August 1st, 2008
01:00 PM ET
6 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. PG

    Jindal is just another GOP fool!

    August 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Irma in North Carolina

    Who ever Mccain picks for a V P that he can convince Mccain to stop the Vicious Attack adds, and put up adds that talk about the issues that the American people want to hear about. The American people are sick and tired of this. Lets hope Obama stomps Mccain in the general election. Will serve the old man right. What goes around comes around, remember this all you Mccain supporters

    August 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Kevin

    I heard Jindal is Islamic. It was in my inbox, it must be true!

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

    I think Bobby Jindal would make a great PRESIDENT...once he's obtained some more experience under his belt. But I like Jindal, I think he's a good guy. He would be a great choice for VP. All the Republican/Bush haters are blind, biased, under-researched, and will vote for whoever their party picks, even though McCain is a much more moderate candidate than Obama.

    August 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. Lourdes

    Still for Hill....apparently you don't know much about your own candidate because on all the issues you mentioned, she and Barack were on the same page. And if you want to talk women's issues, why don't you take a look at McCain's stance against birth control being covered by insurance but allowing Viagra. That's not very pro-woman. And he's keeping awfully quiet about whether birth control should be defined as "abortion" as the Bush administration is proposing. PLUS, you do realize that he started seeing his current (much younger) wife while still married to and living with his last wife. Those examples alone speak volumes about his character and his respect for women.

    NO WAY MCCAIN!

    August 1, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. elvera

    Today is another day for McCain filled with pathetic demagogy. I noticed that McCain is stealing other people’s ideas and accomplishments and present them as his own. By the way, has he undergone mental and psychological evaluation recently? It appears he has serious mental and psychological issues. I believe that he does not remember what he was saying yesterday, much less some time ago. He is confusing and twisting facts and lying constantly. Telling lies can also be an indication of a mental condition. He is “chewing” on “surge” issue to the point that it turns one’s stomach. And his explosive temper and infamous “Bomb, bomb, bomb…Iran”? He sounds like a blood-thirsty monster. By prepared for more wars, people, if McCain is elected.

    August 1, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. M. Winners, Mesa, AZ

    Please, PLEASE pick Bobby Jindal. He's the Christian "Taliban" Governor of LA and is truly reflective of McLame's attitudes towards conformity and restriction of person choice. Freedom loving America would bury this ticket. McLame/Jindal in '08 – PLEASE!

    August 1, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Enlightened Voter

    McCain the sight of you makes me physically ill. Thank God enough people see through your lies and negativity. Obama will WIN! And doesn't Jindal practice exorcism? Didn't he admit to that?

    August 1, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. elvera

    Today is another day for McCain filled with pathetic demagogy. I noticed that McCain is stealing other people’s ideas and accomplishments and presents them as his own. By the way, has he undergone mental and psychological evaluation recently? It appears he has serious mental and psychological issues. I believe that he does not remember what he was saying yesterday, much less some time ago. He is confusing and twisting facts and lying constantly. Telling lies can also be an indication of a mental condition. He is “chewing” on “surge” issue to the point that it turns one’s stomach. And his explosive temper and infamous “Bomb, bomb, bomb…Iran”? He sounds like a blood-thirsty monster. By prepared for more wars, people, if McCain is elected.

    August 1, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. Lynn

    God Bless Mr. McCain!! Send Obama running Home!!!! McCain , McCain all the way !!!

    August 1, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. rice, bryan

    hey mcbush, i think we would like to see a little more negativity out of the rnc. you have to laugh when you see the mcphoney religion commercial. we have already had christ running the show in dc for 7.75 years. how can ther be another one? the rnc, and mcbush, they have to be comended for scare tactics. it's business, like rove wrote it himself, take the pee brained americans and scare the vote out of them. then claim, that obama used the race card first, yeah if you listen to limbaugh he'll have you believing it in a second. mcflip, mcflop, when the debates start mcbush wil looking to mcduck out of the way of hismcself. mccain, is so mcfunny. do you think if he went to mcdonalds, he would have to order a mccoke? someone once said they hate it when people put mc in front of every word. mcwar, mcbush, mciran, mcoil, mcbig business, mcliar, mcracist, mcold man.man this is fun, i could do this all night, but i must go on and get life, mcbye.

