March 26th, 2008
04:15 PM ET
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Clinton, Obama take aim at John McCain


Watch Obama’s criticism of John McCain Wednesday

(CNN) – Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, engaged in an increasingly brutal war of words, directed some of their verbal fire power this week at presumptive Republican nominee John McCain – who immediately fought back.

On Wednesday, the Obama campaign took aim at both of McCain’s major policy speeches. At a campaign event in North Carolina, Obama said the McCain’s economic address “offered not one policy, not one idea, not one bit of relief… We’ve been down this road before. It’s the road that George Bush has taken for the last eight years.”

In a statement released later Wednesday afternoon, Obama spokesman Bill Burton said “John McCain is determined to carry out four more years of George Bush's failed policies, including an open-ended war in Iraq that has cost us thousands of lives and billions of dollars while making us less safe.”

Hillary Clinton has also spent the past two days tying McCain to Bush on foreign policy, telling a Pennsylvania audience that the Arizona senator’s policies represented “four more years of the same.”

The McCain campaign released a statement in response to Obama’s criticism of his economic policies, saying, “Senator Obama’s blatant mischaracterizations aren’t the new politics he’s promised America, they’re the old attack and smear tactics that Americans are tired of.”

McCain also took an indirect hit at the Democratic candidates in his foreign policy in Los Angeles, saying that withdrawal from Iraq – a position advocated by both of his potential fall opponents – would result in “horrendous violence, ethnic cleansing and possibly genocide.”

Related: Suzanne Malveaux reports on Obama's return to the campaign trail

–CNN’s Emily Sherman

soundoff (142 Responses)
  1. Buffalo Bill

    When will you robots realize if Barry Osama is out to mess up America and turn it into another third world county!

    GOBAMA and take you finally proud to be American wife and your racist preacher with you!

    March 26, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  2. Tired voter

    Why is some Billary supporters claiming that ending war is her idea!

    She stole that idea from Obama. She was totally for war in Iraq! Not only that she voted for war in Iran just in the fall (2007), less than a few months ago. So, apparently she didn't learn from her first mistake and is still up for war. She just says that she is now against war because she is jealous of Obama getting to be the favorite with his position against war. So, what does she do? Simply steal Obama's idea!

    March 26, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  3. Debra

    I imagine that not only is the media boosting support for Hillary, but that the Republicans will spend the majority of their time critiquing him based on every little thing he (Obama) has said. I've never seen such fear. God Bless Barak Obama!

    March 26, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  4. mark


    March 26, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  5. Cindy

    Re the Bill Clinton story above...

    This is what Bill has been doing all along, ever since S. Carolina. He's been trying to pick a fight, because he doesn't give a rip. He got impeached, and it didn't phase him, so of course a fight within the party doesn't phase him. Nothing will ever phase him.

    And that's why I can not vote for Hillary Clinton. She cannot tell her husband to shut up.

    March 26, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  6. God Don't Like Ugly

    Obama 08

    March 26, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  7. Chris - WI

    I'm so tired of the Obama campaign.

    March 26, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  8. Marc, a "typical" white person

    Obama on vacation and relaxing on a lounge chair (very un-presidential while in public)..Clinton working tirelessly because she knows what is at stake for the future of America...and McCain releasing "rumors" to the media that he may be himself a Democrat, so as to appeal to the majority of American voters....Pathetic Old Hard-head.

    Look, the issue here is that Clinton is the only candidate left who is capable of "fixing" America- if not, be prepared for a 100 year war and a historic economic Depression.

    Obama has deep character flaws that have been exposed consistently, and no matter how he tries to spin his personal inner conflicts to the media, and America,- He is at best, an emotional pacifist. He is trying to appease white voters, and at the same time continue to support the anti-American, anti-mainstream rhetoric of his Church in Chicago. This just is not a man of integrity, nor deep committment to America or to anyone. For example, his recent endorsement includes Richardson, another politician he mirrors exactly in terms of loyalty and genuineness. NEVER OBAMA!

