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. Be Fair

    Let's look at all the facts. Just how much does it cost for a ticket to a McCain fundraiser? Ask anyone in Beverly HIlls where he has held past fundraisers.

    September 16, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. Robert Wendel

    The GOP had no problem with a Hollywood actor becoming a 2 term president, or trotting out actor/Senator Fred Thompson to tow the party line, nor did anyone on the right deride Hollywood actor Charleton Heston as the president of the NRA, but they have problems with Barbra Streisand? The hypocracy of the right is endless! Or is it their still-closeted problem with powerful women who don't need teleprompters?

    September 16, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. gt

    LETS SEE THERE ARE FOLKS JUST LIKE ME AND YOU , BUT WE DONT SPEND 25000 TO EAT OUT JUST 2.50.. OBAMA IS WORKING FOR ALL OF US ............GAG ME

    September 16, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. question

    0!...i thought barbara....moved to canada four years ago....obama...has some strange friends....not my kind of friends........

    September 16, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. kobs

    How about the companies lobbists running yr campaign. You are a hypocrite as they come !!

    September 16, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  6. H E Y ----Y O U

    P L E A S E-- DO N ' T---F L Y -–I N-–G O R E--I N--H I S--

    P R I V A T E---J E T-–G U A R A N T E E D--N O--L E F T O V E R S

    September 16, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. Moderate Republican for Obama

    I never thought I would this about McCain, who I proudly voted for in the 2000 Tennessee Primary, but I am really growing to hate this man. He absolutely nothing like the honorable man that I respected back in the day. He has turned into a bitter, hateful, angry, and disgusting liar!!!

    September 16, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. Gary, Detroit

    McBush is a bitter, angry old man who should just go away. And as far as ' lipstick on a pig goes'...

    September 16, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. eric

    As much as people say that their going to vote for Obama, behind close curtains they will NOT. The media wants you to think it will be close but just like in 2004 when some polls had kerry winning we all know what happened. Before you go to bed that night in Nov it will be a Mccain victory.

    September 16, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  10. Make the World a Better Place-Punch McLie in His Lying, Wrinkled Face

    America is doomed if McCain and his hired skirt take the White House.

    Its not okay to hold a fundraiser, but it IS okay to flippantly mention war with Russia?

    God help us all

    September 16, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  11. kobs

    How about the companies lobbists running yr campaign. You are a hypocrite as they come !! Should I say a bit envious !!!

    September 16, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  12. Todd

    Not knowing how many homes he has?
    Wearing $500 shoes?

    Who is out of touch?

    September 16, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. Paula

    To the 1st Blogger-Bayou Joe:
    You may not be aware that approximately 60% of homeless people are vets. McCain has not even mentioned them while Barack has and declared war on the shamefulness of letting our vets live this way.
    HOw can a man who doesn't know how many homes he owns care about our wounded heroes?

    This person from a long line of military family will be voting for Obama. Semper Fi

    September 16, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  14. CNN, can I PLEASE get off of your 'list'...

    would you just look at the idiotic, hateful posts on here from the right??

    what... he can't raise money???

    this from a campaign RUN by lobbyists....

    DO YOU PEOPLE KNOW HOW STUPID YOU REALLY SOUND??

    September 16, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  15. Walter, Long Beach

    Pretty weak stuff, McSame.

    September 16, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  16. J UAN CARLOS

    P L E A S E---S A V E---M E-–A --–T A Q U I TO

    September 16, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  17. Dana from NY

    Oh please!!!!... Sarah Palin just had a country club fundraiser last night for you Johnny Boy... why don't you put your foot in your mouth and call it a day!!

    September 16, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  18. Mario fl

    Wow McCain jalous ahahahahahaha hohohohohohohohoh hihihihihihihihihihihih

    September 16, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  19. EC

    Didn't Barbie Doll Cindy McCain go to London to do a fundraiser? WHAT no one willing to donate here in the US?

    Don't hate the players hate the GAME old man!! You're just jealous that this young man is beating YOU at your own game!

    Get over yourself....next.

    September 16, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  20. PALIN POWER

    Boy Obama's popular... I should vote for him cause Brittney, Barbara, Rosie, Lindsey and Matt are...

    LOL... yea... I pick my president based on that crowd... sadly dems do though... which is a bit scary

    September 16, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  21. MAK

    Methinks Obama & Crew better watch the liar accusations. It seems to me that they have been pushing the 'lie' button themselves lately.

    They did the same thing to Hillary Clinton. Remember how Bill was turned into a racist?

    September 16, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  22. Shannon WA ST

    Wow this coming from a man who lies about how many people are coming to his speaches.. Those 23,000 people no it was 8,000 people. Those 10,000 people were 3,500 people and yesterday he couldn't even fill 2/3 s of the seats in the vet stadium.So i guess all he has left now is to jump on oh hes a celebrity agan. Old news man old news.... Your gaff yesterday : the economy is strong " sunk you in alot of peoples minds... It was a he said what.... Barbra also gave money to Obama is the primaries just like she gave money to Clinton. So some of the comments above need do some research....
    Obama Biden 08

    September 16, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  23. Michele/Oregon

    "DON'T RAIN ON OUR PARADE!"... PEOPLE, PEOPLE WHO NEED PEOPLE.........will be the luckiest people if they vote in

    Obama/Biden '08!

    September 16, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  24. Len in Washington

    "...there's no place I'd rather be than here with working men and women.... " (Except maybe in one of my seven homes)

    Jealousy is a mean mistress, John.

    September 16, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  25. Country First? How' that?

    How lame can this man be? If you really want to talk about hasbeen MCcain has to be the biggest hasbeen of them all 26 years of what? Nothing and now you wanna run for the biggest job in all the land, when he has one foot in the grave? Then the joke part Palin has to be the worst joke of them all, a B.S. in Journalism? How lame is that? How in the world can that make you qualified? She doesn't even know what a business model is, or how markets work.

    September 16, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
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