May 27th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama hits McCain for fundraising with Bush

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NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) - Democrat Barack Obama Tuesday continued
his efforts to tag John McCain as a candidate with ideas no different than President Bush's.

The Illinois senator highlighted McCain's scheduled Tuesday evening closed-press fundraiser, where Bush and the presumptive Republican nominee will appear together.

"No cameras, no reporters, and we all know why," Obama said. "Sen. McCain doesn't want to be seen, hat in hand, with the president whose failed policies he promises to continue for another four years. Now the question for the American people is do we want to continue George Bush's policies?"

To this, the crowd promptly answered, "no."

Obama, though, isn't completely in the clear himself when it comes to private fundraisers. The "bitter" controversy int he wake of Pennsylvania's primary contest stemmed from comments the White House hopeful made at a closed-door event in San Francisco April 6.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. Martha, Minneapolis

    Undefined change is no change at all.

    Can any Obamarite tell me a single program of his where he has stated:

    1.. What it is
    2. When he'll do it, and,
    3. How he'll pay for it

    I didn't think you could because you don't think, just blindly hope.

    May 27, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Shady Dealings

    I really don't think Barack's meeting with fundraisers could be considered a fundraiser. McCain on the other hand is hosting George Bush, which is a different kind of affair. Any time the president can be photographed, there's something wrong.

    Obama 08

    May 27, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  3. WendyOne

    Nobama is attempting to tie McCain to Bush because they are both Republicans. That must mean we can tie him to Hillary because they both try to embellish their experience. First it was her under sniper fire and now he's qualified because his uncle served during WWII. Sounds like grasping at straws. How about all candidates being required to take a lie detector test and the results made public?

    May 27, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  4. Venus

    Bush and Mc Same had to make this fundraiser private because they didn't sell enough tickets!

    CNN -- yes we know about the bitter comments Obama made!

    However – you can lump Mc Same's mistakes to Obama! It's time for Mc Same to run his bus into a ditch and get it out on his own – just like Obama did!

    Go Bam! Mc Same has his hands full with you!

    May 27, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  5. Gary

    I think the term "McSame" is being well earned. John McCain needs to distance himself from the most unpopular president in modern history, NOT attend campaign fundraisers with him!

    May 27, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. Ben

    McSame and Bush are one and the same. the same donors, the same fund raisers.
    why the closed door fund raising: because the donors are the manufactures of war heads, weapons and arms. Mr McSame's presidency means more wars, more weapons and more money for the arms dealers and weapon manufacturers.
    Hit him hard...................................Mcsame and Bush needs to be punched out of the white house.

    May 27, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  7. Joe Reg

    The Bush Republicans Mcain is no more.

    The time has come for a new orthodoxy in America.

    A new wind is blowing on America.

    May 27, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. Travis (in the real world)

    McBush and McSame must think we are idiots.....wish I was a fly on the wall to listen to these 2 morons..."do ya think we fooled them George?"...sure we did John, you count the money and I'll keep an eye on the door....they'll read about it in the morning and forget who we are.

    May 27, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  9. Ian

    I love the logic in this one. Obama criticizes McCain for following Bush's failed policies, and for a closed door fundraiser with Bush. Obama has a closed door fundraiser and perhaps made an inappropriate comment. Therefore Obama is just as awful as Bush's failed policies? Tough crowd.

    May 27, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. Olivia

    That's not a salute is just CNN,s biased way of reporting the news. It's like telling a lie.
    I guess they are trying to tie in the stories of his cousin Cheney, his grandfather the ex- military man, the relative who helped to liberate a prison camp, and so on. Talk about being a name dropper! But give Obama some credit......he has now started to wear a lapel flag pin. I haven't heard him mention his father's side of the family lately.

    May 27, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. Loretta from California

    We all make this mistake. No biggy. But Senator please stop attacking Lou Dobbs.

    May 27, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  12. jerry

    obama, your such a loser, you are going to lose so badly,
    to bad clinton lost to you, cause you are going to get your butt kicked by McCain, all you are is a big liar

    May 27, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  13. scott

    So hits happened I said when the stimulis cash was going out it was going to be a bail out for sally may and low and behold it is. I have been paying off the student loan but quess who took my check. i suppose they will tax me on it next years taxes also. What a croak of a coverup of a bail out .

    May 27, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  14. Talk about out of touch

    Is McCain aware of this new fangled gadget called tv, internet and the news?? Who did he think would not find this out? Its like he is working for Obama!!

    May 27, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  15. Cynthia

    John McCain would definitely be a continuation of Bush policies. I don't think he really understands what your everyday average citizen is facing with high food costs, gas pricing, health care, the mortgage crisis, and etc.

    The "bitter" comments pales in comparison to the RFK comment and the sunnis and shiates(sp?) . No press included – you wanna bet.

    May 27, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  16. kenny cole

    we don't want a secretive PRESIDENT, and i think mr.MCCAIN would have know the result of this presidential election

    May 27, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. Stacy Clarks, TX

    are we suprised?!?!?!?!? MCBUSH IS RUNNING FOR THE 3RD DISASTEROUS BUSH TERM!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  18. C!


    OBAMA `08

    May 27, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  19. Susan

    Here we go again.......Obama being negative again. We are for the democrats....but we are getting tired of the negative & rude remarks.

    May 27, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  20. Ron R.

    there is a fine line between disagreeing with the president of the united states of america and complete dis-respect of the position of the President of us. It would seem Mr. Obama does not seee the line.

    May 27, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  21. Brett

    Seems like old Washington politics to me. Funny how Mr. Obama claims that "petty issues like this are devisive" when the media is coming down on HIM for something. But it's perfectly okay for him to make issues out of the stupidest, most petty things (e.g. a photo-op between McCain/Bush)?

    ...if Obama knew anything about campaigning, he'd realize that McCain has to embrace the president since he is still wildly popular among Republicans, which is the base McCain needs. DUH!

    May 27, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  22. 1926

    Is the pot calling the kettle black?

    May 27, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  23. tony adams

    Obama is right!

    McCain is in the hip pocket of a president who has failed the american people terribly.

    May 27, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  24. Former Hillary supporter

    McCain was more in the middel, after he go the nomination he doing any thing he can to win over ridical right wing votes. This is just tells you about the kinf of person he is, he does not stand for any thing.

    May 27, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. isaac

    john mccain proclaims to have different perspective than george w bush but his action prove to be the very mirrow of another bush..john mccain would rather be closeminded to the idea of of having a different approach in handling hostile leaders .he rather take a dangerous approach in puting the futureof america in a path of uncertainty than the road toward tranquility..his decscions and style reflect george bush failed leadeship..its time for a new style of leadership toward a new direction than the failed.we can no longer be the same and think the same in times that are not thesame

    May 27, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
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