September 28th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama slams McCain on middle class

Sen. Barack Obama tried to paint McCain as out-of-touch with the middle class Sunday.
Sen. Barack Obama tried to paint McCain as out-of-touch with the middle class Sunday.

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama on Sunday tried to paint Sen. John McCain as a candidate who is out of touch with the middle class.

peaking about Friday's presidential debate, Obama accused McCain of not addressing working families.

"We talked about the economy for 40 minutes, and not once did Sen. McCain talk about the struggles that middle class families are facing every day," Obama said at a campaign event in Detroit, Michigan.

The economy took the lead in Friday night's presidential debate, as both candidates highlighted their plans to bring the United States out of what some are describing as the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

McCain on Sunday brushed off Obama's latest line of attack, saying he has "bigger things to worry about."

"Who does he think I was talking about when I said 'people on Main Street'? Who did he think I was talking about, about the necessity of helping the American taxpayers and income - and Americans who are out there working and trying to keep their jobs?" he said on ABC's "This Week."

"I've got bigger things to worry about than that."

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soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Dan in Waukegan

    I don't envy John Mc Cains' many houses and vehicles. I do think that a person that owns that much can not know what it's like to have an income of less than 50k a year and understand what life is like.
    I'm fortunate, I had a good job for 38 years and retired with a good pension. That sort of thing is not available to out kids. College isn't for everyone, I dropped out of high school and joined the army when I reached age 17. When I was discharged in 1964, good jobs were everywhere, with health benefits and retirement. There's nothing wrong with being factory worker, we can't all be business managers, but the factories are gone. We need them back. How can we reamain a Super Power without them? How we be a Super Power and continue borrowing money from China? I'd like to debate John Mc Cain and Barrack Obama myself.

    September 28, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. D-MI

    McCain has bigger things to worry about...
    Like putting another fearther in his cap, along with his 8 homes, 12 cars, trophy wife, etc...

    The rest of America is worrying about affording food, keeping the heat on this winter, and being able to commute to and from their job.

    No, WE DON'T have bigger things to worry about...

    September 28, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. CANADIAN CLUB

    McCAIN'T , AS HE AINT GOING TO THE WHITE HOUSE, SEEMS VERY JUMPY AND EDGY THESE DAYS. THIS OUT OF TOUCH, LIVING IN THE PAST, LYING WAR MONGER OF AN OLD MAN, SEEMS ONLY INTERESTED IN SINGING HIS PRAISES AS A SOLDIER, GLORIFYING HIMSELF BY HIS MILITARY ACCOMPLISHMENTS, AND CREATING A LEGEND,.. GUESS WHAT McCAIN'T? YOU AIN'T NO AUDIE MURPHY. WATCHING THE DEBATE FRIDAY NIGHT, HE KEPT REFERRING TO " OBAMA JUST DOESN'T UNDERSTAND". EXCUSE US McLIAR,... BUT IF YOU'RE SO KNOWLEDGEABLE, AND ALL KNOWING, HOW COME YOU PICKED SUCH A DUD FOR A RUNNING MATE?

    September 28, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Patty

    Why are you not letting my comments be posted CNN?? Because the truth hurts!!

    September 28, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. blind leading the blind

    Obama does not practice what he preaches.

    Makes money but can not save it.

    Biden is a pauper- and thus even less good at managing his money.

    September 28, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Tennisguypitt

    Huh? What kind of reaction is that?

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 28, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. Patty

    This is so misleading. Obama spoke first so was McCain supposed to repeat what he said. McCain did comment on several items.

    September 28, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. Phantom of the Oprah

    Slamming is what Obama does best....

    Solving... not so much.

    September 28, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. McCain still suffers from PTSD

    These two past weeks proves to the American people that McCain is still suffering from PTSD and unfit to hold the office of the Presidency of the United States.

    Rolling the dice with Americans is NOT presidential Mr. McCain. Your GAMBLING problems have 'rolled' into the Presidential race!

    Selecting a VP candidate as a model spokeswoman for 'beauty' is NOT presidential

    Spewing LIES every time his campaign speaks to the American people is NOT presidential

    Using POW to solicit sympathy and a handicap as a means to prove you’re qualified is NOT presidential

    Claiming only YOU can find Bin Loden because you know where he is and knows how to get him but you SIT ON YOUR HANDS and use this to win votes is NOT AMERICAN NOR Presidential ! THIS IS TREASON!

    The American people saw what McCain offered this past Friday at the debate and what McCain displayed shows us again, he is UNFIT to serve.

    McCain who is suffering from PTSD and unable to manage his emotions is HIGLY RISKY FOR ANY CRITICAL OFFICE.

    Mr. McCain, keep your promise to the American People and think of country first! Resign your campaign and admit you are unfit to serve.

    September 28, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. baffled

    Palin echoes Obama on Pakistan so she is an ignorant moron?

    Interesting conclusion by the media and the Obama camp.

    September 28, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Low

    Yeah! worring about why you were caught on national tv trying to find out where congress was holding the meeting (which they moved, because they knew you were coming), and when he finally got to the right place, the meeting was almost over. I would worry why as a great State Senator like me not be invited! ha! ha!

    September 28, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. Darrell

    John is correct he does have at least two things bigger that he must worry about.One is the person he sees in the mirror,who is not even close to the John McCain of 2000.The other big worry is Sarah Palin who is comic relief for the rest of the world but not so good for McCain.The speed dating (vetting) tactic has failed miserably and it has got to suck to be John McCain right about now.Yeah I would have to agree McCain has bigger worries right now,then Obama kicking his butt all over the place and being a gentleman and Presidential while doing it.

    September 28, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. Independent from PA

    Your help to Mainstreet Senator McCain is through wall street. Yes, it would trickle down; THAT'S WHAT I HEARD DURING DEBATE!

    September 28, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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