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. Sherry, Atlanta

    McCain, The Educational System needs to be improved-throughout. American's deserve no less.

    Why are you asking American's to Discriminate our School Systems?

    August 1, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Aaron Hussein

    How is it Obama gets grief for being a great speaker? That's a huge plus for anyone. Yet Hillary Clinton and John McCain pick at it like its a bad quality. Doesn't everyone get it? The only way they can bring Obama down is by criticising his strenghts? HIS STRENGHTS!! See through the smear folks, Obama is a good, honest and humble man.

    August 1, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. josh

    i think that we need too get 2 more people and start this over causes mccain and obama are acting like a 2 year old

    August 1, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. Robert

    Who cares about this election? We all know that middle america and the rust belt is never going to vote for an african american. The media will never allow a president that doesn't fall in with the corporate bottom line since the large corporations own most media outlets.

    We'll be stuck in republican wars for alteast another 4 years. We'll get our off shore drilling and our gas will continue to go up and our environment will still be in decline. McCain will get his $6,000 health care credit so our jobs won't offer health care any long and we'll be on our own (considering is costs $12,000 a year to insure a family of 3), but Wall Street will become stronger. So the media outlets will portray our economy to be in good shape.

    August 1, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Mike, Texas

    So they can deliver bottled hot water to dehydrated babies.

    right mccain?

    August 1, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. ex-Republican for Obama

    McCain is lying about Obama's energy and tax plans. He is running a dishonorable campaign and is not worthy of the presidency.

    August 1, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. McCain 08

    I heard Obama saved a group of children from a burning building with one of his speeches....

    When will he debate McCain????? Can't do that.... then he would have to think on his feet and face real questions from real people..... Might as well gave the same tired speech of promises that can never be delivered.... But keep it up, the more you give the same speech, instead of answer the REAL question the more people begin to see right through your speech....

    Anyone BUT O'dumba

    Remember who has had the house and senate for 2 years and has taken the country from prosperity to a pile of crap... GET A CLUE

    Remember who has had the house and senate for 2 years and has taken the country from prosparity to desaster... GET A CLUE

    August 1, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. so you really dont know mccain, do you!!!!

    when you reference the Manchurian Candidate you are talking about a military person captured and then brainwashed by the enemy....hmmmm lets see. John S. Mccain was a POW for 5 years and the Star of some 32 Vietcong Military films, signed anti- American statements...he gave them Military information after the 4th day in captivity, upon his return he left his injured wife ( who would never fit the mold of a first lady after her accident) to marry a women 18 years his JR. blond and attractive (picture of a first lady) after his tor id affair and betrayal of his first wife...oh yeah very rich, used her money to run for Senate, a lot of shady dealings, happens to have one of the highest absent records, ran unsuccessfully several times for POTUS, and now is at 72 running again in a campaign reeking of negativity, confused rhetoric, flip flops, a lot of old Bush campaign employees, and oh yes a whole lot of Big Washington LOBBYIST...5 years under the enemy, bought his way into Senate ( having NO prior political experience) failed attempts to power now BACKED BY THE CORRUPT WASHINGTON LOBBYIST AND EX BUSH all that being said, who sounds more Manchurian? can you really trust a "hero" who refuses to release his Military record...who in fact created Legislation to make sure no one can have access to it? would you trust a candidate who admits that He will "do and say anything to get elected" as he said yesterday? if you "trust" Mccain, well i have a really pretty bridge i can sell you.

    August 1, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. Abby

    Does he do anything else but attack? Who is advising this man?

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

    MCSame is pathetic
    thats all he can do is attack Obama
    such a shame he is so jealous
    try sticking to the issues your campaign might get some traction

    August 1, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged

    Dems are dead if Jindal is the Republican VP.

    The DNC will rue the day they allowed the youth, the AFrican Americans (12% of the pop) to threaten them and dictate that Obama be the nominee.

    Obama is the LEAST QUALIFIED OF ALL THE DEMOCRATS- yet by strong-arming, cheating, race-baiting, threats and HILLARY bashing- he stole the nomination.

    This travesty of justice and subversion of the democratic process must not stand.

    I will easily take McCain and Jindal- and I have voted democratic for 35 years since I was 18.

    August 1, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. get real


    August 1, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Lisa

    If McFuddy could not have Obama to slam on a daily basis what else would he talk about.

    August 1, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Cubanos de Florida

    jindal would be better off running for president in a few years under his belt. dont let McCain drag you down.

    for 2008 , Obama is the choice

    August 1, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. Morgan

    Great. Pick a guy that looks like Ray Romano. "Everybody Loves Bobby?"

    August 1, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. 58-year-old white woman

    McCain is showing that he is the empty suit with no substance so he throws false statements and cheap shots. He was a positive person at one time, but found that didn't work with the Republicans, so he has sold himself out and has become a bitter, confused man. Seeing how many mistakes he makes with geography and history, I fear that he will ever have access to the button.

    August 1, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. Allan

    Anybody, but Obama. Go McCain.

    August 1, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. TerryDo--PumaPac-40+

    I am telling you upfront John McCain, your best choice to win the presidency is to bring Mitt Romney on board.

    But also take note John McCain if and when H.R. Clinton wins the nomination at the Denver Convention all bets are off, YOU LOSE!!

    Hillary Rodham Clinton President 2008-2012

    August 1, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. Sean

    All McCain is capable of is criticizing Obama over and over and over again. I guess it's true that he himself has no new ideas. If he did, he might spend even an eighth of his time talking about them. And no, I'm not counting his ridiculous "gas tax holiday" idea, because it's just that....ridiculous. And I'm not counting his ideas about Czechoslovakia or the mythical Iraq/Pakistan border, either. Or the supposed benefits that the troop surge had in Iraq before it was even implemented.

    Why are people falling for McCain's lies? Take one look at, and you'll see article after article debunking the deceit that McCain is spewing. Very few about Obama being off, but tons about McCain.

    August 1, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. WarHeroFmrPOW HijaxStr8talkXpress DrivzIn2GutR TurnzCoward XploitsTroopsAsProps UsesPatraeusAs PoliticalPawn

    Listen carefully because John McCain has no ideas, and even on the mere chance that he did, he couldn't remember them from one campaign stop to the next. He flip-flops in the matter of 24 hours or just plain doesn't remember or believe what comes out of his mouth And what real reform can John McCain tout when he has voted with Bush 95% of the time? McCain, McBush, McSame. Anything he has stood for in the past he is now against including McCain-Feingold as exhibit A.

    August 1, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. kwesi

    Hey CNN, why cut off Mr. McCain's question and answer session with the Urban League…right when the questions were getting too tough for the "maverick"…? it was really getting heated in there..huh?… That, I guess, explains the "mysterious" cut-off…interesting!

    August 1, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Someone needs to tell McCain to knock off the dirty tricks. Was it just a coincidence that the McCain people made a big issue of race yesterday, and then today there are hecklers at an Obama rally on economics interjecting race into the discussion? Anyone that doesn't think the GOP was behind that is living in the Land of Oz.

    August 1, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. Emma, San Jose, CA

    I suspect McCain and Jindal have already agreed he will not be the VP choice and they are making it look like that was Jindal's decision.

    August 1, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. Stephen H

    No way in hell does McCain pick Jindal as his running mate and anybody who believes that its a possibility is a moron.

    August 1, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    So John -boy...what happened on the USS Forrestal? Were "mistakes made"?

    August 1, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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