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. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Given that Palin and McCain have some of the same talents and policy stands that George W(oman) Bush has, it is time not to take them seriously. Trickle down economics only works in a totally idealized world which we don't have. It is time to try something different because staying where we are isn't going to be good.

    September 15, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Joseph

    YES!

    That's the way to do it.

    John McCaiin was completely stumped Friday when Barbara Walters tried to confront him on exactly what "reform" he planned.

    He just sort of stuttered and said something along the lines of "well, everything."

    Yeah, McCain will say anything and everything to get elected. But he can't offer a single policy that differs from Bush.

    Not one.

    September 15, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. malabar

    neither Obama or Palin are ready to lead any nation. thankfully, only one of them is at the top of a ticket. Democrats sold Hillary out. now let's see those chickens come home to roost!

    September 15, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. CM

    Thank You.....

    Does the GOP really expect us to believe that they have the solution to the mess they put us in?

    Didn't Bush run as a reformer? Now McCain/Palin want to reform the reformer but hire Bush's advisers and lobbyists to get them elected?

    Just once I'd like a GOP supporter to answer these charges instead if spinning into some attack.

    September 15, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Hillary Democrat

    Sounds like our BOY is running scared.

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

    Palin won,t even do a press conference or town hall on her own, and wants to be VP
    sounds like Cheney to me........SCARY

    September 15, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Dayahka

    McCain is a change agent–a change back to the 18th Century or earlier. It's not a question of who's for change and who isn't, but who wants to go back and who wants to go forward, who wants regressive change and who wants progressive change, who wants to make people's lives worse and who wants to make them better.

    September 15, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. Tom

    Marie Antoinette had a better grasp of reality than this idiot does.

    September 15, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Letha

    IF YOU LEAVE OUT THE ( L) IN PALIN WHAT DO YOU GET

    MACCAIN/PAIN THE SAME AS i AM-BUSH

    AMERICA DO YOU WANT FOUR MORE YEARS OF THE SAME

    September 15, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Robert

    Keep hammering them. McSame and Palin want to take Americans for a ride. Not this time, not this year!

    September 15, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. Allen Hussein

    Bush and McCain, it is time to own your failures!

    September 15, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Sam

    it's about time someone called McCain the fraud he's become!

    September 15, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. Hilary B

    I bet McCain is throwing another one of his temper tantrums right now.

    September 15, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. S-Man

    LOL.. I love it Barack!!!!

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

    Just the fact that McCain would try and defend his comments about the economy being strong on one of the worst days on Wall Street in decades should not leave any question in anyone's mind that he is COMPLETELY OUT OF TOUCH!

    September 15, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. A Fed Up Democrat

    Watch out for a week of this statement to turn into something sexist from the Mccain camp to deter us away from another oops by the Washington administration that is trluy linked to MCBUSH.

    September 15, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. Eileen from Maine

    maybe Palin could buy that Bridge with the millions she ripped off from the taxpayers.

    September 15, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. Way to go Barack

    McCain McSame.. We need change in the form of Barack -N- Biden 08

    September 15, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. Lovely in VA

    Maybe Alaska will buy that bridge and actually send the money back they were given to build it.

    September 15, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. Daniel

    Doesn't he mean "I've got a bridge that I voted for to sell you up in Alaska?"

    September 15, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. Celeste

    I predict that the Republican party is going to crash and burn and end up in the political wilderness for at least 20 years. That should teach them a lesson.

    September 15, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. Ilene

    Any person that would vote for four more years of Republicanism should have their heads examined (if they even have heads)

    September 15, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. in the heartland

    Tell it, Sen. Obama, loud and clear.

    People talk about Palin as if she is running for Prom Queen. She and McBush would land this country at the bottom of a very deep latrine.

    September 15, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. Mike

    ...and a plane to sell you on eBay!

    September 15, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  25. Linda

    McCain/Palen said they would shake up Washington and along with thier Republican party they certainly have, the mortgage crisis,failing banks,a billion dollars a month in Iraq,now the Lehman Bros. How much more "shaking up" can the American public stand . Seems to me only a idiot would vote them back in.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 15, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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