September 15th, 2008
04:02 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama: Believe McCain? I've got a bridge to sell you in Alaska

Obama campaigned in Colorado Monday.
Obama campaigned in Colorado Monday.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado (CNN) – At the start of his western swing, Senator Barack Obama continued to paint John McCain as a creature of Washington, so steeped in the ways there that “change” under a McCain-Palin administration is impossible.

“It’s great that he now wants to talk about putting corporate lobbyists in their place. But he needs to explain why he put seven of them in charge of his campaign,” he said at an outdoor rally under a cloudless Colorado sky. “If you think those lobbyists are working day and night for John McCain just to put themselves out of business, well I’ve got a bridge to sell you up in Alaska.”

While Obama said McCain was not personally responsible for the current turmoil in Wall Street, he said the Arizona senator would continue the policies that put various financial institutions like Lehman Brothers on the brink.

“It’s a philosophy that says even common-sense regulations are unnecessary and unwise,” he said. “Now, instead of prosperity trickling down, the pain has trickled up - from the struggles of hardworking Americans on main street to the largest firms of wall street. This country can’t afford another four more years of this failed philosophy.”

Tightening poll numbers and excitement about the addition of Governor Sarah Palin to the Republican ticket have given the Obama campaign pause, and forced them to promise Democrats the party’s nominee would get tougher on the stump.

“These times are too serious, the stakes are too high to let the other side pull the same stunts and use the same scare tactics that they always to do. Because we know what the consequences are because we’ve lived them,” Obama said Monday. “We’ve seen them turn an entire campaign into a debate about swift boats and windsurfing. And what do you get when it’s over? Iraq and Katrina and a melt down on wall street and millions w/out jobs, or homes, or health care, pain at the pump. Enough, enough of this not this time not this year.”

soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. Obamas Toast

    What a giant windbag, and what will he do to change everything? Nothing at all. He is all fired up now,because he knows he losing ground every day.

    No OBAMA EVER..NOT THIS TIME...NOT THIS YEAR!!!

    September 15, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Joe

    I am getting so sick of hearing this guy! If I have to hear the word "lobbyist" one more time.....ENOUGH!

    September 15, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. Independent

    Well there is the outrage that he needs to show about the shape the economy is in. Good for you Obama

    September 15, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Stickyideas

    Why is everyone ignoring McCain's neurological tick? It was obvious during his talk this morning. I think the public ought to know if they voting for a candidate with a current medical problem.

    September 15, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Justin, ny

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!

    Obama/Biden 08!!!

    September 15, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. AJ

    This week is already better than last. Keep on McCain, he will make mistakes that you can capitalize on. McCain = Same. Obama = Change.

    September 15, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. Andrew

    I can't see why this race is so close? What does McCain have to offer? They are now running on the claim that they are reformers, and clearly they are not...

    September 15, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. rob

    How do you spell desperate O..B..A..M..A

    September 15, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. cecil

    Greenspan: This Is The Worst Economy I've Ever Seen!

    Tell Sen. McCain

    September 15, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    I love that "bridge" comment.....he needs to work that into every speech.

    September 15, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. Mia

    Good one Barack!

    VOTE OBAMA!

    September 15, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Jason

    Applause.

    September 15, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. Debby

    Oh please John McCAin didnt' have anything to do with the Katrina choices and Obama and Biden themselves approved the bridge to nowhere and then didn't let the rest of the funding go to Katrina when the deal got squashed, so all we hear is lie after lie with these 2 and that stupid bridge already.

    September 15, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. Bob in Franklin, TN

    It's about time we got off the Palin thing and got into the real issues.

    September 15, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    I hate that a person as good and intelligent as Obama is wasted on this country.

    September 15, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. sami

    enought TALK TALK TALK SPECH SPECH HE THINK HE IS THE SAFE SIDE TO ELECT WHILE NO EXPERINCE AT ALL ,ARE YOU GONA GIVE SPECH TO LEADER OF THE WORLD ALSO???OR YOU WILL CALL BIDEN TO BE THIER TO SIGN PRESENT .

    TO MUCH ATTACK FOR NO RESON AND HE KISS CLINTON HANDE TO RALLY WITH HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 15, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. No Hillary = No Obama

    Look whose talking. This guy has been trying to sell "change" as his claim to fame. Meanwhile he blames everything on the Bush years the war, the economy, failed banking institutions – etc. etc. Obama has it easy – all he has to do is play the blame game every time there is a crisis – what a simpleton. And if he ever does get in office, he will continue to same song and dance. He'll blame all his own administration failings on Bush. The Change and Blame Game, that's Obama in a nutshell.

    September 15, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. joey from nc

    Its obvious who the true leader is. Of course its barack obama. He must be doing something right if EVERYONE that he has run against has taken HIS IDEAS!!

    Remember hillary's attempt to steal his motto "YES WE CAN". She was having her supportes cheer "YES WE WILL!!"

    Mccain is totally ripping his whole campaign off of Obama now. Just goes to show who the true leader is.

    September 15, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. Jay

    The DOW lost nearly 5% of its value today, and Obama is out there making comments about bridges? Did also happen to propose propose any solution for this financial crisis? No? Okay, I thought so.

    September 15, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. Paul

    McCain is a liar.

    September 15, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. Don

    redundant. What will you do Barry i keep asking?

    September 15, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. Jayce

    Brilliant, and perfectly timed. This week puts BO in the Whitehouse.

    September 15, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. MD in ND

    John McCain...the fundamentals of you are all wrong! No more Republicans in the White House!!!!

    September 15, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. Erik in Iowa City

    Keep pushing them, Obama. The Republicans have no answers when voodoo economics fails even their masters.

    September 15, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. Kirk

    Sooooo, Palin was NEVER in Iraq. Just because she says so, doesn't make it true. Why does she lie like that? Doesn't she know that things like that can be verified? Another day another lie.
    What a fool she is!

    September 15, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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