    August 1, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. Stella

    Still For Hill what's McCain going to do for you? Nothing. If it helps you feel good about voting for McCain out of hate for Obama, go ahead – be our guest. Who cares? McCain is going to lose and Hillary will not be President nor Vice President either. Get over it. And MainStream forget about Colin Powell as a VP for McCain. Colin Powell wants nothing to do with John McCain. Colin Powell is a man of great courgage and dignity. He would never want to be part of the low road, baselessness and personal attacks John McCain is using against Obama. He has already strongly hinted that he will endorse Obama anyway.

    August 1, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. Fall in line

    Im not comfortable with that Jindal guy as veep. I would be very happy with a traditional VP such as Romney. He is Morman as well and comes from a decent traditional family with real American roots..We are republicans with traditional values not crazy wild democrats..Please pick Romney!

    August 1, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. Danel

    Yeah,, seems to me that Mccain's monotone is.. Obama said this, Obama against that, Obama this, etc. WHAT IS YOUR PLANS, MCCAIN?

    August 1, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. Tia

    So. Why aren't you guys allowing comments for "the one" campaign ad that McCain just did?

    August 1, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. Phong Nguyen

    A war hero handling war issues is safer than someone with a self-proclaimed academic judgment! S. Obama has been heard to mention the "57 states" of the US and "Israel is the best friend of Israel." It is more acceptable for S. McCain to mispeak once in while because of his age and because he does not flaunt his intellectual prowess. On the contrary, S. Obama likes to show off his youth, charm and style... it is hard to imagine that he mispoke often too...

    August 1, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. Ben

    To all of you still scared that Obama is inexperienced and not ready to lead – this is simply not true.
    Here's a list of past presidents that when elected into office had less political experience than Obama. George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Woodrow Wilson, William Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, Grover Cleveland, Chester A. Arthur, Rutherford B. Hayes, Ulysses S. Grant, Abraham Lincoln, Zachary Taylor, William Henry Harrison, Andrew Jackson.

    August 1, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. Concerned Citizen

    If Mccain is elected, it will be the end of America.

    August 1, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. L.G

    I like Mccain. But what I don't like with him is because He can't say anything without Obama's name. I think he stop to think for himself.
    It's just too bad and to sad.

    August 1, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  20. Why????

    What McCain knows about "The One” when he doesn't believe in anything. What is McCain faith anyway?

    Enough of this bull what about this economy, the high gas prices, the unemployment rate, the lead in toys, the food poisoning, the unjust I have endure for many years. What does McCain bring to the table, nothing but a lot of outrages ads? Enough of this bull, let’s talk about the important things that matter in this election. Every other word that comes out of McCain mouth is Obama. Does McCain knows anything about politic? Or is he the empty headed one.

    What about these town hall meetings that McCain conduct. The people that attend just sit there like they are under a spell; what’s up with that?

    The republican have been on top far too long and that is why we are in this mess. It’s time to break the barrels and tear down these walls.

    August 1, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. judge huck

    there's just too much hate and racism in the air, Jindal won't make it

    August 1, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. L.G

    I like Mccain. But what I don't like with him is because He can't say anything without Obama's name. I think he stops to think for himself.
    It's just too bad and too sad.

    August 1, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. Rational Mind

    Being fooled in the last two presidential elections isn't enough for some people, I suppose. The fact is, McCain is NOT proposing much of any substance that would be different from the president that everyone agrees was a complete disaster (even the republicans). Taxes, energy, education, defense, what's different. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on you, Fool me a third time, shame on me.

    August 1, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. nitro

    I didn't get to comment in the column about Obama being called the one. I will say this to the McCain campaign, if I were you I would stop playing with God. Everybody knows there was only one. Be careful what you ask for.

    August 1, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. a southern bell for OBAMA

    MCSHAME FINALLY APPRECIATING OBAMA.

    IT MUST FEEL LIKE HE IS THE ONE, AFTER OBAMA'S

    100% CORRECT JUDGMENT ON ECONOMY & THE IRAQ WAR.

    MCSHAME IS A SMALL SLITHERY, GREEDY DISHONEST, BIGOT.

    August 1, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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