May 17th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton: McCain couldn’t be more out of touch

FRANKFORT, Kentucky (CNN) – After first targeting television pundits on Saturday for counting her out, Clinton zeroed in on John McCain and his economic policy at her second event, reiterating the argument that a McCain presidency would be a continuation of the Bush administration and saying, “I don’t know that you could be more out of touch.”

“In the end, Sen. McCain’s economic policy boils down to this – don’t just continue driving our nation in the wrong direction, put your foot on the accelerator and gun it,” Clinton told supporters at a poorly attended rally at Kentucky State University.

“You really have to work hard to have a tax plan more tilted to the wealthy than President Bush’s tax plan. But somehow John McCain has figured out a way to do it,” said Clinton.

Before Clinton had even delivered her remarks, the Republican National Committee sent reporters a response to attacks they knew were coming.

”Rather than explain why both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will raise taxes on hardworking Americans, Clinton is launching her own desperate attacks on John McCain,” said an RNC spokesman. “The Democrats’ plans for more taxes, more spending and more regulations will not grow the economy or create jobs. America needs strong leadership that understands the economy.”

Clinton has said she would repeal tax benefits Bush has given to corporations and wealthier individuals and revert to rates used during her husband’s administration.

Lost in all of this was Clinton’s principal rival, Barack Obama. As usual, Clinton jabbed him softly for not supporting her plan to remove gas tax taxes this summer, but otherwise she refrained from going after him.

With her chances of securing the nomination getting bleaker with each passing primary contest, Clinton is trying to get voters and superdelegates to focus on the general election, arguing that she has been more successful in important states and would be a stronger candidate to go up against McCain.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John McCain
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Karen P

    It's best Hillary sticks to the issues at hand. That might have gotten her more votes earlier. People are turned off by negative campaigning and that will be McCain's/Republicans' downfall too. Voters are just tired of the childish behavior that's been displayed this campaign season. If we want to listen to or see "smut" we can watch soap operas. I certainly don't want my grandkids watching this stuff...they can learn better manners elsewhere.

    May 17, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  2. democrat

    This is insane, the DNC give Obama the nomination is going to be like giving a blind man a key to drive a car .There is no way he is going to get my vote.

    May 17, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  3. Hillaryis404

    Hey Angie – check out your friends on – they're crawling all over themselves to thank RUSH LIMBAUGH and Operation Chaos for coming out to vote for Hillary.

    Here's a quote from one of them (about an anti-Obama video): "Hat Tip for the video embed to Michelle Malkin and Right Wing News."

    Michelle Malkin? Are you insane?

    May 17, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  4. Desmond Sequeira

    Clear as crystal: OBAMA IS THE PRESIDENT THE USA DESPERATELY NEEDS. and the world can trust. Clinton/ McSame appear to be gravely out of touch with this reality.

    May 17, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  5. Rich

    If Clinton were more electable and had a better campaign, she would be winning now instead of being so far behind she thinks she's first.

    May 17, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  6. Scott in NC

    The Republicans say “The Democrats’ [plan] more taxes, more spending and more regulations". We already know the Republicans have implemented less taxes (but only for the uber-rich), more spending (to waste in Iraq between now and at least 2013), and more government power (to borrow money from our children, spy on us, suspend our civil rights and defy any attempt to give public access to information about what they've done).

    Their platform calls for more of the same Bush policies. I think "out of touch" is pretty accurate.

    May 17, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
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