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. Walt, Belton,TX

    From a do nothing Senate and Congress to a do nothing President. Wow, what an offer!

    August 9, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. nelda jean

    McCain celebrated his birthday with Bush on the same day of the Katrina crisis. What makes anyone think that McCain is any different that Bush. They are buddies! Consider this, who do YOU spend your birthdays with? Friends and family, right? Wake up and stop believing McCain's lies. He's lying to get your vote. That's all he wants right now.

    McShame is proud of his negative attacks. He's even acknowledged that!
    He will continue on the same path that we have found ourselves in. It is time that we have REAL CHANGE! Obama will deliver that!

    August 9, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. dark days

    Amen! A voice of reason....thank you Barack. The Repugs can't stand to hear you speak the truth to the American people. The days of spin are numbered.

    August 9, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  4. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    I don't know why Obama just doesn't come flat out and tell the truth about the Bush/Cheney/McCain war. It was clearly for oil and the profits of big oil companies and their no bid contracts.

    McCain is just a guilty of lying in this obscene invasion when he went to Iraq and tried to tell the public in America you could now safely stroll to the market with no problem when Michael Ware immediately dismissed this as a lie saying you wouldn't last a minute outside the green zone. This McCain lie was just to try and keep the war going and his refusal to withdraw troops is just to keep big oil in business over in Iraq.

    August 9, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Another three pointer for Obama. It's OBAMA time!

    August 9, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. Alice in Florida

    Obambi, let's see your TRUE COLORS

    Hit them with your best shot, wimp!!!!!!!!!!!

    ....Not that it makes a difference – my mind is made up

    McCain '08 for Hillary '12

    August 9, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    It's time to go "Rovian" on McCain.

    Before they go "Rovian" on Obama – and they will, trust me!

    August 9, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Skip for Prez!

    Blah, Blah, Blah....blah, blah, blah. So...what is BHO's plan then? The only way we can NOT spend the money in Iraq is to pull out the troops...which he opposes for 16 – 24 months...that equates, in an Obama administration, 160 -240 billion more dollars spent in Iraq. Seems to me to be the normal hot air...he may need to check his own hot air with his tire guage!

    August 9, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Ell

    Amen! Obama speaks the truth we need to get our country back on track the GOP is one big cover up that is slow to unravel. You can blame Cheney but, our President is where the buck should stop and all like McCain who stood by him 95% of the time. The other 5% he wasn't there to vote.

    August 9, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. informed florida voter

    Obama slams everything. Especially his closet door.

    August 9, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. former Repub

    Obama speaks on real issues,
    while McCain rambles on about the surge and celebrities
    shouldn't be too tough a choice

    OBAMA 08

    August 9, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. barackobama4prez


    August 9, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. The world supports OBAMA

    Obama gets it. McCain is way over his head.

    August 9, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. Philipobioha

    Obama, just as always, is right

    August 9, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. Parkhillian

    We have spent nearly a trillion dollars for the war in Iraq and they have a 79 Billion budget surplus? Unfreakingbelievable.

    That was money that SHOULD have been spent here in America. We have elderly who can not afford food let alone medication. Our schools are in dire need of funds. People are losing their homes. Americans can not afford health care, let alone fill up the gas tank.

    And Iraq has profited.


    August 9, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. curious

    where can I download this speech to listen to it?

    August 9, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. Douglas G. Robertson

    Your copy seems to echo Senator Obama's comment that Senator McCain is the "Republican Party's 'presumptive' candidate".... Is there a reason for that? I am somewhat puzzled because for me, the word 'presumptive' does not readily come to mind as an inherently neutral descriptive term.... and

    is it not fair to say that Senator Obama is also, in the same context, the "Democratic Party's 'presumptive' candidate".

    If one is to maintain an unbiased position as a news agency words become important... Unless of course this is more of an Editorial comment rather than a news report?

    August 9, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Kim

    Go ahead Rock Obama. Take the kid gloves off and say it. Many Republicans like Cheney et al. Have also made millions of dollars from this war while our economy went in the dumps. We racked up a Trillion Dollars of debt. And four thousand brave young Americans died.
    Come on America. Ask yourselves if you are not sick and tired of these people.

    August 9, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. Douglas G. Robertson

    Actually I apologize for the critique. Your story did use the term for both candidates. I am somewhat dyslexic and did not re-read enough times to catch my mistake.

    August 9, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. Richard

    Amen! I cannot believe that we are nation building elsewhere why we are nation crumbling at home.

    Thank you George!

    August 9, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. Mike in Houston

    Now see McCain, this is factual talk. He didn;t talk about your age or that most of your supporters are rich, etc...he spoke about something that is real to us, the American people. Take a page from his book sir, you might just be able to keep it close in November.

    August 9, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. BV

    If that isn't the truth. Hit him hard Obama. Really give it to him. He's been throwing crap at you and you are going to have to come back hot and heavy. It's war now. Really give it to him. I'm sick and tired of McCains attitude and his divisive ways. I applaud you for trying to run a clean campaign but enough is enough. Cream the man.

    August 9, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. Steven

    What the hell are we doing? Are you telling me Iraq has that much money and we're spending $4 dollars a gallon for gas. We don't have jobs! 8 years ago we were paying $1.30 a gallon. Bush has really screwed up and I can't believe I made the mistake of voting for him. I believed in these guys and I finally realized the Republicans don't take care of the people. Get our troops out of there you murderers!

    August 9, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. Daki

    It is a fact that McCain is very rich and is soon to be unimportant,his only goal to be president is to inflate his credentials to be remembered.He does not care about Americas future,just his place in the history books.We should not sale out our countries future to enhance McCains resume.

    August 9, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. Steven

    Republicans are happy campers. Bush is smiling all the time! Chaney is smiling and so is Mccain yet so many soldiers are GONE...
    So many KIDS are dead. So many souls are lost. Bush failed our country, Bush failed our children and Bush failed our innocent soldiers. We did a terrible thing in Iraq because Bush didn't want to go down as a President that lost the war in Afghanistan. The terrorist were in could he do such a thing. His soul is lost forever.

    August 9, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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