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)
  1. Scott Tucson

    I can put up with MCain's ties to President Bush better than I can with Obama's ties to all his anti-American hating friends and famiy members.

    October 25, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. NJ

    I am so sick of Obama trying to tie McCain to Bush, this is childish.. Every single time he gets on the microphone.
    Senator Obama we don't want to hear this nonsense. We want to know why you think you economic plan is better than the McCain. We want to know where you stand on Economy, Military, Jobs, Education, and what about Social Security you have not even talked about that.

    October 25, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. kojo

    this is funny stuff but true..

    October 25, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. Peachbird

    Just voted with my mom.... feeling proud to be an American!

    Go Obama and Biden!!!

    October 25, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. W. Fost

    McCain is doing what many others have done before him when they are in trouble and desparate they turn against their own. Honestly, is this the type of person we want in office?

    October 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Felly

    President Obama is the real deal, calm and collected while McCain is erratic.

    October 25, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. thomas

    If the choice were between McCain and Bush, I would have to vote for Bush. Ugh... I can't believe I said that, but it's true.

    October 25, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. theogracias

    McCain is closing fast, he's on fire and really smart.

    October 25, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. quinton

    Well that's peculiar. If Bush was wrong why couldn't McCain tell til now that he's running for POTUS?

    October 25, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. Felly

    If McCain and Palin cannot run a desciplined campaign, how are they going to run the country?

    October 25, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. vic

    John McCain's last minute attempt to break-away from President Bush is another failed campaign strategy. He lets Bush raise money for him and gets behind closed door advice from him, and now all of a sudden he speaks out about Bush.
    John McCain is proving once again that he cannot lead this country.

    October 25, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. mitch

    how can you not link them. their policies are the same worn out policies of the republican past.its time for something new.

    October 25, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. DG

    Just shows what a Coward John McCain really is. Shakes your hand with one hand and stabs you in the back with the other. Crazy old fool.

    October 25, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th

    mccain has supported over 90% of bushs failed policies including his economic polices, VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN

    October 25, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. Democrat from Arizona

    Wow MCcain stuck it to Bush 10% of the time. You maverick you. Obama 2008!

    October 25, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  16. ever

    America open your eyes and do not allow the politics of fear to rule . McCain /palin have run out of ideas ,all the have is bitterness left and it flows every time they speak
    vote obama/biden

    October 25, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. Daniel

    I'll vote for OBAMA but damm Michelle Obama is one damm ugly BABOON MONKEY. Please Obama get a new wife

    October 25, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. Republican for Obama - TX

    Welcome back Obama! I will continue to pray for your "Toot". The best thing we can do is make you the next president of the United States. That is putting Country First!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 25, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. Bayani

    That's the only thing Obama call say. "McCain is same as Bush. bla bla bla.... I think Obama is more like Bush. Taking over $100,000 from fredie mac. McCain is the right man for the job!

    Go McCain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. Leslie

    Only 10 more days to go future President Obama! Hang in there Toot!

    October 25, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  21. mike

    Obama all the time say the same –Bush bush Bush. Come on stop it. McCain is not Bush. If he is Bush, You Osama.

    October 25, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. Anita of georgia

    A Vote for John McCain is a Vote for George W. Bush. Where is Bush, Are you Republicans ashame to own him as your leader?

    October 25, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. v.ananthan



    October 25, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  24. Desmond Sequeira

    Mr. McCain surely thinks that the public is so dim-witted that it cannot see this so called "break" with Bush for what it is: ONE HUGE FACADE – one more desperate attempt to fool us in the ninth innings.

    October 25, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  25. Wise White Guy

    Lets see John, you were a maverick when you opposed the Bush tax cuts for the rich in 2000. In 2006 you voted 90% with Bush and you said you were a maverick. In 2007 you voted 95 percent with Bush and you said you were a maverick. In 2008 you voted 100% with Bush and you say you are a maverick. Then you do a prolonged photo op at the White House when you got the Bush endorsement you coveted. Then you say you suddenly think the Bush tax cuts on the rich are wonderul for the economy and they must stay all the while claiming you are a maverick. So yesterday you come out and say we cannot keep doing things for the next four years the way they were done for the last 8 years and claim to be a maverick. The only person you seem to be a maverick towards is yourself John. If i had to come up with a word to describe you it sure would not be maverick. Perhaps erratic, unstable, aloof, senile. Don't want to be rude but I gotta call em as i see em. For a guy who has lived as long as you it sure seems you have trouble with History because trickle down didnt work under Reagen, Bush Sr, or Bush Jr. The only three Presidents we have had that the debt increased under. Bottom up did work because Bill Clinton balanced the budget and the debt dropped under his control. Common sense John....and Barack is the one who has it.

    October 25, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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