September 10th, 2008
11:25 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama says 'enough is enough'

Obama speaking in Virginia Wednesday.

Watch: Obama speaking in Virginia Wednesday.

(CNN) — Barack Obama accused the McCain campaign of "lies" and "Swift boat" politics Wednesday, after nearly a day of claims his 'lipstick on a pig' comment was a sexist attack leveled at GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin.

"Spare me the phony outrage. Spare me the phony talk about change," Obama said at the start of an education event in Virginia. "We have real problems in this country right now. The American people are looking to us for answers, not distractions, not diversions, not manipulations. They want real answers to the real problems we are facing.

Watch: 'Spare me,' Obama says

"I don't care what they say about me. But I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and swift boat politics," he also said. "Enough is enough."

Obama's heated response came after the McCain campaign said the Illinois senator owes Palin an apology for invoking an old adage on the campaign trail Tuesday: "That's not change," Obama said, saying John McCain’s policy views were similar to President Bush’s. "That's just calling something the same thing something different. You know you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig."

McCain's campaign said Obama's remarks were offensive and a slap at Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin - despite the fact that the Arizona senator himself used the phrase last year to describe a policy proposal of Hillary Clinton's.

Within minutes, the McCain campaign announced a conference call focused on the remark, which they said was a deliberate reference to Palin's line: "You know the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick."

UPDATE: Responding to Obama's comments, McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said, "Barack Obama can’t campaign with schoolyard insults and then try to claim outrage at the tone of the campaign."

"His talk of new politics is as empty as his campaign trail promises, and his record of bucking his party and reaching across the aisle simply doesn’t exist," Rogers also said.


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  1. Ariana

    People lets be HONEST. The main reason why most people are not voting for Obama is because he's half black. Why else would any sane person be voting for two idiots like McCain and Palin??

    September 10, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. Confused by Ignorance

    Can someone please tell me what happened to "The Straight Talk Express"? Am I the only person who has noticed there hasn't been a single town hall meeting my Senator McCain since he introduced Governor Palin as his running mate? Does no one else think it's strange that she may be the President and she hasn't told the American people on single thing about where she stands on policy, especially the enonomy? Why isn't he willing to let the media and his supporters ask questions? Anyone got an answer for that?

    September 10, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. It's the Economy McSame!

    Well said, Senator. Nobody is falling for McCain's feigned outrage at a phrase he has used himself!!! Why is McCain so afraid to discuss real issues???

    September 10, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Marc

    This is getting pathetic. The GOP can't stop complaining, even when they're saying the same words.

    September 10, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. oldsoldierboy

    (TRUTH) Sara Palin recently stated she does not know what a vice president does.

    Yet 50% of people polled think she is ready to be president. (CRAZY)

    (TRUTH) When she speaks the truth NOBODY believes her.

    When she tells a lie EVERYONE believes it's the truth. (ABSOLUTE MADNESS)

    (TRUTH) John McCain recently stated he doesn't know much about the economy.

    Yet he is leading in the polls when this election is supposed to be about the economy. (TOTALLY INSANE)

    (FACTUAL OPINION) If John McCain was black, Obama would win in a landslide and millions of people wouldn't bother to vote.

    September 10, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. Baze

    GO OBAMA! Attack the Republican smear machine. Call a spade a spade, and go out with guns blazing! Don't fall into the quicksand of their mind games, and emblazon your fan base to victory!

    ONE NATION

    September 10, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. Dude

    Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease. Obama and his liberal buddies have done nothing but make personal attacks on President Bush for years. They ripped on mcCain all through the Democratic race to the primary. Then they dare to tal kabout the Republican attack machine or act offended whe nthey are called on it. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeese. I have never heard such nasty vile hate talk come from any politician as much as I have from the likes of Clinton, Reid, Obame and Kerry and Gore and the rest of the hypocritical liberals. What a bunch of whiners!!

    Also you need to take the context of the comment. McCain's "pig" comment was not immediately following a Clinton comment like Obama's immediately followed Palin's comment. Of course Obama wasn't saying Palin was a pig, but how can you not realize that he was using Palin's comment. No big deal, but don't fool yourself into thinking that anything Obame does is not contrived and planned. Love or hate McCain and Palin, but right or wrong, they are pretty straightforward unlike the Democrats. Maybe they spend too much time in Hollywood.

    September 10, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. flbill

    Obama supporters thou protest too much. It's fine when Obama tries to tie Bush to McCain and uses the "same old" line where he is trying to also remind voters that McCain is older. This is just politics. If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen. Where was the protest when Obama and his surrogates tried to make such a big deal out of Bush's speech in Israel several months ago where Bush said that dictators shouldn't be appeased and right away the Obamabots were attacking Bush. The fact is that Obama has used these exact same tactics and now they are being used on him and he's crying foul. Whining, complaining and more from the Obama campaign.

