October 25th, 2008
03:42 PM ET
6 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. TJ Andrews

    GOBAMA

    October 25, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. FreeNLovIt

    Yes, an elephant is still an elephant. It cant become a MOUSE overnight.

    Do you wish to rush to war again? Keep voting for McCain. Remember, he took us to WAR>

    October 25, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. Ridgeway

    Better to be stuck to Bush than Ayers and Wright. Yadda , yadda... stay after it Hussein. McCain has never lied about his roots and family history.
    You Obama folks can't even dream of a candidate with a decent family or personal history. Daddy was a Commie in Kenya, preacher hates Whites, and his pals from Chicago, Ayers and Rezko speak volumns about his character. I meant to say his past. "Character" should never be used in context with Obama.

    October 25, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  4. M. WINNERS

    Does McCain actually think voters are really gonna believe going "mavericky" on Bush with 10 days left is genuine?
    And Palin – Shreeking "socialist" like she knows what it means – That's so hypocritical coming from the governor of a state that hands out checks from the oil companies to every person in the state!
    Truth be told Palin has established the prototype for a "nanny nation" in her own state!

    October 25, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. Ed McDuffie

    I can not believe McCain is saying the things that he is now saying. John you voted with Bush 90% of the time and now come out and bash him for the way he has taken this country. I'm sure happy you will never have the opportunity to fallow Bush lead. Most Republicans are single issue voters and you can't find there issuses to harp on, go back to one of your many houses and weep.

    October 25, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. BJGT

    After meeting with small business owners in Colorado yesterday, McCain released a statement emphasizing the need for “less government regulation of their business.”

    Politico’s Lisa Lerer notes that this is “a dangerous message in the midst of a market meltdown many have blamed on a lack of regulation on Wall Street.”

    October 25, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. Camden from mt

    You tell him Obama!

    October 25, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  8. Joseph Turick

    I won't dispute that Obama is an intelligent, articulate person, but he strikes me as a desperate nominee who with all his campaign millions can't come up with anything better than trying to convince everyone that McCain is the same as Bush.

    Why the upcoming half hour slots on the three major channels? I think it's fear. Also, just like his big speech in Germany and his stadium speech, etc., Obama being an egotist will glory in speaking to America!. It will be interesting to hear afterwards how many people tune in.

    October 25, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  9. NC Mom

    It's laughable that McCain thinks that he can separate himself from Bush after supporting him 90% of the time. He rambles all over the place and his campaign is all pandering, lies and innuendo. If McCain’s campaign is a predictor of what his presidency would be we would all be in trouble if he is elected. He clearly can’t manage his way out of a paper bag.

    I'm voting Obama/Biden.

    October 25, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. JABBER

    WELL THEN MAYBE WE SHOULD MOCKK OBAMA FOR TIES WITH BILL CLINTON!@! I NEVER SAW SUCH A FARSE AS THIS ONE! THEY CAN'T STAND EACH OTHER, BUT YET OBAMA WILL CRAWL UP HIS BUTT FOR THE VOTES!IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY, WHEN ASKED THE QUESTION DID HE THINK OBAMA WAS READY TO BE PRESIDENT"CLINTON SAID , HE WOULD GIVE A STATMENT ON THAT AFTER THE ELECTION!" SOUNDS TO ME HE HAS NO FAITH IN HIM OR HE WOULD HAVE SAID WHET HE HAD TO SAY! OH THATS RIGHT WE HAD TO GET THE CAMPAIGN MONEY PAID OFF FOR HILLARY FIRST!

    October 25, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  11. Lori

    Well, if it walks like a duck and looks like a duck and sounds like a duck...it's probably a duck!

    McCain and Bush are interchangeable.

    October 25, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. Art

    Obama will vote with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid 100% of the time. If Obama is elected, I hope we will be able to recover from the havoc that trio will cause our country. We need a leader with substance.

    October 25, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  13. abraxis

    Dems, do not underestimate the virulent racism that still exist in our country today. Even though most of the time it no long take the form of a noose, it will raise its hateful head in the privacy of the voting booth.

    Get everyone you know out to vote or McDufus will steal this one like W stole the one in 2000.

    October 25, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  14. KofTX

    You gotta admit it...

    That Obama guy is REALLY GOOD!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 25, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  15. Steve

    HEY MABUSH! WHAT ABOUT YOUR GAS TAX HOLIDAY NOW THAT THE PRICE OF OIL HAD DROPPED AND GAS IS NOW UNDER $2.50 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WHAT OTHER BRILLIANT IDEAS HAVE YOU GOT LEFT?

    WHO ARE YOU GOING TO BLAME NOW FOR THAT??? OBAMA...

    ANOTHER MCBUSH JOKE...TAKE YOU MILLIONAIRE WIFE HOME AND GO FISHING.

    October 25, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  16. On the home stretch

    Let's also remember that McCain is likely to suround himself with many of the same people who have been advising Bush and leading the Bush administration. Barack Obama and Jo Biden have created an outstanding team of experienced, intelligent advisors and are ready to put into place a very different kind of team at the top – with some of the best people from BOTH parties.

    Remember, you don't just get the candidates, you get a whole team – and that's what this election is really about. It is clear that Obama has real practical plans, well thought out, and ready to roll into gear, while McPain seems to be running mostly on fear and ideology, rather than constructive solutions.

    October 25, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  17. Melissa

    Good for Obama. I get less and less impressed with the McCain campaign every day. Obama doesn't have to lift a finger for that to happen because McCain and Palin are digging themselves their own hole.

    October 25, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  18. fhido

    sen. mccain its better you continue your romance with prez. bush and lose so you can blame him now, than to dump him, lose and blame him later. Prez. bush real pals are those who stick by you in hard times. am not sure john mccain is one. Advise yourself. my vote is for obama and not an erractic mccain.

    October 25, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. yeah baby

    I was there – it was awesome. McCain Palin have become a JOKE. 10 days to go!

    October 25, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. Griff

    Within just six months, 50% of the African Americans, will wonder why they Voted for him... They will get nothing out of the Deal... Nothing!

    October 25, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  21. ralph

    McCain seems so bitter lately. he is scaring moderates away.

    October 25, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  22. MR E

    Keep Keeping Mr Obama, we have few days left to make histroy, I dont drink but i will drink on nov 4th , just to celebrate the victory. God bless America

    October 25, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  23. Dani

    Sen. John McCain can run, but can't hide that he voted 90% of the time with Pres. George Bush. Now this country is devastated, from big towns to small towns.

    vote early Obama/Biden

    October 25, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. MR E

    Keep Keeping on Mr Obama, we have few days left to make histroy, I dont drink but i will drink on nov 4th , just to celebrate the victory. God bless America

    October 25, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  25. Rodney

    So when is Obama going to campaign against McCain and not Bush?
    McCain is right is this bozo wants to run against Bush then he should have 4 yrs ago. Get if it OBUMA and race against your opponent.
    This guy is so retatrded he doesn't even know who he is running against and you clowns want him to run the country?

    October 25, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
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