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. PA voter

    b.o is so unelectable it's not even funny

    the dnc and superdelegates better wise up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 14, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Nattie Karma

    McCain is rich and he does not understand why we are bitter. When people are losing homes, cannot afford health insurance, and college tution, the Clintons are boasting of Millions received from selling our jobs. McCain, if you are not bitter, then you are an elitest, and Francly, you are!!!
    Obama 08.

    April 14, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Independent

    I think it is quite interesting that small town folks are primarily republican...they must voteon issues such as abortion and gun control rather than economics, healthcare, and social progress...how are the tax laws of the republican dogma benefitting the average small town blue collar worker? Not sure?

    April 14, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. lan123

    McCain and his wife are worth over 100 million dollars. Hillary and Bill made 100 million dollars last year. And Obama just finish paying off his student loan. He is very in-touch with that small town in PA. Hillary and McCain need to buy a clue.

    April 14, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Mike from CA

    John McCain should focus on the fact that I am "bitter" about the fact that we are spending hundreds of billions of dollars in a country that isn't my own.

    April 14, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. John Smith

    No surprises; no one can run a campaign like this in Britain!

    April 14, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. Carrie Pa

    The only elitist is John McCain and his good friend, Hillary Clinton.

    April 14, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. Nando, Florida

    what a Idiot this man is.

    April 14, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Looking for the REAL truth

    Hillary is an experienced LIAR. She is a qualified cheater and hypocrite. That's what her 135 year of experience mean!

    April 14, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. Jane

    I'd donate to all their campaigns if they'd just shut up.

    April 14, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. mike,Iowa

    why does everyone need every word obama says picked apart and analized and spelled out for them and taken out of contex? If this is how presidencys are going to be won by manipulating the voters by sensless attacks then i may just have to stop voting all together. If you cant stick to the issues and your plans then why bother running? I dont want a president that wins on arrogance and trash talking it proves they can acomplish nothing but run thier mouths and tell people what they want to hear instead of what they need tohear!

    April 14, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. Shocked

    Mr. Obama may be right, however this is not the type of comment we want to listen to. America deserves not to see politicians explaining why people are bitter in such a level that they opt for extreme decisions like gun abuse.

    April 14, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Matt

    Small town values = never-ending war in the Middle East and ignorance of economic issues? Okay. let him have his fundraising from people who believe that gibberish. I'm from Pennsylvania, his comments are true. And he didn't mean them in a bad way; it's what the policies of the past 20 years have turned us to. McCain only equals more of the same.

    April 14, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. john

    John Mc Cain you are pathetic capitalizing on the reality of the millions of Americans who are getting the short end of the stick , unlike you and Hillary. The readers, wake up and realize that this is war between the Haves and Have -nots who would be very happy to have you lose any Hope for Change; guess which 2 presidential candidates wants you to stay a Have not.

    April 14, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. Out of Touch

    McCain is out of touch. The people didn't appreciate Clinton attacking Obama on this. McCain is following the same path as Clinton. Too bad he doesn't realize that people don't appreciate this kind of attacks. Obama said the truth. We are bitter about our government. Obama is right, Obama is right, Obama got it CORRECT. McCain is simple OUT OF TOUCH

    April 14, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. dmw

    What's the problem??? Obama has used fundraising for every little thing Hillary has said this entire campaign season. What goes around comes around. You Obama supporters want him so badly you can not realize the man is a racist, talks down to people, and have a clear view of what typical white people are like. You people will buy into anything. The man puts you down and you still love and want him as your President. Enjoy the moment while you can, because he will not be President of the United States of America.

    April 14, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. paul

    i live in memphis and i am bitter,frustrated with the folks in washington.
    you guys are rich so you do not feel what millions that are poor are feeling

    go obama 08

    April 14, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. Sha-vone in NC

    I cannot truly believe that McCain would think that the American people would really believe that he is more in touch with what is going on than Obama. This multi-millionaire hundreds of times over is more in touch than someone who actually lived on food stamps for a while and who just recently paid off his student loans? Seriously??? This man, who at one point refused to admit that there is even a mortgage foreclosure crisis going on? I just can't believe this....however what's more unbelievable is this woman who is rolling around in a $100+ million fortune, wants us to really believe as truth that she chugs beer and knows our woes. Actually, what's scary is that there are those out there who do believe it.

    Hopefully we, in North Carolina, will put an end to this foolishness and kick this crazy woman out of the race. This is ridiculous!!

    April 14, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. Katherine

    Chill out, Noel. The election is an eternity away in politics.

    I have to laugh at McCain, who married into a dynasty worth hundreds of millions of dollars, calling Obama an elitist.

    April 14, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. Dan

    McCain's wife has extreme wealth. He spent most of his life in the military or government, I haven't heard of him working with any community organizations. Whose out of touch? I think the wise choice is to with the Dems and not a Bush non-entity.

    April 14, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. moses

    Obama is not only out of touch with small town America, he is out of touch with America. All he knew is his preacher. How could you understand America if you were MENTORED by Wright?

    April 14, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. Cam

    Mccain you are "out of touch" with Americans, Republicans, Democrats, and anybody else with sense!!!!

    April 14, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. Nancy

    Obama's mother was on food stamps. His father left him when he was young and they were flat broke all his youth. He went to good schools on hard-earned scholarships. He and his wife were poor until recently. How is he an elitist?

    April 14, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  24. JB

    ... hey McCain, is this the best you can do?!?

    Talk about second-order non-issues.

    Please go take a nap.

    April 14, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. Neutral

    What will STICK to Obama against McCain is the word BIGOT! Obama called people living in small town Pennsylvania as BIGOT!

    April 14, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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