October 10th, 2008
01:10 PM ET
6 years ago

Strickland accuses McCain-Palin of “untruths,” “fear tactics”

Gov. Ted Strickland introduced Obama Friday in Ohio and offered tough criticism of the McCain-Palin ticket.
Gov. Ted Strickland introduced Obama Friday in Ohio and offered tough criticism of the McCain-Palin ticket.

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (CNN) – Governor Ted Strickland told southern Ohio voters here that the McCain-Palin ticket and gone too far with its campaign tactics in an effort to keep the White House in Republican hands.

"I know Barack Obama. I think I know what's in his heart. He is bright he is capable he is mature he is steady we can trust Barack Obama," he said.

Watch: McCain's 'ignoring' the economic crisis Biden says

A native of the area, Strickland has traveled with Obama on his bus tour here, and offered testimonials in a region that would not automatically be considered friendly to Democrats. At the Friday morning rally on the county court house steps, the Ohio governor told the audience Obama was a "strong Christian family man" and to the gun owners and sportsmen he said they had "nothing to fear" when it came to their Second Amendment rights.

"Why do I share those two things with you this morning? Because the McCain-Palin campaign, and unfortunately some of their followers, would want you to be afraid of Barack Obama," he said. "They want you to believe that he is untested and unknown, and they are doing it my friends for one reason, they want to hold onto the power they have and to the positions that they want. This election is too important for us to be fooled by untruths and half-truths and smear tactics. They don't want us to focus on the fact that they have been in charge of the White House for eight long years."

Later, he added, "We are drawing a line in the sand in Chillicothe and southern Ohio."

Obama echoed Strickland's sentiments, although not as overtly. He continued to argue that the McCain campaign's "barrage of nasty insinuations and attacks" were a result of the Republican nominee's failed economic ideas.

"They can run misleading ads, they can pursue the politics of anything goes. It will not work. Not this time. I think that folks are looking for something different this time. It's easy to rile up a crowd, nothing's easier than riling up a crowd by stoking anger and division. But that's not what we need right now in the United States. The times are too serious," Obama said.


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  1. AL

    McSame is only hurting himself and bring his own party down with him. I cannot believe that the Republican Party is standing behind him and approve of his actions. I hope that come November the Democratic's replace evey Republican seat that is up for grabs, then they can thank John McSame, W and Miss Moose Barbie along with themselves for being such liers and for not putting this country first.

    Obama / Biden 08

    October 10, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. ulric

    If mccain cannot remember how many houses he owned, something so personal. how can he cope with all the policies involve in the white house. gimme a break! says john (abc)

    October 10, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Walt

    The McCain/Palin team is the team of lies and fear tactics. These two have shown themselves not only to be liars but also despicable people deserving of America's repudiation and scorn.

    John McCain is a shell of the man he may have once been. Today, without comment, he allowed a member of his rally to call Obama a "traitor". To quote Pope Boniface VIII, "Silence gives consent." By his silence and through his active lies, innuendoes and half-truths, McCain and all those involved in his campaign has proven themselves to be the true traitors to America and America's values. Shame on them all.

    And while McCain flings mud, the Dow plummets. Reminds me of Marie Antoinette's "Let them eat cake." Hopefully an electoral guillotine awaits McCain and Palin on November 4th.

    October 10, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. A chicken clucks in Johns yard

    I smell a giant civil suit against Rush Limbaugh after the election.He wants to know when he and his followers can riot.I hope they lock him up.

    October 10, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. m c

    McCain/Palin will win in November because this country just will not stomach an ultra liberal like Obama ,being supported by the liberal likes of Kerry and Kennedy (two other losers). Bill Clinton is as liberal as this country will elect and look what the Democrats did to Hillary. She was electable, but not left-wing crazy enough for the party big-wigs. These comments personally attacking the Republicans just show the low-lifes who are Democrats. This is from a former Democrat, now staunch REPUBLICAN!!!!

    October 10, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. PBB

    I have been a Democrat all my life but there was one time I did vote for a Republican presidential nominee. That was Ronald Reagan. And he turned out to be a very good leader.
    Sometimes you just have to take a long hard look at the best person for the job regardless of party.
    I think that it is time for some Republicans to make that choice. Look to the best leader, not the best basher of character.

    October 10, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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