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.

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soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. Joshua College Station TX

    Now that Obama is our man, and has all but locked down the nomination, it's time to move forward against McCain, and I'm all about the contest. But, Obama has to be right–it's not enough to be the nominee. He can't just say one thing and do another. He had a closed-door meeting before, so criticizing McCain for the same is kind of shallow. C'mon Obama, make us proud, but don't fall prey to all the behaviors you've criticized. Don't be two-faced like Hillary. Lead by example.

    May 27, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  2. Jean yves toronto canada

    it was a long avery long time ago we waiting for someting new now the time coming for change and beileve me it will come very soon

    May 27, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  3. James from bk/LI

    democracy is suppose to be clear, transparant not hiden behind close doors with no camera.....this man don't was us to know what he really is up. WAKE UP AMERICA AND VOTE OBAMA

    May 27, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  4. wolf man

    Saying that McCain is another four more years of Bush is like saying HW Bush was four more years of Reagan. It just simply isn't true. Each is different in his own way. McCain is a maverick, which is why many HRC supporter, including me, will find it very easy to vote for McCain in November.

    McCain 2008/ HRC 2012

    May 27, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  5. WWhat a crock

    May 27th, 2008 9:19 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    I just don't trust Obamba; he will say anything to win at any cost. He lies and his supporters cover it up.

    I wonder what job his uncle had in the magnificent rescue? It would be interesting for some one who has intelligence to research.

    I don't believe he was an officer but what was he doing over there?

    Jus asking

    if Obamba is so honest why won't he support Hillary and say let's count Michigan and Florida as voted.

    May 27, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  6. Michael

    More of your back door Republican politics, even money is a secret. Any questions on if John McCain is just like Bush and to think there are Democrats who want to vote for him. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    May 27, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  7. The Truth

    The only difference between Bush and McBush is John's military service and Georges I.Q…………

    Can you guess who's parents are prouder?……….

    Other than that they are the McSame…..Four more years? No Thanks.


    May 27, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  8. sdn

    The bitter comment was taken out of context completely. People are bitter about our economics or lack thereof, war in iraq and the lack of healthcare. If people in certain areas claim they aren't they would be lying.

    May 27, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  9. WWhat a crock

    What a hand salute. The guy must be nuts if he thinks he can command our troops. He doesn't salute the flag, he doesn't stand for our national anthem and his wife has never been proud to be an American.

    What kind of supporters does obamubus really have? Must be whackos if you ask me. Think about his cotton candy and fluff speeches?

    If he doesn't like America, have him go back to Kenya or Indonesia.

    May 27, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  10. UNFAIR

    All of you talking about dirty laundry on the Obama camp...take a seat and tell me your stuff don't stink! Everyones make mistakes in life, if it Hillary then it's Obama getting hamered. So please take a look at yourself before you start pointing fingers and no one here can say they are withuot fault.

    May 27, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  11. Calos in Canada

    I don't know ehere certain individuals here in this blog get off referring to Obama as a "loser". Wake up folks; the man is winning by every metric available, contrary to waht the clinton's claim.

    I firmly believe that if it were not a CLinton and a woman in the race as well, this thing would have been over ages ago.

    May 27, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  12. Jeff, North Dakota

    McCain does not stand a chance against Obama. I am a Ron Paul supporter. The last thing I want to see is John McCain occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    May 27, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  13. LT for Obama

    Obama and Clinton have been saying that McCain is just a third term for Bush policies for months, why is it now, all of a sudden, so negative and disrespectful?

    Don't be bitter and take it out on Senator Obama for pointing out what most of us have already deduced from these fundraisers. The truth is that McCain says he is different than Bush but then turns around and touts many of Bush's policies as his own and then has the man doing major fundraising for him.

    Give me a break.

    May 27, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  14. David, Charlotte, NC

    What a hypocrite!!!! and this criticism from a man who had Rezko raising funds for him. America is stupid for believing this man.

    May 27, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  15. David, Charlotte, NC

    An Obama Nation is an ABOMINATION.

    May 27, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  16. voter

    Obama got his concentration camps mixed up. That's what happens when you're trying to shed some of your grandfather's light on YOU to make up for a total lack of service to your country. Or was there sniper when Gramps was describing the event, and Barry couldn't hear what he said???

    What an arrogant self serving jerk he is!

    May 27, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  17. Shannon

    Maybe Obama can borrow McCain a fake uncle for awhile, just to raise some quick cash, maybe the one who walked on the moon, or was Gandhi related to Obama, someone really special that McCain can brag about. Maybe there was a Kennedy airlift, and McCain can say they brought him to America. Something like that, that really gets the cult going, they cough up a lot of cash when they are inspired.

    May 27, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  18. Allison Marie

    Who cares!

    May 27, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  19. Richard, FL

    It is amazing that there are some people who are opposed to Obama who still willing to ignor reality and spread the nonsense that Barack refuses to stand for our national anthem. If any of these Republicans TRULY care about proper respect for our anthem, they should go to YouTube and other sites that show that recent REPUBLICAN Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert DOESN'T EVEN KNOW THE WORDS to our national anthem. That is true DISREPECT rather than picking on someone who stood at attention, SANG the CORRECT WORDS and applauded after.

    Let's deal with reality not HYPOCRISY.

    May 27, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  20. Liberty for America

    BOB BARR!!

    May 27, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  21. KC Atlanta

    I wonder what sharon challotte is doing on her day off other than unleashing hatred on obama,we all know that you are racist republican,I can,t wait to see mccsame get his old wrinkle ashy butt kicked this fall just to stop looking at your comments on the blg.

    May 27, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  22. neutral

    does Obama have respect only for himself? Does he have any respect for others, for other opposition? They are people too, they also do their work.....nobody is perfect, neither Mr. Obama. No one.

    And if he disrespect president this much, how can he expect any respect for himself? Rudeness, arrogance are very bad, very wrong – it does not bring respect, it might bring fear, but not respect.

    there is a golden saying:
    Do what you want to be done to you, do not do what you do not want to be done to you.

    May 27, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  23. Jerry

    Senator, sit down, get comfortable, take a deep breath, then take a chill pill. Also, you may not want to open your mouth before your brain is engaged again.

    Stay tuned! More bloopers coming at you. And then, the Senator's campaign goes into full spin mode and the major media swallows it and applauds.

    God help America!

    May 27, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  24. Rita Duncan

    At this point and time, the average American will agree that basically the last 2 years this economy has dropped lower than ever expected. Gas prices are outrageous. Unemployment is out of hand. Resources aren't available to help struggling individuals and families. Whatever the Bust Administration has proposed is not working. Enough of Bush. We need Obama!!!! We need help. Some people are having to quit their jobs or get fired because they can't afford the gas to get to and from their jobs. This is pathetic. Go Obama Go!

    May 27, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  25. Redbug-OH

    McCain is stupid. How are you going to do fund raiser with that loser bush and still want to distance himself from him. He is just a mcbush closet lover and going to continue the same policies for the rich and super rich. He is the worst kind of polictian. NO MORE MCBUSH/MCCAIN!!!!! THE LOSERS HAVE TO GO.

    OBAMA 08

    May 27, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
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