October 11th, 2008
05:35 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain to supporters: 'You’re angry, and I’m angry too'

McCain acknowledged anger on the trail Saturday.

McCain acknowledged anger on the trail Saturday.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (CNN) - After days of headlines over the emotion at his campaign events, John McCain acknowledged at a rally in Davenport, Iowa Saturday that he and his supporters are angry - but insisted the anger wasn't directed at opponent Barack Obama.

After a week of headlines about angry outbursts from the audience at McCain-Palin rallies directed toward Obama, the Republican nominee added some new lines in his stump speech giving a nod to the emotion on the trail.

"My friends, I have traveled all over this great country, and one thing I have heard from Americans at every stop is that they are angry. They’re angry. They’re angry. They’re angry about the mess in Washington and Wall Street. They’re angry about the failure of leadership at this hour of national crisis,” said McCain. “Well you’re angry, and I’m angry too, and when Sarah Palin and I get to the White House we’ll turn Washington upside down.”

But Obama’s record didn’t entirely escape McCain’s wrath. The GOP presidential candidate pointed to a large contribution to Obama’s political campaign from a beneficiary of one of his opponent's earmarks.

“I guess it was sheer coincidence that the chairman of the planetarium pledged to raise more than $200,000 dollars for Senator Obama’s political campaign,” said McCain. “My friends, the appearance of this insider dealing angers Americans. I am going to put a stop to that, my friends, when I am president.”

A protestor brandishing a sign that read “war is over” brought the crowd back to a more familiar kind of anger - but drew a measured response from McCain.

“You know, my friends, there’s a perfect example of some people that just don’t get it," said the Arizona senator. "You know, as people trying to stay in their homes, keep their jobs and afford health care, is what they want is for us to yell at each other ? No. They want us to sit down together, Republican and Democrat, and work together in this terrible time of crisis, the largest financial crisis in our history.”

“And by the way my friends, as you know, I’ve had hundreds of town hall meetings and I always give people a chance to talk. I don’t always enjoy it but I give them a chance to talk and that’s what its all about,” he said to cheers from the crowd. “So if there is anyone else that has a problem, come to the next town hall meeting. I’ll be glad to talk to ya.”

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  1. pm in nc

    As evidenced by McCain's recent gathering – people are angry – and here we have McCain defending Obama as a good man. So now is the time to recognize this Republican camapiagn has inflamed people to violence – calling Obama a terrorist. Thinking Americans are not buying this – but we fear for out future leader. I truely hope the Secret Service is doing thier job. Obama is at great risk...
    Palin should bow out now – saving face by saying she has "family concerns" – which she truely does. McCain can run without a VP and appoint when and if he gets in office. Its his executive priveledge should he become President. I think the game is over.
    Vote early. If you need a ride to the polls – call Obama – he wont mind if you vote against him.

    October 11, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. LM

    As quoted many years ago, the "reptilian" appeared to man and tried by lies to take control of the world. Man had to learn the hard way. Please, all people of the US, do not let another "reptilian" and his dishornorable followers take over our once beautiful country. We can restore it to what it once was again!! Change is coming!! And very soon, if we all go out and vote for the leader whom we know in our hearts will help the common, honest man–and all mankind!

    "What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his own sole?"

    McShame, please, it is not worth anyone's sole to sell out to the dark side!

    Vote Obama/Biden on November 4th!

    October 11, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  3. Eileen

    You Dems are so full of it. The Democratic Congress, led by Pelosi, Reid and Frank caused this whole problem. Clinton forced the banks to give loans to unqualified people.

    Why don't you talk about Obama's very angry Rev. Wright and his church. Ayers, Acorn, his wife,,,, and the terrorist neighborhood he lives in.

    October 11, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  4. lou

    U.s is in the mess because of BOTH democratic and republican party.
    Your government has BOTH
    Learn something about government before you put the blame.

