September 4th, 2008
11:51 PM ET
10 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. Kathy

    Go obama

    September 5, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  2. Colo Sprgs, CO

    John McCain is more of the same. Eight is enough, we don't need another four of his style of politics. His VP pick alone represents poor judgement.

    September 5, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  3. Concerned Voter

    CNN is becoming like Fox News, biased views and giving in to the Republicans. Anderson Cooper and Campbell Brown are starting to look like Hannity and O'Reily, except they are on the same stage. What's more important? The future of this country or the pressure of the constant whining and lying of the Right Wing (self-righteous hypocrites)? I won't be watching CNN except for Jack Cafferty and Larry King. I have yet to see my posting on this network.

    September 5, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  4. Barry

    Everyone continues to say that we do not, want more of the Bush administration and feels that McCain will be the same.

    Why do people not feel that Obama, will be more of the same ideals as another Reverend Jeremiah Wright. I would fear more this type of administration. At least McCain and his wife truly loves his country, and not just for because they are running.

    September 5, 2008 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  5. Rick

    So after three days of the RNC the last day ends as a pep rally for BIG OIL and GAS. The news media has reported record profits for these companies, their CEOs and CFOs and others are making more money in one year than most of us will see in our life time. So what the Republican party decides to do, hold a Pep Rally to support them. "Drill Baby Drill " I think those three words will end it for the Repubilcan party. It is almost a joke to think McCain would believe that the average American wants to give BIG OIL and GAS more money than we already give them. That is exactly what would happen if the goverment gives them additional drilling rights a big fat corporate welfare check. Every body who has a business that is related or connected to oil and gas profits are down except the oil and gas companies themself, their profits are at record levels.
    " Drill Baby Drill " that is what I say.


    September 5, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  6. Rob indetroit

    A noun ,a verb, Hanoi-Hilton is that all MCbush has ooh andc the pitbull with lip stick,more of the same thats what John MCbush has to offer. Obama-Biden 08/12

    September 5, 2008 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  7. Fed up with the lies

    By the way; there is no such thing as "Clean Coal". It's just a marketing term to make "Coal" sound better. Coal needs to be left in the ground, and not in the air.

    September 5, 2008 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  8. Courtney

    Can’t trust him he have a history of deceiving in his relationship with females he cheated on his first wife and also was deceiving about his age to his current wife he did not learn a solider most honored unspoken creed do what is right and accept the outcome. He and Bush is one of the same.

    September 5, 2008 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  9. Sifia

    When you talk about your experience in Vietnam you sound like looking for sympathy. When Palin talked about challengers that every American families has was seeking sympathy for her 17yrs daughter Believe me McCain/Palin, I will not vote for you.

    Obama is OUR (America) men

    September 5, 2008 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  10. Gee

    Hey Dan J, I totally dissagree with that statement... Obama has been nothing but respectful of your party and Mc-Bush... in fact he was the first to acknoledge that Palin's family issues were off limits & should be respected and he also offered his congrats to Mc-Bush before the Convention. He even stated that he looked forward to a debate with him. This is a real politician with a great admiration for his country... A true American!

    And btw, why is it that every time a Re-dumb-lican supporter makes a comment, its very misleading and untruthful... much like their party does... all they can say is 'Go Palin.. you rock!' or 'McCain all the way'... no real substance or noteworthy comments that make any sense...


    September 5, 2008 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  11. Val from MA

    Hey CNN,

    You were quick to point out to the American people that almost 38 million watched Obama's speech last week.

    Where is your report that almost 38 million watched Palin speak yesterday?

    Biased coverage? Absolutely!

    September 5, 2008 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  12. Audrey

    Carol, the difference is Michelle Obama said "for the first time in her lifetime, [she] is proud of her country." She was finally proud because her husband was winning the primary and has a chance to be President. Before this, she obviously had no reason to be proud. On the other hand, McCain said this to highlight the fact that he was selfish when he was young. He only thought of himself. However, when he was captured and his freedom was taken away, he realized how much he loved this country. This realization made him want to fight for this country. He finally understood that "nothing brings greater happiness in life than to serve a cause greater than yourself."

    September 5, 2008 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  13. Shaun am I confused, or is McCain's platform.. "I have scars from being tortured and a hotter VP" for me...

