August 1st, 2008
01:00 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain praises potential VP - and hits Obama

McCain took a few swipes at Obama in his speech to the Urban League Friday.

McCain took a few swipes at Obama in his speech to the Urban League Friday.

(CNN) - John McCain dropped one name that’s figured prominently in recent veepstakes talk in a Friday speech - praising a Louisiana education initiative supported by that state’s governor, Bobby Jindal.

CNN's Political Market: Jindal's stock goes up

“Just ask the families in New Orleans who will soon have the chance to remove their sons and daughters from failing schools, and enroll them instead in a school-choice scholarship program,” he told the Urban League in Orlando Friday. “That program in Louisiana was proposed by Democratic state legislators and signed into law by Governor Bobby Jindal. Just three years after Katrina, they are bringing real hope to poor neighborhoods, and showing how much can be achieved when both parties work together for real reform.”
Earlier: VP buzz rises around Jindal

Last week, Jindal – who is widely believed to be on McCain’s VP shortlist - seemed to take himself out of the running, telling an interviewer he would not be joining the GOP ticket this cycle.

"I'm not going to be the vice presidential nominee or vice president. I'm going to help Senator McCain get elected, as governor of Louisiana," he told a FOX interviewer.

"Let me be clear: I have said in every private and public conversation, I've got the job that I want."

GOP sources gave told CNN the 37-year-old Jindal is being considered for the keynote address slot at next month’s Republican National Convention.

In his July appearance before the NAACP, John McCain was full of praise for opponent Barack Obama.

With a new month comes a new message: the presumptive Republican nominee’s speech Friday at the Urban League’s annual gathering in Orlando was a polar opposite of that address. McCain mentioned several black leaders – including former Democratic Rep. Harold Ford Jr. and activist Al Sharpton – by name as he lauded bi-partisan efforts to overhaul the nation’s school systems. But the presumptive Democratic nominee, who is slated to address the group tomorrow, rated several swipes.

"You'll hear from my opponent, Senator Obama tomorrow, and if there's one thing he always delivers it's a great speech,” said McCain as he began his address, which criticized Obama on issues ranging from tax policy to education reform. “But I hope you'll listen carefully, because his ideas are not always as impressive as his rhetoric."

Later, talking about his support for school vouchers, he added: "If Senator Obama continues to defer to the teachers unions, instead of committing to real reform, then he should start looking for new slogans."

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  1. v.a.

    please please please pick jindal so we can stick a fork in your campaign already! hahaha mccain's an idiot.

    August 1, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. Eddie Blake

    I hope Bobby Jindal reconsiders. It's about time for us to get a good CREATIONIST in office again. No more of this "evolution, blah, blah, the earth is billions of years old" stuff. The earth is about 6,000 years old. When our leaders start preaching the truth, the people will follow.

    August 1, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Thelma

    Not buying it, and Jindal will NEVER be McCain's VP. He's just trotting him out to combat the discussion on race. To change the subject from mean spirited to hopeful.

    He's using this man to gain more votes. His real choice is Romney.

    Obama 08

    August 1, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. mel

    He is helping the man to the white house.

    August 1, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. sacto joe

    Vote for McCain if you prefer a fascist.
    Vote for Obama if you prefer a socialist.

    OR cut the crap and vote for either a Republican or a Democrat.

    August 1, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. Will, NJ

    Can the man open his mouth without trash talking his opponent? Let's hope no one asks him to speak at their graduation or wedding.

    August 1, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. M in Maryland

    I'm so disappointed in John McCain. He seemed like such an honorable guy but has fallen to typical politician status. His recent ads are disgusting - from him or any candidate. That puts him in the same category as Bush now ... when he comes on the TV, I change the channel.

    August 1, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Wow, he did mention Katrina! How about that? Kind of a risky topic for the repugs for, you know, screwing over the blacks and all.

    I don't think Jindal will be the VP, he looks to ...... terrorist for the RNC. Probably speaks terrorist too.

    August 1, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. R.I.F.

    Once again, John McCain only attacks Obama and doesn't talk about what he's going to do. Also, I don't understand the criticizism that he speaks well aside from tyhe fact that McCain is a horrible speaker? He also has solutions. If he didn't then what is it that McCain's always atttacking....

    August 1, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Jindal may very well be the best choice for McCain. Jindal's problem is that McCain is definitely not the best choice for Jindal.

    August 1, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. ben

    He told Fox News? Do you mean the Hannity express?
    Of all the moderators out there Hannity is a disgrase to the profession.
    To be fair, Lou Dobbs sits right nexy to him. Dobbs is a rabble monger while there is no adjective to describe Hannity except maybe retarded idiot

    August 1, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. Proud PUMA PAC

    Re-play the MSNBC coverage and CNN coverage and you will see the anti-Hillary and pro-Obama bias shown by all pundits every night.

    Learn this: racism and sexism are BOTH bad.

