October 25th, 2008
03:42 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama again mocks McCain over ties to Bush

Obama: McCain really stuck it to Bush -- 10 percent of the time.

Obama: McCain really stuck it to Bush - 10 percent of the time.

RENO, Nevada (CNN) - Democrat Barack Obama levied more criticism at opponent John McCain Saturday, mocking the Arizona Republican by saying McCain is just "trying to break with his president over the last ten days after having supported him for the last eight years."

"He denounced the President for letting things get completely out of hand–that's what he said," Obama told a crowd in Reno. "In fact, John McCain is so opposed to George Bush's policies, that he voted with him 90 percent of the time for the first eight years. That's right, he decided to really stick it to George Bush – 10 percent of the time."

"So, let's be clear. John McCain attacking George Bush for his out-of-hand economic policy is like Dick Cheney attacking George Bush for his go-it-alone foreign policy. What Joe Biden says – it's like Tonto getting mad at the Lone Ranger."

Though, to be clear, Obama's running mate Joe Biden never actually said that publicly. Biden has, however, made similar references using Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

The Illinois senator is spending the day out west. In addition to Reno's event, he's also holding a rally in Las Vegas, as well as one in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • Nevada • President Bush
soundoff (121 Responses)


    October 25, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    I've already voted for you Barack, and hope other people vote early too.

    Send the AIP-loving alaskan pair packin' .

    October 25, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. Charlie Bradley

    You Go Barack Obama. Just a few more days and you can pretty much bring it in for a touchdown. American CANNOT afford 4 more years of the last 8.

    October 25, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Easier to mock old McCain for his ties to the dangerous loony PALIN

    October 25, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Susan

    I wish the negative comments WOULD STOP from Both candidates. It's getting OLD!

    A Damocrat

    October 25, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Ghost

    That's right don't let up on him. We need a landslide so that the GOP can not steal this election.

    October 25, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. Matt in North Carolina

    McCain says: I’ve been tested.. Please someone tell me how McCain has been tested.. If you call sitting on a ship off the coast of cuba during the cuban missile crisis a test, i don’t think so.. He has never had to make a critical judgement or handle a crisis.. and if his vote to go to war with Iraq was a test, then he failed..In my opinion his claim of " I've been tested " is just plain hypocracy.

    October 25, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. kristin

    It's really sad that John McCain will go down in history like this. Why doesn't he stop doing this. It's embarrasing the rest of the party. The ship jumped list grows larger every day. This is very sad indeed. From war hero to senile politician.

    October 25, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. please vote dont stay home

    keep it going

    no matter how CNN and the GOP and the RNC spins it, people want change, and lets not allow CNN the GOP and the RNC along with limbaugh, rove cheney and mcbush palin

    steal the election they did it twice before, they will not stop at anything,

    please get out and VOTE

    help others with letting them know where to go
    print directions
    give maps
    give numbers for people to call when the conservatives pull some of their stunts..
    we all have to be watchful this election
    this is our future

    it literally HANGS in this election and our vote

    this is it folks

    October 25, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Obvious! One word! Desperate!

    October 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. guudboi

    The only question I have for John McCain is "Do you think you executed the right judgement while choosing your advisers?" how on earth will someone advise him to start distancing himself at this elevent hour instead of telling Americans what he will do to better their lots in this critical moment it shows that he lack simple leadership quality of choosing the right people to work with. McCain will be too risky for America!

    October 25, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. Marie

    Bush /MCcain voted for the same policies and MCcain will continue doing the same business in washington as Bush , we can no longer continue down that same road.

    October 25, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Joyce in Florida

    Too late McCain. It is over for your campaign. I hope we won't have to hear you and Palin too much longer and that you both can go home. Obama/Biden 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. Ken in NC

    Consider this. If Bush was the better choice between himself and McCain in the 2000 election and we see how good Bush has been, why then would we even think about the lesser of the two being best for the nation now.

    McCain is tied to Bush at the hips. No matter how hard he tries to go his own way he can't because those two only have one set of legs.

    October 25, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. Larry

    Obama's been with Ayres the last eight years.

    October 25, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. anne

    Bush and Cheney just voted for McCain. No way I'm voting the same as those guys. I am voting for THAT ONE!!!! Obama 08!

    October 25, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. Ken, Republican Voting for Obama

    Bush and McCain are joined at the hips, we all know that, when you think of McCain think of Bush.

    October 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. Abiodun George Samuel

    This is my comment is-My friends and i are confused as to what Senator McCain calls 'experience' and 'being tested' Has McCain ever been elected President of the USA? because it is only a former President that can lay claim to such, any other person has to be judged by his or her previous record on sound judgement and nothing more.

    October 25, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. Lorenzo

    DONE DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. Texas Trail Kitty

    John McCain may have lost his only shot at being president. Instead of runing the campaign he promised – a clean honest one – he let the RNC take over and look at the results. Many people who used to respect McCain are now thinking that he has lost his righteous mind. In fact, if Senator Obama were a white man, he would be even further ahead in the polls.

    People accuse Senator Obama of being a socialist while ignoring that the big business bailout, agreed to my the Republican party, is a socialist program where the government owns major businesses. If we actually sink into some form of socialism, it won't be Senator Obama's fault. We are already headed there.

    October 25, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. mms

    mccain can say what ever he wants but we all know he will be another bush.

    October 25, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. elmi

    I live in columbus ohio and its more likely that obama will win ohioans.he's got my vote alright.

    October 25, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. John

    John McCain is running in the same platform that George Bush ran on for eight years, there is no difference between the two except for John's temper tantrums.

    Between John McCain's nasty disposition and Sarah Palin's belief in extreme right wing Christianity, thes two are dangerous.

    October 25, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |

    Yes We Can!!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. Joe the Boxer

    This is ironic....John Mccain had the audacity to criticize Bill Clinton for a $200 hair cut in the 90's... and now his vice presidential failure needs$150,000 to restore polically failing image ??? This is the same man who sponsored a bill for deregualtion of banking finance for wall street back in early 2000....which George Bush signed into law. Mccain is a "blue print" copy of Bush. And, unfortunately, he lies by the denial he is any different.

    October 25, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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