to start seeing ads. This is what happens every election season. They're going to say, ‘Aw, he's a tax and spend liberal Democrat. He wants to get into your pocket. He's going to spend it on all kinds of crazy pork barrel projects,’” mocked Obama. “They just replace the name each election cycle, but it's the same ad over and over again.”

“Let me be absolutely clear,” said Obama, “if you are a family making less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes go up. Not your capital gains tax, not your payroll tax, not your income tax. No taxes. Your taxes will not go up.”

With a new McCain ad out Wednesday calling Obama a celebrity and asking if he’s ready to lead, Obama shot back at the notion that he’s the risky candidate.

“Nobody thinks that Bush or McCain have a real answer for the challenges we face. So what they are going to try to do is make you scared of me,” he said, “[they’ll say] ‘he's not patriotic enough. He's got a funny name. You know, he doesn't look like all of those other presidents on the dollar bills.’”

“Seriously, that's basically the argument, Obama added. “It's like, ‘well we don't have very much to offer but he's risky.’”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Economy • John McCain
soundoff (220 Responses)
  1. Mike from L.A.

    Knock him out, Barry!

    July 30, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. Spider

    Of course Barack Obama shys away from joint town halls and debates, he is not a debater. He is a master debater.
    Without a prepared speech and a teleprompter, Barack Obama stutters like a special education student.

    July 30, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Stephina

    Obama keeps stating:

    “Nobody thinks that Bush or McCain have a real answer for the challenges we face. So what they are going to try to do is make you scared of me,” he said, “[they’ll say] ‘he's not patriotic enough. He's got a funny name. You know, he doesn't look like all of those other presidents on the dollar bills."

    No the real problem is your lack of experience and total arrogance that is so scary!!!!

    McCain in 2008.

    July 30, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. Darryl

    Despite John McCain’s presidential campaign pledge forbidding official favors for top donors, the Arizona senator has introduced legislation and heavily intervened to acquire lucrative deals for a wealthy longtime friend who has raised a quarter of a million dollars for him so far.

    A major U.S. newspaper has documented in a lengthy piece the decades-long relationship between the 2008 Republican presidential candidate and a powerful Arizona developer who has made millions of dollars thanks to the senator’s efforts on behalf of the deals.

    Without McCain’s aggressive intervention, millionaire Donald Diamond could not have made the deals which, in a few instances involved beneficial public-for-private land swaps and the actual remapping of public lands. McCain helped his friend acquire the valuable properties by introducing legislation in 1991 and 1994 on his behalf. The senator’s efforts led to multi million-dollar profits and the acquisition of thousands of acres in Arizona. McCain has sponsored a third similar bill that currently sits before the U.S. Senate.

    In 1999 McCain helped Diamond purchase highly-sought yet forbidden California land owned by the Army, which he immediately sold for a $20 million profit. Then McCain got his buddy a lucrative contract to develop a resort hotel and luxury housing in 2005. These efforts certainly contradict McCain’s vows not to intercede with the government on behalf of a donor or take any action on their behalf that doesn’t serve the public’s interest.

    July 30, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. Tony, Miami

    Mc Cain (my friend) let's go for the duel have your witnesses ready.

    July 30, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. Leslie, MA.

    More cowboy BS. WoW just what we need. How come Obama only wants to debate on his schedule?? We are the people, let him debate on our schedule. We've been waiting.....................

    July 30, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. Raymond Duke

    Obama bring it on. I think even that idiot John McCain can beat you. By the way Obama do you have any regular kinfolk and are any of them black. They all seem to be white rich people. You wouldn't be pulling our leg and trying to kiss up to all them blue collar, gun toting, religous racist would you. You know the ones who go on the tv for you and call them racist "WHITEY AND CRACKER' that didn't vote for you.

    July 30, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. Debby

    Oh brother Obama is really shooting himself in the foot with his comments the past couple of days. Duel McCain give it a rest this man is not qualified to be President.

    July 30, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. TyWebb

    Duel? Like Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr?

    July 30, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. Nom Deplume

    GO Obama,

    Let's gun down the bourgeiose in the town square.

    Time to take back America from the capitalists and return it to the people. Tax anyone with a six-figure salary and return the money to those who really need it.

    July 30, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. The Surly Scholar

    A debate? Sounds superb. My prediction is that Obama will state his tax plan, John McCain, while making no statement of his own, will churlishly attack Obama's, at which point Obama states McCain's plan FOR him, then start picking away at the economic inconsistencies and logistical missteps that form its backbone. At this point, McCain will probably get mad, snap, and start cursing Obama out until he's dragged kicking and screaming off the stage by his handlers.

    Maybe that isn't how it'll actually play out, but I can't help but be amused by the thought.

    Oh, and anyone who still perceives OBAMA as the risky choice at this point is really just being ignorant.