    The DNC and the Media quickly decried any comment as racism (even those that weren't) to advance Obama and ignored all the OBVIOUS sexist comments against Hillary- and actually piled on the sexism themselves.

    August 1, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    I posted this under another article and as usual no one responded. I am not being smart. I just want to see the other side of this. I am sure that I have a different view from where i stand.

    August 1st, 2008 10:48 am ET

    So Obama wants to make company's pay $3 per hour more and increase the taxes that they pay lowering the amount of money they can make or spend on advertising or any other way of growing a business.

    Can some one please explain how this will help create jobs. This is one business oner that dose not under stand or agree at all with what Obama is trying to do.

    Someone please explain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    No really Explain It !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 1, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. Big D

    Where are McCain's proposals? What are his positions? All we ever hear from him are slams against Obama. And all McCain has done lately is give speeches too – he hasn't been in the Senate since April. If he can't handle the campaign and his real job at the same time, how can he be an active leader? If he can't communicate his own proposals without misleading attacks on his opponent, why should we vote for him? He's right that Obama has been giving great speeches – filled with specific proposals and ideas about moving our country forward. Why is McCain incapable of doing the same?

    August 1, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Uncle Sam

    Oh please pick Bobby Jindal for your VP.

    Obama 08!!!

    August 1, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Forget Katrina already???

    Helllooo?? Did the citizens of Loisiana already forget about Katrina?? The Republicans were in charge when the victims of Katrina were ignored and were treated with this great injustice! What did McCain do for those victims during that time? Hugghhhh?????? Now they want their votes?? Helloooo??? Wake up people!!

    August 1, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Bulldog

    Why the hell does everyone think the Republicans are pushing hard for offshore drilling all of a sudden? Because the Bush term is almost over! They are getting desperate. Don't fall for their scams.

    I watched the Senate debate on oil yesterday and the Democrats introduced at least 3 bills to try to help lower gas prices and the Republicans said no each time because their bill did not include offshore drilling.

    So this is it. If the Republicans cannot have offshore drilling they will block each and every energy bill that will help bring down gas prices or help to create alternative energy sources. This is there strategy.

    Don't fall for it. They are scam artists. How many times to they have to prove before people quit falling for these Rebublican lies. All they really care about is Big Oil and Big Corporations.

    Isn't it funny that John McCain received $1 million dollars from Texas oilmen right after he changed his position on offshore drilling. Hmmmm. If that's not obvious I don't know what is.

    August 1, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. Doc

    As a citizen of the State of Louisiana, I beg John McCain to pick Bobby Jindal and that way we can get a Democrat in the Governor's mansion.

    August 1, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. Toni

    I don't care for Jindal. Everyone knows about the cast system in India, and he probably believes in that subconsciously. And let’s be honest, if there were not Barack, do you honestly think McCain would pick Jindal—NO. McCain isn’t fooling anyone.

    No to Jindal and no to McCain.

    Our country can do better, much better.

    August 1, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    What a hypocrite McCain is.

    He claims all that Obama can do is deliver a great speech, but no ideas, solutions or answers. So what does McCain do? Delivers a bad speech that is off-topic and mostly critical of his opponent.

    He Presented No Ideas Of His Own.

    August 1, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Bulldog

    Please pick Jindal. The same racists that think Obama is a Muslim will think the same about Jindal. Then he will have to prove he isn't a Muslim and didn't swear in on the Koran.

    August 1, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. Robert in Seattle

    I'll take socialism (democracy) over facism (coproratocracy) any day.

    August 1, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Sarcasm in 3......2......1.........."I am not sure about this Jindal fella. Aren't his parents from India? Does that mean Jindal is a Hindu that worships cows? He says he is not but that last name makes him seem so......unAmerican."

    Sarcasm over.

    August 1, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged


    What would the silent DNC and the anti-Hillary Media have said or done if the sexism were racism: pick my cotton, shine my shoes...?

    They would have been all over it. Obama gave a speech about racism. Clinton never spoke out about the hate and bias shown her. She just kept going. That is why we love her.

    But that does NOT make the Media and DNC sexism and disrespect towards Hillary and rapid defense of Obama RIGHT.

    The DNC was wrong. The Media was wrong.

    That bias against Hillary is now helping McCain- they can not now pull that crap against HIM without being challenged.

    So now Obama the chosen, installed, selected candidate will fail due to the propaganda that propelled him to a false lead and a false sense of support.

    It was NEVER there- the propaganda campaign for Obama created that myth of widespread support and the media played it up. IF OBAMA had that support the votes would have shown it. Even discounting Fl and Mi- Obama barely had a lead. Factor in the advantages that all the anti-Hillary bias gave his campaign- he did not have much support from the people at all.

    August 1, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. Michelle

    Okay, so now we progressive, understanding, kind McCain. Who's he going to take out of the box next? I rather like psycho-temperamental-impatient McCain, myself. At least that's the devil we know.

    August 1, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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