October 5th, 2008
03:54 PM ET
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Obama accuses McCain of looking for distractions

Sen. Obama slammed Sen. McCain's health care plan at a campaign event in North Carolina Sunday.
Sen. Obama slammed Sen. McCain's health care plan at a campaign event in North Carolina Sunday.

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama on Sunday charged that Sen. John McCain's campaign is launching "Swift boat-style attacks" on him instead of addressing the country's problems.

Watch: Obama fights back

"Sen. McCain and his operatives are gambling that they can distract you with smears rather than talk to you about substance. They'd rather try to tear our campaign down than lift this country up," Obama said at an event in Asheville, North Carolina.

"That's what you do when you're out of touch, out of ideas, and running out of time," he said.

The comments come a day after Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, McCain's running mate, claimed that Obama associated "with terrorists who targeted our own country."

The McCain campaign shot back on Sunday, saying its accusations are "true facts," and not "smears."

"The last four weeks of this election will be about whether the American people are willing to turn our economy and national security over to Barack Obama, a man with little record, questionable judgment, and ties to radical figures like unrepentant domestic terrorist William Ayers," McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said in a statement.

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soundoff (596 Responses)
  1. sailorrod

    Tucker Bounds is just singing the same old refrain, twisting the facts to create a false picture of reality for an electorate that I expect is becoming increasing incredulous.

    October 5, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. Dr. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    IF AMERICANS ARE IGNORANT ENOUGH TO BE

    FOOLED BY ANOTHER BUSH, THERE WILL NEVER

    BE AN AMERICA WE ALL HAVE KNOWN. WE WILL

    REACH A POINT OF NO RETURN & JOIN THE FALLEN.

    October 5, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. the dude

    McCain–the Keating Five are part of his record. Sarah Palin is an example of his judgment–and his Republican led State Dept. has no problem sitting down with Quadafi in Lybia–

    October 5, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. brad

    with the audit and obama gaining. These next 4 weeks will probably be the dirtiest on record.

    October 5, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Real American

    Obama is looking extremely presidential right now. John McCain is running one of the dirtiest campaigns in history. His gimmick filled campaign is failing and he is trying to distract the least informed voters in a desperate attempt to win some votes. He is out of this race and I think the majority of the voters will see this desperation as gross. An Obama presidency is inevitable. Obama 08!

    October 5, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. Lawrence Usher

    Mcain/Pailan,

    What do you plan on doing for the American people? as of yet, there is no real plan. Trying to tear down your opponent when you are down in the polls just means that you are desperate. Bush tried the same thing and was able to convince the people with Swift Boat attacks. Look how he turned out. the people will not fall for this again. come with substance or go home.

    October 5, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. christi

    DISTRACTIONS – McCain has no plans for America – so he is trying to change the subject. People are losing their jobs McCain, what are you going to do – keep us fighting in Iraq?

    October 5, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. Jordan Fitzpatrick

    John McCain has flushed away any integrity he may have once had. I'll see William Ayers, Reverend Wright, and Rezco, and raise him the Keating Five, Liddy, David Ifshin, Pastor Hagee, Witch doctors, the Alaska Independence Party, Troopergate, private emails, Sudanese Devestment.... the list goes on and on. Does the McCain campaign honestly believe that we have forgotten his indiscretions- which were far more direct than the strained connections he's trying to pin on Obama? Does McCain honestly believe that we aren't paying attention to Palin's Alaska troubles? And does he honestly imagine, that in a time of economic and international crisis, we would be so easily distracted?

    October 5, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. NickNas

    How about Palin saying this morning that Women wo do not vote for her are going to a special hell? It is Burning up the rest of the internet blogs. Pun Intended of course.

    October 5, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. CMG

    Of course, it is all about distractions. McCain and Palin certainly don't want to talk issues. McCain has looked marginally demented the last few weeks and Palin just needs to return to Alaska and take care of her children. I hope those children are prepared for what the history books say about their mother.

    October 5, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. jack NY

    Pure arrogance on a platter served up by Obama to a gullible public.
    Good Luck with that.

