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. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    The republicans are just using Bobby Jindal as a smokescreen!.....The McSame campaign and the republican party denigrates minorities and immigrant families and will NEVER make Bobby Jindal, an indian immigrant a veepee...he DOES NOT have the skin color that bodes well for the republican bigot tickets.

    Bobby Jindal must be smoking something to think that he will be a veepee with John MsSame!...the McSame campaign only knows how to use the "race card" to divide americans just to win an election.

    John McSame = Bottom of the Low Road Express = Brain Paralysis!!!!!!

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

    Problem with Jindel is he has less experience then Obama. So he negates a lot of why McCain is against Obama dont you think?

    August 1, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Autumn, NH

    I like McCain, but I don't want him to win. Really, I don't. This is the most exciting election our country has had in a long time, and it's not exciting because of John McCain. It's just not. Four more years of the Bush policies would be a disaster for this country. Everything that is at the brink of falling, would just tip over for sure. McCain means well, but he doesn't have the skills to take this country to where we need to go.

    His speeches put me to sleep, and he can't motivate me to go to the end of the block. And excitement, no...he's dull as a doorknob. Nice man, but dull, dull, dull. Our country needs to be motivated to get us out of this quagmire, and McCain is not the man to do it. He’s just not, let’s face it.

    August 1, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. ANGIE

    Cant this man go one day speaking without using OBAMS name seems to me mccain is obsessed with obama picking his vp what does that have to do with obama jeez mccain stop being pathetic or can you????????

    August 1, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Tasha S.

    Can McCain give a speech without talking about Obama? This election is sickening, and so are some of these Stupid news reporters that's reporting it!

    August 1, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. Peggy - TX

    What about the families that are unable to move their kids from failing schools. Are they part of his grand scheme to provide the quota of poorly educated to fill the low paid factory and service jobs. Does the plan include keeping the life boat small for getting kids from failing schools designed to keep the numbers down so that the currently well off have less competition.

    August 1, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Susan

    This man is a robot of the Republican party. Sham artist extradinaire! Cnn won't post anything negative about McCain because they are owned by the republicans.

    August 1, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Steve

    Eddie Blake, you're kidding, right? Maybe you aren't. But read the Constitution. We have very specific mandates for the separation of church and state. I just wish we also had very specific mandates for the separation of this country from dumb a$$es like you.

    August 1, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. David Newport, OR

    So much for experience...but I bet that won't make one bit of difference to the Republicans who are complaining about Obama's lack of experience. Hypocrite maximus. And no, since McCain has no policy, he has no other choice but to trash talk his opponent.

    August 1, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. JIM...TX

    I'm betting McBush couldn't go ONE day without throwing Obama's name out there in some derogatory manner. Bobby Jindal won't be his VP pick anymore than Hillary will be Obama's. He's "too young, inexperienced" and he don't look like anybody on a dollar bill either. Nice try though McBush.

    August 1, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Crush Rush

    Steve Schmidt went to the 'Rove school of spin and lies" and have been close friends for many years,just incase you wondered where the hatemongering was coming from.John made a huge mistake hiring him,his BS is not going to work this time around.

    August 1, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. charliemartin

    Tax payers who donate to a Church that has tax exempt status or to other organizations that help the the sick or poor should be able to take the standard Federal tax deduction plus donations this would encourage more people to give .

    August 1, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Kristofer

    Obama is an empty suit. All he cares about is making the front cover of a magazine. While Obama is campaigning in Germany, "real" American's are hurting.

    And while Obama's poll numbers drop, all he can do is call McCain a racist?

    I vote to deport Obama to Germany, where he is loved.

    August 1, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. Ty

    The low road express!

    August 1, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Canadian black & white man for Obama.

    How could these Republians agreed they have somehow work with senator Obama on different issues that matters to the public and the GOP said Obama never work with the repulican?

    Now the sensible people will know if they have not know before that Obama have worked with the repulican for the intrest of the America pulblic, that many repulican are flip floppers. One said no Obama is leftist the other said no he is middle. Some charge Obama have never work together with the other side of the aisle.

    Flip flop is the other name for some republican, just like Mccflipflops

    August 1, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. Natalie, CA

    I bought my ticket for Denver. I just have to be there. I don't know if I'll get in the convention, or the arena for the acceptance speech, but I'm going.

    Obama 08
    Denver or Bust

    August 1, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. Ken Pittsburgh

    Jindal is younger than Obama and does not much more experience
    than Obama and this would be a plus how

    August 1, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. easy rider

    Senator McCain needs to address the underlying problem. The problem isn't vouchers. The problem is that we have sub-par educational systems.

    Get them all on the same standards of providing quality education, and nobody would have to worry about vouchers to send the kids to a better school.

    August 1, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. Jason brown

    Way to go McCain. Wait, wasn't it the republican party in control of the government when the Katrina mess occurred? Wasn't the program you are praising proposed by democrats? Isn't it great to have someone who knows how to speak to the people? McCain you will McLose so you can go back to your Mctrophy wife.

    August 1, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. Patrick Henry, Fort Myers

    Praising one Governors urban education policy at a convention of national leaders seeking to develop successful urban policy–is a leap from nominating that same person as Vice President.

    I swear–the press runs with any tid bit no matter how ludicrous!!!

    August 1, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. aware

    McCain 08 and Jindal would make a super mate! 🙂

    A vote for Obama is a vote for a Fascist Socialist! Fascism under Benito Mussolini and Nazism under Adolf Hitler came from the same intellectual source as Progressivism, the birth-mother of American liberalism."

    August 1, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. Justin from West Haven, CT

    Please pick Jindal, ensure an Obama victory.

    August 1, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Susan S., Wyoming

    Wow, looking at these comments, I am *so glad* to be a Democrat with Obama as my candidate. The truth is there is really no VP choice that helps McCain because his party's positions are so intellectually and morally bankrupt, just like him. (Which in McCain's case is very sad because he was a better person once upon a time.)

    Obama 08 & 12

    August 1, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. CMSgt Preston

    It really doesn't matter if McCain puts Jindal, Pawlenty, Portman, Romney, etc on his ticket. They each have a lot of baggage and are "risky" choices. McCain sure does look a lot older lately. Are you sure he is only 72ish? We have a minimum age to run our country as President; why don't we have a maximum age? We are one of the youngest countries in the world. How come we have to have such old candidates with such outdated, old ideas? Believe me, Bill Gates wasn't in his 70s when he founded Microsoft.

    August 1, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. RealityKing

    What has Obama done for the black community? His shear presence obviously ain't working..

    August 1, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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