Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden campaigned together in North Carolina on Saturday.(AP Photo)
GREENSBORO, North Carolina (CNN) – A rare occurrence compared to the McCain-Palin ticket: Barack Obama and Joe Biden flew to North Carolina Saturday morning for their first joint rally since August 31. Both took the opportunity to hit John McCain for his Friday night debate performance, hammering the Arizona senator for failing to address middle class issues.
“The truth is,” Obama said, “through ninety minutes of debating, John McCain had a lot to say about me, but he had nothing to say about you. He didn't even say the words "middle class." Didn’t say the words “working people.”"
Obama discussed the bailout package that lawmakers hope to pass this weekend before markets open on Monday, laying out his proposals and reiterating the need for strict oversight.
“This administration started off by asking for a blank check to solve this problem,” said Obama. “It is unacceptable to expect the American people to hand this administration or any Administration a $700 billion without any conditions attached, without any oversight when a lack of oversight in Washington and on Wall Street is exactly what got us into this mess in the first place.”
The Illinois senator mocked McCain for stealing the Democrats’ lines, laughing, “You gotta come up with your own stuff!”
“He's been grabbing our signs, using our slogans,” said Obama. “The other day he said, I think, we need to ‘turn the page.’ It's like, come on, John! I've been saying that for – how long have I been saying that? Pretty soon I'm going to have to start saying I'm a maverick!”
For his part, Biden praised his running mate’s performance at the debate saying it proved Obama has shown better judgment than McCain.
“Look at the policy, the foreign policy and the national security policy, the focus of last night’s debate,” said Biden. “This was supposed to be John McCain’s turf and Barack Obama owned it last night.”
The McCain campaign responded to Obama’s charges on the economy by pointing to a July vote on a budget resolution that would have rolled back tax cuts on those making less than $41,500.
“If he was honest, Barack Obama knows he was unable to debate the merits of supporting higher taxes on the middle class, and bloated government spending during a looming economic crisis,” said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds, “it simply proved indefensible last night.”
Awesome words about McCain stealing lines, etc.
He just needs to make sure all of these zingers get wide publicity - like saying them at a debate, maybe. ;-)
GREAT JOB McCAIN!!!!
McCain is Back to DC – doing his JOB
Obama is back out trying to get elected now that debate school is over.
Do YOUR JOB – America needs this fixed – NOW!
McCain's bad form and spite cost him points.
Mccain is no Ronald Reagan. Mccain was just too nasty and moody.
Obama was the cool hand in the storm. He also could find common ground before he spoke about what he disagreed with. That is how you get things done. Not by being a condescending jerk who can't look someone in the eye.
Why couldnt McCain look Obama in the eyes last night??
He looked cowardly, unprofessional, and quite simply old, last night!!
Why in the world would McCain hang on to Tucker Bounds?
Same reason he's hanging onto Palin . . .
He's self destructive
Obama/Biden '08 (protect us from the war-mongering republicans)
You are a maverick! Actually I was waiting for him to say it last night when McCain called him the most liberal senator. That would have been awesome!
I don't know where the McCain supporters are getting this misconception about CNN being biased and in complete support of Obama. Everytime I log onto CNN or turn on CNN coverage is always on McCain and Palin. CNN did the same thing during the primaries. The stories always seemed to be pro-Hilary instead of a fair approach in covering both Obama and Hilary. If the McCain supporters would take time to read the articles before posting they would see that CNN seems to enjoy covering McCain and Palin more so than Obama. They only cover Obama when they can no longer escape having to do so like with the debate last night. All day Saturday CNN went back to covering McCain and his attempt to be involved with the bailout its just ridiculous.
If John McCain suspended his campaign due to "his" bailout plan, how was he able to put an add out immediately after the debate? I'm confused.
I was at the rally! It was incredible, Obama had a lot more fire in him than he sometimes does, and he really hammered home a lot of great lines.
I was there today, and the crowd was totally pumped! I find it really hard to believe that NC is "leaning toward McCain" like the CNN Electoral Map says. With all the forward-thinking college kids in this state, I think it'll probably go Obama's way.
Did anyone else hear that John McBush was just rambling last night. He was not making any coherent arguments. I also noticed a certain piece of jewelry missing from his lapel that Obama was wearing. Yet he attacked Obama for not wearing one. He also did not wear one during his convention speech. Did anyone else notcie that?
Good debate last night but I really want to see Biden and Palin debate. I have read that she is a skilled debater, an unknown with unknown issue stances which is difficult to prepare Biden for and overall very adept when she debated Alaskan pols. I think she's been holding back. It should prove to be livelier than than Friday's.
Okay, help me to understand; McCain is pledging to reform a government that he has been apart of for over 20 years. Why haven't we seen McCain in years prior to him running for President addressing the problems of Wall Street?
What scares me is Palin.... Can you guys actually imagine McCain having to take a leave from office for any reason and this lady running our country? Scary concept to consider......
