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. Seniors For America 67




    August 1, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. Peter of Oregon

    McCain can't make a speech without using Barack Obama's name at least once. Sometimes I feel like he's obsessed with Barack Obama.

    August 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    his ideas are a hell of a lot more interesting and advanced in "judgement" then yours Johnny boy.

    August 1, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. tony

    Let's truly be honest-THere is more trash talking about McCain and some about Obama on these blogs -than either candidate could ever say--It is a lot worse here because most of you are cowards who could never say it to someone's face–
    Let's try and be civil-
    WE have a great country which allows Freedom of Speech-
    Thank God for that or most of you in some foreign countries would be in Jail–
    It's funny that most of the trash talking comes from the DEms–
    Just chec k it out-

    August 1, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. who woke you from your nap!!!!

    why is it not reported in the News about all of the big Washington LOBBYIST running john mccain's campaign…Wayne Berman-Chevron, Eric Burgeson-BP, Frank Donatelli-EXXON (12 billion dollar profits this quorter), Rebbecca Anderson-Sunoco, CHARLIE BLACK-Occidental Petro.(still on pay roll), Nancy Pfotenhauer-Kock Ind.(see her often on CNN), Randy Scheunemann-Amco to name a few. why don't we see reports about how Mccain took $100,000.00from Lowell Paxson, McCain would write 2 letters to the FCC recommending they allow Paxson's purchase a Pittsburgh TV station. why has it not been reported that Mccain was against off shore drilling UNTIL McCain got MILLIONS from Big OIL? if i were a Repub…i would say STAY AWAY TOO. Americans can not afford McCain, Oh one more thing( not about ageism), but do you really think McCain can serve two terms?

    August 1, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |

    Go McCain.

    Obama's best idea today is to take money from oil companies. That's messing with my 401K and yours. We all own a part of the oil companies...

    Instead of fixing the problem, Obama wants to steal from the rich to give to the poor. Obama, is Robin Hood in there somewhere?

    Obama says no to drilling, nuclear power, etc. His rebate plan is a farce and our children will once again be paying for it.

    If I can't have Hill, I'm voting McCain (the lesser of two evils and at least he has a record to base an opinion).

    August 1, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Greg, Brattleboro, VT

    Oooooooooooooooooooh, Americans! Don't tell me that you can be fooled all the time by the same people who have already dug a big grave so that you all can dive in; no matter the outcomes.

    Don't tell me that you can't see this coming. Watch out folks!

    August 1, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. David Peter

    Notice that when McCain speaks, he offers nothing constructive.

    August 1, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. banderson

    Deception, misdirection and propaganda, that is all this little speech by John McCain is about. This is just another tactic to change the story line from the Big Oil profits.

    August 1, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. cracka smaka

    what has Mc Cain done for the white community......his 26 years in the senate hasn't helped........white trash is growing faster than any other stryggling group in america.........look it up Reality KING

    August 1, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. SADDAM H.

    I think this man is better than Bary Hussein.

    August 1, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. cph9680

    Wow, he really wants to lose huh? No Republican would ever vote for anyone that's not white and not a man!

    August 1, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. tony

    Hey Seniors for America–
    Do you watch any TV–
    Those you named are much more balanced than ABC, CBS ( Dan Rather) tried to fixed the 2004 election-MSNBC –Have you ever heard Keith Oberman– He's Biased !!
    Point is-THere are stations on each side-Some better than others–

    August 1, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. Trish Hussein - PA

    I am so tired of this old geezer.

    August 1, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. Sandra

    McCain seems to just write off the black vote. He is not very good at bringing all sides together. Why so much division already? I thought us Americans were finally moving toward not judging on color but character. Well, that thought has been tossed in the trash. I am Very Very disappointed in him right now. I would like to see a clean campaign race instead we are getting dirty politics. Shameful.

    August 1, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. patricia mo

    Hope Jindal reconsiders....McCain and Jindal would be a great pair!!

    August 1, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    I'd like to hear Senator McCain detail his last two years at Annapolis and how that qualified him for flight school – at the top of the list.

    August 1, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. ohhh lawd

    way this crook (McCain) could win is if he asked Jesus to be his running mate, but he's probably an Obama supporter too. yesterday McCain inferred that HE would do and say anything to get elected.

    August 1, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. Bubba

    Well, since the Repugs think free public schools are a liberal socialist idea, they are killing the public schools in favor of church schools and home schooling. Home schooling means never having your kids meet people with dissenting opinions, or different religions; it's great if you are a timid bigot. For the rest of us, this is a bad idea; poorly educated people make awful neighbors.

    August 1, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. Mike Dallas

    As a Louisiana native, being the governor of the state is not exactly equilvant to leaping tall buildings in a single bound. Remember Blanco's finest hour in Katrina, one of, if the not the lowest point in the history of the state. "Pray for us" was her answer while folks drowned in their attics! Jindal has already vetoed bills after he stated he would not interfere in the pay scale of the state employess, that of course, until they doubled their salary. Then he stepped in and vetoed the new legistration OOPS! Show's a lot of good judgement there. Not to mention the man believes the earth is only 6,000 years old so that his creationist dogma is a good fit.

    August 1, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. Matthew

    I think he needs to use democrat tactics in setting up accusations and then settling them out without any bias. Like what happened today, theatre at its best.

    August 1, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. William Spivey

    Hey MC, isn't Jindal a little young to be your sweetheart.

    August 1, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. al in memphis

    Do all politicans miss the point here. Why do we continue to have ANY school (+ community) that is not doing its job to educate America's future. I know every school can't be a top 5% performer, but why not fix the problem of school performance as opposed to just giving parent the freedom to move on.

    August 1, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. MainStream

    McCain, Tom Ridge or even better Colin Powell, as VP would truely attract alot of attention from Obama. Take the moderate path and a bi-partisan cabinet will absolutely suck the wind from Obama's sails I feel thats a Republican reconstructive White House. If you stick with the right wingers and bible thumpers McCain you will looozzzz. think about it

    and independent mainstream voter.

    August 1, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. Henry n New York

    I hope McCain finds picks someone that has knowledge of the facts regarding nuclear energy. Here is McCains latest gaff:

    "I served in the U.S. Navy and there are Navy veterans here who have sailed on Navy ships around the world for more than 60 years with nuclear power plants on them," he said this month in Ohio. "There has never been a recorded case that I know of where someone has been injured, killed or had ill effects of those nuclear power plants."

    "Accidents involving American and Soviet ships, bombers and rockets have left at least 50 warheads and nine nuclear reactors scattered on the ocean floors," The New York Times reported in 1989, citing a report by Greenpeace that counted 799 accidents involving American nuclear-powered ships, subs and aircraft.

    More misrepresentation from McCain's str8 talk express.

    August 1, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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