    Im tired of McCain and Palin getting bashed all the time

    October 11, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  5. cheryl

    well i wonder when Obama becomes president,the gripes everyone will have,when he cant produce all his promises,or that he can make things worse than what we got now??..and i've been a democrat,till nowww...i myself would like to know about the person's character,along with the issues,because a shady character means a shady president,so yes i think a person's character should come out in the open..and i wonder about the validity of votes in the outcome since its become known about ACORN and its fraudulent voters they've submitted too and Obama being connected to them??

    if both McCain AND Obama have been called on for false ads or half-truths,WHYYY would anyone vote for either of them??..i wouldnt trust either one...

    the past 8 years with Bush has been a disaster,but democrats are just as much at fault in all this too,and no i didnt vote for Bush neither...these politicians will say whatever it takes to get into office..maybe its time to let those that are in the background and you dont get to hear debating or news media bias,like their are other presidential candidates on the ballot besides McCain and Obama,just might do a better job if given a chance...Congress actually runs the country anyway,no matter what president you got...

    October 11, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  6. Barbara Pacheco

    To Not me: If McCain and Palin win I plan on becoming a Canadian citizen at least I'll get free health care, low cost prescription drugs.

    October 11, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  7. n.sarvis

    Is Sarah Palin (and John McCain) so ignorant as to not know she is stoking racial fires by saying that Senator Obama is "pallin around with terrorists"? Importantly, the statement is false. It is a particularly dangerous comment post 9/11, yet, she repeats it in speech after speech. When your audience begins yelling "kill him", "terrorist", etc., you've stepped over the line of decency. I believe they know full well the effect this line of talk could produce. John McCain should have immediately stopped her from this form of attack. I have concluded that John McCain is tempermentally unfit to be President of the United States. I do not want his finger on the nuclear button.

    October 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  8. vespucci

    So an angry man with worn out ideas, "mom, apple pie, and God" platitudes, escorted by a frighteningly amateurish talking Caribou Barbie is REALLY the man you Repubs want to lead America? Seriously, do you folks really think that the business first, let the rich get richer and whatever is left over trickle down economic policies pushed by Reagan, Bush I (only reluctantly, remember he coined the "voodoo economics" description), and Bush II (you know, the dumb one...) have actually helped the majority of this country? With bread and butter jobs flying out of the USA as fast as you can say "multinational", our financial markets unregulated (see Gramm and McCain) and in ruin, and the jobless/homeless rates soaring, are you really going to vote for four more years of the same approach? Perhaps McCain should be angry at himself and his party for promulgating policies that have created a situation where just 1% of income earners control approximately 45% of ALL wealth in the USA...and the rest of us get to scrabble for the left overs...

    October 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  9. Melly

    MCSHAME, SHAME ON YOU and SHAME on your behavior



    October 11, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  10. California Gold

    McCain doesn't get it. He can't escape the I'll destroy you in order to win. This is his foreign policy (bomb-bomb-bomb Iran, US military attack Russia because of Georgia, war in Iraq with no exit strategy). This is his campaign (hate filled rallies calling for killing his opponent). This is his promise should he become President. Creating a path of destruction doesn't take intelligence, integrity or wisdom. Dracoanian measures of carnage doesn't solve this country's problems nor is it what I want from my President.

    Frankly Senator McCain, I expected more of a senior statesman. You sound like an ordinary, garden variety thug.

    October 11, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  11. dianna hill

    I have always been left of center but try to keep an open mind. for the last few weeks i have been listening to Rush and shawn H. They are hate mongers. I belive many of the radical remarks being shouted at McCain and Palin rallys are proably coming from people who listen to right wing talk radio every daY. iT REMINDS ME OF WHAT HITLER DID TO MAKE PEOPLE HATE THE JEWS. PLEASE AMERICA WAKE UP . THESE GUYS ARE DANGEROUS

    October 11, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  12. AA not for Mccain in FL

    This is the age of the angry man. Maybe mccain should join bin laden in one of the caves of Afghanistan.

    October 11, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  13. Dana Knight

    We all should be angry over the lies McCain & Palin have been spilling. So let's talk about facts...Doe's Palin really think we buy into her claim that she is the mother of the child with Down Syndrome? We all know her teenage daughter is the real mother of that child! Yea the same teenage daughter that just gave birth to another child recently.
    Psss...Sarah, you don't give birth to a child and return to work in 2 or 3 days!

