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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soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. McCain The Man

    I think the two would be great on a ticket. Go McCain

    August 1, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. Henry n New York

    Not to mention the fact I think it would be pretty hard to get a "nuclear power plant" on a ship; I guess he meant nuclear powered engine. Sometimes the elderly get confused.

    August 1, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. Crush Rush

    John McCain will step down from the race in a few weeks siting his poor health.

    August 1, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Tony

    YAWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Of course McCain is attacking Obama. When he have no record of his own to run on, that is all that's left. He's an angry, bitter, jealous OLD MAN!

    August 1, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Tony, I would have absolutely no problem saying anything I have posted on this censored blog to someones face. No problem at all.

    Also, your right, there is a lot of mud slinging going back and forth. If you watch closely you'll notice that the dems use mostly facts to counter the repub attacks, but the repubs use personal attacks. Why not build the case for McCain rather than tear Obama down?

    August 1, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Lesley

    McCain praises someone and hits Obama. What a surprise. 90% of Obama's ads don't even mention McCain. I agree with Ben on Hannity. His latest twist is to refer to Obama as the community organizer. This from an indifferent high school student and college drop out, with absolutely no credentials in journalism, political science, or even history. The guy is a sham, getting paid millions to preach to the choir. Whatever happened to true conservatism spouted by Buckley. How far downhill the right has fallen.

    August 1, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. rightytighty

    Seen the latest polls? McCain doesn't need a VP to beat Obama..

    August 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. LaVon K Hummel

    POST-STILL FOR HILL. You are a good reason not all american should be allowed to vote. You are still for Hill the Pill, and lesser of two evils. Your a goof, and by voting for MCCaIN YOUR NOT VOTEING FOR HILLERY. YOUR VOTING FOR BUSH. GO READ A BOOK , YOU NEED IT.

    August 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |


    August 1, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Not surprised none of you responded to my question. You are so smart until some one points out the holes in Obama's plans.

    I love all the talk about lobbyists contributing to McCain. I will do you a favor and say you are right. You may be I don't know or care. I would like to point out that Obama has gotten Allot of credit for his online campaign. Do any of you Know who his largest online supporter is, .

    So the next time you complain about lobbyists remember they are among Obama's biggest supporters.

    August 1, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Kongtooth

    According to the polls McCain is almost even... in a year when the Dems should have a 20 point lead...

    Ha Ha... to bad you picked the joke instead of Hillary... the DNC will only have themselves to blame when McCain takes the oath...

    Obama 08... Sad, Sick and Sorry

    August 1, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |

    There is nothin honorable about John McCain! We are just begining to realize and see his real face. He is that lowly slime you see in the gutter. We no longer trust this low-life.

    August 1, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. CA

    It always amuses me when people who have no experience in the education field think they know how to solve the problems better than the teachers do.

    August 1, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    McCain has only SAID that Jindal is in consideration to make voters think that he would add a person of color to his ticket. This fairly screams simplicity, though, on McCain's part: "I've got to have someone of a different color on my ticket in order to have fighting chance against an African American candidate". What he is failing to realize is that Barack Obama is so much more than just an African American candidate. Jindal is a token for McCain. No way he is going to be the VP choice.
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12–YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 1, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  15. Ron democrat turned independent

    why is it not reported in the news that sen. obama does not believe in buying christmas gifts or birthday gifts for his children. that goes a long way into his character . what father in his financial position does not buy his children birthday gifts. what christian father does not celebrate the gift of god's son to us by giving at christmas

    August 1, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. Lee-- Dallas, TX

    Barack is right. McSmallMan has nothing good to say about himself, he's allowed America to see his true colors and man are they ugly. So instead of McBash talking about his policies and ideas for the future of America, he bashes Barack– day after day.

    I get it; this is really what the American people want. They want someone that doesn't focus on their needs, their struggles, their economic pressures, their concerns, yes, we want more bashing.

