October 15th, 2008
11:03 PM ET
6 years ago

Relieved McCain aides thrilled over Bush one-liner

(CNN) – McCain aides expressed relief Wednesday night that the Arizona senator “finally” used a line that took on one of Obama’s central campaign themes.

Watch: I'm not Bush, McCain says

“Sen. Obama, I am not President Bush,” he said. “If you wanted to run against President Bush you should have run four years ago. I will take this country in a new direction."

McCain advisors – who said they had been pushing him to stress that distinction more explicitly than he had in the past - immediately uploaded the quote to YouTube, and circulated it to reporters.


Filed under: John McCain • Presidential Debate
soundoff (349 Responses)
  1. Mangar

    there's no body by name joe, this name was use for those don't understand politics. Make sure you pay a good attention from now till election day. But, I think Obama did well tonight.

    October 15, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  2. Kevin

    Obama clearly has won the debates, however tonight McCain was much stronger and Obama is just one that we can't trust.
    I stongly support McCain/Palin

    October 15, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  3. Gman

    Obama, won on the issues and McCain had only one line

    October 15, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  4. Carrie Pa

    Staged talking point, big deal!

    October 15, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  5. Go Obama!

    He still LOST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol

    October 15, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  6. TexasVet

    Yes that was harsh. I'm glad he got that one liner in there...BEFORE HE LOSES! Cuz old dude is COO COO, and tonight he was completely off his meds.

    October 15, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  7. A from IL

    Good line for McCain, but one line cannot salvage two failed debates.

    October 15, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  8. scott

    Well, I'm glad they happy about something. They'll have four years to relive it.

    October 15, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  9. Ex Republican

    No. His lack of sound economic policy makes him worse than George W. Bush.

    October 15, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  10. Wayne in CA

    McCain 1
    Obama 678

    October 15, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  11. Ike from PA

    Ok, nice one liner. I'll give you that. Do you think you changed any minds? NOT!!

    October 15, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  12. Corey W

    To late for McCain and his voting record proves that he's Bush's boy.

    October 15, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  13. GeorgiaPeachforObama

    They might be thrilled with that zinger, but McCain's eyerolls and clear disrespect for his opponent turned off the voters he was trying to reach. I teach and I tell my students that rolling your eyes only gives you a view of the ceiling. It doesn't solve problems. I want a president that is going to solve problems, not look at the ceiling.

    October 15, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  14. Obama's Sister

    I AM NOT CONVINCED!!!

    "GET OFF MY LAWN!!" SAYS THE OLD CRAZY MAN.

    DID EVERYONE SEE HIM STICKING OUT HIS TONGUE:-(~

    OBAMA – ALL THE WAY!!

    October 15, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  15. drnen

    Good for you- maybe if you're lucky someone will actually want to watch it

    October 15, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  16. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    come on dana – don't censor me again. We know you travel with Bush Jr.

    October 15, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  17. LT for Obama

    I think they should be more excited about his healthcare plan or his energy plan or his education plan. Why are they not as excited? Because we did not hear McCain talk much about his own because he was too engrossed in Obama and Joe the Plumber.

    October 15, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  18. Jon151

    John McCain will bring 4 more years of Bush. If he does change things it will be for the worse.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08' 12'

    October 15, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  19. Marty, FL

    Bush may not be running in this election, but his policies are represented through McCain. Thanks, but no thanks.

    Eight is enough.

    October 15, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  20. Andy

    It was a great line, too bad the other hour and 29 minutes was a personal conversation between McCain and Joe the Plumber.

    October 15, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  21. susieq

    So low and so tacky. Why ,if McCain is the great Republican nominee now, has he failed in the past to garner their support.

    October 15, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  22. Emily Hrabovsky

    It is easy to say that you are "not George Bush", however what Sen. McCain seems to fail to understand is that he needs to offer proof, which his voting record and political campaign clearly have not done.

    October 15, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  23. Dale

    Only took McCain and his staff months to think up this comeback. Nice work, guys. Maybe you can deliver some ideas on the economy in about three years at this rate.

    October 15, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  24. Pat, Pa.

    No, he is McBush. Same thing. Nothing will change for the good if he is elected.

    October 15, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  25. Real-Eyes

    I can see why Obama would confuse the two, when McCain has voted w/Bush 90% of the time. He must have looked like a close first cousin or something.

    October 15, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
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