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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  1. Amos n Andy

    How dis boy stay in da church with da Rev. Wright fo 20 years if da boy don't agree with the reverand?

    October 5, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Don't Vote For Hate

    Of course he is. He's seen the polls. I wonder just how low he will go with the cheap publicity stunts that have become the hallmark of his campaign. He better watch it, though, they backfired on him big time just before the debate.

    October 5, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Kate Fergus

    This is an understatement – swift boat tactics are all the republicans and McCain know. With no answers to the problems – they try to divert the attention.

    When the chips are down, the true character of a man comes through loud and clear. McCain is shameless and lacks the integrity to become the President. We saw what 8 years of poor judgment and a lack of integrity did to the country. Reckless spending, a war that was started based on a lie, deregulation to line their pockets, and destruction of the country's global reputation are the legacies of poor judgment and no integrity.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 5, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. I think some might fall for it :(

    We ALL know that they're trying to scare the hell out of us of voting for you, but what i dear is that SOME idiots might actually fall for it and actually not vote for you just because of the fact mccain sais you're a terrorist!

    THEY did use the same tactics in 2000 and did it again in 2004!!!!!!!!!
    I am SOOOOOOOOOOOO scared that they might pull it off ONCE AGAIN :(:(

    Does anyone agreeeee with me????????

    October 5, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. Stacy Clarks, TX

    i fully support Obama, but im seriously tired of these kiddy punches the democrats are throwing back!!!

    I feel like the republicasn are throwing all these insane ridicoulous outrageous remarks at Obama, and I feel the Obama camp NEVER FIGHTS BACK!!

    COME ON OBAMA, TAKE THE GLOVES OFF AND GO HARD AT BOTH MCCAIN AND LITTLE MISS STUPID PALIN WHO IS UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR GOD SAKE!!!

    GO AFTER THEM HARNER OBAMA!! COME ON!!! LET'S WIN THIS!!!

    October 5, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. No Hillary = No Obama

    Well, it figures Obama wouldn't know the difference between a distraction and relevance. As Hillary Clinton's campaign pointed out very early in the primaries – "where's the beef" – Obama, the Pollyanna candidate.

    October 5, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. PCS / North Carolina

    How about checking CEO's, and Corporate hierarchial donations to the RNC. Bottom line : The RNC idiots / religious fanatics and the filthy rich are trying to change the subject from economy.

    October 5, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. Benjamin Record

    Tucker Bounds, man oh man, what are the chances this guy would be the new Press Secretary? He's got a way of spewing campaign rhetoric without blinking an eye.

    October 5, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Perusing-through

    THANK YOU SENATOR OBAMA . . .

    . . . Now repeat the following several times a day for the low intensity voter so he/she can catch on and see the light.
    – – – – – – – – – – –
    QUOTE FROM OBAMA:
    "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. That's what you do when you're out of touch, out of ideas, and running out of time".

    WELL SAID!!

    GOD Bless America!
    GOD Bless the Obama-Biden Leadership!

    October 5, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. SF, Carrollton

    Do your homework, folks. The McCain Campaign knows full well that they are standing quicksand.

    I am so tired of this, 29 days and counting...

    October 5, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. Democratic

    Isn't it interesting that when the republicans are losing they once again take the low road. What are they going to do for me if they are elected? I imagine that they will continue the Bush-Rove doctrine and completely destroy what was once a proud and good nation.

    October 5, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. simon

    boy, oh boy.! im gonna say this and leave it at that. its so disheartening for the repubi klans to stoop to the level they are. to be honest the republi klans are the most hateful group of elitist that want only their people to thrive. so when a bi racial man o fintegrity is threatning that they want to resort to all the things that got the usa in the situation were in now. hoonestly, the middle east would respect obama more than a mcsame anyway.