    McCain, this has truly been a disgraceful week for you ‘my friend’ or should I say McLowBlows.

    August 1, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. Snerdly says

    I will vote for McCain, only if Anne Coulter is on the ticket.

    August 1, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. Another grumpy old white woman for Obama

    Still for Hill
    Uh, my 401k has taken major hits for the last 2 days while Exxon and Mobile have made major profits. Explain that to me please. You Ditz.
    Go play with your toys. Children should be seen and not heard.
    Hillary does not love you. She doesn't know you. She doesn't care about you. She never did and never will.

    August 1, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  19. Enough

    Desparate T-Rex looking Fossil.

    August 1, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. WOW

    To Rudy NYC

    McCain doesnt make speeches. He goes to town hall events where real people can ask him real question. So if answering question about issues from real americans is considered a bad speech, then i guess your right, McCain makes bad speeches.

    Obama makes the same speech after speech and finally people are starting to realize all he is is talk.

    August 1, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. sh

    MCCAIN is a white Grumpy old grandpa who looks like is constipated and is trying hard to get attention. Not this time it won's work.

    August 1, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. bonna


    August 1, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. Nancy

    Does McCain ever have anything positive to say? He will probably end up closing the department of Education which means the end of public schools.. The more McCain trashes Obama, the less I respect him.
    He sounds like an envious, hostile old man who is losing it completely!!

    August 1, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. Griff

    You seem to be doing better John. So just keep it up...

    August 1, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. Agnes

    Hope, I have hope just not the audacity to blindly hope. We need more than words; we need someone who knows how to do the work. What work has Sen. Obama done? Sen. Clinton has 30 plus years of real civil rights leadership, actual gains that has allowed the disadvantaged to have a voice and that has allowed for this very discussion of Sen. Obama’s candidacy. What has Sen. Obama done for America? Local community outreach and state senatorial voting record of present are not enough to say he is experienced. And as the chairman of the Subcommittee on European Affairs with jurisdiction over NATO’s operations, he didn’t call a meeting in two years, two years! Is this how we can expect him to execute his office? It is the Executive branch not the legislative branch I’m concerned with- as the President is the top executor of the country.

    Change, what change and by whom? I want change, truly I do, but how will that change come and by which path? Since Sen. Obama was instilled as the DNC’s puppet over the people’s choice, can anyone tell me what the change will be? (Say what you must but Tammany Hall is live and well in Chicago and in the DNC; it’s been lurking, waiting to raise it’s ugly head since FDR.) Is this an example of the type of administration we could expect from Sen. Obama? Strong arm tactics. What a glorious way to capture the nomination. It's not about the journey but about the end results.... RIGHT? Will this be our legacy to the future?

    How exactly will Sen. Obama approach the issues facing our great nation? Let’s face the fact that his experience – community outreach and a state senatorial voting record of "Present," does not qualify him for the office of the President of the United States of America – one in which the new President will face the effects of global warming, war, commodities shortages- everything from fresh water and oil to wheat, economic "downturn" and health issues ranging from rogue viruses to tainted food/products. Many of these issues span an international spectrum. Where exactly does Sen. Obama exhibit the experience to effectively deal with these issues? (Who do you want performing your open heart surgery, the professor or the surgeon?) It takes more than being able to talk about how something is supposed to act, (anyone who has just come out of college to start a new job can attest to that;) it takes the experience of actually doing the work. We need change and we need proven leadership – on day one. In my opinion the only person who has the qualifications to effectively handle all the issues facing our nation is Hillary Clinton. This is the reason so many of her campaign advisors are now working with Obama, because he knows Hillary was the true candidate of change. In my opinion the only person who has the qualifications to effectively handle all the issues facing our nation is Hillary Clinton. Barack as Chief Executive?… never. This 30 year democrat will write in Hillary for president and not Obama, no matter who his running mate. I found him lacking and still do.

    August 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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