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. independent iowan

    He used to be a maverick, now it's the same old, same old with him and to think i was going to vote for him.


    September 5, 2008 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  2. Anonymous

    McCain could not have made a more racially devisive choice for his VP. I am truly afraid for our future. No matter which way it goes, people have gotten "mean", Sarah Palin makes that plain.

    September 5, 2008 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  3. carlo Orrico

    I wonder how many of the pro-McCain comments here are made by the members of McCain's "Internet Team" that he's sending out to get his talking points out online, as if real people were saying them

    September 5, 2008 03:52 am at 3:52 am |

    The only part of McCain's speech I enjoyed was the protesters.

    September 5, 2008 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  5. Jon

    Obama can't have it both ways – companies ship jobs overseas because the U.S. corporate taxes are one of the highest in the world, but Obama doesn't think they're hight enough. By raising the taxes (he calls it "closing corporate loopholes), he ensures that companies will ship more overseas. And small businesses who make more than $250K but are not large enough to move overseas will simply lay off more workers that they can't afford.

    Why do Dems oppose businesses and business owners? Who do they think employs all their constituents?

    September 5, 2008 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  6. ekk

    Text from McCain speech "I will keep taxes low and cut them where I can. My opponent will raise them." - Mccain is not 100% sure whether he will cut taxes but he is pretty sure that his opponent will raise taxes !!!! joke !!!

    September 5, 2008 03:56 am at 3:56 am |
  7. Musicpromo

    John McCain's pick for V.P has attended 5 colleges, took 6 years to get a "degree", forced her daughter to marry, shoots innocent animals from an helicopter, had never been out of the US until recently, ….. , but who said she is not qualified to be a VP?

    September 5, 2008 03:56 am at 3:56 am |
  8. Jason

    Well, Rev. Khoa Nguyen, your implication that McCain is not more of the same implies that you are, in fact, not as smart as you think.

    September 5, 2008 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  9. w.l. jones

    What I heard last night Democracy in deep trouble around the world because the speech giver did not inpire anybody. Now back at home our economic in shamble all I heard I fight I fight for more of the same and not one new ideal how we going to get this economic moving.

    September 5, 2008 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  10. Alicia Mendoza

    McCain is just too wayward and booring!!! ZZZZZZzzzzzz!!

    September 5, 2008 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  11. Anonymous

    please only use : "single white American female" as my name... instead of my name..... Thank you!!

    September 5, 2008 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
  12. See

    "Dan J September 4th, 2008 11:52 pm ET
    You won't see Obama putting money into a commercial to congratulate McCain. McCain extended that courtesy."

    Dan, McCain was not congratulating Obama really...but the historic nature of having the first African American nominee on the anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" Speech presented at the March on Washington. The commercial was definitely out of tradition...and came with a warning. Considering the disrespectful way John McCain's RNC has treated Obama this week...kind of makes it seem like the set-up that it was...

    Ironically, the RNConvention had much less diversity the crowd at the March on Washington 40 years great contrast to the DNConvo which truly represented want America looks like in 2008....McCain's plan/convo did not extend America that courtesy.

    September 5, 2008 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  13. john

    more concernedly, what's with mccain's horizontal raise the roof hand gesture?

    September 5, 2008 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
  14. Edwin

    Well, did not need a sleeping pill tonight.

    September 5, 2008 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  15. Leslie from Garden Grove, CA


    September 5, 2008 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  16. Aloha Hawaii

    The choice is now clearer than ever: Do you want progressive American internationalism OR reactionary American hegemonism? America the diverse communicator and ingenuous problem solver OR 4-8 more years of America "ueber alles", especially above reason and science. If Obama should loose this election, his movement should not get discouraged. Keep going, you're on the right side of history!
    Much Aloha and best of luck!

    September 5, 2008 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  17. Ray

    Being a Democrat and a supporter of Barack Obama, I listened to McCains speach with an open mind as though I was undecided. He did not say anything that would have swayed me to vote Republican this fall. No real issues of concern were defined as to exactly what his plan is for them.

    In the end of his speach, I kind of had the impression he was trying to tap my sympathy for a sympathy vote.


