August 9th, 2008
09:04 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama slams McCain in official Democratic radio address

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caption="Obama's Democratic radio address is his first since becoming presumptive nominee."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Barack Obama is contrasting Iraq’s budget surplus and America’s budget deficit as one of the reasons a change is needed in Washington.

The Senator from Illinois makes the comments in today’s Democratic Radio Address. It's the first time he’s delivered the weekly address since becoming his party’s presumptive presidential nominee.

“We learned this week was that the Iraqi government now has a $79 billion budget surplus thanks to their windfall oil profits. And while this Iraqi money sits in American banks, American taxpayers continue to spend $10 billion a month to defend and rebuild Iraq. That’s right. America faces a huge budget deficit. Iraq has a surplus,” says Obama.

“Now, Senator McCain promises to continue President Bush’s open-ended commitment to the war in Iraq, while refusing to pressure Iraqis to take responsibility for their own country. Let me be clear: we are well over five years into a war in a country that had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks.

"Our brave men and women in uniform have completed every mission they’ve been given. Our country has spent nearly a trillion dollars in Iraq, even as our schools are under funded, our roads and bridges are crumbling, and the cost of everything from groceries to a gallon of gas is soaring,” adds Obama in the remarks, which were released prior to delivery.

Obama says in the address that “the American people are worse off than they were eight years ago” and that the choice the presidential election between him and presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain could not be clearer.

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soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. Gary B

    The numbers are the number's .I heard an Iraqi official say the other day that the reason they haven't used the money is the lack of internal infrastructure. I don't understand why we can't teach them how to setup the neccessary processes to spend the money and give the american taxpayers relief.

    August 9, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. David

    That's the message to the wise.
    GOP is asking for congress to come back for a vote, while they have being there for over 6 years and never ask for a vote.
    Even for months the price of oil per gallon get to 4 dollar, they don't even seriously ask for a vote or compromise to achieve things.

    Stupid of not?

    August 9, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. Brenda

    Good for you Obama ... don't keep accepting these attacks from McShame!

    August 9, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. Mustash

    Yrs! The difference is CLEAR

    August 9, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. Ed Ward

    That story about Iraq is beyond belief – they sit on a $79 billion surplus and we continue to pour $$$ and manpower into their country? And to make things worse, McCain would be an extention of the Bush policies that got us into this mess.

    What the hell is wrong with America? Is everyone asleep?

    August 9, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. isaiah

    Amen brother so what does mc cain have to sya about the surplus ha.? do you mcain still want to take iraq as lawfully defended war with them having a surplus and citizens of this country having a deficit still as your strong talking point and funding the war while still causing more damage to the economy ? shame on you MCbush

    August 9, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. Mensah

    With nearly $89bn surplus for Iraq, I think America could save money for the next seven or eight months.

    August 9, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. keepitreal50

    Any objections??

    August 9, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. iligigant

    Oh sure... use the 'response' time dems are given to the President's official address to be political and conduct a campaign. Shouldn't somebody file charges against the traitor Obama? Anyone?

    August 9, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. E. Elliott, Orlando, FL

    Obama also needs to articulate more often and directly that McBush just cannot or will not understand why his cure all policy of drill now, drill everywhere is not compatable with a war against global warming. He does not get it that coal is not clean, at least until we invent a way to sequestor the CO2. Hydrogen is made from coal at the industrial level, is not cost effective and that is not an option either. Even W has finally been dragged kicking and screaming to admit global warming is a threat. McBush is decades behind, like that is news. His surrender on global warming is a hundred times worst than this pretense of victory with honor. And just whose honor? Bush has none nor does his oil war. Obama (or Nader).

    August 9, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    WIth all his war credentials painted on his face for the world to see I was left without words when mcWAR called on Russia to withdraw ie surrender in his military philosophy but not surprisingly espousing his twin brother's(mcBush) position.
    They both talk of Georgia's sovereignty but never Iraq's.Lest I forget his foreign policy adviser is a lobbist for Georgia.

    August 9, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. Bobby

    That's right Obama, talk about the real issues and watch McCain talk about how much of a celebrity you are. At least someone is taking this race seriously.

    August 9, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |


    August 9, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. judy, Wisconsin

    I'd love to hear McSame talk about this issue. Instead of always talking about Obama and how much of a "celebrity" he is.

    August 9, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. JB illinois

    So true, All of it is true but we know these facts allready, Please tell us what you will do to fix it. We are fully aware of our problems. Tell us that the Bush administration will pay for their war crimes as well.

    August 9, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. Concerned Citizen of America 08

    I remember Sen Kerry being ridiculed for voting for an Iraq war spending bill ( provisions for Iraqi oil to pay for war not taxpayers ) and then voting against it because that provision was taken out when it was amended. The GOP called him a flip flopper during the campaign and even went as far as to hand out flip flops at the convention. Well folks, this is what you get for your taxes with a GOP controlled congress and WH, complete with jokes, flipflops, troops being electrocuted by cheap faulty equipment, and basically giving the american people the finger. They squandered the good will they had with the world and with us, the US citizen. They don't deserve another 4 yrs to give us dumb jokes, flipflops, and ads designed for the uninformed which play to their deep seated fears. If you aren't disgusted, you haven't been paying attention.

    August 9, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. Joan

    I think that america better get it right this time around........There is no comparison between Obama and McCain.....This time let me see the AMERICANS realize that the importance in electing a person with brains rather than a person who thinks he's a maverick. will only help the country heal...............Instead of listening to the fox newschannel who berate the democrates listen to someone with intelligent guests such as your Charlie Rose.

    August 9, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Zago

    Go Barack! This is really disappointing and frustrating to see everyone in America broke and suffering from rising cost of everything in we paying for a war that should have never been waged to begin with. We need leaders with judgment and wisdom like you. The US is issuing bonds and borrowing from China at unprecedented pace. Projected budget deficit for 2009 is the highest in human history. The dollar has become one of the weakest currencies. Inflation is accelerating. Unemployment at its highest level in decades. Now Sen McCain wants to give us the same old failed politics that take us to this quagmire. We ready to stand for change. Go Barack!

    August 9, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. dk

    I'm sure McCain knows this fact. but I don't know why he denies if he loves this country.? why is he running childish kind of campaign? it seems to me he is trying to run away from the fact and trying to confuse the public to win the presidency. lets be honest a man like McCain of his age is totally disconnected from young people economically,morally and ethically.

    August 9, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. Dolores

    I agree w/Senator Obama. Additionally, Americans are also less safe than they were 8 years ago. The Bush Administration spent 7 years, billions of$ and over 4000 American lives taking out the Hussien Government while the Taliban rebuilt!

    August 10, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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