September 15th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Both campaigns embrace 'Change We Need'

Obama and McCain are now both using the same slogan.
Obama and McCain are now both using the same slogan.

(CNN) - The closing line of the new John McCain-Sarah Palin ad — “the change we need” - has become a constant campaign catchphrase this month.

But not for the Republican ticket.

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, who has used the slogan “Change You Can Believe In” for most of his White House run, first used the line “that’s the change we need right now” in his convention acceptance speech at the end of August; running mate Joe Biden used it in his first campaign ad. By last week, the campaign — which hasn’t retired the old motto - was holding “Change We Need” events across the country.

What does Obama himself think of the matching slogans? He told a Colorado crowd Monday that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” - but asked rhetorically why McCain didn’t borrow some of his ideas as well.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. willow, MI

    McShame is a fool with no shame!!! He has no idea what he's talking about. He's just like a mad dog – just attack, attack, attack. He must thinks his followers have no brain and will support him no matter what.

    Why are his followers so brain-washed about being "Republican" and give no second thought about common sense?

    Are you better-off today than you were 8 years ago???

    September 15, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  2. will

    That is a very good thing for Obama; he is not been deceitful about “change you can believe in”. If for only one reason and one reason alone a Demarcated party in the White House and a Lying Republican party going down to their home is a change the American People can believe in. On the other hand McCain has as a good Baptist Christen committed to all of the seven deadly sin, (Pride, envy, wrath, sloth, greed, gluttony, and lust). As he said out of his own mouth “I will chase Osama Bin Laden down to the gates of Hell, McCain has one of the greatest chances of doing exactly that. Therefore what McCain is saying “change we need” is not the change the American people wants which is the same as Bush because McCain = no change.

    Now, I’m not saying Barack Obama is anything of a saint we all have our own problems. I myself my have committed all of the seven deadly sins, but I did learn when to stop and ask for forgiveness. Obama is doing Good and God has blessed him for that. I just would like to see him Keeping up and Keeping on with his Good work of God! And if John McCain and the Republicans would just keep up with all of the lies and then God will have a blessing for them to come November. And that would be the change the Repubicans needs!

    September 15, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  3. merm

    I'd rather GET change from a known reformer than promises from a good teleprompter reader anyday. Go McCain Palin!!!!!!

    September 15, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  4. thack

    Bush 44!

    September 15, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  5. Texas

    The difference is that only one candidate represents the real change America needs right now and that candidate is BARACK OBAMA.

    September 15, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  6. Canta

    You guys got to read the article in the NY post that reports how Obama tried to make a deal with Iraq leaders to delay the coming home of our troops.

    McCain/Palin

    September 15, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  7. Democrat Voting For McCain / Palin !

    John McCain & Sarah Palin Are The Real Deal !!!!. Each Of Them Have Been In The Change Mode Since They gotten Into Public Office ,

    Obama"s Has Spent His Time In Public Office Voting "Present " . And Gettin Applause From The Anti – American Crowd He Hangs With !

    Democrat Not Voting For Obama ,The Greenest Guy In The Race !!!!!

    September 15, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  8. Maggie

    OBAMA i DO NOT THINK MccAIN WOULD STOOP SO LOW AS TO EMULATE YOU IN ANYTHING. AND IF cOLIN pOWELL SUPPORTS OBAMA I WILL BE SO UPSET WITH A MAN I HAVE ALWASY PUT MY TRUST IN TO DO THE RIGHT THING. I AM SHOCKED THAT HE STATED IT WOULD BE "ELECRTRYING FOR AN OBAMA WIN". REGARDLESS, THAT STINKS OF RECISM AND I AM VERY DISSAPOINTED THAT POWELL SEEMS RACIST. HE SHOULD BE FOR WHAT MCCAIN STANDS FOR AND THAT IS AMERICA AND ITS PEOPLE AND NOT FOR SUCH CHANGE GARBAGE AS OBAMA SPOUTS.

    September 15, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  9. Brian

    McCain will bring the change (and dollars) to our nations business executives (especially Fannie and Freddie's). We can not let these Libs punish people who are living the American dream. They may have lead their companies to the pit of despair but it does not mean they don't deserve millions of dollars of compensation for their work.

    Things would be better once we can tax the poor as much as we already tax the rich!

    McCain/Palin '08 "because god said so"

    September 15, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  10. McCain=the draft

    McCain is a follower, not a leader!

