September 6th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama: Republicans must think you’re stupid

Sen. Obama mocked the McCain-Palin ticket for casting themselves as mavericks.
Sen. Obama mocked the McCain-Palin ticket for casting themselves as mavericks.

TERRE HAUTE, Indiana (CNN) – Since leaving their convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, John McCain and Sarah Palin have tried to cast themselves as mavericks, Washington outsiders, the real agents of change.

Barack Obama isn’t buying it and wants the label for himself.

“Everywhere I go we’ve been talking about change, that’s been the theme of this campaign,” Obama told supporters in a show barn in Indiana. “And we must be on to something, because I notice now everyone’s talking about change now.”

Watch: Obama jokes he's never been to Alaska

“Suddenly [McCain’s] the change agent!” Obama laughed. “He says, “I’m going to tell those lobbyists that their days of running Washington are over.” Who’s he going to tell? Is he going to tell his campaign chairman who’s one of the biggest corporate lobbyists in Washington? Is he going to tell his campaign manager who was one of the biggest corporate lobbyists in Washington? Is he going to tell all the folks who are running his campaign who are the biggest corporate lobbyists in Washington?”

“Who is it that he’s going to tell that change is coming?” he added, “I mean come on, they must think you’re stupid!”

Obama said Thursday that he’ll focus on McCain because he’s running against McCain and not his running mate Sarah Palin. But Saturday Obama singled out Palin for the first time for flip-flopping on earmarks while governor of Alaska.

“She is a skillful politician,” said Obama, “but when you’ve been taking all these earmarks when it is convenient and then suddenly you’re the champion anti-earmark person, that is not change, come on. I mean, words mean something. You can’t just make stuff up. You can’t just make stuff up.”

The McCain campaign shot back saying that Obama is all talk.

“Barack Obama has requested the equivalent of one million dollars in new pork barrel spending for every working day he's been in the U.S Senate,” wrote McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds in an e-mail to reporters. “While John McCain has never once asked for an earmark, and Governor Palin has vetoed hundreds of millions in government spending including killing the infamous 'bridge to nowhere'.

When a former Republican asked the Illinois senator if he would welcome ‘converts’ like him, Obama took the opportunity to accuse McCain of hypocrisy.

“I have to say, when John McCain says in his [acceptance] speech that he wants to reduce the rancor in Washington and I’m thinking, did you pay attention to the last two days of your convention?” Obama chuckled, “were you not watching? Did they not get the memo?”

“When it starts getting personal, when you start just focusing exclusively on trying to tear the other person down instead of what you are going to do on behalf of the American people to deal with this economy, then that’s not serving Democrats, that’s not serving Republicans, that’s not serving anybody.”

soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. Chad

    About time Obama! Republicans are such hyprocrites!

    Obama 2008-2016

    September 6, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Frustrated Independent

    Uh Mike, ya ever heard of JFK, yeah, about the same amount of experience as BHO, oh yeah and remember that guy Abraham Lincoln, yeah, was a US rep on term and the didn't run again cause he would have lost and ran for senate and never even made it. So lets see two of our best presidents with very little experience, and lets look at some people with a ton of experience, Nixon, he was around for 2 decades, know he did a knock up job didn't he. Experience can help, judgment and integrity I think speak as loudly if not louder. McCain leaves his wife, for another woman, flys around in private jets, uses his POW status like a pimp. Read about history my friend.... not all with experience have it figured out.... give Barack another think....

    September 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    More people watched McCAINS SPEECH THEN OBAMAS.

    I meant to say but I am sure neither of these posts will never see the light of day any way on the this site anyway so it doen't matter does it???

    September 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. duke

    i just happy to see that everyone is seeing what im seeing ...mccain is playing us to winn....OBama wants to help us....i just dont see how some ppl see mccain doing anything for us......JUST watch obama constantly talk issues ....palin and maccain...just talk war and obama and there history of changee.......that snice but will that help my wallet...\

    Obama wants to help

    September 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Marge Hibbing Mn

    President Carter was the first modern president who used CHANGE in his campaign. And since then I have seen this phrase in several other presidental campaigns...since obama is the ONE does he now own the English Language and no one else can say a word he once uttered.

    September 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. Colorado Dem

    Obama spins with all the others when it comes to change. I'll vote for him but the only change he'll bring is swapping out a republican for a democrat. He should stop smearing the woman. Tell the truth Obama.

    September 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. Independent for Obama

    Republicans don't think Americans are stupid...they KNOW Americans are stupid. So does every other country on the planet, especially China.

    September 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. INDEPENDENT WOMAN NOW FOR OBAMA

    NOT THIS TIME

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Jerad Howell

    Is Obama really that arrogant to think that he has a monopoly on change? The fact is, McCain was always known as a maverick in the Republican party. That is, until he got the nomination and the Obama people started trying to say he was Bush III. It's funny that people will ignore McCain's record of being a progressive, moderate Senator just because Obama says so.

