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. sketchie

    This is one of the worst moment in america. nothing seems to be working fine. Even if I dont like obama, he's getting my vote and full support because I believe there cannot be anything worse than the present moment.

    September 15, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. obama all the way

    hahaha haa hahahahah haaaa hahahaha

    Oh, that is a good one Barack 🙂

    I think McSenile did himself in today when he said the economy was still strong.

    I never thought of a more appropriate day or person to announce..
    It's the economy STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 15, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. down with the GOP.

    HA HA that's awesome. I love that Obama is sticking it to them back- that's the kind of toughness we need. thank god!

    September 15, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. Ken in Dallas

    Angus, McCain said he didn't understand economics, just before his "expert" told us it's all in our heads.

    Is there anything in your head, Angus?

    September 15, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. Zane

    The McCain supporters are lining up in groves, they know a good deal when they see it! lol lol lol!
    OBAMA in 08

    September 15, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Accountant Guy

    Good speech Mr. President. THANKS, BUT NO THANKS TO MCCAIN/PALIN!!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 15, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. FactCheck

    > That bridge and Obama's resume have about the same weight.

    So was Palin FOR Obama's resume before she was AGAINST it?

    September 15, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. anon

    A vote for Obama/Biden is a vote for pork and earmarks! They supported the $30 BILLION farm welfare bill, and Biden's sons were given cush jobs for a bank he helped in the Senate.

    Obama has asked for more earmarks in two years than McCain did in 20!

    Pork and earmarks are not "change;" they're business as usual!

    September 15, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. I love Obama

    Obama is letting the pig and old fish stink up the place. I'm glad he's talking to Americans on a third grade level so they can see how bad those two republicans are. and I wish McCain will stop cheating off Obama's paper.

    September 15, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. Anthony

    I don't know about you, but remember last month after the DNC, all the media kept talking about was that we still don't know what Obama has to offer or what those details of his Presidency will be like. He really needs to stop bashing McCain and focus on the "change" that he is selling to us instead.

    September 15, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. DV


    Nice Barack, nice!


    September 15, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. Obama, my sweet lord, halleluja, krishna krishna

    Yuk Yuk Yuk! But seriously folks, take my wife... please! Bah-dump-bump!

    Obambi shouldn't give up his day job. Now, if only we could figure out what that is.

    Hey speaking of well-connected and highly-influential Washington lobbyists, how is Biden's son doing? bah-dump-bump! But seriously folks...

    September 15, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. Rick in NC

    If this doesn't show everyone in the US that McCain really isn't very good on the economy thing then they just aren't looking. Too bad the war is doing better than the economy. When your good with a hammer everything looks like a nail. Who does that sound like?

    September 15, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. Wayne D. PA

    Keep up the pressure on Insane McCain the issues is what the election all about not lipstick Obama/Biden 08

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

    Dear Angus McDugan:
    Obama has as much experience as Abraham Lincoln did. He made the right decision when it came to Irag. He's intelligent and I trust his leadership way more than that bumbling old man McCain. I think you should wake up.

    September 15, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. E.Frank MD

    I do not believe any intelligent analysis of the disaster America is in, and how Bush and his policies pushed us there by their perfidy, is going to make the tiniest difference to McCain's supporters. Intelligent design, not intelligent discussion, is the phrase that will lead those followers over the cliff...unfortunately pulling the rest of us and the world with them.

    September 15, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. Ex-PUMA for Obama

    I got a bridge to sell you in Alabama!

    September 15, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. Peter E

    Obama's strategy: keep attacking McCain, throw the kitchen sink at him, and then pretend to be the 'victim' in the campaign... Maybe that will distract voters from Obama's own questionable record, or his lack of real plan on issues.

    September 15, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. Charlotte Republican Obama

    Now this is getting good!

    Hey, I can see a gas station from my I qualified to be Energy Secretary?

    September 15, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. Jon in CA

    McCain has said, "From Washington to Wall Street, the top of our economy is broken. We have seen self interest, greed, irresponsibility and corruption undermine the hard work of the American people."

    His solution: Give them a Tax break! That will help them be less greedy, self-absorbed, corrupt and irresponsible! It works in la-la land... It could work in America!

    September 15, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. greenfun

    At least he keeps his promise on public financing.

    September 15, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. Barack Uda

    With all today's news, if you think this race is as tight as we're led to believe, I've got a bridge to nowhere I'd like to sell you.

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

    I am so happy that Obama is finally striking back on the real issues.

    September 15, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. Gimmick FIRST

    The stock Market dropped 500 points today and this was one of the affects of the bad economy.....yet McCain said today.....economy is strong.

    Strong economy? For who? Oh, its strong for McCain and his 9 homes!!!

    McCain Hires lobbyists while Palin hired friends with no qualifications(hired friend whose qualifications is she likes cows!!!).

    Oh, look I see Russia from here!!!

    September 15, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. Typing in all caps and whining about Rove isn't an argument.

    Was he before selling this bridge before he was against it?

    Good Lord, Obama is an empty suit.

    September 15, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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