    September 15, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  11. Brenda fl

    Gop steal again, after lies and lies and lies . bunch of craps

    September 15, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  12. Christine

    The McCain-Palin is a farce. They do not have a leg to stand on...oops, I take that back. If Obama was a white candidate, McCain-Palin would be chased off the campaign trail. Yes, I said it!

    September 15, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  13. Akinola

    If Mccain doesnt stop telling lies about Obama, Obama will have to start telling the truth about Mccain.

    SAY NO TO Mccain(Unstable)/Palin(Unable).

    September 15, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  14. zviivz

    It's called PLAGIARISM, no??!

    September 15, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. YadaYadaYada

    McCain is the grinch who stole the "Change we need" slogan.

    September 15, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  16. Obama/Biden 08

    Way to copy Obama, McCain.

    September 15, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  17. Christina

    McCain can't get an idea of his own!

    The only change MCCaain has is the changing of his mind from one hour to the next.

    Mr. McCain not this election; Not this presidency and Not this TIME!!!

    Republcians that rally behind John McCain are a bunch of fools...the man is calling all of you failures! He is belittling the party he belongs to and is turning his back on all of you. it's quite funny to watch you all chant drill baby drill when MCcain is going to tax the heck out of you all in your big texas hat.

    McCain calls Bush a failure at a campaign stop in Florida while Jeb Bush was in attendence. He stood up and clapped at the end of the rant and I had to giggle at the ridiculousness of it all!! Its like McCain looking in a mirror and calling himself a fool! Laughable.

    September 15, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  18. Franko

    Sorry, star struck human herd, but Obama and the Democrats don't own the theme 'Change'. As a matter of fact, I would put money on McCain/Palin to usher in responsible change Americans can believe in!

    September 15, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  19. Democrat Voting For McCain / Palin !

    John McCain & Sarah Palin Are The Real Deal !!!!. Each Of Them Have Been In The Change Mode Since They gotten Into Public Office ,

    Obama"s Has Spent His Time In Public Office Voting "Present " . And Gettin Applause From The Anti – American Crowd He & His Wife Hangs With !

    Democrat Not Voting For Obama ,The Greenest Guy In The Race !!!!!

    September 15, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  20. Katalin Poor

    Who's best equipped to lead the US economy out of its current mess? Obviously the man who knows how to read economics, finance and history texts....and people. That would be Obama.

    Why is Obama not coming out with his solutions? As far as I can tell, Bush is still the President, so why is nobody asking him for his solutions?

    Face it, the Republican machinery is in a fatal quandary. At some level it knows that the best solution would not be best for its big wheels.

    Obama will come clear with the solution once the ruling party has knocked itself out whipping its tongue from one side of its mouth to the next.

    Then we'll see if the American people are tough enough to make the right choice and the sacrifices needed to ensure their kids a better future. The American people don't need politicians who call themselves mavericks. They need a whole nation of mavericks.

    September 15, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  21. RO

    wow, john mccain can't even come up his own slogan and has to hijack that of obama – this alone tells you who is the leader.

    Vote for the leader not the lier. .

    September 15, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  22. Ron L

    How can the McCain campaign give us CHANGE when they have been proven to have said OUTRIGHT LIES in regard to Governor Palin?? So far we having the following...
    1) She did not stop the funding for the bridge to nowhere. Congress had already killed it, she is just trying to claim it.
    2) She did not visit the troops in Iraq. She only went as far as the border. Why lie about this???
    3) She DID request earmarks while Governor of Alaska, and Senator McCain is constantly saying she did not!!

    AMERICA both Republican and Democratic I ask you this...
    HOW can you trust a person you have caught in 3 LIES in 2 weeks???
    This should be VERY UNSETTLEING, there is something very wrong about her character.
    WE NEED MORE INTERVIEWS!!!

    September 15, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  23. Patty, Big Bear, CA

    How typical of the republican machine to simply steal from another rather than being creative on their own.....pathetic.....rove at work....I like that McCain (unstable) and Palin(unable) line :)

    September 15, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  24. Douglas Marshall Jr.

    A Liar and a Thief.

    McSleazy and Pinnochio!

    Too dumb to come up with their own campaign slogans!

    September 15, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  25. John 64 years old Independent

    The only change that John and Sarah want is the name plates on the White House Door!

    John McCain thinks the economy is fundamentally sound, isn't that what Herbert Hoover said in 1929?

    Same old republican politics, let the rich get richer and dam the rest of us!

    If you want change vote for anybody with a D after their name – Vote Democrat!

    September 15, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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