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)

    Who paid for the McCain-Padin elite airplane? Cindy.

    September 5, 2008 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  2. 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 to be used as a tool for rabble rousing via blatent lies,thinly veiled racism and sexism. It was clarily an appeal to fundementalist (fatalistic) conservative southern white christian conservate sensibilities.

    September 5, 2008 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  3. Sr. citizen in Florida

    The republican party really knows how to put on a production..Hollywood all the way. It is laughable how hard they try to sell mediocracy, a term which is flatters the VP pick. Palin is pretty and a good speaker but that is all. God help our country if she ever became president. I would have thought they would have learned something after the last 8 years!!

    September 5, 2008 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  4. chitowngal07

    And one last thought.......

    stop with this crap that we all have to get along.....

    Politics is politics....

    you have to know how the game is played before you can go on and play it.....

    Open your eyes people.....

    Pandering Obama is just another politician........
    Biden.........another politician.......

    They are all politicians.... stop with this devisiveness crap....... if you want more friends join a book club, join a sports team, do something in politics there are no friends.....

    The only friends are the ones that help you get your butt to the next level. ........

    Devisiveness is the name of the game duh,.

    September 5, 2008 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  5. Marie in California

    No to Obama.....we don't need a Robin Hood president....a semi-socialist president....or an American Idol president. If he wins, the only change I'll see is the few coins I have left in my pocket after he's done grubbing through them.


    Sarah Palin rocks! She's got more cojones than Obama and Biden combined!

    McCain-Palin – 2008!

    September 5, 2008 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  6. V from London

    so now McCain's platform is change?

    doesn't the other guy already have that as a platform?

    I still didn't hear too much about the economy

    September 5, 2008 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  7. Clarence

    I know for a fact that the Republicans think they have a total 100% lock on love for the United States of America. There is no way they are working in the interest of the American people with such an arrogant ideology! It's all about them and no one else can possibly be truly patriotically American!

    September 5, 2008 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  8. oh my

    John McCain/Palin and the RNC just used 911 as a political gimmick....i am sick

    September 5, 2008 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  9. Go!

    Senator Obama,
    Keep up with what counts, don't let the McCain and Pain Team get in your way now! They want to distact you. LOL 08 Obama/Biden

    September 5, 2008 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  10. mr gee man

    Old Man mcCain, you and your so,call V.P Sarah, should please
    find some where to sleep.give obama change all American
    did you read the speech of McCain, please spot fooling us. we need new things for the next genaration.thank. GOD.........Blessssssssss
    Obama for new future.

    September 5, 2008 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  11. Bob from Kentucky

    McCain said that Sarah worked with "her hands and nose" ....... I don't think that really requires a reponse.

    September 5, 2008 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  12. eric

    The Mccain/Palin realy should get more accurate with their attacks instead of just blabering away just to get the audience to clap. I believe Obama speak from within and sees towards a really make a difference to our counrty. Hes not stubborn on defending a misguided war. Ok so we understand your a vet and Im so grateful for that and all the vets but how about it McCain, try and reaching out to all the crowds from the young voters to the elderly ones and not only vet voters. His speach tonight really didnt point out HOW he plans on doing anything, just spoke about what he supposedly will do.

    Its time for a CHANGE! Vote Obama '08

    September 5, 2008 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  13. peakarach,des moines,IA


    NO WAY! NO HOW! NOBAMA! ON NOV.4,2008.

    HILLARY 12!

    September 5, 2008 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  14. Mark - NY

    As I watch both Conventions all I got from the Republicans was attacks after attacks after attacks! Nothing of substance on the Issues.
    Im tired of the Attacks I was more looking for an outline of Goals- Solutions- Addressing the issues of today- Plans to fix the Economy!
    I did not get any of that from the Republicans!
    And its seems Palin forgot her Flag Pin lat night.
    The Republican represents Hypocrisy at its best!
    I have now made up my mind.

    September 5, 2008 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  15. Michael G- Ventura ca

    The contrast between the two candidates is VAST!One is an eloquent speaker, high intelligence and a true HEART for ALL America.
    One waves the flag while the other tries to make that flag a symbol for ALL Americans. One says war is horrible but promotes it like few others in recent memory. One wants real change while the other calls for it but votes 90% of the time with the status quo of his party.
    We need REAL CHANGE!
    We need BARACK OBAMA!

    September 5, 2008 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  16. JOhn

    McCain can't even provide security in his own convention look at the demonstrators at his speech. Imagine if that was a real terrorist. I thought he was experience on security and if that is how his gonna secure U.S.A. I am muffed...List to what he says and look at the demonstrator.

    September 5, 2008 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  17. peakarach,des moines,IA


    NO WAY! NO HOW! NOBAMA! ON NOV.4,2008!
    HILLARY 12!

    September 5, 2008 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  18. Lucy

    Shame on all of you who criticize McCain! You are all sexist and non-patriotic.

    You must be wipped the same way Rove whipped the media and had them fall back in line with McCain.

    Dont you know McCain knows better then us whats best for us.

    We are dumb but McSame and his brilliant and great VP pick will save us from ourselves.

    September 5, 2008 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  19. Not So Liberal Dem

    When McCain talks about change, he means it. He did it.

    When Obama talks about change, he only said it. Look at the VP he chosed – a recycled product of long time Washington Insider.

    McCain IS NOT Bush. We knew it !

    September 5, 2008 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  20. Mike, Vancouver

    John McCain, has a long way to go. His speech lacked substance and was heavy on the fighting, fighting, fighting. Calling the Dems down, saying that if your Republican then you ar patriotic.

    By the way, the comment "and there is a change coming" comes right out of "Reverend Wrights Speach at the NAACP dinner". Check it out, "stolen lines", hardly original.

    The feedback and oratives are overwhelmingly in Obama's favor.

    Vote now, get it over with, save money. Repatriate McCain with his party and send Palin back to Alaska.

    September 5, 2008 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  21. mr gee man

    Leadership from God .

    September 5, 2008 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  22. Not So Liberal Dem

    I always have my doubts over Obama being non-partisan, genuine or patriotic. Obama is President first, America second.

    By the way, I still pretty worried his long time relation with his former PASTOR WRIGHT.

    September 5, 2008 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  23. Mike D

    It is truly amazing that there are still so many people, even now, whom are still on the Obama band wagon. Granted, the guy can give a great "I have a dream" speech, which should be enough to inspire a high school pep rally....but how can anyone with even the slightest measure of intelligence legitimately still buy into the BS without any substantiation. For those of you in this category, please keep blogging on CNN, answering polsters, and making uneducated blanket statements...hopefully in all of that excitement you will stay out of the way and not further hinder the actual work that goes into building, maintaing, and protecting this great nation.

    September 5, 2008 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  24. CFL

    The Obamaites are scared and it's really starting to show.

    September 5, 2008 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  25. mr george

    No need to worry Obama, you the man of 2008 and2009.

    September 5, 2008 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
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