    October 5, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    JOHN MCCAIN AKA KEATING 5 OF THE FAILED LINCOLN SAVINGS & LOAN $3.6 BILLION DOLLARS AND TAX PAYERS PAID WHILE INVESTORS LOST; CHARLES KEATING AND HIS SON WENT TO PRISON, JOHN MCCAIN WALKED. CINDY MCCAIN CONVICTED OF STEALING DRUGS FROM A NON-PROFIT ORG. TO SUPPORT HER DRUG ADDICTION. JOHN MCCAIN'S SON ANDREW MCCAIN WAS CEO OF FAILED SILVER BANK OF ARIZONA AND LEFT 2 MONTHS PRIOR TO IT'S CALAPSE IN AUGUST '08, INVESTORS LOST, HOW MUCH MONEY DID MCCAIN'S SON PARACHUTE WITH WILL INVESTORS LOST THEIRS AND DURING THIS TIME JOHN MCCAIN WAS IN ARIZONA EVERY WEEKEND, INVESTIGATE THAT.

    October 5, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. Frank in Deerfield, IL.

    When you have nothing to say you say nothing. The McCain/Palin ticket is an unfortunate representation of one of our major American political parties. Reading off of note cards, winking and unbecoming personal attack behavior is not enough. This is a sad day in American governance when that ticket represents one half of the best America can consider. The Obama/Biden ticket certainly has imperfections, but they communicate their proposed programs and policies in an appropriate manner for consideration by the American public.

    October 5, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. Vince -- California

    Come on McCain, you're a clown, get down to talk about the issues of this country, AND offer a solution or spell out your solution for once, instead of distractions that are not true .... Folksy talk about trying to be someone you are not (regular citizen aka "Joe Six Pack") isn't putting food on the table, making the mortgage, or sending kids off to college.

    October 5, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. Lies wount get you their mccain

    Mccain ...oh .. Sen mccain . The people are looking for a leader not an impulsive lying fool .and sarah seals the deale ...you can fool some of the people some times ... But you cant make them vote for bush a third time.

    October 5, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. IndependentMindinElection08

    Tucker Bounds, John McCain, Sarah "I don't believe in dinosaurs" Palin, that plastic surgery ridden advisor with the short blonde hair, and the Bush political attack machine are showing how desperate they are by trying to frighten the American people with false statements about the Obama campaign. Hey John and Sarah, we already heard this nonsense before....let's talk about the economy, okay.

    What do you do when you don't know anything about the economy? Attack your opponent.

    McCain must think the American people are stupid. Hey John, guess what...there's this thing called technology and it allows me to verify the nonsense that comes out of your mouth. And this latest attack...it's not true.

    John, quit trying to distract us from the real issues. Maybe you need to go to "Economic boot camp." Take Sarah too please. She's getting on my nerves.

    October 5, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. Susan

    So does Obama........and we are for the Democrats.

    October 5, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. S. Boatman Warrensburg, Mo.

    Mccain Is Out Of Ideas, Out Of Touch, Out Of Time, And Soon To Be Out Of Money! When You Do Your Audit Mccain Look For My Name . . . You Will Find It Several Times! Mccain Has Inspired Of To Donate Another 50 Dollars! Its Not Much, But When You Add It With Millions Of Others . . .

    October 5, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. Lynn in NM

    And Obama doesn't????

    October 5, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. leon pa

    It not going to work this time.

    October 5, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. Shirley-Ohio

    Hit him back with the Keating Five Scandal, another banking problem where some of those men went to jail and McCain got away with it. His pill popping wife and how he cheated on his first wife with Cindy because his first wife appearance changed because of some sort of cancer she was going through. You gotta hit back Obama. Hit back. This world is doomed if McCain and Palin gets into off. Palin also cheated on her taxes because governors make way more than that and so does her husband. Make the world see them for what they are worth. They are not good for this country, they just want to win and look at the way they are doing it. Hit back Obama.

    October 5, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. Montana is Obama Country

    **
    Smears VS Substance...

    I'll TAKE Substance over Smears anyday and... EVERYDAY...!!

    Obama/Biden... 2008, 2012
    **

    October 5, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  24. chippyarm

    While I read the posts fairly regularly, I don't fully understand. Can someone tell me about Palin's ties to a group that wants to separate from the United States? I understand they have had issues with the American flag. How sad if true. Thanks

    October 5, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. SD

    IT'S TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 5, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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