    September 5, 2008 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  18. Nic

    Note to the GOP:

    McCain is more of the same! He had a chance to lay out a specific plan to address this nation's #1 concern but reiterated the same slogan GWB and others before him used. And if any of you contend that he will be different, he very well may be but perhaps MORE to the right at the hands of the neo-con's platform.

    As an independent, I would like to hear clear unspun takes on the current issues from the candidates and so far, only Obama has anted up. I don't know if his will work but at least it's out there for us to make an educated decision, instead of 3 days of political rants that has divided this country.

    September 5, 2008 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  19. Conrad

    John McCain is a joke i am so tired of the bull he spit from those lips i used to like him in 2000 he was the best rep candidate on that stage the train left him. Now he had to jump on the extreme right wing train in order to get this far. I have come to realize that this man will say anything in order to be elected president. You now know that the rep party is all about screwing the little people i could not give a dam about him being a war hero tonight we already know we need this economy fixed now.!! Yet this entire convention was about what Obama not having enough experience Bush had alot didnt he yet still we went to war on false info we spend 10 billion a month on war while our economy suffer. imagine where this country wold be if it was being spent here. TIME TO THROW THE BUMS OUT AMERICA DONT LISTEN TO THEIR SPIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 5, 2008 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  20. See

    African American Male for McCain September 4th, 2008 11:55 pm ET
    "Bwahahaha now that's rich. Obama made more promises than Santa Clause and he says he can cut taxes? "

    Why don't you do the research to answer that question. You don't sound like you believe it can be if a good CEO can't cut spending and increase profit at the same time. Do your research.

    Just to respond specifically to one of your claims...President Obama proposes to provide all people with access to college and "basically" what I call a work exchange where students work in their communities or their country more directly like the military...

    Remember he said he wanted to cut spending on programs that are not working and increase support for programs that are...remember AmeriCorps...haven't heard about it since the days of Clinton?

    September 5, 2008 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  21. frank, pennsylvania

    John McCain, the american fighter, with him america will see more wars and fight more wars and remain more estranged from the rest of the world. If all you want in life is fighting wars, please vote for john mccain! If you want peace, progress and a united world, please vote for obama!

    September 5, 2008 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  22. Homestead, FL

    I finally got to participate in a poll ... ABC called and wanted my opinion, mostly about Palin vs. Biden. I skewered her good!!! She thinks she can be nasty and mean,,,, well, we the people have a chance to voice our opinion on her tactics. I will sleep really well tonight!!!!

    September 5, 2008 04:19 am at 4:19 am |
  23. Biden goes home every night

    Several responders keep suggesting that Biden and McCain are the same, since they have both been in Washington. Here's the difference... Biden changes the train home to his wife and children, just as most American's go to work...staying in touch with the working people of this nation, hearing and understanding them. McCain set up yet another residence in the Washington DC, and uses his private jet to travel to one of his other 6 homes...

    September 5, 2008 04:21 am at 4:21 am |
  24. Nuno Trindade

    I think the eloquence and Carisma is not enough to secure the White House, cause to be a President of the United State of America need more other thing that most important such as Experiency, resposability and aknowledge, and its very pitty, odd and dangereous if just an moviment for change go easly over the white house secular history and transform USA and a world policy in we can belive Obama one" but not in the Country first.

    September 5, 2008 04:21 am at 4:21 am |
  25. Vernice Swann

    R u kidding me right now????? McCain has multi-millionaire and a multi-billionaire woman speaking at his convention and these women r talking about issues that they would never have a problem with, if the usa was ever in economic hardship. WHAT? R u kidding me right now???? I am a retired veteran that never saw war or was a pow in 26 years of service, but McCain, while I applaud him for his service and his heroism, he is clearly turning this into a sympathy campaign from the American people, and turned to a woman to do his boxing for him. The question was asked would it be smart to "GO AFTER" Sarah Palin after her smug, condescending speech, well I have been hoping thru this whole campaign that Obamas camp would just stick to the issues and let McCain look like the crying candidate that he is, but now I cant wait for the debate and yes, Sarah Palin seems to be able to handle the boxing match – so I say – gloves on! McCain said he would take various issues head on yet could not show his face or interview with media when news came out about Palins daughter – oh yeh – that's the kind of President I want in office!

    September 5, 2008 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
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