    July 30, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. Do it yourself

    “Nobody thinks that Bush or McCain have a real answer for the challenges we face. So what they are going to try to do is make you scared of me,” he said, “[they’ll say] ‘he's not patriotic enough. He's got a funny name. You know, he doesn't look like all of those other presidents on the dollar bills.’”

    Oh yea... Barack doesn't play the race card!
    This guys a joke... Wild Barack Hitchcock... what a tool!

    July 30, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. Veteran for McCain

    The GOP make a great point. If Obama is ready to "duel" then let's go. Let's see some of these town halls/debates that aren't prepared and that don't have any teleprompters. This is for the freaking President of the U.S. they should have several of these town halls across America.

    July 30, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  14. COL.{retd]A.M.Khajawall

    Dear American Citizens and the Press

    As a concerned citizen, I consider it is my duty to bring following message to you all.

    "We the citizens of the United States of America have the ultimate responsibility to elect the " Right Candidate" to lead our nation, out of our huge present and future internal and external challenges as well as opportunities. This is to prevent depression and isolation in-spite of being the only superpower in the world morally, democratically, economically, and militarily.

    We need to consider the "critical qualities and characteristics" of our presumptive presidential nominees at the time we vote.

    In my personal and professional opinion the critical considerations are as under:

    1. Calm, cool, and collected " temper " [ Presidential Temperament ].
    2. Sound and sustained "Judgment and Caliber".
    3. "Thought-fullness and togetherness" of purpose and positions.
    4. Minimum "ex-poser and exploitation" around "Washington and Washington insiders".
    5. Renewed " Vigor and Vision " for our Greatgrand Nation.
    6. Foreign policy based on " American Values, Virtuous, Vastness".

    Stay informed, stay involved, and stay engaged. Do not allow some partisan media, pundits, pollsters, and perpetual political opinion makers effect your vote in the wrong direction.

    Don't be effected and duped by "Psychological Terrorism" that is directed at common American people without their full consent and awareness.

    Long live U.S.A and its diverse but democratic people.

    Col. A.M. Khajawall [Ret] MD., ABFM., ABDA.
    Chief Consultant: World Wide Porfessional Consultants[WWPC]
    Colonel, USAR/MC Combat Stress Control[Ret], Disabled American Veteran and Freedom team.
    Consultant Psychiatrist: CA State, Medical Board of California, and Los Angeles Mental Health Department
    Address: 7642 Eaglehelm Court Las Vegas NV 89123

    July 30, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Angus McDugan

    He must be feeling nerves. Remember when he was pulling ahead of Hillary, he did not engage in any more debates with her. This was because he could only jepordize his lead. Makes you wonder what's up???

    July 30, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  16. Rachel

    hmm then debt him, and stop with this nonsense, nice duel remark for somebody who called Hillary Annie Oakley Obama hypocrite is thy name.

    July 30, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. Sherry, Atlanta

    AND WE'RE ON. McCain said (only two days ago, that he will raise SOCIAL SECURITY TAXES), did anyone see him on Larry King? Now today-2 days later, he said he will NOT RAISE ANY TAXES.

    Does McCain not read these speech's first (before he comes to the public), that his people are writing for him.

    IS THIS WHAT AMERICA DESERVES?

    July 30, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  18. International "O"

    True!

    July 30, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. Billy. LA

    Obama is becoming a bore-same BS day after day.

    July 30, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. Paris

    Why CNN you don't post comments that are not pro Obama?

    July 30, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. Robert Wooller, England

    The best thing Obama could do regarding McCain's comments about comparing him to Spears and Hilton is not argue back, just laugh it off and move on. This is more constructive than comparing McCain to anyone in a negative way.

    July 30, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. Jay

    True!

    July 30, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  23. SANTE

    ABOUT OBAMA:

    1. Everybody who is NOT a snob senses that something is not exactly O.K. with that so called "New Politician".
    I see him like my doughier: tells me exactly what I would like to hear.

    I think that Guy and his gang had studied the social behaviour in USA long before had started the elections and they simply manipulate us very effectively!
    Simply: DO NOT TRUST HIM!!!!

    2. No offence, but am I correct that OBAMA is very much supported and loved by HOMOSEXUALS?

    / Not because I do not respect them as human beings/

    3. His color is NOT my concern but his attitude : HE IS ARROGANT!
    e.g. Is it appropriate a future President to chew a gum walking as a peacock at front of the cameras?

    4. If he is "sooo gifted" and almost genius, what he had done for 45 years before the beginning of that election?

    July 30, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  24. john

    McOld have no ideas of his own, just attacking. I thought as you get old you become more respectful because you will like to be respected. But McOld is very shameful.

    July 30, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  25. Chuck

    A gun analogy? I Barrack starting to get "bitter?"

    July 30, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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