April 14th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain camp fundraises over 'bitter' comment

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(CNN) - Hours after John McCain called Barack Obama's comments about some small-town Americans "elitist," the Arizona senator's campaign sent out a fundraising e-mail seeking to capitalize on the now-famous remarks.

"These words are revealing on a number of levels, and expose the out-of-touch beliefs to which John McCain offers stark contrast," McCain campaign manager Rick Davis writes in the e-mail.

Obama's comments came over a week ago at a San Francisco fundraiser, when he told supporters decades of lost jobs and unfulfilled promises from Washington have left some Pennsylvanians "bitter" and clinging "to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

"If Barack Obama is the Democrat nominee in the general election, the American people will have a clear choice between two different visions – Senator Obama's liberal, elitist philosophy and John McCain's faith in the small town values that continue to make America great. John McCain will not forget them or write them off. Neither should Barack Obama," Davis also writes.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (170 Responses)
  1. Small Town PA Resident

    Obama was spot on with his comments. I grew up with the mindset of guns, religion, antipathy (dislike) toward those better off or different, and an anti-immigrant sentiment. Then I grew up and became a rational, educated adult. Growing up and living in rural PA, you'll see exactly what he meant.

    April 14, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. Rich in Missouri

    I believe that most of mainstream America is fearful of failure of the government and not knowing what to expect in the future. Therefore I do not believe the Obama comment about guns and the Bible are meant as an insult. I think that anyone who is really in contact with the American people would realize this what real fear is out there. I am sixty-seven years old and these are the most stressful and disturbing time I can remember. So I think the real elitist is the one who doesn't realize this.

    April 14, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. Belle - Seattle

    It's not just the recent comments to a bunch of rich people, Obama and wife Michelle have shown a new money elitist attitude this whole campaign. Some of us have been paying attention and remembering.

    April 14, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. cc for obama

    I would be very careful about bringing this up too often. Hillary brings the "bitter" episode up every chance she gets, and now even Democratic audiences are starting to boo her!

    April 14, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. Deb, Texas

    McCain's day is coming – I can't wait to see him in a debate. There will be no one there but him to HELP HIM and the world is going to see just how old and out-dated he really is.

    April 14, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. Antoinette

    Id rather have an elitist than a warmonger

    Thats what the Americans will vote on. I hate to turn to the news and see fallen soldiers over this mess of a war

    Send out troops home!!!

    April 14, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Monie

    Mccain is going to be very bitter come November when he loses the election

    April 14, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. Vero

    Obama supporters you sound like a recorder "If this is the best you got."

    The Wright story was the only thing I needed to change my vote and I'm not even White.

    April 14, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. GLaze

    Wait a minute!! McCAin and Hillay used the same word. Looks like somebody has the same strategy.

    April 14, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    I am disappointed in Senator McCain who promised that he was going to run an "honorable" campaign. Now here he is joining in all the hoopla about a statement that Senator Obama has explained and in fact, many Americans have resonated.

    April 14, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. AhwatukeeT

    300 million Americans and these three are the best we can do...

    Rather sad, really.

    April 14, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Jon

    McCain has it right. He knows how to effectively run this country.

    McCain 08
    Clinton 08

    April 14, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. BEN KLU

    Obama himself is a bitter,angry,and frustrated arrogant man.You only have to go back on a lot of his statements and demeanour and you will see an ignorant bloke with nothing to offer.

    April 14, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. Cynthia

    I'm sure Senator McCain is praying every night that Senator Clinton wins the Democratic nomination because I'm sure Senator Obama won't be as forgiving of him as he has Senator Clinton. He will tear him to shred in a debate.

    April 14, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. Dennis

    Never OBAMA!!!! -- NOBAMA for all the "WRIGHT" reasons

    April 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. Tom

    Of course he's fundraising on this. He can't fundraise on the issues, because he's wrong on most of them. He basically wants to continue on with the train wreck that Bush has given us for the past seven years and counting. No thanks!

    April 14, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. Cate, California

    I still can't find anything wrong in what Sen. Obama said..it seems that it is the media who is keeping this going! Is it a slow news day? Sen. Obama spoke the truth, something the other two pandering candidates don't seem to want to do! I have just moved from PA and everyone I have spoken with (including those who were for McCain) say that what Sen. Obama said is right and that they will come out for Obama since it's one of the first times they have actually heard a politician speak the truth! It seems like we are seeing more and more how Sen. Obama has the balance needed to run this country and will tell us what we need to hear!! Sorry, McCain hasn't a chance in this country due to the last 8 yrs. and the fact that he will bring more of the same.

    April 14, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. Concerned American

    McCain is so old, that he looks like a ghost.

    April 14, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. Marie

    Don't believe McCain for one moment. Obama is in no way an elitist. If you've ever experienced growing up poor, of mixed race, and without your father that abandoned you, an empathy to the poor and disadvantaged would be engrained within you for life.

    Shame on you McCain – attempting to profit from a twist of words.

    April 14, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  20. Len, Colorado


    Make sure your sons/daughters and grandchildren enlist in the military. They will be needed for the next war that McCain will wage.

    April 14, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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