FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina (CNN) – Barack Obama fired back against charges his tax policy amounts to “socialism,” arguing John McCain simply wants to redistribute wealth to the already wealthy.
“It’s kind of hard to figure how Warren Buffet endorsed me, Colin Powell endorses me, and John McCain thinks I’m embracing socialism,” Obama said. “This is his argument because I want to give a tax cut to the middle class, because I want to give a tax cut to 95 percent of American workers.”
The Democratic nominee also said that while McCain may call giving regular Americans a tax break “socialism,” he calls it an “opportunity.”
“Here’s the truth, North Carolina. This debate – and this election – comes down to what we value. In the America I know, we don’t just value wealth, we value the work and workers who create it,” he said. “He can call me any name he wants but what he’s talking about is not right, it’s not change, that’s why we’re going to beat him in this election on November 4th.”
Before his rally in Fayetteville, Obama dropped by Cape Fear BBQ and Chicken to shake hands with patrons, many of them older white voters. In a sign that perhaps pre-election tempers are getting a little hot, according to the pool report when Obama entered the restaurant a woman screamed “Socialist, socialist, socialist – get out of here!” The woman, 54 year-old Diane Fanning was admonished by other diners and one woman yelled back “at least he’s not a war-monger.”
It is unclear whether Obama heard this exchange as there were many in the restaurant trying to greet him. Later when Obama approached Fanning’s table she refused to shake his hand.
“Some of ‘em are just nicer than I am,” Fanning told the pool reporter when asked why she didn’t shake the senator’s hand but other members of her church group did. “I know how some of ‘em think.” Fanning did however have a brief conversation with Obama about some issues of concern to her.
The 95% number is quite misleading.. the fact is the around 40% of people don't pay any federal income taxes.. Obama's plan will give them a tax credit in the form of check from the government "refunding" federal taxes which they haven't even paid. You can call it welfare, you can call it socialism, you can call it opportunity... what the Obama camp should do is honestly address the issue and then let the American people decide what they think...
Did I read that right? She was with a church group? She had better go back to church.
and what church does she belong to? obviously not one that believes
in jesus who taught us to love everybody
Im going tomorrow to vote early and vote for Obama. Up yours McCain and you dumb Christian rednecks.
I'm receiving very ugly smear emails against Obama - two this morning. Big hate campaign now behind scenes. Hope everyone who gets these will reply "to all" agressively that this tactic is ugly and dishonorable.
Stupid woman. She can shout socialist but I bet her dumb behind is expecting to use social security among other benefits of the government that are SOCIALIST IN NATURE. What a fool. Why would anyone go against their own best interests?
This is sad how Mccain is deceiveing his supporters to believe a lie.This is the truth about Obama plan for small business 95% there will be no tax cut and if people turn on their brains and stop turning their brains off when they go to the Mccain/palin rally and start to think small business would do better under Obama plan. Mccain is wanting to give more and more to the wealthy same economy plan as Bush and that is why this country is in a financial mess now
CALL BARACK WHATEVER YOU WANT.
HE IS FOR THE WORKING AMERICAN.
HE IS FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN.
HE IS FOR A SUPERIOR AMERICAN ECONOMY.
HE IS THE GUY THAT CAN LEAD US INTO A FUTURE
WE DESERVE & CRAVE. MCGREEDY WANT TO LEAD US
INTO MORE WARE & CERTAIN POVERTY FOR MOST OF US,
KINDA LIKE HE & BUSH HAVE ALREADY DONE.
Obama is a "Socialist" amongst other things!
This just goes to show you the danger of what McCain and Palin are spouting. They are giving false information and fueling the fires of hatred. I dare to say that some will use the socialist line to hide their racism. Debate the issues do not label people and spread fear just to win an election.
Perhaps she was afraid that he could turn her "Muslim" or his black would rub off of her. McCain's campaign has done everything short of telling people that Obama will allow black men rape white women.
Fanning sounds to me like she is brainwashed by McCainn's party.
When you know better you do better.......Look at what the republican party has done in the last 8 years with no new taxes......Duh....were in a recession now....their way did not work...I for one want a change and I am voting for Obama.......Fanning dont believe the lies of McCain/Palin they are desperate and will say anything to sway voters that arent aware of their lies.
McCain and Palin have accomplished one thing. Inciting hate and doing so by distorting Obama's policies and character. My son watched video last night on Don Lemon's show and was quite taken aback at the hate in this country because someones skin color is different from theirs. He has had the priviledge of attending schools that have Native Americans, Blacks, Asians and White students. His friends belong to all these races and he is a better person because of these relationships. This has become an emotional issue for me because this country has got to get past the hate. I am encouraged by my son's generation who embrace all and hopefully all this filth will not influence our precious youth.
Ms. Fanning does not speak for all North Carolinians. Fortunately, the small minded will not prevail in November.
We all no why Powell and Buffet edorse Obama as do Wright, Sharpten and the rest of "you people." I could give a rats &*% about Powell. He just lost my respect! The others never had it. Sharptem and those guys are nothing but money hungry, power hungry racist lowlifes.
McCain is afraid we spread the wealth around and have him give up his 8 houses and 12 cars, but I have a degree and I'm not making 2000,000 and I'm no plumber, so if Joe the Plumber who is not a plumber thinks that it is too much to pay taxes on his 250,000 after getting help to start his business then I won't be calling on Joe the Plumber when I need plumbing done.
It's one thing to disagree with someone's views, but as an adult that was very immature of this woman. Not the fact that she wouldn't shake his hand (I mean who cares really?), but yelling "socialist" and "get out of here." What is she twelve? Grow up.
Yet another example of how divisive the McCain campaign has become. McCain/Palin, this is what happens when you spew hate in your stump speeches day after day. We've had enough!
Fanning – you'll never read this but I feel sorry for you. As a despicable person, without decency, you should only hope to find yourself forgiveness for being such a hate monger.
She refused to shake his hand? What is she 10? Does she think he's got cooties or something? Reeeeaaal mature.
Oh me, oh my, it's the boogey man Socialist! Every week it's a different tag. (If this is how John McCain runs a clean campaign, what would it be like if he decided to get dirty – terrorism?) Without the socialist part of our government would we have social security, medicare, schools, roads, police, firemen, hospitals, etc. etc. In other words tax funded services. Good Grief!
George Bush just committed the largest SOCIALIST act in the history of the word by nationalizing the banks. Chavez in Venezuela is RED with envy!
Way to go Comrade Bush!
[ McBush voted with our Socialist President more than 90% of the time and is quite proud of it. ]
What an idiot! By shaking hands you don't have to vite him, which you won't do anyway... but at least you show some manners and respect for a human being...
This is a mild sample of the unrest Mccain/palin have stirred
up. This is minor compared to some.
In a time when our country needs to be united and strong,
some politicians are trying to divide.
This 54 year old woman had a right to her belief and Barack
treated her with respect. She should have done the same
with him. Most people, hopefully, would, unless they had
gone to and believed what was said at a republican
If Obama's economic plans are so-called socialist then McCain's foreign and domestic politicies are fascists. So, quit with the name calling because I don't like either! How's that!