    He also needs to talk with Palin, because the two of them said two ENTIRELY different things... She was attacking and divisive and talked about the virtues of the GOP...and McCain wants you to believe he's gonna reach across the aisle??? Straight-talk express is kinda weaving like George W. Bush behind the wheel of a car in the early 1980's...

    September 5, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  14. Mike, Toronto Canada




    September 5, 2008 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  15. scott

    NO WAY ..NO HOW...NO OBAMA...Sure this one wont make it on the posting either.

    September 5, 2008 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  16. Matt

    Where is Michael Vick when you really need him.. throw this pitbull in the ring.

    September 5, 2008 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  17. Bran

    Well said Dan J. McCain and Palin is exactly the change America needs for a secure and prosperous America. Country First NOT Obama First.

    September 5, 2008 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  18. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Dan J, Obama has been gracious to McCain in every sense of the word. But that doesn't mean he has to buy an ad to say congrats. It was presumed that he'd win the Reps nomination. Obama on the other hand, had really no shot. But if you want to hold that against Obama, then that's your choice. I say 8 years of the results we've had is enough.

    Personally, I do think that on the #1 issue today – the economy – McCain is talking more of the same with the tax cuts to the top end of the wage earners. Interesting that when Reagan did this, he eventually went back and increased taxes 6 times, then President George H.W. Bush increased taxes (which is why he got kicked out for going back on his "read my lips" comment) and then Bill Clinton raised taxes. ALL ON THE HIGHEST INCOME EARNERS. And do you know what finally happened? We finally got a surplus, and out of the deficit that Reagan put us into.

    So, Obama's tax plan makes sense for the country.

    September 5, 2008 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  19. Rachel F.

    This 50 something young woman has never been more inspired to vote in a Presidential Election than I am right now, but it I won't be voting for someone who fought time and again, about 17 times to convince Washington that we Americans are worth only $5.00 an hour for a hard days work. I won't vote for someone who cares so little for single moms and working women that time and again he fought to keep our wages lower than a male. I won't vote for someone who manipulates my heart into feeling so sorry for him that I would feel no choice but to vote for him as I'm suckered into casting a pity vote. Nope, no way, no McCain.

    September 5, 2008 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  20. Nic

    Who cares is Mccain's got experience? what has he done with it. You've been part of the in crowd for 26 years, now that its unpopular you decide to borrow Obama's Slogan of change (wow thats lame). And you say country first but yet FORGIVE ME Alaska DOESNT count as running a state, theres some community organizers with larger number of folks than she's ever dealt with at once, and if Mccain dies (again im sorry, hope he doesnt.. BUT) she's running our country someone we KNOW Nada about? PLLLLLLEEZ

    September 5, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  21. Voting Obama

    No thanks. I will stick with Obama!

    Women for Obama!!

    September 5, 2008 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  22. Jason from Tucson

    And lest we forget, Obama, the candidate who has campaigned to bring a new kind of politics to Washington, spent much of his speech attacking John McCain. John McCain spent much less time attacking Obama, and more time talking about his record and what he planned to do as president. True, he gave fewer concrete details than Obama did, but he gave the kind of speech I expected and was hoping to see from Obama last week.

    I think the McCain speech will have more resonance with voters.

    September 5, 2008 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  23. bob in LA

    This reply rings true and should be an ad running tomorrow!
    "26 years in Washington- no health reform legislation, no alternative engery legislation, no new jobs created or suggested and 90% agreement with George W, Bush- what has McCain been doing on his watch?"

    September 5, 2008 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  24. Adrian

    When will the Republicans ask Jphn McCain to change his rhetoric about his experience as a POW. Is he running for President on the basis that he was a prisoner, and that qualifies him to be elected President? I believe his opposition has praised him for his service to his country and rightfully so. So it's time he lay off this position and concentrate on what he will do for the country.

    What if (by a long shot) he is elected, will he send troops to Georgia? And what will he do when the troops return from Iraq, does he plan on sending them to Afghanistan to finish what was created there? Remember his mission is to travel to the gates of hell if possible.

    Now he pulled a "rabbit" out of the hat by choosing Palin as his running mate surely seems as the trick he is trying to get those dis-enfranchised Clinton votes to climb aboard with him. Hope they wake up in time to smell the coffee.
    By the way, wonder if he told Sarah that her speech could trigger "open season" for the Dems?

    September 5, 2008 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  25. hillbilly for obama


    September 5, 2008 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
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