September 9th, 2008
02:03 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama says he's not worried over Palin poll surge

Obama tells reporters he's not worried about Pailn's popularity.

Obama tells reporters he's not worried about Pailn's popularity.

RIVERSIDE, Ohio (CNN) – Senator Barack Obama told reporters he is not concerned about the spike in enthusiasm among Republicans since Governor Sarah Palin joined the GOP ticket, or recent polls showing a dead-even race.

“My general approach throughout this process has been not to worry about today’s news or yesterday’s polls but worry about what is it where is it that I want to see the country what is it that I’m trying to accomplish,” said Obama at a press conference in Riverside, Ohio. “I know that after our convention we had a bump, after theirs they get a bump. I think that what you’re going to see settling in, is that the race is going to be very close.”

The Democratic nominee, asked whether he wished he had picked a female running mate given some polling data that indicates women are flocking to the McCain-Palin ticket, said he had no regrets.

Earlier: New CNN poll shows Obama-McCain dead even

“The notion that people are swinging back and forth in a span of a few weeks or a few days this wildly generally isn’t borne out,” said Obama. “These are the same polls that had me 20 down last summer that have swung wildly throughout this process. There is no doubt that Governor Palin has attracted a lot of attention.

“There’s no doubt the Republicans are excited, particularly the right wing of the Republican party, is excited by Governor Palin’s choice. I think that has less to do with gender than it has to do with her ideological predispositions.”

Palin, who has become a hot topic on the trail Monday, appears to be a rallying point for Democrats as well. Before Obama’s Riverside speech, the crowd chanted “no pit bulls!” - a reference to Palin’s joke at the GOP convention that the only difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull was lipstick.

Obama came to Riverside to talk education, laying out $1 billion worth of new proposals to make students in the U.S. more prepared to compete in a global economy. Some of the initiatives include more funding for charter schools, and greater investments and access to new classroom technology. The Illinois senator said the money to cover the spending would come in part from “carefully winding down the war in Iraq.”

In his remarks, Obama also hit Senator John McCain for what he said was a lack of commitment to education reform.

“He has not done one thing to truly improve the quality of public education in our country. Not one real proposal or law or initiative. Nothing,” Obama said. “Do you really believe that John McCain is going to suddenly make a difference now?”

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soundoff (248 Responses)
  1. james

    Running scared...I tell you....Losing all them women votes....I bet Obama and his team is saying, We should have pick Hillary...President Clinton will tell him that over lunch Thursday.... "I bet president Clinton is telling all the DNC Delegates..."I told you so."

    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. PA Voter

    No, Senator Obama, I don't think John McCain is going to make any differences in Washington. That's why I'm voting for you and Sen. Biden!

    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. D in Phoenix

    I think lost in the story here is that Obama laid out a plan for education.

    Grandpa Johnny, Grandpa Johnny, do you have a retort that even resembles a plan? Or are we just going o continue to see you and your teleprompter puppet just continue to roll out the same old vaudeville routine day after day?

    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Debby

    He should be worried how is he going to pay for his education and economic policy. He can't raise payroll and corporate taxes for both he will bankrupt all the business's in the US. Over a billion in earmarks in such a short time he is Senator that should tell you right there he is a spender like Biden.

    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. MD for Obama

    Good for you. The Republicans are happy because they got their own rock star, messiah, whatever you want to call her and neither McCain or Palin are talking about the issues. This will tire soon enough.

    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Mary

    Obama is right not to be worried....even a dead cat bounces!

    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. Tell It Like It Is

    NO, he shouldn't worry. He has enough rabid lunatics soaked and drunk in their own self interest supporting him.

    What if he is elected but can't deliver?

    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. Les-Wa

    IF Obama is not concern about Palin surge in polls, why is it he's running against her? Is he running for Vice President or President?

    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |


    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Lisa

    Biden is a great choice! And there are so many voter that are hidden from the poll of polls those voters who will come out in record numbers. This is going to be an election that surprises so many and make them rethink polling. Go Obama

    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Luis

    Not worried because he knows it is over.

    See ya back in the Windy City. Fitting home for a blowhard.

    What a joke of a candidate......................................

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. Jorge

    One of the concepts I remember from my required college course in government and politics (forty-five years ago) is that democracy depends on an educated and informed populace to work.

    The results of the last two presidential elections and the recent sudden swing in the current polls, before the general electorate had had time to really learn about Palin, says volumes about the simplistic and superficial manner in which such a precious thing as a vote is squandered in today's America.

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. Wise Believer

    I'm sure all of you believe everthing that OBAMA says. And that's good, But be careful, because GOD works miracles. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT? And He has ALL POWER. People that have FAITH in GOD, I have FAITH in them.

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Helene

    The only surge is Palin's ignorance of all issues.

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. voter/florida

    Why are Republicans pushing absentee ballots for voting in Florida? There have been numerous phone calls requesting voters to send in absentee ballots by mail in Florida. What is going on to make sure all voting is counted correctly?

    Florida has in the past several elections not been able to account for the votes and no one seems to be concerned but this will be a problem.

    People who have worked in voting across the state of Florida have mention several times, about how the voting was not been accounted for correctly.

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. DKR

    It's close in National polls but National polls don't matter. Repugs have no idea how the whole thing works. Obama has to win divide states and he is working very hard to do that. Hopefully his work pays off.

    Obama 08

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. Maritza

    He better worry, what an obvious air of arrogance this man has, not only is he self indulgent , but he's stupid as well , his 300 advisors sure are bitting their nails, haw can they make up the substance that does not exist? they need to make sure the telepromptors are working, otherwise their boy will float away into studder land, he tends to ramble all over the place, the fact that McCain /Palin are relevent and have the substance of experience, is now resulting in higher numbers in their favor , the American people are by in large smart in the end, they recognize true leadership, true commitment, and loose interest in fluff , and no proven record, voters will begining to shake their heads with doubt over Obama / Biden, they are doing a double take and for good reason, no higher taxes , a safer country, and no on time for on the job training, America is ready for McCain / Palin.


    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. seeking truth

    no need to worry. Dems win a landslide in Nov.

    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. scared

    Yeah right, I will vote for a pitt bull with lipstick NOT. How can lipstick even be mentioned at a national convention. America......Please wake up......... take your country back from the republican evil gang.
    Vote Obama

    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Gerry, Indiana

    And by the way . . . the group Heart should be happy that SOMEONE, ANYONE, is playing their song. When last have you heard one of their songs on he radio. Come on now Heart. Imagine the royalties you'd receive for the first time in YEARS!

    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. No Way. No How. No McCain-Palin.

    Why should Sen. Obama be worried? McCain+McPalin=McBush

    Obama/Biden 08!

    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. DJ Los Angeles

    Palin will soon face a big dose of reality check...and already has been exposed as a fraud and liar.

    Her bogus claims about being opposed to the bridge to nowhere were exposed on CNN on video.

    Now her fanatical religious views have been appearing and people should be alarmed by her extremist background.

    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. LGriff

    He shouldn't be worried unless the American people are stupid!!!

    Mccain/Palin has been lying on the Campaign stump since he chose her. She should be at the top of the ticket. Mccain whole concept on issues has change to a bunch of lies and attacks and she's in charge of it.

    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. In John We Trust

    Since John McCain has actually been making a difference for the past 25 years and not merely talking about change – yes, the American people do believe that he will continue to do that as president.

    Sen. Obama – not so much.

    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. Michelle D. - Atlanta, GA

    Just keep reminding yourself: "One heartbeat away from the presidency". will set the record straight.

    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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