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. Kris from AZ

    You could not be more clearer Obama. Obama 2008! We need to rebuild our country back before Bush ruined everything. PUMAs and Hillinites you know this to be true and MCcain who knows little about nothing will continue this.

    August 9, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Unshrub

    If McCain's dirty politics isn't hurt Obama enough for McCain to get any closer then this in the polls, McCain is in big trouble. McCain should stick with the substance and stop this Mickey Mouse campaign. WAIT – McCain doesn't have any substance!

    August 9, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. Snerdboy says

    Three percent think Bush is the greatest thing since cream cheese,I wonder what they do for a living.Guess they own Wall Street.

    August 9, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. Fitz

    McCain lies, I mean isn't very truthful and we all know it. If Americans watch TV, read or surf the net occasionally they would know that. If for some reason you do none of the above, then perhaps you don't know and will end up voting for him. Be warned, when a person knowingly doesn't speak the truth that often, you should be very concerned about that person leading your county and making decisiong that affect you.

    August 9, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. Tyler-Ohio

    Washington "could" have changed in 2000, but did it? No, because America had to have another dose of the Bush family. America now has to pay the price. So to the American people- Why would you want another "Bush Buddy?" Obama really needs to get elected so we can actually have "some" change. Obama, way to handle the Grey elephants nonsense motives.

    YOU CAN'T SCARE ME!!!

    Obama '08

    August 9, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. katharine

    Excellent. Well said.

    August 9, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. Nobama Friends.

    Mr Bama,

    Why do you always have buddies that have "secretive" life that turns out to be tainted, when public.

    After Wright, Rezko, its the turn of Edwards and Kilpatrick.
    Do we expect more to come ?

    August 9, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. Christy

    It is about time for Obama to attack McCain back. He needs to talk about McCain's shortcomings instead of talking of only about policy.

    August 9, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. Debby, NJ

    Tell it like it is BARACK...be honest with the people just like you promised...McShame is a liar
    BARACK THE VOTE !!!

    August 9, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. mike E DANVILLE,VA

    Sounds like me. I know I'M tired of the last eight years. The old saying is if you keep doing what you have done you will get the same results.

    August 9, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. THE BUSH TWINS : GEORGE & JOHN

    The choice IS clear !! . I choose NOT to follow McBush further down the same path his daddy Cheney has led us !.

    Obama '08

    August 9, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. HoldenLitgo

    Couldn't be more clear than that.

    August 9, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. sue calgary

    No more failed policies in Iraq. Voting McCain means more of the SAME, plus less 'cos he is older and slower....
    Obama will inject fresh ideas, excitement and initiatives. Sieze the day! Let Change triumph over Fear!!!!

    August 9, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. Tell the Truth, NYC

    It's about time!!!! Thank goodness that Obama and his campaign have finally gotten around to stating the obvious. The Iraq War has been and continues to be an "albatross" around the necks of the American people and is directly ALL THINGS economy. This war is dumb on so many levels. The words needed to fully encapsulate it, escape me. It takes $10 billion/a month to fund this war, that has nothing to do with anything. All the while, it continues to de-stabilizes the region responsible for the "lion's share" of oil production to the planet. What sense does this make? Especially, when U.S. citizen are already over $4 at the pump.

    It's high time we point that out to the average American.

    Obama '08

    August 9, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. Tell the Truth, NYC

    It's about time!!!! Thank goodness that Obama and his campaign have finally gotten around to stating the obvious. The Iraq War has been and continues to be an "albatross" around the necks of the American people and is directly affecting ALL THINGS economy. This war is dumb on so many levels. The words needed to fully encapsulate it, escape me. It takes $10 billion/a month to fund this war, that has nothing to do with anything. All the while, it continues to de-stabilizes the region responsible for the "lion's share" of oil production to the planet. What sense does this make? Especially, when U.S. citizen are already over $4 at the pump.

    It's high time we point that out to the average American.

    Obama '08

    August 9, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. jason, tx

    Tell it like it is Obama. McCain would be the worst possible follow up to a Bush white house.

    August 9, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. 8 years not enough?

    McWar monger still want to stay for another 100 years or until we succed? ( 5 years gone by McStupid.
    Voters – we have a choice. Get this Mcgrumpy out.

    August 9, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. Dave in Illinois

    The usual pap; don't vote for the big bad wolf, vote for me and "Change" and I'll make things different. I'm sick of Democrats like Obama, Reid, and Pelosi railing against the Iraq war but not doing anything about it but make speeches.

