August 9th, 2008
09:04 AM ET
12 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. BJ in NC

    Not to mention the 86+ billion dollar surplus at America's expense.

    August 9, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. BJ in NC

    Ooops, that a surplus for Iraq. I am not sure if I can put all of the zeroes behind America's deficit as a result of the years in Iraq.

    August 9, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Greg

    I'm glad to see that Obama is a strong enough candidate that he has to send in surrogates (and audience members at that!) to talk with Sean Hannity. What a WIMP!!

    If Obama were ready to lead this country, he could sit down and talk with little ol' Sean Hannity. What's wrong Obama? Are you scared of Sean Hannity? It appears that you are! WIMP!

    August 9, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Muyoyeta

    Food for thought!

    August 9, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Thomas, Illinois

    That's a fact, Jack !!!! O/08

    August 9, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Lourdes

    So Mccain's radio address expressed no substance; he just continued to slam Obama for being – gasp! – popular. On the other hand, Obama actually has issues on which to base his arguments, and this particular issue about the war and Iraq's and the U.S.'s budgets really speaks to me (as it should to the rest of America). Anyone who watched the opening ceremonies last night realizes how powerful China is and how disturbing it is for us to owe them so much. And yet day after day our tab with China grows thanks to a war sold to us on false pretenses. To add insult to injury, while our schools bridges roads crumble, Iraq's oil money sits tight and we pay for their reconstruction. Obama is the candidate best prioritizing AMERICA'S best interest. All of us who want our president to be patriotic must recognize in his policies how important it is in "patriotism" to do all we can to better our own country. The time has come for this!

    August 9, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |


    OBAMA 2008-2016


    August 9, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. SaveTheDramaFoObamasMama

    More hot air from an inexperienced little man.

    Pay more taxes, vote for obama!

    August 9, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. REG in AZ

    What Barack has said is very much to the point and right on in addressing the problems as they really are. We have been lied to for eight years as the Bush admin has used their offices and America's resources in pursuit of their private agenda to benefit Special Interests and a select few, all while the average American has been loosing ground. McCain and the Republican Party has strongly supported and backed all of that and now McCain wants to continue with more of the same. Personally I'd rather take a chance on change for the positive then the guarantee of more of the same (negatives).

    August 9, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. California Gold

    Oh that clearly is a simple account error. President Bush told us the Iraqi government would use oil profits to pay for the costs of invading their country. I clearly remember the press conference. He was quite clear about this point: the American taxpayers would not be paying anything. Our President would never lie to us. Not President Bush.

    Oh look: 1, 2, 3 little piggies just flew by my desk!

    August 9, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. OBAMA

    Obama has legit, valid points. John McCain only says what the people want to hear, a typical politician. Push Bush out of office, and move over for CHANGE!

    August 9, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. KM

    Make Iraq start paying for their own protection or better yet, let's pack up and leave.

    August 9, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. Matthew

    At least Senator Obama is talking about issues rather than celebrities and tire gauges. It shows a clear understanding of what needs to be focused on. A clear understanding of the problem is the first step to coming to an effective answer.

    August 9, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. Phil Newton, Murphy, OREGON

    Thank you for bringing this up.

    Now let's see if McCain has an explanation for this travesty - this sham, which HE SUPPORTS.

    What about a few billion for America, Senator McCain?

    My friend?

    August 9, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. Phil Newton, Murphy, OREGON

    Go to the Obama site, you read about issues.

    Go to the McCain site, you read about...drinking.

    Try it. Lotsa beer stories.

    Of course, beer is funding his presidential campaign.


    My friend.

    August 9, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Raymond Duke

    Obama is good at slamming . He is good at pointing out problems but any idiot can recognize a problem. The problem is that he doesn't have any solutions except what the other canidates make public. He used Hillarys until she got out of the race and now he is trying to play of off John McCains solution. This man is a joke for a canidate. The democrats made a mistake for selecting him instead of letting the voters nominate him. I know there will be five votes against him in this household were Hillary Clinton would have received five votes. All now will go for John McCain.

    August 9, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. patricia mo

    Yes... there is a war in Iran... no we can't change that...nor can we change the initial thought reason for that war... but the initial reason for that war has changed and it is our national concern to keep terrorist from gaining a strong hold and to make sure stability is maintained in that region so it will not be a real threat to this nation. Safe guarding this country should be the lst and main priority. Terrorist are renlentless and will continue to strike even years later...How soon people forget about 911. If we don't take care our main concern then we wont have an economy to worry about. I do not believe Obama has the right approach.

    August 9, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. Joanne Johnson

    I want to know if it is true that USA has 1000 military installations around the world, and if we possess 15,000 nuclear warheads? A simple question...can I get an answer from CNN, my most trusted source for news.

    August 9, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. Proud American

    America wont be fooled again!!
    Obama '08

    August 9, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. judyb

    Amen to that!

    August 9, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. patricia mo

    What Obama says does not match what he does... If he is sooooo.... concerned about money for schools bridges etc... then why did he have close to a billion dollars in earmarks in less than four years he has been in the senate? Maybe Obama is just more concerned about getting your vote. Keeping a stabilied Iraq should be a main priority that keeps america safe. Without a secure nation, then we won't have an economy to worry about.

    August 9, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. Texas Trail Dog!

    Just what do you think you're going to do about it OBAMA instead of just yipping at it. We all would like to know. Just what is your PLAN. DO YOU HAVE ONE???

    August 9, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. ron

    obama want's our vote yet he seems to have little comprehension of what's going on i congress. McCain did not set up the budget for Iraq that was done by him and his party voting for it. also McCain never said anything about continuing any kind of financing for Iraq sen. obama like always points fingers at people for lying or misleading voters but seems to feel he is unaccountable when he does the same the reason the polls are so close is that the public just can't trust him

    August 9, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. me

    How much more will be revealed before the Republican's are voted out of office? I cannot believe that people still think its a choice as to whom the candidate will be – it seems obvious to me that it can ONLY be Barrack Obama. I hope that those that are considering putting a Republican president back in the White House really stop and examine the facts and then decide if America can actually afford another 4 years of failed policy.

    OBAMA 08

    August 9, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. just cant get it right

    OHHH John aint seen nothing yet

    August 9, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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