August 9th, 2008
09:04 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama slams McCain in official Democratic radio address

Obama's Democratic radio address is his first since becoming presumptive nominee.
Obama's Democratic radio address is his first since becoming presumptive nominee.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Barack Obama is contrasting Iraq’s budget surplus and America’s budget deficit as one of the reasons a change is needed in Washington.

The Senator from Illinois makes the comments in today’s Democratic Radio Address. It's the first time he’s delivered the weekly address since becoming his party’s presumptive presidential nominee.

“We learned this week was that the Iraqi government now has a $79 billion budget surplus thanks to their windfall oil profits. And while this Iraqi money sits in American banks, American taxpayers continue to spend $10 billion a month to defend and rebuild Iraq. That’s right. America faces a huge budget deficit. Iraq has a surplus,” says Obama.

“Now, Senator McCain promises to continue President Bush’s open-ended commitment to the war in Iraq, while refusing to pressure Iraqis to take responsibility for their own country. Let me be clear: we are well over five years into a war in a country that had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks.

"Our brave men and women in uniform have completed every mission they’ve been given. Our country has spent nearly a trillion dollars in Iraq, even as our schools are under funded, our roads and bridges are crumbling, and the cost of everything from groceries to a gallon of gas is soaring,” adds Obama in the remarks, which were released prior to delivery.

Obama says in the address that “the American people are worse off than they were eight years ago” and that the choice the presidential election between him and presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain could not be clearer.


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soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. EBC

    KEEP Drilling McBUSH on this UN-NECESSARY WAR and how much it's costing us while IRAQ has billions in surplus!!

    What's WRONG with this picture? We're paying them for exactly WHAT? While they store BILLIONS of dollars and our ECONOMY SUCK!!!

    August 9, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  2. Dan, Idaho Falls

    I rarely agree with politicians, but this guy is right on the money – pun intended.

    August 9, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  3. Sue P.

    OMG! If this doesn't convince Americans that the "war" in Iraq was nothing but a ploy to line the pockets of Cheney, Bush & Friends, what will it take? If this isn't ALL over the news programs, then our news reporting in the U.S. is hopelessly compromised by big biz!!!!

    August 9, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  4. Veteran for Obama

    That is the truth. America continues to spend billions of dollars on Iraq while Iraq is making huge profits. McCain will just offer the same, tax American's tax dollars and put them into Iraq while Iraq rakes in billions of dollars at our expense. What a catastrophe.

    August 9, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  5. Ted van Tol

    Barack is right again!
    What else he has to do to be elected?
    Turn Withe?

    Europe for Obama
    Ted van Tol Netherlands

    August 9, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  6. BOB

    GIVE UP IT'S OVER OBAMA!!

    August 9, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  7. barbara campbell

    My sentiments exactly. Thank you Senator Obama for your clear communication of the issues America must address, issues that are ignored by the Republicans because of the enormous profits being earned by Republican supporters.

    August 9, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  8. Phil in Texas

    Very well put!!! We need the Republicans out of the White House!!!
    Wake up America!!

    August 9, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  9. That's Reality

    And we've had a democrat controlled senate for two years which has blocked any legislation that would help our situation.

    August 9, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  10. Watermann

    There are three wars on their way, Iraq, Afghanistan and Georgia. Isn´t that enough? Now folks, just keep your fingers tightly crossed and pray that the Arabian nations leave there short term oil money (3/6 months) in American banks and do not shift it abroad on short notice. You and your banks would not survive that.
    And now there is a candidate running for President (John McCain) who likes to ban Russia and China from the G8 summit. Are you going completely crazy? The world can only manage the future challenges when talking to each other.
    By the way, China is a nation of 1,3 billion human beings and Russia is the nation with the biggest resources of raw material in the world. Who can be that crazy to ban these nations from multilateral talks?

    August 9, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  11. Frank, Atlanta, GA

    THE BIG "SLAM" WILL COME ON NOVEMBER 4TH, WHEN OBAMA TROUNCES JOHN MCWAR IN THE GENERAL ELECTION.

    OBAMA OFFERS THE HOPE FOR PEACE, PROSPERITY AND RESPECT IN THE WORLD, WHILE JOHN MCSAME OFFERS ONLY MORE OF THE SAME FAILED POLICIES OF THE BUSH/CHENEY REGIME.

    SPEAK UP AMERICA !! VOTE FOR REAL AND POSITIVE CHANGE.

    VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA,,,,,IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 9, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  12. That's Reality

    And we've had a democrat controlled senate for two years which has blocked any legislation that would help our situation. Correction, democrat controlled CONGRESS.