    September 10, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. peter

    First of all, it was Gov't Palin who liken her self to a DOG, when she stated that the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull (LIPSTICK)so lets make that very clear. Second the phase Obama use is a common phase, McCain used it also, that like the pot calling the kettle black. McCain ENOUGH IS ENOUGH you did not vet this woman and now its coming back to hunt you. You gamble and you lost. To CNN and the media we the VOTERS ask you to PLEASE
    hold this woman accountable on the issus.

    September 10, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. La Raza

    To those racists out there who will not vote for Obama because he is bi-racial, "so shall ye reap, so shall ye sew."

    September 10, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. David

    Obama, you said Palin's family matters were off limits.

    Then why do you have teams of lawyers crawling all over Alaska, trying to find dirt on her?

    Just like the public money campaign funding..saying one thing and doing another!

    Start acting like a Man and keep your word!

    September 10, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. Arielle Yanaba

    John McCain...you are now a joke my friend. You would take a gamble on the future of this country and its people, to play political games? I mean are you serious? Do you know how hard it is for people in this country today? Do you have any idea? and you want to play games? I am outraged completely outraged....don't trust the polls Johnny boy because they are not asking people like me, or my neighbors or the doors I go knocking on on behalf of Barack...You are disgusting? Honor? Please you have none...they will posion you if you win, and use the "Stewardess" as a puppet, you would gamble my future and the future of my children to win a campaign...you and the Republicans are just sick people...sick!

    September 10, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. nick

    THE TRUE OBAMA IS STARTING TO SHOW.....WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!

    September 10, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. Independent

    Well if it was something saying something about him...he'd pull the race card, go on Oprah, and create a new web site.

    Hypocrite.

    September 10, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. Central Scruitinizer

    Amen!!! If the Repubs want to sit around with their lower lips sticking out , then let them . If you keep on doing as you are Senator Obama , delivering answers and facing the media, eventually even Mccains 'mentally vacant' followers will tire of him and may cross over to the meaning of truth ,

    September 10, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  16. Jim

    Obama and Biden are losing it. They know it and the Nation understands it. Sad

    September 10, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    So now the candidate isn't attempting to declare his "mispeaks" accusations regarding his possible ineptness, callousness can now just be named as "distractions" to keep from talking about the issues.

    What a guy!

    Just what issues has the McCain campaign avoided Mr. Obama?
    Though Mr. McCains approaches may differ from your own (they are anchored in realistic goals and expectations).

    Is this just a well timed outburst of feigned objection in the same vein to distract the public from your own insensitivity?

    September 10, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Chris

    Anonymous that not arrogance. The GOP are not talking about the issues. I guess the last 7yrs have been just great for you? Be not fooled McCain is part of the GOP party and just like the Democrats they both have a platform that they feel represents what is needed in America. The GOP platform is the same as it was for the last two elections. So, don't think McCain will not do as that platform says because if he wants to get another term he will do it. So if you are feeling this great about those last 7yrs of war and deficit and bad economy and low American pride around the globe than by all means Vote for McCain but, really are you just that STUPID?

    September 10, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. Palin has more experience than Obama

    LMAO!!!
    Obama has pulled the race card so many times and now he is getting a taste of the sexist card pulled on him and the wimp can not take it!!!!!!!!!!

    He is crying like a baby!!!

    September 10, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. Toni

    I agree

    Lets stick to the issues. That goes for both sides. Thats what i wanna hear about. Not this bull

    September 10, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. M

    I agree, Timi. I am starting to believe that CNN is tring to run "negative" articles about Obama. If that is the case, it is only fair that negative articles about McSame and Palin come to light. We all know that there are plent of them!

    September 10, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. Holly in Ashland, OHIO

    I was totally discusted with McCains sex education ad. I couldn't believe that he was that low...Sorry John, you lost me, Obama will have my vote. No regrets.

    September 10, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. andy in Alaska

    The McCain campaign is a joke. It is not funny but very sad, that he can garner so much attention but never has anything to say about our country in it's time of need. Get real McCain supporters and think about our future. I can not wait to the debates!!!!

    September 10, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. Terry from GA

    McCain doesn't want to talk about the issues because he doesn't have a plan. None of the republicans have an answer to why the economy is tanking and how the deficit has blown up under George Bush's administration to over 400 billion dollars.

    September 10, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. amle

    Obama was definitely referring to Sarah. He acts so Uppity.

    September 10, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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