September 4th, 2008
11:51 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama campaign response to McCain's speech

Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton released the following statement in response to McCain's speech:

“Tonight, John McCain said that his party was elected to change Washington, but that they let Washington change them. He’s right. He admonished the ‘old, do-nothing crowd’ in Washington, but ignored the fact that he’s been part of that crowd for twenty-six years, opposing solutions on health care, energy, and education. He talked about bipartisanship, but didn’t mention that he’s been a Bush partisan 90% of the time, that he’s run a Karl Rove campaign, and that he wants to continue this President’s disastrous economic and foreign policies for another four years. With John McCain, it’s more of the same.

“That’s not the change Americans need. Barack Obama has taken on the special interests and the lobbyists in Illinois and in Washington, and he’s won. As President, he’ll cut taxes for 95% of all working families, provide affordable health care to every American, end the tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas, and eliminate the oil we import from the Middle East in ten years,” said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (189 Responses)
  1. Dan J

    You won't see Obama putting money into a commercial to congratulate McCain. McCain extended that courtesy.

    What a shame of Obama. This is why I have my doubts over Obama being non-partisan, genuine or patriotic. Obama is for Obama first, America second.

    September 4, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  2. Robert in Atlanta

    I can't wait for Obama and Biden to unleash the dogs on those two lying liars-McCain/Palin.

    September 4, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  3. RR

    I'll give Obama this much: he has the fastest, negative, attack response team in the history of politics!

    September 4, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  4. Tiffany

    Doesn't that response cut both ways, though? How effective has Joe Biden been throughout all of his years in Washington – how much CHANGE has he personally caused?

    September 4, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  5. travis

    OBAMA 08

    September 4, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  6. KenB, MI

    hear, hear!

    September 4, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  7. John

    Obama has done what? Who helped to sink immigration reform as soon as the unions told him to toe the line? Who has not voted once against his own party. Get real people....see Obama for what he really is...a complete pretender who will be nothing more than a tool to implement the Pelosi/Reid agenda for America....and that truly frightens me.

    September 4, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  8. Mark

    Who will buy, that McCain stands for Change? :-?

    He voted over 90% of the time with Bush – what indicates that he will change?

    September 4, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  9. Daniel va

    Obama Biden
    08

    September 4, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  10. Corey

    It's high time the Obama/Biden ticket ask the McCain/Palin ticket...

    "We know you have moose, but where's the BEEF!?"

    September 4, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  11. African American Male for McCain

    Bwahahaha now that's rich. Obama made more promises than Santa Clause and he says he can cut taxes? How is he going to start that global poverty fund? How can he pay for everyone's college tuition? All this from winfall profit taxes on big oil? Amazing. He doesn't even understand his own policies.

    Keep it up Obama. Please keep it up.

    September 4, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  12. kate

    OBAMA-BIDEN = CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE!

    MCPALIN/BUSH=NO WAY NO HOW NO MCCAIN-PALIN

    September 4, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  13. Amen!

    Let us not forget that Senator McCain voted against an increase in the minimum wage 19 times. Wake up America!

    September 4, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  14. Vin in Texas

    I agree..

    I also agree is McCain is personable and value his commitment but he was and still is part of a crowd who's time has come. And that time is now.

    McCain sealed his chances out when he picked Palin- showing that hes is still part of the 'old crowd' with the narrow views. he chose someone whos is divisive and will take teh counrty in teh wrong direction.

    Talk is cheap and McCain proved it with is VP selction...

    September 4, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  15. Tom

    " he’s been part of that crowd for twenty-six years" HELLO BIDEN!!!! IS SAME OLD WASHINGTON

    September 4, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  16. Robert

    Obama's campaign are clearly putting out lies and being dishonest. Obama is WRONG for our country...no experience, poor judgement, and pretends to be against everything he is and represents. And Biden is a joke...he has been in Washington forever. What a terrible ticket which I would never vote for.

    September 4, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  17. joyce

    mr borton you nailed it right

    September 4, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  18. MARIO

    THAT IS WHAT BILL BURTON IS SUPPOSED TO SAY.AFTER ALL, HE IS ON OBAMA'S PAYROLL, JUST LIKE CNN.

    September 4, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  19. gobo, austin, tx

    It seems the republicans, at least in the convention, have a different definition of patriotism. Patriotism does not mean chanting slogans such as "Country first", "USA", and denouncing your fellow citizens who do not agree with the republican world view as unpatriotic and labeling them by other name. Where has civil discourse gone? I hope the party that actually advances peace, prosperity, and civility wins in this election.

    September 4, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  20. Carol Michigan

    Michelle Obama said "this is the first time I've been proud of my country" and was ripped to ribbons for it but now John McCain said tonight "he never loved this country until it was taken away from him."

    What's the difference here?

    September 5, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  21. Ike from PA

    Hey Dan J you quickly forget. If Obama was all about Obama, he certainly wouldn't be campaigning for president. He would be on Wall Street raking money in. He didn't marry into money, he earned it on his own. If your going to make point about either one of these candidates, make sure you have ALL your facts correct.

    September 5, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  22. CI

    Let's hope this gets played over and over in our industrialized heartland. "For workers in industries that have been
    hard-hit," (meaning Bush and I gave tax breaks to your employer to ship your job overseas) " we'll help make up part of the difference in wages between their old job and a temporary, lower paid one, while they receive re-training that will help them find secure new employment at a decent wage." ... That's not change I can believe in...

    September 5, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  23. Rev. Khoa Nguyen

    To the Obama Campaign: When you keep using that same line of attack: "Sen. McCain is more of the same" you are insulting the intelligence of the American people who are much smarter than what you give them credit for.

    September 5, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  24. osas

    what i am surprised of, is that mcCain supports openly continue to be in denial about the fact that OBAMA WILL WIN THE ELECTION, i am still surprised how adults can continue to nurse this denial. you dont have to be a rocket scientist know that the better choice for AMERICA, the father of the world, will be best govern by two knowledgable and experience poeple, OBAMA AND BIDEN. Republican supporters wake up and snap out of your state of denial, it deos not take up to 3 seconds to snap out.

    September 5, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  25. Gwynne For Obama ( Our next President)

    Ok Cnn , I dare u to put this one on, I am getting a Decall specially made here in the state of Arizona ........just for Mcain.............Its going to say.......NO WAY NO HOW NO MCAIN

    September 5, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
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