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. Generation X

    If you idiots vote for John McCain than you will deserve the next four years; however, the real people will be on a different course than your America!!! The real revolution will not be televised; right CNN your network is great at not showing the truth everyday.

    September 15, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. mb

    If anyone seriously think that Mccain/Palin reforms will change this mess we're in I have a bag of dreams i can sell. We need change !
    Not reform.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08'12

    September 15, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. Reason

    So interested in voting for McCain? Think again. McCain voted with bush 90% of the time. He supports bush's billion dollar tax cuts. His campaign is run by lobbyists. He has no clue about the economy (said that the economy is strong). No McCAIN!!

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

    bridge line is funny of course they will call is gender bashing etc. OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA

    September 15, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Tony, Los Angeles

    I can't wait for those debates shortly around the corner....this race will not be as close as it media portrays it....so sad....

    Obama/Biden 08'!!!!

    September 15, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Tony

    GO BARACK! IT'S ABOUT TIME YOU STARTED HITTING BACK!...HARD!

    September 15, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Paizley

    LOL...brilliant line. McCain is counting on everyone to sleep walk through this election and not focus on the truth and the issues. Ain't gonna happen McCain!

    September 15, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Never let them see you sweat....

    Nice!
    Now only if Americans will open their eyes and see that the economy is not fundmentally sound.
    No Way, No How, No McCain, No Palin

    September 15, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Love It

    I heard that speech on CNN Live. It was great!

    September 15, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. Tired of W, OH

    What I was trying to say is beware of the unethical GOP practice of "voter caging". Don't let them rob you of your right to vote.

    September 15, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. Kylee

    McCain will say anything or do anything to attract a vote. Palin the same way. What a couple of losers (literally, I hope).

    September 15, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. Nancy

    All I can say is "Amen". I am one of those so called "walmart moms". This woman will be voting Obama/Biden 08!

    September 15, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. Broad street buddy

    McCain's response: Listen to my vp pick lie some more.

    Go Obama!!

    September 15, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. TS

    McCain does not have your best interest in mind. He sold out to the lobbyists and republican party elite.

    A vote for McCain is a vote aginst the future of our country

    September 15, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. jm for sc

    Awesome Obama!!! If they buy McCain's BS, they will certainly write you a check for the bridge.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 15, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. Helene

    And now Palin would like us, taxpayers, to pay for .... an airport to nowhere ! at rhe cost of $4.5 millions for an island inhabited by less than 100 people !
    If I hear Palin's verbal vomit once again ....

    September 15, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. BMartin, Duluth, MN

    I'm glad I didn't retire – my friends that did are losing all their money. . And It absolutely astounds me that the American people are allowing themselves to be suckered in again. I said it when George Bush was re-elected, and I'll say it if McCain gets in – the American people will deserve what they get. When our big industries go down, as they are today, you can tell where the greed is – and this is the tip of the iceberg.

    September 15, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. fielding mellish

    Obama is far and away the smartest, most qualified and perceptive candidate out there. Nevertheless, I'm afraid it will, as always, simply come down to "race" and with whom people want to share a beer, which would now be Palin–as cynical and poor a VP choice as has ever been foisted on the American public..

    September 15, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Latina

    Latinos for OBAMA!!!

    September 15, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Mike in Houston

    If Obama wasn't such a joke and so naive, he may be credible. As it is, he has so much baggage from Chicago, no policy plan that is remotely workable, and only tired and proven to fail policies of Jimmy Carter to promote.

    Nobama, No way, No How.

    September 15, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. Nick - Arlington, VA

    ENOUGH!!! 8 YEARS IS ENOUGH............

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

    No Obama there is no bridge in Alaska, that's whole point.

    Obama's just being negative and blaming everyone, what's he gonna do about it??

    September 15, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. Mr. Obama don't be like that

    Those are no longer Lobbiest and you know it. Let's not forget your VP's son was "one of those guys" until Friday

    September 15, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. ron

    Republicans are ME ME ME first

    It's time for WE

    No beauty queen for VP

    September 15, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. warren

    Isn't this McCains second financial disaster. I believe he was one of the senators busted for the Savings and Loan crisis in 87. They called them the "Keating Five" and McCain was one of the five senators caught covering up for the S&L criminals.

    September 15, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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