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. Mary

    his EGO keeps getting in the way of common sense, he said today as he is trying to get teachers on his side, that he would DOUBLE the money going to schools...WHY so they can be in shambles like the ones from his state.....who's tax paying money will that come from

    September 9, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. Connie

    Great comment Mark in Indy, i am still praying with all of my heart that the American people can not be as stupid as they have been in the past. To vote for more of the same . I am praying they will give the new kid on the block four years and see what he can do. Two words come to mind with McSenile ,war and depression. Connie from Indiana

    September 9, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. DisenfranchisedHills for McCain

    Obama is certainly worried about something!

    September 9, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. kravitz

    "Nowhere Exposure" of Sarah Palin's lie about 'the bridge to nowhere' earmark that we now know she took, sought out, kept, and got the HIGHEST AVERAGE EARMARK RATIO PER RESIDENT in the entire US is what cut her Gallup numbers from 10 on Saturday to 5 on Monday to about even today. I can't imagine what happens when they find out how she charged rape victims up to $1200 for forensic kits, or how she charged the state of Alaska for her personal house.

    September 9, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. Right Turn

    Obama, Bidden and their followers are disgusting and desperate people, i'd never vote that ticket!

    Mac/Palin 08

    September 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. Jerry

    If McCain leads in the electoral college polls for more than a week, I'll start to get worried.

    In the meantime, these "national" polls are useless.

    September 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Sue

    I truly respect and admire McCain, as I do Obama. I think either man would be a good leader for our country. However, I don't want to have to worry for 4 years that Palin could become President. She has not shown at all that she will sacrifice her personal needs or desires for the good of the country. Obama gave up a lucrative career to serve. McCain served in the military and sacrificed a great deal. Biden gave up the cushy, rich Washington lifestyle to be a good father. What has Palin sacrificed? So far, I think her husband and children are sacrificing, but I don't see much of that from her. That is not what I want to see in a public leader.

    September 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. stooping low

    ha ha ha ,

    Obama has become desperate, look at his statements ?

    Atleast there is someone to represent rural America.
    Obama and his supporters are taking it negatively.

    C'mon Mr Bama, be real and play fair. Get in touch with real America... its not just limited to Chicago and Boston.

    September 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. Obama was & IS RIGHT / MCCAIN IS WRONG!

    Let's call a Spade a Spade! Palin is McCain's puppet and McCain is a puppet of the Bush cabinet.

    ONE QUESTION: Just what is John McCain's record? Oh, nothing! Just like his untruthful political sideshow.

    September 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. Peter of Oregon

    He shouldn't be. The media and as a result the American people is captivated by the "carefully created persona" of Sarah Palin. Once Americans know the truth about who she is and what she stands for. The fact that she is against many women's rights and is even more extreme in her conservativism than Bush, Americans will see her for who she is.

    Obama, keep discussing the issues. Bring the issues and the platform out into the light, and force Palin to discuss her policies on various things like abortion, health care, education, the war in Iraq, etc.

    September 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Just wait for the debates......she's going to look like the joke that she is! Pitbull my a$$!

    What woman can side with a party that doesn't want you to have the right to make a "decision" regarding your body? That absolutely disgusts me. Why were they trying to hide Bristol's pregnancy? Shows everyone how "proud" they are of that teenage pregnancy.


    September 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Allen

    Palin's 15 minutes of fame are counting down very quickly...I'm already sick of her.

    September 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Joe Regis

    Palin surge is a blip and will come down when the people get to know what she stands for; it the same or an extension of the current administration policy. More of the same.

    This is a wake up call for the Dems and i think the Dems will redouble their effort to stopp the people from being fooled once again by the repubs.

    America needs to be fixed and Obama will make America prosperous again.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. Jeff Long

    Palin did not cut funding for special needs education in Alaska by 62 percent. She didn’t cut it at all. In fact, she tripled per-pupil funding over just three years.

    September 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. Ex-Republican for Obama

    If the lady had an OUNCE of integrity or could ever remotely utter the truth, she would meet the media. But instead this two faced Lobbyist from Alaska hides from them.

    There is no way this crook, Palin, that stole $100 million from the federal government (no bridge but kept the money? Thief/fraud) can ever be trusted.

    September 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Ian

    If they say one thing, but vote another.....what good is it going to do to watch the debates?

    September 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. Frank

    Obama has become very irresponsible with slanted political criticisms in the last few days. That in itself is telling that he is worried and frankly his ship is sinking fast.

    September 9, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. sandia

    Mr. Obama you need to take them out now, people of the world is crying we cant take four more years of the same we cant even by gas in Jamaica, we cant have world war three i want to live a little longer

    September 9, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. 1 of 18mil for Hillary now for Obama

    This women does not represent the majority of women in america.
    She is not even qualified to intern for Hillary's secretary.

    September 9, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Chrissy from Houston

    He has no reason to worry, period....

    September 9, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Celenia Pendygraft

    I respect his intelligence and wisdom, and I pray he is right. I can't even imagine a country with McCain/Palin in charge. It truly makes me cold to the bones. The thought of it is overwhelming.I am scared to death.

    September 9, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. Hillary Supporter

    I am no longer undecided.

    The McCain/Palin express MUST be stopped. They would be horrible for this country!!!


    Keeping telling it like it is, Joe!

    September 9, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. How the mighty have fallen

    How Pathetic.... Obama sunk by a little lady

    September 9, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. Elizabeth, DeLisle, Mississippi

    Obama & Biden are staying on the issues, how come the repulicans can't seem to talk about the issues. Have any of you notice that the republicans are only using her a piece of eye candy for McCain, before they picked her no body went to his rallys ecept old folks like him, put her on the ticket and now young men are lustering after her, and they have the nerve to call the Dems sexists, it started at their own convention with some of the men wearing buttons saying "Hottest VP From the Coolest State"

    September 9, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. Terry

    Jim wrote:
    "Of course he's concerned. He attacks her everyday."

    If you follow this line of reasoning, then mcsame and palin obviously are scared to death.

    September 9, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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