October 8th, 2008
06:15 PM ET
5 years ago

Michelle Obama not offended by 'that one' comment

 Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama

(CNN) - The wife of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told CNN's Larry King Wednesday that she is not offended by a much-publicized comment made towards her husband in Tuesday night's debate.

In the presidential match-up at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, Sen. John McCain criticized 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 oil companies, and it was sponsored by Bush and Cheney. ... You know who voted for it? You might never know. That one,” he said, gesturing towards Obama. “You know who voted against it? Me."

When asked if McCain’s reference to Obama as "that one" was offensive, Michelle Obama simply said "no," adding that this issue has nothing to do with what's affecting average Americans hurting from the economic downturn.

"I think there are two conversations that have been going on throughout this whole election. There's the conversation that's been happening with the pundits ... and then there's the conversation that's been happening on the ground," she said.

She said that Americans "right now are scared" and "nervous about the economy."

"They don't care about the back and forth between the candidates ... They want real answers about how we're going to fix this economy and get the health care benefits on track so, you know, this is part of politics," she added.

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  1. Sean

    I think that the comment about "that one" will become a slogan to show how people are voting; I have lost track of how many people now say they are voting for Obama (that one) !!!

    October 8, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  2. David

    To Rob,Franfort, IL. Thank you so much for that info. I wish that was on the front page of every newspaper in the morning.

    October 8, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  3. texasgreenacres

    LB-NJ What rock did you crawl out from under elitetist? 1 car 1 house 1 wife.worth only about a million dollars,WHERE IN THE HELL DO YOU GET ANYTHING ELITE about that?HOW ABOUT 7 HOUSES A DOZEN CARS AND BILLIONS HUH? now blow hard that is elite.(now you have learned what elite means)? oh yeah 3 wives

    October 8, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  4. ines

    Michelle Obama is incredibly graceful and genuine at the same time.

    Contrast her to Cindy McCain – – – – – – – – We need Michelle in the White House.

    October 8, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  5. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    Anyone but Obama...IS THIS ALL YOU CAN COME UP WITH....YOUR PAY FOR BLOGGING FOR THE MCCAIN WILL HAVE A DEDUCTION FOR SUCH AN DUMB AND OUT OF TOUCH THING TO SAY UNDER THIS TITLE...................

    YES, WE CAN SEE WITHOUT READING YOUR ENTIRE COMMENTS...YOU ARE USING THE SAME TACTICS OF THOSE WHO PAY YOU TO USE SEVERAL ALIAS NAMES!!!!!!!!!

    October 8, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  6. Rob

    As usual. the Obama's take the high ground while Mr. and Mrs. McBush roll in the manure.

    October 8, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  7. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    Why should Americans pick up Obama's dirty socks like Michelle does? Too stupid for First Lady.

    October 8, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  8. Mimi

    Cindy McCain is nothing but a home wrecker and how can she be "First Lady" material to talk. "That One" doesn't represent morality.

    October 8, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  9. Mike

    Since Her Hubby McDraft also voted against a Bill to fund the Troops. Does he have to take off his custom italian Shoes and walk in Cindys Golden Slippers ?

    October 8, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
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