    October 11, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  14. Nat Turner

    I am ashamed to be w white american. Dam bigots

    October 11, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  15. chuck

    All these sudden questioniers in Mccains rallies are all planted and that is a very bad sign.Look at how far this campaign has gone insiting people.Was the woman talking about Obama being Arab complainign or asking?.She was planted and that includes all of them on the stump with ridiclous questions

    October 11, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  16. Jason

    If everyone is angry at Obama, why are the polls all favoring him?

    Sorry, McCain, but your supporters are drifting away one by one, and you're starting to get left with only the nuts crying for (literally) murder. It's shameful.

    October 11, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  17. Nat Turner

    I'm waiting for a McCain to don a pointed hat to tell me go to go back to Africa. The Great American Dream – thanks!

    October 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  18. IN

    It's fair to say Obama has African roots because his father was from Kenya, although he hardly know his father, to call him an Arab??

    Back in the old countries, there are people who are stubborn( or should I say ignorant). Apparently there are many more in this country or do people just want to believe what they want to believe in or is it just purely (creating) HATE.

    October 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  19. catmom

    Given the deficit we have and two wars that are not being paid for, why would you think we need a tax cut? It's about time people realise that our country is going bankrupt behind George Bush's lack of leadership and the Republican congress blocking any attempt of Democrats to do anything.
    I suppose though that the people whining about tax cuts also don't want their tax dollars going to those shiftless lazy people who are living off the government. They won't understand that when their parents have to go into a nursing home and can't pay for it, since Medicaid won't be there , they are out of luck. Or, how about if their child gets sick and their insurance won't pay, hey you got a tax cut but no help from medicaid. What if you loose your job (we know it's coming). Can't put food on the table, grow it because there won't be food stamps. Your parents Social Security has been cut, oh well since their retirement income is gone, you'll support them along with your family. But hey, you'll have your tax cut.

    October 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  20. R/P

    McCain's angry because he sees the prize slipping away. He's angry that his really bad tactics are not going to get him the presidency. He would have had a better chance if he'd played it straight but it's too late now. Let's see that famous temper flare. I hear it's quite something to behold.

    October 11, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  21. Frank

    We are getting a good look at the McCain mainstream: bigoted, backward looking ideologues.
    Notice how most of the moderate Republicans have stayed away the last two weeks.
    It's Cindy, Sarah and John aka " the angry menage a trois"

    October 11, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  22. SAB

    Just look at the difference in how John McCain and Barack Obama run their campaigns. Barack has not been erractic and have conducted himself in a professional manner through out the campaign. The people at Barack and Biden rallies is a reflection of all America. Not only that, they know how to conduct themselves accordingly. McCain represents divisiveness and not unity.

    October 11, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  23. Peter (CA)


    When will you guys do some research, maybe read a little, and figure out what is happening. That great economy two years ago was built on smoke and mirrors and now it's come crashing down.

    Remember 2006 when the Republicans were crowing about "record home ownership"?? They knew it was all a lie they built up but they wanted to reap the "rewards".

    October 11, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  24. captain obvious

    What's funny about all the dems pointing fingers at Bush for this economic mess is that it's actually Clinton's fault and the Dem-led congress! Clinton signed bills authorizing all these "bad mortgages", and since Bush has been in office, he AND MCCAIN have tried to put more restrictions on Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac, but every time THE DEMOCRATS blocked the restrictions and said "keep lending to everyone, even if they can't pay". So here we are, with a mess on our hands, and it's the democrats fault, but just because the current president is GOP, people point their fingers that way. Do your history homework and you'll see that this all started with Clinton and was carried through by the democrats (including Obama) in congress. We can thank them for this mess, not the republicans. NO-BAMA! He's a novice, and it'll only get worse if he messes with things. We can't afford his endless taxes and huge pork-barrel spending!

    October 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  25. virginias 4 luvrs

    And Obama is the one accused of running the "dirtiest campaign in history....
    Obama '08

    October 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
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