    Since I am a "typical" white person myself, I must vote for Clinton, or McCain if he happens to be the nominee. I cannot go out to the voting booth and support a man who has himself verbally direspected me, and merely acts the part of a good President while on Stage. Barack- you are the epitome of everything that is wrong with "typical" Washington poiltics, and yet you propagandize that as the opposite of your true nature. Barack, you will say and do anything to get elected, and then spin your exact corrupt political tactics, so eloquently, against your competitors. VOTERS BEWARE!! You eitherther have uncontrollable psychotic tendencies, or worse, YOU ARE JUST A REALLY GOOD MANIPULATOR OF PEOPLE during times when all Americans are seeking a change for the better.

    March 26, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  9. mark


    March 26, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  10. Brian

    Why would Hillary supporters want to attack McCain they are going to vote for him in November! They must believe in the same things, give the rich tax breaks, Occupy and Torture Iraq forever and sky high deficits.

    March 26, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  11. pam

    Anyone voting for Hillary must love seeing the American people paying for the Clinton's pleasures as you all KNOW we are still paying for that JB Bill got while he was president or are you people sleep deprived like Hillary. Also, Christian she calls herself she needs to read her Bible! Christians pray for their leaders not dog them.They also have a responsablity to take of the husband. Hillary wants to be President so she can get back at Bill wonder who she will get to eat her.

    March 26, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  12. Australian Citizen Viewpoint

    I am from Australia , married with 3 children. Whilst US politics does not affect me directly I have followed it with interest on CNN TV as I believe the US has a major role to play in world politics and hence future generations.

    As an outsider I see this as a critical moment in US history. The American people made a big mistake in voting for Bush rather than Gore. If Clinton gets the nomination it will be another mistake that the US could not recover from – because there is no doubt the Democrats will go on to win. The US clearly need to look forward and claim some economic and cultural credibility in the world. They need to be liked and not only feared. So which candidate do i and my colleagues think is best for the future? One clear choice: Obama. Read on.

    ON CLINTON: We do not believe what she says. She is focused on wining at any cost. She represents the old politics of power and deceit. Her previous acts betray her current language. To her this is a personal goal and not a national one.

    ON McCAIN: We like the guy. McCain sounds comforting and relaxed. In another timeline in US history he could be what is needed. But that is not what the US need right now. He lacks the energy and enthusiasm needed to pull the US out of social and economic gloom. Sorry McCain but you are too old for this generation.

    ON OBAMA: He sounds and looks genuine. He is about wining for the US and not for himself. The Wright controversy is a distraction from the fact that this man is clearly what the US desperately need. I wish we had him in Australia! We recently changed government for a younger candidate like Obama and it has stimulated excitement and hope for the younger generation. Its made the nation feel more positive about itself. The US has the same opportunity in Obama. Hang onto him. He will llift your country out of despair and make America the loved and respected saviour of the world again.

    LASTLY: How can you call Fox a news network? It is an absolute insult to human intelligence. It is more a comedy network. They have no shame.

    Signed, a concerned world citizen.

    March 26, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  13. mark


    March 26, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  14. Yolanda Diaz

    If Obama gets the nomination I'll vote for John MacCain

    March 26, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  15. Matt

    I have considered myself to be a white person for over 29 years now. But if I ever was viewed as being the typical white person that you so eloquently described I would jump off a cliff.

    March 26, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  16. Ed

    Come on kids! Can't we get back to throwing stones at each other?

    March 26, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  17. Just plain tired....

    In reading these comments your all pretty sick, and some are downright nasty. Why must there be an attack then a counter attack?
    Obama lies, Hillary lies, McCain lies, they're all politicians. When have we ever had a politician who didn't lie. The question will be who lies the least? Anyone who believes a politician is a fool! We will vote as always, for the lesser of two evils. There will be plenty of time after the convention to see who we believe will be better at lying then the other person. Believe it or not the best liar will win. Look at what we now have, the best liar of all, he talked alot about change. Boy, did we get change or what? Careful what you ask for, you just might get it.

    March 26, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
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