September 27th, 2008
09:17 PM ET
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Obama and Biden together again following debate

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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.”


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soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. AUC

    God bless you Senators Obama and Biden!!!
    The country needs you two now more than ever.

    John McCan, Sarah Palin and their entire group of lieing, deceitful, and racist lot are Pond Scum! Low down.

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    September 27, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Bulldog

    Who is McCain? He USED to be an honorable man. If he were in the military today he would be getting a DISHONORABLE discharge. So disappointing.

    September 27, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. mrkusn

    Obama/Biden winning NC would be a HUGE upset as NC has voted the way of the GOP for so many elections now. This is primarily due to the change in the electorate. The Gen Xers are the ones, if motivated to actually drop their cynicism, will change the face of the electoral map for many years to come. This election is a generational shift in politics much like 1992.

    September 27, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Mike from STL

    I just can't understand while Obama is not up by 20 points. It makes me realize just how stupid, blind, and unaware a large portion of our society is.

    September 27, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Meanwhile, In other breaking news, Caribou Barbie Still Inside Bubble! Being Taught How to Construct Complete Sentences by ESL tutors. Film at 11.

    September 27, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. MarioB. from Berlin for OBAMA/BIDEN

    I love the two of them
    Obama's performance was awesome. He got the win last night.
    I can't imagine there's still a majority in that country, believing Obama's not ready to lead.
    If not he is, than NOONE is ready to lead that country!!!
    they are right about McCain, and he's an angry old man.
    It was disturbing, that he not once looked Obama in the eyes. Thats one reason, especially woman think Obama won that one, it's the body language. And he failed.

    And Sarah Failin will finally go down Thursday night and quit the campaign on Friday for "personal reasons"...you know the baby, and the soon grand child...

    September 27, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Hafiz Bamba

    I think the issue of economy is first and Obama prove that He is there for all. When it come to foriegn policy McCain should have done better but fail to deliver by not concerntrating on the issue on the table but thinking of Obama attack. i think Obama in my view is the best to lead the nation. OBAMA CONGRAT....

    September 27, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. Danel

    As they say when you cannot look a person in the eye. You are a snake and untrustworthy. That's exactly how McCain is.

    September 27, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Olivia

    This one really made me laugh.

    Obama has been using other peoples' ideas, words,proposals...as his own....from the start of the democratic primary against hillary and the others. It was bare-faced, overt and arrogant in its dimension.
    It was healthcare, cutting taxes, the drop in earnings of the average household, words borrowed from his friend the mayor, aspects of early childhood education, and more.
    I was shocked then at how brazenly he did it; I'm more shocked now that he has the nerve to accuse someone else of what he did repeatedly.
    As I've said before....Obama doesn't give the voters any credit for common sense. He expects us to believe everything he says. Don't....he's not always credible. Look how he misquoted Kissenger in last night's debate, a gross misrepresentation.

    September 27, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Tony in NM

    Is randomness a quality we want in our president?

    John McCain says one thing in the morning, then contradicts himself by evening, then re-writes history by the following day, while spinning some new drama for our consumption.

    His only ideas seem to revolve around screwing with our minds.

    no drama Obama'08

    September 27, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Ryan Kr Jr

    McCain/Palin ticket is dumb, no new ideas, no new innovation he is stucked in the ideas of the past 1960's and this is 2008 folks.

    What ever Lame Bush left i mean 12 trillion dollars deficit will be doubted by uninformed McCain /Pallin?

    September 27, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. NC for Obama

    I too noticed McCain would not look at Obama. What an "elitist" attitude. I guess it goes back to his old primitive views about only speaking to his "friends" and "allies" and ignoring his "enemies".

    September 27, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. Annie

    Obama showed exceptional judgment last night, as well as respect for McCain. McCain's judgment was poor overall, and there was no respect for Obama; he wouldn't even look his way. As a person of faith, I was looking for something decent or kind in McCain and didn't find it. He creeped me out. His smile doesn't reach his eyes.

    September 27, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Jor Biden: 90 press conferences, where he speaks his mind and occasionally puts out a few zingers.

    Caribou Barbie: 3 press conferences spent murdering the King's English and a 29 second photo op crossing her legs for the leaders of Pakinstan and Afghanistan.

    September 27, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  15. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    I'M IN LOVE WITH BARACK OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN!

    THERE IS NOTHING FALSE ABOUT HOPE!

    YES WE CAN!

    SI SE PUEDE!

    September 27, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. Ga Girl

    Sorry Guys , but I am not on the Obama wagon

    NO WAY NO HOW NO OBAMA ! NO BIDEN !

    McCain / Palin 2008

    September 27, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. David

    Its funny that you can't even look at your apponent's eyes, are you ashmed of what is actually is coming out your mouth?? Are you too ashed on what your lobbyst campaign advisers wrote down for you to repeat like a another republican puppet.??

    Obama acted like a true President, complementing and finding common ground when needed and setting their fundamental differences in a respectful fashion. McBush was so disrespectful toward Obama and the American People by being so condisending. Obama will win by a Landslide just you watch.

    Tha American People, ALL American People are tired of this cronie dividing politics of the past. GO OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 27, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. Sarah Failin

    Bridge, Bridge, Bridge, Bridge, Bridge,
    Alaska, Alaska, Alaska, Alaska, Alaska,
    eBay, eBay, eBay, eBay, eBay,
    Alaska, Alaska, Alaska, Alaska, Alaska,
    hockey, hockey, hockey, hockey, hockey,
    Alaska, Alaska, Alaska, Alaska, Alaska,
    jet, jet, jet, jet, jet,
    Alaska, Alaska, Alaska, Alaska, Alaska,
    lipstick, lipstick, lipstick, lipstick, lipstick,
    Charlie, Charlie, Charlie, Charlie, Charlie,
    Alaska, Alaska, Alaska, Alaska, Alaska...

    September 27, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. Reese from Ohio

    I just saw a couple of videos on utube that make me wonder if Biden has a drinking problem. One was during a rally where he was slurring and acting like he was completely drunk and the other was Biden stumbling around dancing and singing making fun of the retirement village jingle in Flordia to a camera.

    Is this the man we want a heartbeat away from the Presidency?

    Someone should check on this stat.

    September 27, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. joe

    I just heard that Chuck Schumer had a fit while negotiating the bailout plan. He mentioned that that too many people were involved. Is this guy Kidding. THIS MORON TOOK OVER $500,000 from the wallstreet crooks.

    New York voters are idiots because they keep sending this guy to Congress. The Eastern establishment is a joke

    September 27, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. Hafiz Bamba

    I think the issue of economy is first and Obama prove that He is there for all. When it come to foriegn policy McCain should have done better but fail to deliver by not concerntrating on the issue on the table but thinking of Obama's attack. i think Obama in my view is the best to lead the nation. OBAMA CONGRAT....

    September 27, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. georgia

    Perhaps Tina Fey can stand in Thurs. .

    September 27, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. James

    My name is James. I'm Asian. I'm voting for Obama/Biden. Others will follow. We know who will really help us. Enough said!

    September 27, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. Sarah Bell, Cleveland, OH.

    If John McCain is an agent of change....then maybe Barack is the former P.O.W. war hero....it would make a lot more sense right? Right?

    September 27, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. Peace4You

    Molly, John McCain is NOT going back to D.C....Repugs are such idiots...Great Job Barack....You did a great job!!!!

    September 27, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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