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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  1. lets talk

    that's right Obama Mccain wants to continue the Failed Bush agenda, but America needs change... John McCain has failed to many times before...he failed his father, the service, his first wife, and Arizona as their Senator...John McCain says he does not need on the job training, no John McCain needs a tutor. some one who can teach him the right way to lead. because all he has done is FAILED. Americas have already had for the last 8 years failure, we wont have 8 more...America (except for those masochist) wants change America wants Obama

    August 9, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. nunay

    Oh YES!!!!!! OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!

    August 9, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. Shay

    I would like to ask Senator McCain a question. You talk about Obama on taxes. Well Senator McCain I would like to know who is going to paying these people to drill everywhere?
    Who has to pay for the nuclear power plants you want everywhere.?
    Also what are you going to do with the waste from the nuclea power plant?

    Yes, Senator McCain you think America is slow to catch on as you are to being out of touch. You will have to increase taxes to do these things. Money isn't going to come out from the air. You will have to apply taxes. What a waste of money. You know drilling did not produce anything during the last ten years and now you want to go back to drilling for another 10 years to produce a maybe we can find oil.
    When you could invest into alternative fuel.

    Who knows the way technology is going and the US addiction on oil. Technology for alternate fuel would be faster than drilling.

    Our tax dollars are already being spent wasteful and lives being lost over a lie at war in Iraq. That money could have been spent in the US like Obama said for a war that never should have been authorized.

    You tried to hide what you did to DHL in Ohio. You are constantly telling lies to cover up another lie and needless to say your humor is not funny.

    America if I were you I would do my research.

    August 9, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. Shannon

    more of the politics of hope and change, he is such a hypocrite. I see he's more like Bush everyday. He's got the constant vacation down perfectly. Bush seemed to be always on vacation, and now Obama seems to do the same. We have several major problems facing this country, and he's off to Hawaii. This man is no leader!

    August 9, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  5. Obama = Demise of USA

    LISTEN MORON YOUR RUNNING AGAINST JOHN MCCAIN NOT BUSH...

    Ignorant tool, thinking the American public is this naive.

    What a completely unoriginal platform for running a campaign...

    This guy is not only inexperienced but stupid too.

    August 9, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  6. Foreign observer

    America is the richest nation on earth so who cares about the money we spend ? Maybe some people who don´t belong to high society will not share such kind of a view !

    August 9, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. HST

    AMEN!

    August 9, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. alpha

    Mcain does'nt know anything about the people,the economy,health care anD others.His only focus is to divert american funds to a war that can never be justified.
    They are all after the oil in Iraq.Nothing less.
    OBAMA 08!

    August 9, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. CM

    Thanks for putting that into perspective for those who can't connect the dots themselves.

    Get Bin Laden and wipe out the Taliban. We're wasting time, money and resources in Iraq when those who were responsible for invading should be brought up on charges.

    August 9, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. Cherryl Adams

    First of all, I stand behind our soldiers and support their efforts 100%. Each and every soldier is deserving of prayer and hope for a safe return home....what they have and are accomplishing is good. However, I believe Mr. Obama is right. It is time, past time, that we return to taking care of our United States! Our schools & youth, our elderly and those who are truly struggling to take good care of their families. We have citizens who are homeless and the homeless include so many veterans....we have homelss children....our education is lacking....we have children who go hungry....I stand with Mr. Obama. It is time to stand up for our America!

    August 9, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. USAF Staff Sergeant

    I say we use that $80 billion to fund the war for the next 8 months, and in the meantime use 10 billion a month at home to improve our country.

    August 9, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  12. JEFF GEHRKE

    I thought it was great. It time t take off the gloves. This administration has been horrible. I would also recomend that Obama stick to a plan as he did with Clinton. Everytime would say something. He would say see tis the same old politics and she looked like a whinner. If he does this he can attach Mc Cain to Bush same old politics are you worse off now than in the last 8 years. It is just like in martial arts do not fight someones elses fight or you will probably loose. You have to control the fight. This will put Mccain on the defence and will get you back t your original stategy. You have to be careful you do not come off looking like old politics because if you do people will not think their are going to be any changes and believe me they are sick of this administration and all the lies. Alot of people have given up use this to get people that normally do not vote and others to take back their country. Alot of people I have talked to won't even watch the news because thier is so much lying going on in this administration that they cannot tell when the truth is being told so they have given up.
    Its time for a change let take our country back.

    August 9, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  13. ran

    OBAMA is so right. The choisecould not be clearer. People open you eys and ears. Pumas/independentsyes even republicans lets get this great country back vote only for DEMOCRATS.

