April 14th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
13 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. Rt

    Good job McCain. I pray to god you will beat Obama if he is the dem nominee.

    John McCain or Hillary Clinton for President

    April 14, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Hicks of Fort Myers

    You're absolutely right John. I'm not convinced what clinging to guns means? But I don't like it.

    Ignorant, poor, and still fighting for my liberty from the tyranny of our government.

    April 14, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. Alexandra

    shame on you McCain!

    April 14, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Rob

    This will never stick. Your a fool if you think the Elitist title is gonna stick to Obama. If this is the best you got McCain. Enjoy a failed run at the President Seat.

    April 14, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Alex H

    Obama's an elitist! Send me money! – John McCain

    CNN, can we keep track of this financing campaign to see how well it works? I'm curious.

    April 14, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Other countries think we are stupid to keep listening to the lies
    of a woman who is becoming one of America's most hated woman.
    Get her out of PA. IND AND S.C. NOW!!!!!! Don't worry America.
    McCain will never, never, never win. "Bitter" IS A FEELING. Not
    a bad word. Elitist is not a good thing to be called. Hillary and
    McCain are elitists.

    April 14, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. Kel from AL

    McCain, McCain, McCain. You can't blame anyone for trying.

    April 14, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. Noel Bynum, Winston Salem, NC

    Congratulations to far left, idealistic, highly critical, elitest, and unrealistic wing of our Democratic party....we have once again handed the election to the Republicans and the special interests on a silver platter.....

    April 14, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. A from MI

    Let's see how many of McCain's supporters are capable of basic reading comprehension, as many of Hillary's supporters (and some of Obama's) fail at trying to parse the simple statement Obama made.

    April 14, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. lucy

    actually, obama is correct, and this is a silly discussion. at least he can tell the difference between sunni and shiite.

    April 14, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. Myra

    The only elitist i see are those in the white house that manufactured a war that the american people have to pay for in lives and resources. How much more elitist can you get.. McCain will continues that elitist aggenda

    April 14, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Sylvia

    Retire Mr. McCain.

    April 14, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. HYPOCRACY 08

    Dang... give me some popcorn... this is getting good...
    Although I don't think McCain should use such tactics... he doesn't have to in light of how the dems are treating each other!

    This is getting interesting!

    PS: All three are elitists compared to middle America... PERIODE!

    April 14, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. Eli, NY

    This guy sounds alot like Hillary.............. NuFF sAiD.

    April 14, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Looking for the truth

    Whats it going to take to get us the People to really dig deep and read, read, and read some more to educate ourselves when choosing our President??? Obama is not a leader and I don't care how many words, speechs and all the rest... HE IS NOT EXPERINCED ENOUGH>>> well be prepared to if you vote Obama ... you woill be crying much harder than you already do... Vote HILLARY and simply be wise...

    April 14, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. Josh

    McCain was the one who told the workers in Michigan that the jobs exported overseas weren't ever coming back (his response to Mitt Romney's claim that they could be rebuilt). Yeah, that's good ol' small town faith for ya!

    April 14, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. Robby from TX

    I forgot McCain was still running!!

    April 14, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. Darth Vadik, CA

    You know what, I'm going to donate to Obama right now.

    April 14, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. NC4Obama

    I am so pleased to find out that the average American is happy about all the jobs that have been lost because of Nafta. I can't wait for more jobs to be sent overseas......

    April 14, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. Paris

    Smart McCain. We need a smart sold man.
    McCain 08

    April 14, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. HLP

    This is truly laughable. This man married into over 100 million dollars.He has the audacity to call Obama elitist.Any one who is simple minded enough to believe this was not going to vote for Obama anyway.

    April 14, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. slokipoki

    Remember America a victory for Obama is a victory for McCain. I think McCain's supporters are helping Obama because they know Obama can't win.

    Go Hillary!!!!!!

    April 14, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. Doug R.

    Again...Mr McCain is not being logical or making any sense.
    If anyone is an elitist, it is him.

    April 14, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. say no to the 3 headed candidate

    Hillary and McCain one and the same: old, bitter, old politics, status quo, bitter bitter, and republicans,

    April 14, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. Vleonard

    Can I send a negative campaign contribution, John? Will you take it?

    April 14, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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