September 6th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama: Republicans must think you’re stupid

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Obama mocked the McCain-Palin ticket for casting themselves as mavericks."]
TERRE HAUTE, Indiana (CNN) – Since leaving their convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, John McCain and Sarah Palin have tried to cast themselves as mavericks, Washington outsiders, the real agents of change.

Barack Obama isn’t buying it and wants the label for himself.

“Everywhere I go we’ve been talking about change, that’s been the theme of this campaign,” Obama told supporters in a show barn in Indiana. “And we must be on to something, because I notice now everyone’s talking about change now.”

Watch: Obama jokes he's never been to Alaska

“Suddenly [McCain’s] the change agent!” Obama laughed. “He says, “I’m going to tell those lobbyists that their days of running Washington are over.” Who’s he going to tell? Is he going to tell his campaign chairman who’s one of the biggest corporate lobbyists in Washington? Is he going to tell his campaign manager who was one of the biggest corporate lobbyists in Washington? Is he going to tell all the folks who are running his campaign who are the biggest corporate lobbyists in Washington?”

“Who is it that he’s going to tell that change is coming?” he added, “I mean come on, they must think you’re stupid!”

Obama said Thursday that he’ll focus on McCain because he’s running against McCain and not his running mate Sarah Palin. But Saturday Obama singled out Palin for the first time for flip-flopping on earmarks while governor of Alaska.

“She is a skillful politician,” said Obama, “but when you’ve been taking all these earmarks when it is convenient and then suddenly you’re the champion anti-earmark person, that is not change, come on. I mean, words mean something. You can’t just make stuff up. You can’t just make stuff up.”

The McCain campaign shot back saying that Obama is all talk.

“Barack Obama has requested the equivalent of one million dollars in new pork barrel spending for every working day he's been in the U.S Senate,” wrote McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds in an e-mail to reporters. “While John McCain has never once asked for an earmark, and Governor Palin has vetoed hundreds of millions in government spending including killing the infamous 'bridge to nowhere'.

When a former Republican asked the Illinois senator if he would welcome ‘converts’ like him, Obama took the opportunity to accuse McCain of hypocrisy.

“I have to say, when John McCain says in his [acceptance] speech that he wants to reduce the rancor in Washington and I’m thinking, did you pay attention to the last two days of your convention?” Obama chuckled, “were you not watching? Did they not get the memo?”

“When it starts getting personal, when you start just focusing exclusively on trying to tear the other person down instead of what you are going to do on behalf of the American people to deal with this economy, then that’s not serving Democrats, that’s not serving Republicans, that’s not serving anybody.”

soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. Patricia Burlage

    I wish Sarah would talk about her views such as: anti abortion even in cases of rape and incest, teaching abstinence only in school, she fought against putting the polar bear on the endangered list, believes that humans have NOT contributed to global warming, supports teaching creationism in school, and is obviously against separation of church and state since she would like to allow prayer in school. It seems she doesn't believe in anything that is actually scientific.Maybe if people knew where she stands they could make a more informed choice. I believe she will help to bring us backward, especially women.

    September 6, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. Wendy in NC

    To Barbara in NC above:
    Strangely enough, we received letters this morning from our election officials (we are very rural in this voting district) that due to space limitations and expected turnout on Nov. 4, they are moving our polling site 16 miles away from the old one so they can accomodate the expected voter turnout. Yay!

    Keep going, Obama, do NOT let them get away with lies and no plans to help us regular people.

    September 6, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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