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. Matthew

    McCain mentioned that Obama planned to increase government while he wants to shrink it. I have not seen anything in the Obama platform that calls for growing government. CNN, where are the facts on this issue? I still found it an odd statement coming from a party that has ballooned government to historic levels. The one additional failing that McCain failed to highlight regarding the last 8 years of GOP dominance is the complete break from traditional republicans values of shrinking government spending. It is truly amazing that we now have to elect a democratic ticket to have a chance of shrinking government. What I needed from John McCain tonight was some evidence that the Republicans in DC will curb their spending... he didn't come through for this Libertarian.

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

    I believe in recycling
    But with the McCain/Palin agenda
    Sometimes you just have to put out the trash

    September 5, 2008 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  3. mohamed

    I m 65 but sorry I feel wiser then Mac Cain after lestening to his speechfor the first time,Mac CAin is fare of being qualified for president. with his VP pick they are a big danger to America and the world. Hope Americans will wake up this time. Mac Cain voted against increasing minimum wage 19 times, by the way in France the minimum wage is about $ 15.00, more then double our federal.

    September 5, 2008 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  4. Lisa

    Okay–every day, every speaker talked to us about the experience of John McCain in 1968. But there were absolutely no specific solutions for the problems of 2008, were there?

    He talked about worker retraining–we've got that happening. He talked about globalization–and I'm sure during his visit to Columbia, he worked out a few more deals for plants to leave the US with their good jobs. On the day that we've had 15,000 more Americans lose their jobs, the fed being told they should print more money for banks–absolutely nothing. He said our unemployment insurance was built for the 50's–what does he think he's going to do with it? It works fine–it would work better if we didn't have to use it so much.

    I respect his experience and that of millions of other veterans of wars–most who NEVER talk over and over and over about their experience as a way to achieve a political end. My dad was a WWII vet of the Battle of the Bulge and I could only get him to talk about it one time, there's no question that their strategy is to make this about the fascinating personalities of the two of them–and not so much about intelligent solutions for foreign policy, fiscal policy, and economic policy.

    John McCain never points to specific legislative accomplishments of his own–not on his website or in his speeches. Apart from finance reform, I can't think of any. Can anyone name 5 pieces of substantive intelligent legislation that he initiated and sponsored?

    September 5, 2008 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  5. Strong obama supporter



    September 5, 2008 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  6. Janan

    Since the Republicans seem to be the Orwellian party, here are some campaign slogans:

    Republicans good! Democrats bad!
    War good! Diplomacy bad!
    McCain Good! Obama bad!

    September 5, 2008 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Obama voted with Bush 85% of the time on Iraq. So exactly what is Obama's point about McCain? His whole campaign sounds like a stalled broken record at this point because they have no other way to go after the McCain/Palin ticket.

    We need change and experience (McCain) in DC, because without experience (Obama), you simply cannot effect change.

    September 5, 2008 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  8. Johnson

    Ok folks, the GOP will never see anything good in Obama. They should own to their failures on Iraq,economy, housing markets, unemployment , bank failuresetc. Mccain accused Obama of no experience. Mccain was not a governor of anystate, not a mayor. He has no executive experience.He is a Senator like Obama. The only difference is that he has been there forever. Don't buy their lies. They lied for 8 years ago about Iraq, economy. America, don't let us fool us again. We are have suffered too much under GOP and Mccain is part of. I am shock this election is close. But they can't fool me again. I voted for them before not more, not this time.

    September 5, 2008 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  9. frances

    Obama does not have what it takes to be a good president so our
    only choice is now McCain.

    September 5, 2008 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  10. Charlie

    I think McCain really exposed the fracturing of the GOP tonight. He tried to appease the elders, yet he accused them of corruption. He tried to please the younger Palin-crazy crowd, yet he failed to prove how he is different from other warmongering, greedy Republicans. He did not endear himself to Independents by repeating lies about Obama, who has a very favorable rating. McCain is trying to please too many people at once, and the result is that his campaign has no clear message or direction.

    As Palin disappears to Alaska after a couple days of campaigning, it will be interesting to watch McCain try to get some momentum.

    September 5, 2008 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  11. Patriot

    Wow Dan J. Where have you been the last 18 months? Obama has bent over backwards by opening nearly every debate or statement praising McCain as a patriot and a great american. It is quite sad and disappointing that the RNC convention allowed itself used as a tool for rabble rousing via blatent lies,thinly veiled racism and sexism. It was clarily appeal to fundementalist (fatalistic) conservative southern white sensibilities.

    September 5, 2008 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  12. Amazed

    I cannot believe the ignorance of some of the people in this country. If you truly compare the accomplishments of both candidates, who ends up on the long list? How can you even consider Obama with his limited experience? Wow, at least he can be humble. Obama can't even admit his poor call regarding the troop surge, as seen on Fox. Oh, wait that's a bad word isn't it? McCain has more than paid his dues and Palin has more experience than Obama. Obama may not have voted with Bush, but did he oppose him on anything other than Iraq? What about the congress that has a lower approval rating than Bush? Are you going to defend them as well?