    October 5, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  12. FreeNLovIt

    If you want to know, Washington outsiders are the most dangerous politicians. Like Bush/Cheney, they dont have any respect for the Constitution.

    I laughed at Iran's Ahmadinejad for predicting the fall of America. What he failed to understand is that Bush has broken our Constitution.

    This means, at any given time, America can give rise to the next Hitler. America can wake up to a dictator, crushing Iran to the ground, to make way for peace in the Middle East. (But before we get a Hitler, Christianity will have to DIE in America. So dont worry, we may just produce new improve Cheneys... Christianity will never die because there's too many of us, who God speaks to, directly)

    In the Bible, Revelation prophecies of a time for peace in the MIddle East. Saddam is eliminated to make way for peace. Iran will not stand in the way for peace....

    Proverbs 16
    v4 The Lord works out everything for his own ENDS – even the wicked for a day of disaster...

    October 5, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. David Goldman for OBAMA

    AMERICANS HOPEFULLY HAVE LEARNED THEIR

    LESSON ABOUT THE SLEAZY,GREEDY & STUPID.

    MCBUSH CAN'T RUN A PIZZA STORE !!!!

    October 5, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. milbs

    Seriously, is this the best the Republican Party, the party of Lincoln, has to offer? A crazed old man and a beauty queen? What's up next for the distractive duo's antics? Will McCain feign a heart attack and try and get the election postponed? Will his plucky air-headed sidekick unbutton another button on her blouse? Tune in, America, the two mavericks are running wild!

    October 5, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Mr C

    Yep, "Country First" is starting to sound more like "Obama First". I wish they come up with a solution to this economic meltdown rather than talk about Obama.

    October 5, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. Brian Rich

    Problem for McCain is that, even if Obama and Ayers were best friends, it still wouldn't change the fact that Obama is more qualified to handle the economy and the war than John McCain.

    McCain can launch all the smears he wants. At the end of the day, people want to know they're going to have a job, that their money is safe and that the United States is going to have a future as a leading voice in the world not just militarily but also technologically, environmentally and economically.

    Only Obama can deliver that future to us.

    October 5, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Jorge Rey

    McCain's desperation is palpable. He knows it is over and so does the G.O.P.

    October 5, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Obama, continue to outline your economic and restoration plan. Americans are watching and know what they want and what they are looking for. Country first is what you can do to help the struggling Americans.

    October 5, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. rich

    John McCain campaign is just as good as dead. He can swift boat all he wants, the American people will not be deterred from getting rid of the republicans who have destroyed the economy.

    October 5, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. Lin lin

    That's what you do when you're out of touch, out of ideas, and running out of time,"

    October 5, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. Lyle

    Mr. Obama is perhaps the only politician in history who claims that the facts of his own life are a smear against him. Although he and the DNC have tried desperately for two years now to misrepresent, deny, discount and avoid Mr. Obama’s history and record, the facts will begin to seep out in the final days of this election.

    It is disgusting that Mr. Obama and his campaign claim that any discussion of the facts of his life, even the use of his middle name, constitutes a smear. If Mr. Obama is so incredibly afraid and ashamed of his history, perhaps he should not be running for President. The American people deserve full disclosure from all candidates.

    October 5, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. Rose

    Keating 5, Palin's witch-hunting minister, Todd Palin's Alaska Secession group, Cindy McCain's drug use, etc, etc,–BRING IT ON, McCain!
    Obama/Biden08

    October 5, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    McCain is weak.

    Hero my A S S. He did not follow military rules and got caught.

    More bad decisions from a guy involved with the Keating Five. History repeating itself.

    October 5, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. Patty, CA

    "That's what you do when you're out of touch, out of ideas, and running out of time," he said.

    ABSOLUTELY!!! How telling that McCain/Palin would rather tear the other side down than rise up to meet them.....I wouldn't have thought it could be possible but,

    McCAIN/PALIN ARE WORSE PEOPLE THAN BUSH/CHENEY

    October 5, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. John

    "The last four weeks of this election will be about whether the American people are willing to turn our economy and national security over to John McCain, a man with little record on important issues, laughable judgment, and ties to radical morons like unrepentant world terrorist George Bush," McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said in a statement.

    October 5, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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