I love how McSame is quick to point the finger at everyone in the room except himself. Example: Katie Couric's interview of Sarah "moose killer" Palin; when Katie asked Sarah how many times did McSame in his 26 years in office oppose de-regulation and Sarah said she would get back to her.
Hmmmm.... de-regulation got us in this mess, McSame has never opposed de-regulation, in fact, he's proud of his de-regulation record (well, not at the moment, but he used to be, when it was convienient).
Thanks for pointing to all those fingers John, I'm pointing one big one back at you now.
McCain's temperment is frighting, and his judgement is even worst.....Its obvious that he does not have the ability to be objective and reasonable; he takes all things personal and is ready to fight at the drop of a pin.....This is not the type of character the American people want in a president.
DID ANY ONE ELSE CATCH MCCAIN WHEN HE BADLY MISSTATED HISTORY IN CLAIMING PAKISTAN WAS A FAILED STATE IN 1999 WHEN MUSHARRAF TOOK POWER??!! SOME ONE PLEASE REPORT THIS – MUSHARRAF CAME TO POWER IN A COUP D'ETAT, OUSTING THEN PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF, WHO HAD JUST PARTICIPATED IN A RECENT ELECTION!!!
FOR SOMEONE CLAIMING EXTENSIVE FOREIGN POLICY KNOWLEDGE, THIS IS SIMPLY NOT ACCEPTABLE. SENATOR MCCAIN, WE MAY EXPECT THIS FROM YOUR RUNNING MATE, BUT NOT FROM YOU, SIR. YOU ARE WRONG ON THE FACTS AND WRONG ON JUDGMENT, AND NO LONGER HAVE ANY BASIS FOR LECTURING OBAMA ON KNOWLEDGE OF FOREIGN POLICY.
What a pathetic person McCain was last night. No flag pin, after going at Obama in the past for not wearing one. Not even looking toward Obama during the debate, and not even when shaking hands with him when it began. You could tell he was going to explode at almost any minute and lie, after lie, AGAIN. The one that really got to me was the lies about " loving the vets" and " they know I will take care of them ". Well, just ask a vet how he has taking care of them. He has voted " no " for everything that has come up to help the vets. Also, maybe he should have checked before he came up with his statements about Henry Kissinger. It has been proven many times over today that Obama was right about what Kissinger said. McCain is a joke and God help our country if the Republicans, bigots and PUMAS don't wake up.
Has noone noticed that the media has all but ignored Joe Biden. Its rather remarkable that the one V.P. candidate who avails himself to the media doesnt get the attention. Perhaps the lesson learned is that if you dont make yourself accessible then you will get all the attention. The media should be ashamed. Its unfair and irresponsible for them to give such unbalanced coverage to one candidate over the other!!
McCain actually looked a bit disoriented (physically) after the debate. When he walked over to his wife, it looked as if he was struggling to balance himself. Did anyone else notice? Especially when Obama and his wife came to shake his hand, he seemed physically uncomfortable. I'd like to know if he saw his doctor afterwards.
As an independent, I'm not even sure I can consider him as a choice, I really can't imagine a US government under Palin.
I agree with Michael in NC, I find it hard to believe that Obama isn't at the very least going to put on a very good showing here in NC. Everywhere I go, all the time, all I see are Obama bumper stickers.
Also, a side note about the rally: Biden spoke first, and there was a fantastic sequence where he kept pointing out everything McCain said and did that was wrong, and the whole crowd started chanting "Wrong!" every time McCain's name was spoken.
Obama is absolutely brilliant! "You're going to have to start coming up with your own stuff". LOVE IT! Keep em coming! I've been listening to that plagiarizing thief and thinking the same thing myself. FYI, a lot of us in the military HATE McCain's guts! So all of that, military men and women know I love them crap he was spewing...DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE. We know how he really feels because every time he votes against benefits for us (if he even bothers to show up and vote) we feel the love.
We know who's really on our side OBAMA/BIDEN 08!
Republicans are so blind. They accuse Obama supporters of drinking the kool aid but they've been under the influence so long that Bush's approval rating is surprising. Not that 2/3 of the American people think he's doing a bad job but that 1/3 thinks he's doing a good job.
People suggest that he couldn't look at Obama because Obama didn't deserve to be on that stage. How arrogant is that! Even if he thinks he's the better candidate, Obama is a fellow senator, a state senator, former president of the Harvard Law Review, a college professor, a community organizer, a human being. Since when is it okay to treat ANY human being that way?
No matter what Senator McCain, says during debates, one only has to read the platform of his Republican party to know he is not telling the truth. The platform states what the party stands for and what to expect if their person is elected. Reading the party platform of the Republican party is scary. Senator McCain, will say anything to be elected; however he will follow his party platform when elected.
WAKE UP AMERICAN AND DON'T BE FOOLED BY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AGAIN!!!
McCain made a point of taking accountability in last night's debate. So it's time he takes accountably and responsibility for the Iraq War being started, for supporting the deregulations policies and philosophy that has caused this economic crisis, for knowingly lying with his campaign ads and speeches, and for picking the MOST unqualified running mate ever in history. So John, we hold you to your word.