September 16th, 2008
04:48 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain rips Obama over Streisand fundraiser

Barbara Streisand will be at Sen. Barack Obama's California fundraiser Tuesday night.
Barbara Streisand will be at Sen. Barack Obama's California fundraiser Tuesday night.

(CNN) – As he heads off to a high-dollar fundraiser featuring Barbra Streisand, Barack Obama is hoping the politically-active singer can help him capture the White House.

So is John McCain.

Speaking at a campaign event in the working-class Democratic stronghold of Youngstown, Ohio, the Republican presidential nominee said Obama “talks a tough game on the financial crisis, but the facts tell a different story.

“...He put Fannie Mae’s [former] CEO, who helped create this problem in charge, of finding his vice president. That’s not change - that’s what’s broken in Washington,” said McCain.

“Talk about siding with the people, siding with the people just before he flew off to Hollywood for a fundraiser with Barbra Streisand and his celebrity friends,” he said. “Let me tell you my friends, theres no place I’d rather be than here with the working men and women of Ohio.”

Streisand, a staunch Democrat, is scheduled to perform at a $28,500 a head Obama fundraiser Tuesday night in Beverly Hills, California.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (257 Responses)
  1. Its Time

    Hmm, isn't Merrill Lynch McCain's largest fundraiser? Dems might use the help of Hollywood but at least their not enslaved by Big Oil and Corporations.

    September 16, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. KenB, MI

    Well the metaphor for McCain here...If you can't stand the heat and you can't cook, we demand that you get out of the kitchen.

    This is as empty as you can get on an attack.

    How to lose control of your campaign and stay off target...tell more lies and toss empty attacks and at the end of it all tell the American people that you understand their pain.

    Yea lets build a bridge to cross the desert. unfortunately, some will believe its a good idea.

    September 16, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. Justin, ny

    let ME tell you something, John McCain, "my friend". QUIT TRYING TO DESTROY MY COUNTRY

    September 16, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. Republican Woman for Obama

    Oh Please. He sounds so Idiotic. McCain just had a fundraiser the other day with Jon Voit and other Hollywood celebrities. He's just jealous because Obama have more support from hollywood than he does. Its not like Obama gets money from special interest groups like McCain does.

    September 16, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. Voter

    This is funny considering it's Obama that has a TON more small donations compared to McCain

    and lets not forget, McCain doesn't have fundraisers or have 100+ lobbyists in his campaign with 8 being leads... more LIES? or more of the same?

    September 16, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. Joe

    go mccain! hillary 2012

    September 16, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. DB

    This is so ridiculous... it was ok for Palin to go off to a fundraiser at an exclusive country club? P-L-E-A-S-E... this is the kind of thing you say when you've had your butt beat all day....Blackberries, convene a commission, not cooperate with an investigation. ... bad day for the GOP. This sounds really desperate.

    September 16, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. I Invented the McMuffin... and fire

    You are a tiresome old coot with an honor deficiency... I guess you used it all up before your life was run.

    September 16, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. Johanna not voting GOP

    Wow, this is such a non-story. McCain hired his own celebrity as VP and he is still complaining about Obama?

    WEAK

    September 16, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. Republican for Obama

    guess those comments would apply to Palin's "country club" event yesterday, too. McCain, you are a hypocrite, and your VP pick has been proven to be a liar......repeatedly!!

    September 16, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. Gina

    Oh please... if McCain could get anyone famous besides country singers to host fundraisers, he wouldn't be complaining.

    September 16, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. victor,nj

    The nerve of this man. What ever happen to the Mccain of 2000. This fool continues to make a mockery of this election. His envy of Obama is so obvious from stealing his slogans to what friends he has.

    September 16, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  13. Carolyn Folkins

    Only in America could a politician who is CURRENTLY UNDER INVESTIGATION for abuse of power be tapped as a VP candidate and present herself as the anti establishment who will clean up Washington. Will somebody explain what McOld was thinking?

    September 16, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. Cindy

    Hmmm... I think John McCain is feeling jealous. He did some stops without Palin, and the crowd dwindled back down to pre-Palin levels.

    Poor John McCain.

    September 16, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. BABS

    You go Girl!

    September 16, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  16. CB2

    Weak comeback McCain!! Did you make that up yourself or did your lobbyists running you ACTUAL campaign help you. Give me a freakin break!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You can't compare apples and oranges McSame.

    September 16, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  17. probama in paradise

    Oh, get over yourself, McGrumpy–you're just jealous because your celebrity, moose huntin' running mate is losing her glamour!

    September 16, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  18. eddie

    Obama supporters ask Palin's experience, why do you ask what is OBAMA's experiences, community organizer? That is too cheap shot.

    September 16, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  19. JT

    Shut your lying mouth McCain. There is no honor in your words any more. You don't know the definition of the word.

    September 16, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  20. Liar, liar

    Obama could have say the same thing yesterday when McCain attended a fundraising with a little crowd of people calling him McSame Bush 44.

    September 16, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. Doug

    Another example of the Hollywood elite praising the chosen one. Hey CNN, why don't you try a little balance in your coverage. Fiorina said that Obama, McCain, Biden or Palin were not qualified to run Hewlett-Packard. You reported, Palin, McCain not qualified to run company. You have convienent memory loss. Try letting the people get the whole story, not what YOU want them to hear.

    September 16, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  22. dana

    that so cute. McCains jealous he didnt get invited to the party. awhhh

    September 16, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  23. Adam, Plano, TX

    mccain has 159 prior lobbyist's running his campaign. thats not change, thats whats broken with washington.

    September 16, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  24. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    Bite me McCain! You are so jelous and tired, just go away. Obama 08

    September 16, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  25. Shannon from Oklahoma

    I am very tired of Mr. McCain. It is time for November 4.

    September 16, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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