    August 9, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  13. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Obama has to hit McCain hard every chance he gets. There are so many points – real, documented positions – that he can use as targets, to the end that this election should be a rout.

    BO is absolutely correct – "the choice this presidential election between him and presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain could not be clearer."

    As an aside, I have to note how noticeably absent the normal McCain supporters and PUMA people were on the "McCain: High price of oil one justification for Iraq war votes" thread. I think, and hope, that they realized that there was simply no defense of the utter stupidity that McCain exhibited in his comments on that subject.

    August 9, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  14. Keith

    Tell it like it is......

    August 9, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  15. Steve

    Now more than ever I and totally convinced that after seeing and hearing the pack of lies and misinformation McSurge approves of in his latest commercials that he would make for and even WORST PRESIDENT THAT BUSH. He has lost his HONOR. McSurge is not A MAN OF HIS WORD. His STRAIGHT TALK EXPRESS is actually a double talk TRAIN WRECK about to happen if stupid, dump, blind and ignorant voters put him where he truly does not belong. The White House. McSurge has the kind of EXPERIENCE that has lead this country down the wrong path and American don't need another four more years of.

    Vote for Truth, Hope, Honesty, Integrity, Judgement Obama.

    August 9, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  16. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Thanks Sen. Obama.

    Enjoy your vacation.

    (I hear McCain plans to take some time off soon, so you can catch up while he's gone. I hope he takes 3 weeks – oh – never mind, he takes every weekend and stops every day about 2 or 4 unless there's a free-money meal to do in the evening after his nap.)

    Bush and other politicians are following your lead in a lot of ways. But he and Cheney don't care about the little people – only about padding their retirements with Big Oil Money.

    Get some rest – enjoy your time with you grand mother and the rest of your family/friends.

    August 9, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  17. That's Reality

    We've been without another terrorist attack on this country and we've had to pay a price for that; at least we aren't forced to bow to Allah yet. Maybe that wouldn't be such a bad scenario for Obama but I'm thankful I can bow to the God of my choice still.

    August 9, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  18. That's Reality

    We've been without another terrorist attack on this country and we've had to pay a price for that; at least we aren't forced to bow to Allah yet. Maybe that wouldn't be such a bad scenario for Obama but I'm thankful I can bow to the God of my choice still. CNN, could you please post this one for a change?

    August 9, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  19. Des,Toronto

    Exactly what Americans need to hear, the truth.All the lies in the world from John McCain and his gang of liars cannot dispute this and the Ohio DHL scandal.John you wanted the media focus,I hope they dissect your latest lying ads...every single word of them. The truth will prevail.

    Obama 08

    August 9, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  20. nganenu

    Senator,
    A secon Bush-MacCain will be a disaster. I would the rest of your campaign continue to draw such a contras. Please do not forget the dead.
    Nganenu

    August 9, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  21. Jay

    Obama says in the address that “the American people are worse off than they were eight years ago” and that the choice the presidential election between him and presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain could not be clearer

    You are correct Mr. Obama, for me, and millions of others the clear choice is John McCain.

    August 9, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  22. Jon Ross

    As the father of a three time deployed Iraq war veteran, I have to say that Obama is a vile danger to America. Comrade Obama doesn't care who he endangers, who he insults, who he lies to, as long as his sordid fantasyland of Marxist/Leninist/Stalinist is created. And as I have said before, CNN believes it will be somehow immune from a President Obama crack down on U.S. media because it has shilled for him and the Democrat party. His jack boot will be on your throat first because you will be the easiest to bring to heel. CNN, I would be afraid, very afraid.

    August 9, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  23. D. Potts

    The situtation our Country is in right now could not have been sumed up any better than how Senator Obama put it. Words cannot even express the troubles we face, and to even consider putting another Repuplican into office would be a Slap in the face and would not represent what this Country stands for. I just hope and pray that our brothers and sisters do "The Right Thing" in November.

    D

    August 9, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  24. Denise Groves

    This, the DHL, and the investigating into the bundling are wonderful tools for the Obama camp to use against McC. Straight talk express my eye!

    August 9, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  25. Ruby, Kansas

    Come on America! Wake up! Don't be fooled by the same old Republican garbage and tactics. The Democratic Presumptive Nominee Barack Obama has the leadership, judgement, intelliegence, maturity, plan and vision to put America back on track. Let's get on board and ride this train to victory! YES WE CAN AMERICA! YES WE CAN!

    August 9, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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