    August 9, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. Chux

    Certain things are quite obvious...........America, presently in economic crisis is funding an unecessary and very expensive war in a country with no business in the 9/11 issues. A country which is reporting $79 billion budget surplus despite the instabilities. When will America learn that this war is a dead horse? When?
    I hope you guys reject the change offered by the democrats and embrase status quo as presented by the republicans at the moment so that in 4 to 5 yeasr time, standard of living in the US would no longer be comparable to that in the top 20 best countries to live in.

    August 9, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. Ann Palmer

    I am astounded that the race between Albama and McCain remains so close. Given the indisputable evidence that this administration (to which McCain
    now struggles mightily to extricate himself) has taken this country from a position of wealth, power, and influence to a place where a financial depression threatens, our military power is substantially reduced, and our influence in world affairs is ignored, it is horrifying to me that our voters could possibly consider a Republican candidate for president. My reluctant conclusion that the ugly face of racism remains a strong part of our American culture.

    August 9, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. homestead

    John McCain is just stupid

    August 9, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. Ann Palmer

    I am astounded that the race between Albama and McCain remains so close. Given the indisputable evidence that this administration (to which McCain
    now struggles mightily to extricate himself) has taken this country from a position of wealth, power, and influence to a place where a financial depression threatens, our military power is substantially reduced, and our influence in world affairs is ignored, it is horrifying to me that our voters could possibly consider a Republican candidate for president. My reluctant conclusion is that the ugly face of racism remains a strong part of our American culture.

    August 9, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. Robert Watson

    Barack Obama will be a great president,he makes common sence remarks whenever he speaks,he's brilliant,smart and is a decent guy. BUSH ON THE OTHER HAND WAS the dumbest man ever to be in the White House,and we will pay for it for years to come.Cheney and his little wipping boy Bush,repeatly lied to the American people to get what they wanted,big money for their oil buddies,everything they said about Iraq was lies,and it cost 4500deaths of good American kids,not to speak of the 35000 horribly wounded.They are shamless hippocrites. Cheney's nothing but a coward,with his 5 deferments,yet he thinks its ok to torture people. Bush makes me sick,the toad can't put together to sentences without a telepromter. Barack is right on the money by offering the car companies tax credits to re-tool,and produce cars that get 70-80 miles a gallon. Screw Bush and Cheney,their nothing but selfish pigs at the trough. BW

    August 9, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. Robert Watson

    Don't hold your breath while i moderate. BW

    August 9, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. Charlotte

    What might your plans be? I understand you plan to transfer the on going cost to Afghanistan? How does that cut the cost? You talk a lot, yet say little? You plan the big giveaway of money and expect to get it all back from big oil? You will have no choice but to raise taxes on just about everyone. When are you going to be honest with the people? When are you going to take a real stand on any issue? I'm sick of your mumbling non answers to the questions asked of you. The, can't we all just get along attitude, isn't going to cut it for this voter.

    August 9, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    WHAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND IS

    WHY DO SOME AMERICANS DISLIKE THEMSELVES

    ENOUGH TO LET SOME MORON LIKE MCNOTHING

    HURT THEM. ALL BUSH POLICIES WHICH MCMORON

    SUPPORTS, HAVE HURT THE VERY PEOPLE THAT VOTED

    FOR BUSH & WOULD VOTE FOR MCBUSH, THE ABSOLUTE MOST.

    ARE AMERICANS SO FILLED WITH HATE & FEAR ?

    BECAUSE THAT IS ALL BUSH SR, JR, & MCCLUELESS

    HAVE RUN ON & THAT IS ALL THEY HAVE DELIVERED.

    August 9, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. BROOKLYN

    "No More Politics as Usual" ???

    "Change in Washington" ???

    Sounds like JUST another politician... They both totally suck, we let the best person go.

    August 9, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. Vernon

    That's absolutely right.....Regardless of how you may feel politically about Barack Obama he hit it on the head!....I know who I'm casting my vote for.............Obama 08/12!!..............Change we can believe in!

    August 9, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Hussein Obama is a creep by dissing an authentic American Hero.

    The only way obama could be a hero is in his dreams and fantasy.

    He lives in a dream world of cheap promises but no delivery. Amazing that anyone could support this fluff and cotton candy speaker.

    All talk and no delivery. That is his change.

    August 9, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  25. James From Chicago

    If anyone thinks Obama can change anything, I think they must
    be sniffing glue.

    August 9, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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