    September 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. McCain = Bush

    We need a credible "EMT" immediately for our ECONOMY, our HEALTHCARE system, to end the WAR immediately, to fix the broken SOCIAL SECURITY system, to immediately REPAIR OUR GLOBAL standing, and to fix our EDUCATION system.

    Not an easy job. Not easy to be qualified. Not easy to have the discipline to have the bigger picture. But EASY to understand that if we don't vote on ISSUES, our entire lifestyles will be SEVERELY HURT. Your entire savings and pensions depend on your researching the ISSUES.

    When you look at the ISSUES every Ameican is concerned about, McCain and Palin are no where near the level of competence required to work well on any of these issues. With McCain voting the same as George Bush 95% of the time, there is NO WAY he's representing 'CHANGE'. He is representing a lie.

    I'm in no way willing to take the chance on McCain that the 5% of the time that he wasn't taking the George Bush road will be for anything substantial to help this country. Too much is at stake, McCain blew his chance when he voted with George Bush repeatedly 95% of the time.

    September 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. Jen, Gainesville

    MSNBC called the McCain campaign out for the lies. Please watch the "MSNBC TV" collection on the web. I had high hopes for McCain in January, thinking that this will finally be a civil debate between two great men about issues. The reality is disgusting. Either McCain is too old, or he think the American public is too stupid.

    September 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. Roger

    Hey Mike, McCain is no longer a maverick!. In his own words on tape he said he voted in line with bush. That's no maverick, that's a pupet! Former Dem Mike? hey, will let you come back from the dark side.

    September 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. Chase

    Republicans think we are stupid? How about you think we are stupid? You [Obama] flip floper haven't done much since you are a U.S Senator, you spent almost half of those times running for President, and when you were Senator, you voted 163 times present just to protect your political career. Tell me Obama, how can I hand the future of this country to you when you can't even vote "yes" or "no", with no executive experience and just that motor mouth of yours not going to get my vote!

    September 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. Please Listen

    You know why McCalmnow and Paliar because they could not believe that the GOP took to the lies like bees to honey. So old dumb man and shera oops pitbull they think you is as stupid as McCalmnow team on an interview on CNN.

    Watch Paliar will repeat everything she said over and over again because it took her a weekend and three days to learn she has nothing else to say. Oh, tell her I dont like her lipstick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 6, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. leticia barrios

    Does Sara know that when a man calls a woman a pitt bull its referring to that woman as the lowest a woman can be! D..! So Sara I wouldn't be so proud of that nick name!

    September 6, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. WOW - Cedar Hill, TX

    Obama has the plan we need. Obama/Biden is the agent of change.

    McPalin stop stealing from the DEMS!!!!!

    McPalin are liars and they know it.......

    September 6, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. Darrell

    The only change McCain has offered is to keep changing his mind and campaign strategy everytime he figures out how bad it is going.
    The only change we will see from Palin is that everything she has said is now being investagated and vetted and as change would have it She Lies about almost everything.She was a Mayor of a small town of 5000 when she started and she did very little as she was caught in too many suspicious firings and the town stood up and made her have an administration that had to approve all her decisions.Read all about it. Just Google Anne Kilkenny.Palin is a joke and overstated her experience more then any other politician ever has and as time go's on there will be more truth about all of her lies.For those of you that findit difficult, close your eyes and remember what she says then fact check it and 90% of the time it is a lie or overstated.She does match the 90% of Bush McCain policies.

    September 6, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. GOP for OBAMA

    GOP is headed for a 16 year winter ! ! ! !
    Wear warm clothing, GOP!

    OBAMA '08, 12
    Hillary 16, 20

    September 6, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. Canadian

    It seems the Presidency is way above Obama's pay grade so he is now after Republican's VP candidate. Great for CNN's well-balanced act.

    September 6, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. Pepou

    McSame and Pit Bull with lipstick : As we say in French "Plus ça change plus c'est la même chose" (The more change, the more of the same).

    September 6, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. jackson

    Awww. Barry's hitting back. OUch. Ouch.
    One of those earmarks Gov. Palin got for her town were on TV the other night: a new community center. It was a great use of federal funds. She also got money for sewers. That kind of "earmark" is always what that program has been about.

    September 6, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. lvb

    Palin can fabricate her "agent of change" story and market herself as a reformer but the record is clear if the media chooses to report it. Palin was for the bridge to nowhere before she was against it, worked with lobbyists to secure earmarks for her po-dunk town and then left it in debt anyway, has a history of abuse of power and lied about a small details such as how she sold the Govenor's plane.

    I'd love to see a women as VP or President but she's not the one.

    September 6, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. FactCheck

    "So sambo beat the b_tch" that was Palin's response when she found out about the outcome of the DNC primaries. Google it.

    September 6, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. sh

    Ms Wright,

    Cite where you've read that Sarah has called Barack Obama "Sambo", otherwise it can only be concluded you've made this charge up.

    September 6, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. Dill

    Where are the jobs! Mr. McCain, you have served the country for 26 years, WHAT DID YOU DO WITH THE JOBS? Where are our American jobs going?

    September 6, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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