October 7th, 2008
11:29 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama campaign highlights 'that one'

McCain’s comment drew an immediate reaction from Obama’s campaign.
McCain’s comment drew an immediate reaction from Obama’s campaign.

(CNN) – Barack Obama's campaign immediately highlighted a singular moment in Tuesday's presidential debate when John McCain sought to criticize Barack Obama for supporting the 2007 Bush-Cheney energy bill:

"It was an energy bill on the floor of the Senate, loaded down with goodies, billions for the oil companies, and it was sponsored by Bush and Cheney," McCain said. "You know who voted for it? You might never know. That one. You know who voted against it? Me."

Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton immediately emailed reporters noting McCain's seemingly peculiar reference to the Illinois senator.

"Did John McCain just refer to Obama as 'that one?' Burton asked.

soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Dr. Roy

    Much ado about nothing.

    October 7, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  2. Sean Camoni

    This was just another example of John McCain trying to dehumanize Barack Obama. He can't look at him or treat him with an once of respect. McCain disrespects himself and our country. My minds made up. I'll be voting for "That One".

    October 7, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  3. Haris

    Really bad, although this is politic we still are brothers and sisters. you CAN"T refer to one of your countryman as THAT ONE. It's simply unacceptable.

    October 7, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  4. TyWebb

    McCain and Palin are made for each other. Hey, "LITTLE JOHN", obviously, you jest.

    October 7, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  5. MDV

    Is that the sound of Obama desperation? Way to completely avoid the issue and focus on faux racism.

    October 7, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  6. Bulldog

    McCain once again being very disrespectful. Now that's what we need to unite this country, disrespect from John. That should definitely bring everyone together.

    October 7, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  7. Joshua College Station Texas

    McCain was very disrespectful in that moment. Unbelievable! If he wants to avoid rumors of racism, being disdainful and of an angry temperament, and grouchiness and the contempt of age, he needs to show more respect.

    October 7, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  8. Martha Nelson

    When Sarah Palin says that her investment in the nation’s oil crisis and its related wars is built upon her experience as governor of an energy-producing state, it is wise to recall that Alaska is an oil state. In Palin’s world, controlling national policy means generating more oil, which comes with price tags many generations past this election: global warming, depletion of the ozone, loss of habitat for both animals and humans. Consider your great-great-grandchildren and what energy policy will best serve their great grandchildren. You vote in 2008 affects their future.

    October 7, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  9. Jen from IN

    that was so un called for. He wouldn't even shake Obama's hand. What is he scarred of

    October 7, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  10. M. Gary-Smith

    I was appalled by McCain's reference to Obama as "that one". In light of the question, his remark struck me as rude. I credit Obama in both debates for being civil and stepping forward to shake hands. McCain seemed irritated and bothered. That doesn't fare well with me as a voter. He should take notice of that.

    October 7, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  11. Thed Weller

    Lol!

    October 7, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  12. Paul, NY

    Obama won the Debate

    October 7, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  13. PK

    there are probally alot of sore losers out there... McCain Won the debate!

    October 7, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  14. Raleigh, NC

    McCain.......that one I'm NOT voting for!

    October 7, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
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