March 26th, 2008
04:15 PM ET
14 years ago

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. KS

    The truth...may some of your eyes be opened and the truth revealed before it is too late...Obama is a wolf in sheep's clothing.

    None of the candidates are ideal or even great...BUT he is scary.

    March 26, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. Shadee (Ger)

    I have a Dream, I have a Dream, I have a Dream spoken by Martin Luther King, is now the Dream is coming throught. Obama is going to be at President in the future! The King`s words is true!!! God bless America!

    March 26, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  3. Ric

    Hillary '08 – if not, then Mc Cain '08 – vote for someone who loves this country!! Not someone who listens to racist, Anti American rants for 20 years, and then gets caught in a lie about it!! Nobama. NO!!!

    Obama / Rev Wright '08 = Audacity of Hate

    March 26, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  4. Ric

    Hillary '08 – if not, then Mc Cain '08 – vote for someone who loves this country!! Not someone who listens to racist, Anti American rants for 20 years, and then gets caught in a lie about it!! Nobama. NO!!!

    Obama / Rev Wright '08 = Audacity of Hate

    March 26, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. Chris - Hemet, Ca.

    Boy, bloggers sure are busy calling Obama a liar over one small fib about running from the plane to the cars in a hail of sniper fire......oh, wait a minute, that wasn't Obama. Sorry.

    March 26, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. NH

    The superdelegates should back Obama then all of the Billary supporters will vote for McSame. Billary can then follow her supporters and run with McSame on the repulican ticket. Obama will gladly except with open arms all of the repulicans that hate the Clintons. Everyone will then be happy. I then say lets have a showdown, may the best President win.

    March 26, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. Terry

    Go Hillary, Go, you have my vote.

    March 26, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. KS

    Why is it that the media has babied him?

    March 26, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  9. Dawn

    Mike: Obama is still here because he is winning!

    Question for Hillary:

    Where are the tax records, earmark requests and presidential libray donors?

    March 26, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  10. Rush Goebbels

    McCain doesnt have a chance,this is" The only race" now,who cares about bloody noses in a good fight.

    March 26, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  11. Samantha

    I am a democrat who likes Obama but if Clinton is the nominee, I will have to pick John McCain. I can't pick someone who lies all the time, and lies so much that she can't even realize that she's lying. Atleast, John McCain is an honest man, although whose policies I don't agree with. I agree with what Obama says. McCain really does not understand the economy and has said that himself. I also think it's time to withdraw from Iraq unlike him saying he'd stay their for "100 years"

    March 26, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. Pat

    Can anyone imagine how far ahead Hill and Bill would be if Senator Obama had shown his true color, or we'd heard Michelle Obama say she was proud to be an American for the first time in her adult life or how hard he's been working for the last 20 years to become firmly embedded in the black community from the very beginning of his campaign....orrrrrrrr the media hadn't been bashing her throughout the whole campaign. It takes much more than an eloquant speech full of empty words, to be president of a multi-racial and cultural country...WORDS of his very own, will be the end of Senator Obama's ONE AMERICA, with a little help from his good old Uncle Jereimiah. Does anybody wonder which ONE'S he would UNITE or bring CHANGE for? I'm bi-racial myself, even I can see where his obvious loyalties lie. There is no way I'd turn my back on either of my racial heritage over the other. He has some deep seeded ratial animosities, from racial slurrs made by his White Grandmother. . There's not many women of any race not afraid of black men...Could it be' because it a statistical fact they've committed the most crime.

    There may be a real African American who will be President one day, I don't believe it's NOW, or will ever be Senator Obama. McCain might as well enjoy his lead in the polls...Poor old guy, he should be retired, doing sadoko's on the beach somewhere. Speaking of not giving up, how many strikes till he throw's in the towel!
    Hill and Bill 08

    March 26, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  13. No Liars Please

    This country is ready for an African-American president with fresh ideas to move us forward. It's also ready for a woman, but not Hillary.

    Obama 08

    March 26, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  14. Tom,des moines

    Shame on u Obama for supporting that racist Rev.Wright for 20 yrs.

    March 26, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  15. cnn #1 fan

    It seems as though McCain is going to use George W. Bushs's "scare tactics" that got him re-elected 8 yrs ago as a way to lure himself into the White House in 08'!!



    March 26, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  16. Take My Autograph, Please

    "The Audacity of Nope"
    -a book by Hillary Clinton

    "How I single handedly stopped the most exciting campaign this country has seen in decades"

    March 26, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  17. Steve

    Rather than ignorantly writing off Barack's challenge as a "blatant mischaracterization" where is McCain's argument that those "mischaracterizations" are in any way off base? If you have a have a new policy suggestion, a new idea, any kind of relief for that matter, in mind, speak up John. You have our attention, but you're failing to deliver.

    How is it off base to argue that McCain will carry on the failed Bush policies that have cost us half a trillion and over 4,000 US soldiers, when that is exactly what McCain has said he will do?

    If that is the McCain camp response to a legitimate challenge, his similarity to the lame duck president should be glaringly apparent to every intelligent American.

    [Observe, HRC has been marginalized, she is done and therefore no longer part of the discussion. If you favor progress and a democratic victory in November, just ignore her tantrums, lies and self-serving appetite for power, we don't need that anymore.]

    March 26, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  18. Another Typical White Woman

    Pelosi let the WORLD down when she refused to put forward impeachment proceedings against Bush and Cheney.

    We gave the democrats the power they whined about and they have done nothing but make our situation worse.

    We need a strong woman in the White House and the "other" house, TOO.

    Hillary '08

    March 26, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  19. clm

    People on fixed income are being penalized with lower interest rates being paid to them on certificate of deposits when they mature, etc. Who is looking out for these people? Will their rates be frozen at higher levels for a new term?

    March 26, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  20. ED

    I think John Mc Cain Spent many years watching Leave It To Beaver reruns so he could learn to be like his idol Eddie Haskell who was able to successfully talk thru both sides of his mouth.Mc Cain is an exact clone of Haskell.ANYBODY WHO VOTES FOR MC CAIN IS DEAF,DUMB,BLIND,GULLIBLE AND STUPID AND HASN'T GROWN OUT OF DIAPERS YET!!!

    March 26, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  21. Mike Take Your Meds

    Dear Mike,

    Obama is here because a MAJORITY of the people want him to be president. Why are you here?

    Take your meds, and go away.

    March 26, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. Grif

    I went through all this crap a long time ago...

    Don't do what I do.... Do what I say!!! 'Free Speach' means...

    Don't even try to tell the other guy, how to live...
    If Obama loses he's, Dream for Power.. He will learn as
    many did, before him. We decide.....

    Not the Dreamer's ..

    March 26, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  23. Talimee

    Thank you Obama. I still dont see your proposal to help the million homeowners that are scheduled to lose their homes in the next month or come up with some type of solution for the credit crisis we are facing.

    Oh, I see. Your speech writers and advisers havent finished writing your speech? Well hopefully you can explain it well in the next debate and the media actually asks you questions first... and the ones that are hard. Your "I agree" are turning into drinking games.

    March 26, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  24. Lost

    The Clintons are losing their minds. It is no way in hell she can win in November. Ask must African Americans.

    March 26, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  25. Willy

    Obama and Mrs. Bill Clinton. I can't tell them apart. They are 2 peas in a pod.

    March 26, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
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