September 15th, 2008
04:02 PM ET
10 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. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    The stock market is down 500 points and McSame still wants Americans to invest their retirement in the stock market and privatize Social Security, JUST LIKE BUSH! That should tell any thinking American everything they need to know...

    Oh and Drill Baby Drill! Howz that working out for you during hurricane season?

    September 15, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. charles

    It is true whats gona hapen if McCain wins. he is not gona fire the lobbyists. he will have to give them a job. so its not a joke its something people have to think about seriously.How can Mcbush talk about shaking things when he cant even shake his own campaign. He needs to start at his campaign if he is serious about shaking things. but we all know all he wants is to win after that its business as usual.

    September 15, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Poetic Blue

    Yes Obama yes this is the fierceness that we need!!!

    September 15, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Independent Voter to Democratic Voter

    I don't want to take a chance. Obama is the only way to go. Whether you like him or not, he is the only hope we ALL have.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 15, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. cindy barba

    Obama you voted for the bridge with Joe Biden
    It took Palin to stop that bridge

    September 15, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. The Conservative

    The McBush ticket is already insinuating a war with Rusia. Even Bush's failed administration knows it's the wrong way to go. This ticket would be worse that the current one. America, please don't let these idiots close to the white house. They will spell disaster to this country!

    September 15, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    That reference to the bridge rocked and the crowd loved it! Keep on going strong, future POTUS OBAMA!!

    September 15, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Julie

    Lol a bridge to knowhere.. lol.. good one Obama

    September 15, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. R. Cooper


    September 15, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. Steve Newman

    Any independent or Democrat who votes for McCain will find themselves in the same boat that those Nader voters did in 2000 should he win-that is "sorry".

    September 15, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. Boulder Brian

    Is it just me, or does anyone else think Senator Obama needs to carry around Senator Kucinich in his pocket. Then, at appropriate times throughout Barack's speech, Dennis can jump out screaming, "Wake up, America! Wake up, America!"

    I mean serious, who'd thunk Kucinich would bring the heat. I got loads of new-found respect for that man.

    September 15, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. Kate

    that's what is at stake America!

    September 15, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. McSameMcCain on myspace


    I wish I would have said that. 🙂

    September 15, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. James

    Obama is finally playing the game the way he needs to. Hitting McCain on the contradictions of his campaign is merely the tip of the iceberg that will sink the S.S. McCain.

    Sarah Palin, Phil Gramm, and the lobbyists running the campaign are the band that kept playing as the Titanic sank.

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

    Ok CNN I will comply I say I love McCain so you just post my commnets not!! McCain is Bush 2.0

    The man is out of touch with what real Americans are going time to put some one in the White House that knows what is doing real change yes we can!!!

    Obama 08

    September 15, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. sh

    Way to go. This is true if voters still do not get it after 8 years of REP than by voting in MCOLD and PALIN the lipstick pit bull they will get what they deserve. If after todays failures where MCCOLD economic adviser had big hand in legislations voters do not get it than they will never be able to figure it out.

    September 15, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. Nancy

    Go get 'em Barack. Palin's nose is getting longer and longer. I don't know how she can just utter one lie after the other. They are right, her and McCain are a good fit. No concience at all. Don't let the polls scare you folks, just a bunch of scare tactics. Every lawn sign reads "Obama" whereever I go. I have not seen one McCain sign. As soon as the press digs a little deeper, Palin will be history.


    September 15, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. Wilson, Seattle

    Zing! Yes, keep hitting them on this. Call them out on their lies while keeping to the issues. People who think for themselves will come around.

    September 15, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. A Woman In California For Obama:

    Go Obama! Go!

    September 15, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. heather

    CNN is biased, the polls changed on the election center. The change favors Obama and they are not even talking about it. If it was MCcain, the CNN people would jump on it and make it a big front page title.

    September 15, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. Tired of W, OH


    We're going to hearing a lot more of that line, I'm sure!

    On a seperate issue, beware the GOP

    September 15, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. Republi-CON

    Way to go BO!!!
    America must be asleep

    September 15, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. Marcia

    Trickle Up! Great meme, Senator Obama! After years of Republican administrations raping us working stiffs with "trickle down" economic policies, the pain has finally trickled up and bitten the fat cats.

    Enough is Enough!

    September 15, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. Deb, CA

    Finally some hard hitting comments. Tell them. American's need to stop picking a candidate that looks like them or comes from a hometown like theirs. That is so rid. I'm going to donate some more money so we can hit them hard.

    September 15, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. Joe Green

    Why the media has given Sarah Palin a fre ride for two weeks is a good question.

    They repeat whatever charge she makes verbatim, without doing hte fact checking.

    At best, they strive for "balance" by saying "the Obama campaign disputes...."

    How about the Media getting off its fake hobby horse of "neutrality" and just calling a LIE a LIE?

    It would be refreshing to hear this word used, regardless of the candidate involved.

    The first casualty in war is the TRUTH.

    September 15, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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