    September 5, 2008 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  13. Dr. California

    Obama voted with Bush 85% of the time on Iraq votes. So exactly what's his point about McCain?

    The whole Obama campaign is starting to sound like a moronic, stalled broken record at this point. They devoid of any original ideas and can't even figure out how to attack their opponent.

    We need a president like McCain (and VP like Palin) who can fight the Washington establishment and effect meaningful change for us with their own mettle. Unlike Obama, who probably can't decide where to eat lunch without consulting the 300 or so "advisors" he needs to figure everything out for him.

    September 5, 2008 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  14. Esho Abiodun- Nigeria

    Everytime I look at Mccain, I see all the military rulers that have ruled us in Nigeria. Even when they drop their uniform, the thirst for more blood is still very loud in their appetite.

    Americans, God has blessed you so much, instead of pumping billions of Dollars to kill more people in Iraq (including your children). Please send half of the money to Africa it will keep a million children from dying of malaria. God bless America and God bless Africa

    September 5, 2008 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  15. kelli slade



    September 5, 2008 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  16. abu

    I am a proud republican, and i am a proud America, but what I am regretting is I voted George war Bush in 2000 and 2004,
    but this time I am not ready to listen the liars from John mccain & Sarah Big oil .
    I am sorry My fellow republican and I am sorry McCain, I can't listen your liars any more, and I am voting for Democrat.
    and finally sorry Sarah Big Oil in Alaska.

    September 5, 2008 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  17. Redbug-OHIO FOR OBAMA

    More of the mcsame, nothing new. We need to be protected from 4 more years of mcsame. They want to scare us AGAIN. We should ALL be afraid of the republicians. The only reason the world dislikes the USA if BECAUSE of bush and mcsame. no mcsame or pitbull puppet. ENOUGH bulling. It is truely time for a CHANGE. GO OBAMA/BIDEN ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE. LETS HAVE A PRESIDENT WE CAN BE PROUD OF.

    September 5, 2008 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  18. Larry Buchas

    John McCain sold his soul to the religious extremists.

    He cannot be trusted with our future. Let's place John McCain on his rocking chair and place him in a veterans home.

    September 5, 2008 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  19. Rj

    Here's the way I see it. America is the woman and the Republicans are the lying cheating boyfriend of 8 years. And now he's begging to have her back and is promising to change. Even threatening her safety as a ploy to get her back. You had your shot, now step aside and let someone who knows how to treat her right!
    Go Obama!!
    God Bess America!


    September 5, 2008 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  20. Ndalio


    September 5, 2008 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  21. michael

    After tonight the only people in America that can't tell McCain from Bush are Democrats. Good luck with getting more votes on that.
    And as for the economy, what McCain says makes sense for creating jobs and stimulating the economy.
    As for Obama I'm still waiting to hear how he is going to get my boss to give me bigger raises and better benifits. And how raising taxes on business will create more jobs. Obama has a lot to prove.

    September 5, 2008 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  22. chitowngal07

    I would like for those Obama supporters to think about what is really going to happen if Obama gets into the W.H>???

    the W.H. will be controlled by a democrat.....
    the senate will be controlled by democrats.........
    the House will be controlled by democrats.........

    MMMMMHHHH>>>>>> I wonder if it is all going to be the same party who controls the country well then who will control the democrats????

    What ever happened to checks and balances of government? Who will be there to stop them from running this country into the ground??

    Who will be there to stop every stupid decision made and bring order???

    Obama, I don't think so. Do some research on him and you will see he has done jack for the Chicagoans here??

    Good luck for those who think he will do something for America...

    September 5, 2008 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  23. Republican for change

    After 4 consecutive days of work at at the RNC this week McCain needs a 2 weeks nap.

    Vacation time at the Arizona Ranch!!!

    September 5, 2008 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  24. Reg

    Palin successfully revealed Obama to be the no-experience master of bombast that he truly is. He has had to rely on a sympathetic, partisan liberal press to shield him from any real media scrutiny and protect him during this campaign. Obama is as phony as the styrofoam Greek columns that he stood in front of at the convention and Biden is Obama's Dick Cheney. Palin has more depth and realism to her than the far left socialist Obama who considers people and businesses to be nothing but a shakedown for higher taxes.
    Get used to it now libs: President McCain and Vice President Palin. It's coming and you can't stop it.

    September 5, 2008 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  25. Chris, Fla

    Giuliani put out a great tag line the other night.
    Change is not a destination and hope is not a plan.

    McCain – Palin 08

    September 5, 2008 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
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