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

Obama: Republicans must think you’re stupid

Sen. Obama mocked the McCain-Palin ticket for casting themselves as mavericks.

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. Mike

    Obama claims change is his, however he was never known as a maverick, and is not known for doing anythng legitimate of any notable scale on a bipartisan basis in his short carrer in actual ervice to the public. It is typical rhetoric from a pretty face. Attention Obama supporters, you are being taken for fools, save gas and stay home on election day. This from a former democrat.

    September 6, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. ts

    You tell 'em Obama!!! Everyone is watching. Her lies will be exposed. That is the media's job.

    September 6, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Ms Wright

    Why are the biased news station not covering that fact that it is being reported on the wire that people have heard Sarah Palin refer to to Barack Obama as a "sambo"

    Besides insulting Obama with a Step-N’-Fetch-It, “darkie musical” swipe, people who know her say she refers regularly to Alaska’s Aboriginal people as “Arctic Arabs”

    I bet Cnn won't post this!

    September 6, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Annamica, OH

    No Obama, I think YOU are stupid!

    September 6, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. honestlady

    Obama is right on the money with this one!!!!!!


    September 6, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. David

    Finally Obama is going after these frauds.

    September 6, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. ali

    LOL! I feel as if the GOP treats Americans like children, easy to manipulate and convince on topics that have no substance. The Democrats are trying to treat America as an adult who can think for itself and is interested in substance and solutions.

    Honestly Obama is right, the GOP mocked change but now they're running on it. Obviously this is WHAT the American people want and Obama offered it first because he recognized this.

    They keep saying he's not reading to lead yet they follow him on the Change message.

    September 6, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. voter

    Well it is about time that Obama point out the hyprocricy of McCain and Palin. I don't understand how McCain can change washington when it is his party that destroyed this country. He voted over 95% of the time with his party. How is he planning to bring change when he is part of the problem?

    September 6, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. Althea

    Sarah misleads and twists the truth.... "I put it on Ebay" must have been a mistake since it didn't sell that way! She made a mistake. YET many will believe she sold it on Ebay because of the way she used her words and the way McCain has continued to repeat the story as did Sarah. Sort of what the republicans do.... lead us into war with twists of words.

    September 6, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. 4Obama

    I love Obama.....he started out as a community organizer so he is in touch with every day Americans......

    September 6, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. Flobpf

    Seems Obama has finally got into the fighting mode now! Great!

    September 6, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. Barbara

    You go Hillary – Just a tidbit of information from NC (supposedly a red state)

    Registered voters in NC as of 9/6/2008

    Democratic: 2,689,359 Republican: 1,941,651 Libertarian: 923 Unaffiliated: 1,301,921 Total: 5,933,854

    I'm one of the unaffiliated that will go DEM this year. YOU DO THE MATH

    September 6, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. Sherry, Atlanta




    OBAMA/BIDEN '08-'12

    September 6, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. Independent for Obama

    27 million dollars in earmarks Sarah Palin requested to be exact. The media needs to do a serious segment on fact checking Ms. Palin.

    The info coming out about here is NOT good for the repbubs.

    September 6, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. Annie

    Of course republicans think Americans are stupid – we have been!
    Just look at the last two elections. Now look at the Sarah Palin craze. McCain is preying upon our love for all glitter and no substance, and he may just prevail. We have it in us to be stupid again.

    September 6, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Just J

    Obama, I trust you to bring the country back to its Gloria

    not some old man with a woman on his shoulder who people are flocking to see if she is all that and a bag of chips.

    People didn't even go to his rallys before Sarah, that is because no one believe him. Sarah is not going to change my mind, because she will have to support his ideas, and that is where I drop off.

    I don't support McBushlin at all!

    I support getting this country back to its Glory
    I support Barack Obama – Joe Biden

    September 6, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. Ian

    Here's some straight talk for you. Obama finally addresses the fact that McCain is trying to jump on his coattails by being an agent of change. It has been insulting as an Obama supporter to hear McCain claim to be all about Change. I'm glad that Obama's called him out for it.

    September 6, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. DLH

    McCain has a proven record of change, Obama has a record of.... wait a minute... I know he's done something in his 153 days in the US Senate... oh darn... I can't seem to find anything he's actually done, but he sure likes to talk about change! That's an excellent qualification for president!

    September 6, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. Getting away with it..

    McCain's speech was saying: "Oops, yeah, we did mess up didn't we?
    But hey! Would you please vote for us again?"

    Btw, Sarah Palin is a puppet with no thoughts of her own.
    I've never seen anyone get a high-profiled job without having an interview or two....

    McCain's camp knows she's not ready or qualified for VP, so they're keeping her under wraps until they've successfully put the words into the puppet's mouth.

    September 6, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. Ken, LA California

    Not this time, we are not falling for this, if you want a president who will start a war anytime anywhere any place, then MacCwar is your guy, we are fed up of Rethuglicans.

    September 6, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. Allan dallas

    McCain going to tell Biden's son who is lobbyist in Wash. He going to tell Hillary Clinton who don't trust you Obama with phone call at 3.00 am. He going to tell millions people who you Obama going to raise capital tax.

    September 6, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. Donna

    If anyone says race isn't a factor in this election. Ask them if McCain would have picked Sarah Palin for a running mate if she and her family were African Americans? Then ask if they would be complaining about the elitism of the Obamas (who both came from poor families) if the Obamas were white?

    September 6, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. Ross Anderson

    By these accounts either Sarah Palin is a mimic or unoriginal.

    September 6, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  24. Mister D

    He's right on. This campaign is NOT about Sara Palin, it's NOT about Joe Biden. It's not even about John McCain or about Barack Obama. It's about who is going to get us out of the horrible mess we are in right now. John McCain says we've screwed you over for 7+ years...but now WE are different. Give us another do it for another4!


    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12

    September 6, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. Tainopower

    I will like for obama to tell me his plan for our country? So far I heard lots of talking but no substance . I want to know how is going to do it.

    September 6, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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