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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  1. Splurge

    So, when he says he's not worried in public, that means he's worried but in private. And if anyone made this an election about personalities it's Barack Obama. The Obama campaign, their surrogates and paranoid fan base have played the race card like I've never seen it played before. Anyone who doesn't support him is accused of racisim from all quarters of the liberal elite. So much for moving beyond the extremist Bush mantra, "You're either with us or you're against us."

    I remember when Obama stood for something different.

    September 9, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Ron teller

    Yea Obama is scared. He knows that his record of what he has done or more importantly the lack there of in Chicago is starting to leak out. People are starting to get educated in his policies and finding out that he will be leading America down a socilist pathway.

    Redistribution of the wealth is what he is trying to accomplish, why do I want to give my hard earned paycheck to someone that sits at home and makes babies so they can get more money from my pocket.

    And why would I want to elect someone that has very close ties to a person that tried to blow up the pentagon?

    September 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Ann

    Why not? With the state of the economy and the endless war in Iraq, Obama should be ahead by 5-10 points in polls. Obama don't get complacent. You need to fight!

    September 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. GO Obama!

    A calm voice amidst insanity.

    Polls will continue to change up until election day when all sane Americans vote for President Obama.

    The defintion of insanity: Repeating the same thing and expecting different results.

    McCain/Palin is the same Bush/Cheney-do you expect a different result?

    September 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Richard

    Hillary supporters vote for a true American – -McCain!

    As a loyal Democrat for 40 years my vote will go fro McCain!

    McCain 2008!!!!!

    September 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. Michael

    CM, it is clear you are a product of the British education system, which has succeeded in turning Great Britain into a second rate socialist state.Snobbery is as much a part of that system as exclusion. When you speak of the uneducated, of whom are you talking ? As William F. Buckley famously said, he would rather be governed by the first 200 names in the Boston directory than the faculty at Harvard.

    Cheers, why don't you mind your own business?

    September 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Laughing

    Obama does not have enough backbone..he needs to learn how to accept criticism. Especially if he is going to be our next president, he will always have critics.

    September 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Ron Canada.

    GET WITH IT AMERICA. Look at the mess the G.O.P. Has got this world into. Take a good look at your own country. No more GOP, If not for your sake ,then ours. STOP the bigotry and think. The rest of the world is reading these stupid insane comments.

    September 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. hurricane palin

    be worried – BE VERY WORRIED

    September 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. David

    sorry Sally, but it is not a Republican con, it is a neo-con con. the neo-cons took over the GOP starting with the Bush Sr administration (Cheney was a big part of it then, too). So I take issue with people calling this the republican party. the neo-cons transfomed it into something that does not resemble itself anymore. Check out Ron Paul. He is the closest thing to GOP out there.

    September 9, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. Woman from Texas

    Go Biden! Go Obama! Republicans don't think you can fight for us but you can! Republicans like to cry fowl when anything hurts their little baby feelings!

    Get real! God loves the truth and I'm gonna tell it! McCain voted against vets 27 times and Obama has a 60 percent higher rating with the Disabled Vietnam Veterans.


    September 9, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Albuquerque

    Go Palin!! Good job in Alaska I should say. Obama has to be critical of you as You have actually accomplished things. Now lets take a look at Obamas district in Illinois...humm...

    McCain/Palin 08

    Nobama Noway

    September 9, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. Carolyn

    Sue you are living in la la land and bet you are not rich either.. Obama is the best plan for the county and Hillary is not running ok

    September 9, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. Critical View

    Obama can never understand the mistakes he made in his VP selection. Either he is stupid or he is too arrogant. How could he have ignored Hillary Clinton? Palin has shown that she can excite republicans and Hillary supporters. John McCain’s respected character and his push for reform are more appealing than Obama’s slogan of change. The current polls have supported the above observation. Of course, Obama is worried. Why? because now the McCain-Palin ticket can capture Ohio and win in the general election.

    September 9, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. Kate, Atlanta

    Hey "media" – your polls are wrong and VERY insulting to women. We don't flock to gender, we flock to policies about real issues. Obama talks policies and issues – he will end up with the majority of women's votes. You guys just like to try to stir stuff up.

    September 9, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. Stacey

    It's the electoral college, stupid.

    Go to fivethirtyeight and see for yourselves. Polls mean nothing to the campaigns; the electoral vote is all that matters.

    September 9, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. Pucker

    Soap operation and drama queen.
    Flag pin versus Hair pins.
    No substance, lies , lies. mocking, insulting.
    the more stories come out, then, the stupid people who attend these McShame, McPathetic rallies showd be ashamed of themselves.

    September 9, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. Joe

    Obama says he is not worried...would anyone expect him to tell the truth anyway. All his policies are a joke, he says exactly what he thinks the people want to hear.

    His campaign against McCain is "More of the same." Lets see, the last time we had a democratic president he downsized the military so much we ended up getting attacked within a year of him leaving office. If more of the same means my family will be safe while I take the fight to our enemies...I for the same!!!!!


    September 9, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. Mercedes

    Sen. Obama, I don't know who you can say you're not worried. I am very worried for you and for me and everyone else in the United States of America. If these two wackoffs get a hold into power and runs this country, well its over for freedom of religion and prochoice for women, etc.

    September 9, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. Don

    i smell..........fear.

    September 9, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. Mike, TX

    A heartfelt, warm congratulations to Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

    After successfully steamrolling Hillary and allowing gender bashing and racebaiting from the Obama camp; after allowing for fraud in the caucas states (TX in particular);

    you have now given the democrats what has always wanted...

    An empty suit that can be stuffed with as much BS as you want and thus, continue in power.

    What a friggin joke. You deserve to lose!

    September 9, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. ez

    Stay on the issues regardless of polls; this is the way to win Democrats.

    Republican voting for Obama/Biden 08

    September 9, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Don

    Oh he should be because his next Achilles heal will be the debates. Obama has the edge when voters are learning about the campaign from newspapers, magazines or television but McCain will have the advantage when voters actually see the candidates perform.

    September 9, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. From Hillary to Obama 08

    Wow if the democrats fight back through policy differences then they are looked at as sinking to a new low or sexist. But when republicans continue to lie about their positions and lie about Democrats then they are the right track. Palin deserves the same as any other politician. Democrats, set the truth free and show what McCain and Palin are really all about. More of the same!

    September 9, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. Nikki

    I agree Obama no worries. Why is it no questions or concerns when McCain is down in the polls?

    Once again a trick to get you off track. I want to hear the issues addressed and a plan or a solution to the Bush/Cheney disaster.

    Obama 08!

    September 9, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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