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. victor,nj

    His he serious. He picked a VP that doesnt give interviews and is under investigation, numerous lobbyist working in is campaign staff, commercials filled with lies after lies. numerous gaffs after gaffs. enough of this man already, I can't wait till nov 4.

    September 16, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  2. TyWebb

    Oh well – McCain has Jon Voight and Pat Boone to console him.

    September 16, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  3. MARYANN Oswego IL

    Where is Barack Obama ..in HOLLYWOOD...Parts of Illinois are flooded..people have there homes full of water in Morris etc etc...and Barack is in Hollywood....How come he went to New Orleans when Gustave came through ..but cares more about his Hollywood friends than the good folks of Illinois....streets are still flooded and he is with BABS....former Democrat who is indepenent of the Dnc...

    September 16, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. Say Cheese Obama

    Oh the Return of Yentil! Guess she and Obama together will be Kermit the Frog & Miss Piggy!! :)

    September 16, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. Marisol Gold

    Hey Mr. McCain:
    Don't you surround yourself with your friends, the LOBBYists everyday, as they are leading your campaign? Oh, and by the way, did you give back the record amount of money your received from now failed, Merrill Lynch. And your running mate, did she give back her money from Scandal riddled VECO Corp?

    Keep taking care of your friends.
    Thank you.

    September 16, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  6. Tracey

    John, don't hate! And guess what? those working men and women in ohio are loosing their jobs as well. The entire country is in serious trouble! People, please "Do NOT Vote FOR THis Man." We all know our situation. Don't ignore it because it is real. The country is broke! and things are getting worse. The republicans are responsible for the war and this horrible economy. Please re-examine this pick! It's been eight long years! Aren't you all tired of this crap? Let's retire Mr. McCain on Nov.4

    September 16, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. independent

    haaaaa thats awesome... glad that he pointed out that little nugget.

    McCain/Palin 08 not Obama/Cheney 08

    September 16, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. Abby

    Obama is SO down to earty – just your regular guy hahahahhahah
    what a Joke this guy is. Only the obama gang could spin this money maker to make him look like the average guy.

    McCain/Palin – REAL People to lead our country.

    September 16, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. carol

    Senator McCain's remarks are pathetic about Senator Obama going to a fundraiser with Barbara Streisand.
    Senator McCain glories in all the attention that Sarah Palin affords him when they go out together......simply because he is a non-entity on his own.
    Senator McCain said " I would sooner be here with you my friends".
    So what is is Senator McCain's problem......just get over yourself Senator.

    September 16, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. AJ

    He's Butthurt he doesnt have any celebrity friends....grumpy old man...your friend bush ruined the country for 8 years...NOTHING is better compared to 8 years ago...RETIRE!!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 16, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. I Got Melanoma From My Tanning Bed

    This is after Palin raises $1,000,000 at a private country club in Ohio.

    McCain/Palin are liars, hypocrites, copy cats and are now irrelevant.

    September 16, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. WOW WOW WOW

    O B A M A :::::::W E ' R E--I N ---A --–D E P R E S S I O N---–

    B U T--–I ' V E--G O T--T O--A T T E N D---A ----

    $ 28,000.00--P E R--P L A T E---D I N N E R--- I ' L L ----

    T A L K-–M O R E-–A B O U T--T HE ---E C O N O M Y--

    L A T E R

    September 16, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  13. Carol

    Sreisand rulez!
    OBAMA 08

    September 16, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  14. Ade

    LOL! Reaching much McLie??????

    September 16, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. benito

    help he has fallen and can't get up. i am sure his big wigs gave at the fundraiser just not as much hehehe.

    September 16, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. Leslie from Nevada

    There goes McCain again... with another smoke screen to avoid the issues. Plus what is he jabbering about? There is nothing wrong with the economy.

    September 16, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. Seriously John

    So Obama's not allowed to hold a fundraiser????

    September 16, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  18. Ted:Canada

    “Let me tell you my friends, theres no place I’d rather be than here with the working men and women of Ohio.”

    COMING FROM A CANADIAN NEAR OHIO

    Republicans have done nothing for OHIO – the number of men and women NOT working in OHIO has grown since the republicans have taken office ' John would you like to be with them?

    September 16, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  19. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Back with the 'Liberal Elite' hate mongering John? Think that will distract anyone from a) your gaffe on saying the economy is fundamentally sound, b) your VP pick preemptively dodging a subpoena on her questionable ethics c) your top economy adviser saying you invented the Blackberry or c) your other economy adviser saying your VP couldn't run a Fortune 100 company but could potentially run the White House. Why not hand out some of that racist 'Obama Waffle' mix your buddies were selling to top of a great week for yourself?

    September 16, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  20. Bajanluv, Newport Newss

    And after, Palin will attend a fundraiser by a CEO of a company who cut over 1,000 jobs in OHIO. Bush is attending a fundraiser in FL with a charged child molester. I don't like Babs but right now she seems pretty harmless. McSame–you turn-

    September 16, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  21. ginger

    McCain, rather than focus on a fund raising party for Sen. Obama focus on how you get Sarah Palin out her troubles.

    September 16, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  22. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    I am on the opposite of Obama and so Babs, be prepared for me to boycott your music or any products you endorse.

    I hope all good Americans do this as well, Public figures should not be able to get in our faces without cost.

    I am already boycotting Oprah, Ellen, Damon and a few others.

    Remember Obama is risky and a roll of the dice.

    McCain will protect our life and liberty and our country. McCain is not a gamble while Obama is a gamble

    September 16, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  23. double standard

    so McCain thinks it's ok when he hosts 30,000 dinners for bankers and lobbyists but Obama can't get some cash from his wealthy supporters?

    September 16, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  24. j.williams, san diego

    i feel sorry for barbra that all of the therapy she has been in has only made her need even more..

    September 16, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  25. Lynnette

    I'm being to feel sorry for McCain.

    September 16, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
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