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

Obama slams McCain in official Democratic radio address

Obama's Democratic radio address is his first since becoming presumptive nominee.

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. JB

    First, I got to say:

    Are you kidding me???? We are paying for a war that benefits the Iraqi people, and they have a surplus?

    Our government is so backwards. Get them to start paying for this war. This is why I like Obama. He doesn't think ths is right, and will address it. while politicians in general see this as how things work.

    Do you know how many countries owe the US money, and yet we never collect? If we were a company, we would go bankrupt, our stock would be pennies. We have had an awful Board of directors for 16 years!!!

    Maybe we can stop supporting Israel, and kick that money into our deficit. I hear that's billions as well. But, no, that isn't an option because all the Jews in this country will vote against the person who offers that up. So, we are all left responsible for protecting Israel. Doesn't make sense, but, it's how politics work, right?

    August 9, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. David Goldman for OBAMA


    * * BROUGHT TO YOU BY* *

    BUSH SR.



    August 9, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Tyrone

    You're right Obama. I don't think anything says America loves you like taking the money out of an invaded country. Super job.

    August 9, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. johnnytarmac

    Right on, Barack!

    August 9, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. Marey

    While McCain is comparing Obama to Paris, Britney &, now, Charleton Heston, Obama continues to talk about ISSUES – deficit budget, crumbling schools, crumbling bridges, soaring prices, etc. We, most of us anyway, are NOT better off than 4 years ago. The only ones better off are the rich who have made $$$$ more thanks to tax cuts, Haliburton, oil profits, etc. The country is headed into some rough economic times, thanks to this administration, and those of us not wealthy enough to weather the storm will suffer greatly. NO GOLDEN PARACHUTES FOR US!!
    The Republican administration is paying how much to rebuild Iraq while New Orleans & the Gulf coast remains destroyed!!! Scare tactics are really all that the Republicans have to offer because the effects of the last 8 years are hurtful and devastating to the majority of Americans.

    August 9, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. Mary In AL

    Good! mccain deserves to be slammed for his constant negative campaign.
    Supporting Senator Obama 100%

    August 9, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. obama is the most dangerous man alive

    You liar. You would like nothing better than to weaken this country and destroy it. You said American needs to be knocked off her highhorse. Only a fool or a liberal would vote for you. Too bad so many people suck down your lies.

    August 9, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Steven

    If we are worse off now, I'm sure Nobama will continue that spiral downward. This man is a FRAUD.

    August 9, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. susie

    Obama you need to debate McCain so we know if it is you talking or your speech writer.

    August 9, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. Voting for Obama

    Obama 2008!! GOD bless you and your family. You would be the best thing for America!! No more republicans. God no!!!

    August 9, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. Elly

    Americans need to face reality and realize their money has been going over here in extravagant amounts, some wasted, some cannot even be accounted for!!!
    Has the surge really worked if you take into consideration *YOU*
    are paying them bribe money NOT to kill each other!!
    Why not get OFF their soil and leave them alone and maybe just maybe all this will settle down
    If they do NOT have enough *respect* for each other as muslims to not kill EACH other than thats their problem.Iraqis had nothing to do with 911 and at some point as human beings we have to say there has been enough revenge and killing for 911 and if all the money being spent on the propagandinized Bush and McSame war were brought home America could spend more to protect its open borders and ports against terrorism!!!

    August 9, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. The Lady

    Good for you Obama, Stay focused on the issues.

    August 9, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. Danny from OH

    I hope McCain reads or listens to this speech. That is a sensible radio address compared to that of Granpa McCain's.

    August 9, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. Joe the Troll

    Talking about POLICY in a radio address? Maybe McCain should try that for once.

    August 9, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. Mccain is a Con Artist

    Right on! Slam him hard. Throw Hillary's Kitchen Sink at Mccain. Mccain's lies and negative ads angers me so much. I just want to take his walking cane and club him.

    August 9, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. Politically Speaking

    Obama addressing issues while McCain addresses Obama's popularity. Glad to see Obama is still working even while onb "vacation".

    Good job.

    Obama '08

    August 9, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. MaryK

    So Senator Obama used his radio air time to talk about the issues and Senator McCain used is radio air time to talk about Senator Obama. If this is accurate, going on what CNN reports, because I did not hear either radio address, Senator McCain better get over his anger about all the attention Senator Obama gets and work on his agenda, personal attacks and fear mongering won't work this time.

    August 9, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. Seniors for Obama


    OBAMO 08

    August 9, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Nguyen

    Sen. Obama, Every boby has known that long time ago. I am not going to vote for the Republican, the idiots, who continue to send 10 billions monthly to Irag while our economy has been in trouble.

    August 9, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. Donkey Party

    See the difference folks, when Obama goes on the offensive, he states the dirty facts about McCain, whereas McCain can only continue with his line of personal attacks, which is the equivalent of a temper tantrum. McCain offers the public nothing but silly rants, while Obama offers ideas and solutions. What idiot would even consider voting for McCain???

    August 9, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. Brad

    Finally. Go after him Obama. You should bring up the Keating scandal too.

    August 9, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. Sue

    A $79 Million dollar budget is a pittance against our TRILLIONS of dollar budget. It is good to see something sprout from the seeds we laid back in 2003 when we removed Sadam Hussein. Soon we will not have to contribute that $10 Million a month because the Iraqi's will be on their feet and able to handle their country. This year especially we've been able to see the Iraqi people step up to the plate and start showing signs that they won't need us much longer. Mr. Obama, you are wrong, wrong, wrong! Your message is old news. Even after your visit to Iraq, you can't say anything about your experience there without sounding like George Bush. So you say NOTHING about how much better things are in Iraq. That is a disgrace and frankly a lie to your supporters.

    August 9, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |

    Right on Obama. I can't believe McCain said we were better of than we were eight years ago but worse off than we were four years ago. The Alzheimers is really kickin' in.

    August 9, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. axt113

    Nice, this is a great line of Attack

    August 9, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. Willow, from Iowa

    Sure, we needed to help Iraq, after all, it was us bombing them that ruined a lot of their old infrastructure. But how long do we need to continue? McCain would have us rebuilding their infrastructure for the next 10 years. We don't need another four years of the same politics.

    Obama 08/12

    August 9, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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