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. Rob

    well you can't blame the guy for trying? Senator Obama will get past this latest shrillary and prove he is the only one that doesn't fit the elite mold. Mr. McCain with his wife's beer fortune and HRC with the 110 million in the bank – this all does seem a bit ridiculous.

    April 14, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Joe

    PENNSYLVANIANS, you have the power to STOP this break up of the Democratic party. Please don't allow this race to go any further.
    The longer that we wait to choose. The more we hand victory over to the Republicans. REAL DAMAGE IS BEING DONE!!!!!!!

    April 14, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. vince - phoenix

    I'll donate as soon as he tells me the difference between Sunni and Shi'ite !!!!!

    April 14, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. orator

    The great orator is the great berater is the great mocker is the great elitist.

    Obama's new slogan:
    "now, now... do not parse my words... what I actually meant was..."

    He is a fake, phony, hypocritical lyer who looks down on everyone and tries to win by force, intimidation, mockery and deceit.

    Never Obama.

    April 14, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. Barry IL

    Senator Obama was raised by a single mother. He worked in slumsfor years. He has vacationed in Africa, amongst his poor relatives in Kenya. Truth be told, he has more touch with the poor than any of the other candidates. Those who lived in DC for decades are the ones who lost touch with the poor in slums and small towns.

    April 14, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. PA Mary

    Obama will never be able to win in Nov. He has insulted average Americans with his religion, guns, bigotry and drugs comments made to rich San Francisco donors. Obama can't win the swing states (Ohio, TN, AK, FL, MI, PA, NH, NM) and now he will send the Reagan Democrats back to the Republican party.

    Hillary '08. I'm going to donate to her campaign right now!!

    April 14, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. Len, Colorado

    We would rather believe the Republicans and their fear factor.

    If you believe in women's right to choose, gun-control, and gay rights you do not believe in God. (Nonsense!) If you support the troops and you want to end the unjust war in Irag, you are not patriotic! (Nonsense).
    Everyone please wake up...this policy has damaged America.....Do not let it happen again!

    April 14, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. Tampa

    LOL people actually support McCain?? LOL Oh this is rich- Talk about out of touch

    April 14, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. Edgar - Orlando, Florida

    Obama will be the nominee for democratics unless something drastic happens and Hillary get the nomination. I say this Obama will never get my vote and many other democratics. Southern democratics do not support Moveon.org or Anti-War movement by liberal democratics.

    Hillary or McCain! Period!

    April 14, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. Real people for real man.

    Mccaing can't talk straight on his own, they have to write the scrips for him, how will he make decision at right when something happen?

    Mccain you are due for retirement!

    Hillary is a liar, fraud, malipulator and she is corrupt.

    Bill made $50 million for speeches and 7 years their income is over $107 millions.
    Does the Clintons knows what it meant to be poor?
    Mccain and Hillary Clinton are more of the same old washingtonian.

    Vote Obama.

    April 14, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  11. ACAC

    Why do we judge peoples' statements on ploitical correctness first and accuracy second?

    April 14, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. Shawna

    It's amazing how much Hillary and McCain agree on throughout this primary. Maybe they should be running mates on an independent ticket.

    April 14, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. Rashane Kansas

    Mccain stop! this isnt even funny anymore the people of PA have said they feel BITTER so instead of pondering on the words react with actions!! but you cant do that huh? NO MONEY!!
    Obama 08!! he speaks the truth even when is truth is what you wont to hear!

    April 14, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Oh please stop picking each other apart and stand strong on your own feet and beliefs. I can't take it anymore

    April 14, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. Emma in CA

    Senator McCain: Like Hillary Clinton, you are beating a dead horse. Like Senator Clinton, your criticism is shallow. I wonder if you will at some point experience jeers like she did. Your nit- picking surely will not buy you votes.

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

    JOHN McCain....you and Hillary had better get out of bed together! You are lucky Obama has respect and doesn't attack you two as he should! You need a nap John... we know how the elderly and babies get cranky without their afternoon nap!

    April 14, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. Sophie

    I'm surprised McCain (megamillionaire and highly condescending) and Hillary (megamillionaire and a compulsive and desperate liar) are even DARING to call Obama names or point their fingers. I can't wait for their karma. Highly recommend both of Obama's books.

    April 14, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Oh please stop picking each other apart and stand strong on your own two feet and beliefs. Lay it on the table and let the people decide. This is really getting old this picking each other apart.

    April 14, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. DS

    I was also inspired to send off more money to Obama today! He's gonna need the extra cash for an ad that explains to the people how his comments about being "bitter" were deliberately taken out of context.

    I didn't think McCain would take the Hillary approach and misconstrue what Obama said, but he did.

    Oh well, to be disillusioned is to be freed of the illusion, eh?

    KC MO

    April 14, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. Eric

    Is it what age will do to us all? From integrity and courage to petty and low-level politics. The poor man will do anything to get elected. It reminds me of a woman I knew...

    April 14, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. Bitter in Small Town PA

    You just don't get it, do you John?

    Most of us don't have multi-millionaire spouses and part-time Congressional hours. Here in rural Central Pennsylvania, most of us work our butts off with no raises, no sick leave, often no health insurance or insurance we cannot afford to purchase, struggling to pay for gas and seeing the prices at the grocery store rise from week to week. The American Dream was supposed to boil down to: Work hard, Be responsible and You Will Succeed. Why shouldn't we be bitter when all of our hard work only gets us further and further behind?

    Get a clue and give me the issues, not this petty garbage!

    April 14, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. Marge Hibbing Mn

    This is sickening. You have the obama nutso attending Hillary's rallies so they can boo and slur. Whenever she tries to protect her self from some of the outrageous statements obama throws around, the MSM and obama come up with the statement....he mis spoke, that was a mis-statement or a bonehead statement.

    What I am thinking is since he makes so many of these statements which he later considers "Mis-spokes"....is he next going to blame Hillary Clinton for being one of his speech writers. Looks like......he's got an excuse for every stupid thing he does, and dang de dang there sure is a lot of them.

    April 14, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. Alex H

    Is no one curious how Hillary and McCain came out at practically the exact same time to address in identical tones and sentiments that a comment Obama made about a week before is elitist, a term they both used? No? Anyone? Buddy ol' pals Hillary and John? Anyone?

    Well I do.

    April 14, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. Jefferson

    Smart, very smart. I only hope democrats realize that voting for Obama will be their doom. Hillary Clinton is the only candidate qualified for president. Pennsylvania, Indiana, North Carolina and all other states, don't let Obama continue.

    April 14, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. anthony

    i bet if people showed some outrage over the coverage of this story the media would change their tune slightly

    April 14, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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