    One of the things Obama should promise to change is the stranglehold the Democrats maintain on Congress. Bring them back from vacation and allow the energy bill to come up for a vote so they can act on the desire of 70% of Americans to expand offshore drilling.

    If there was a bill to end the war and withdraw troops, Pelosi and Reed wouldn't let it come up for a vote anyway as they'd rather have it as a campaign issue than try to resolve it.

    August 9, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Americans' are stupid

    Yes, Mr. Experience really has performed well for his citizens. Mr. Experience gave you the America that we now live in. What has Mr. Experience done to direct us towards a prosperous and great America for all citizens? Our choices are Mr. Experience the man who led us towards our current state, or Mr. Hope who has shown that he can run a great campaign, so do I want the same or do I want something different.

    I will say this again because I said the very same statement 4 months ago. Before the election ends, gas prices will be down close to $2.50 so Americans won't feel that pinch while they are voting. The oil companies, the same ones that support the republican party, will not allow the republicans to lose this election because they know they will not continue to have record profits; while executive compensation packages sky rocket. You can be stupid if you want to! The reagan, carter, bush 1 n 2 years were horrible for the average American. The only prosperous years were during the Clinton years for the average american. Investing and ownership are the only options to increase your wealth.

    August 9, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. silas

    Thankx for specifying this Senator Obama, can't wait for the debates

    August 9, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. Mike, Vancouver BC

    Barack doesn't need to state the obvious truth in this matter. ALL Americans can see that the US is rebuilding Iraq even the war mongering Repugs.

    Check the balance sheet you whiners they could be spending much more. Do you think Mc'whatever" cares about you, have you checked out his ads lately? He stands for:

    rock stars,
    Britney Spears,
    Paris Hilton,
    Buffalo Chips girls (topless),
    Vetoing beers,
    big oil lobbiests, give them take breaks,
    no talk about Viagra,
    belittleing people,
    Blockbusters,
    Bombing Iran or anybody he thinks deserves it,
    the belief you all are whiners,
    himself as the grandfather of society who will lead you to ..war,
    the ideals of great grand daddy George Busch,
    letting you burn if your mortgage is in forclosure but help the lenders,
    raising your gas prices,
    reminding you that the American dream is 'just that" a dream,
    human rights where he sees it fit to point the fingers, but not at home,
    small townhall meetings where he cannot handle anything larger,
    Shiite or Sunni, he doesn't care who's fighting,

    Have we mentioned anything that means anything to you. You should care about what's missing you whiners.

    August 9, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. REA

    obama 08 all the way thanks for being honest and sharing all you know to the american people.you are going to be a great president god bless you.

    August 9, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. jameel

    hello, iam very proud of this man his so honest and remarkable i hope he get the presidency form this BUSHCAIN old school man Barack we love you...............

    August 9, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. A CANUCK

    OBAMA IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE WHO HAS MAKES SENSE AND TELLS THE TRUTH STRAIGHT FROM THE SHOULDER !!!

    August 9, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. paul, nyc ny

    What is surprising about this article is that we have always known that the Iraqi's have had money in the bank from the oil. We ahve always known that it was not being used. We have also known that OUR TAX dollars have been used to restructure the country.

    So, why I ask is it NEWS now?

    Bigger question is for Mr Obama. Sure, McCain says we should stay to continue the work we have started and in some ways he is correct because if you look back at Germany if we just left after we won the war the country would have delved into deeper dispair as would have Japan after we defeated them. So here is my question, WHY ARE YOU NOT ASKING YOUR FELLOW DEMOCRATS TO RETURN TO CONGRESS AND VOTE ON REVERSING THE MONEY WE SEND TO IRAQ FOR REBUILDING AND TAKE THE SURPLUS THE IRAQI'S OWN AND USE THAT?

    Surely, 8 months with close to 80 billion dollars back in our economy would be much better to hear about you than "listen people, I never told you this before but I never voted for the war and was against it". Tired of that one line of yours and tired of you not doing something with the power you now have over your party. Use this so-called "celebrity" to get your democrats back to Washington (where you spend so little time and we pay you to do so) and have them vote on energy, on Iraq and on the economy. Show us Americans that congress can work for us.

    Btw, I get only 2 weeks off. So much less than the lot of you in congress.

    August 9, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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