September 15th, 2008
04:02 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama: Believe McCain? I've got a bridge to sell you in Alaska

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Obama campaigned in Colorado Monday."]GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado (CNN) – At the start of his western swing, Senator Barack Obama continued to paint John McCain as a creature of Washington, so steeped in the ways there that “change” under a McCain-Palin administration is impossible.

“It’s great that he now wants to talk about putting corporate lobbyists in their place. But he needs to explain why he put seven of them in charge of his campaign,” he said at an outdoor rally under a cloudless Colorado sky. “If you think those lobbyists are working day and night for John McCain just to put themselves out of business, well I’ve got a bridge to sell you up in Alaska.”

While Obama said McCain was not personally responsible for the current turmoil in Wall Street, he said the Arizona senator would continue the policies that put various financial institutions like Lehman Brothers on the brink.

“It’s a philosophy that says even common-sense regulations are unnecessary and unwise,” he said. “Now, instead of prosperity trickling down, the pain has trickled up - from the struggles of hardworking Americans on main street to the largest firms of wall street. This country can’t afford another four more years of this failed philosophy.”

Tightening poll numbers and excitement about the addition of Governor Sarah Palin to the Republican ticket have given the Obama campaign pause, and forced them to promise Democrats the party’s nominee would get tougher on the stump.

“These times are too serious, the stakes are too high to let the other side pull the same stunts and use the same scare tactics that they always to do. Because we know what the consequences are because we’ve lived them,” Obama said Monday. “We’ve seen them turn an entire campaign into a debate about swift boats and windsurfing. And what do you get when it’s over? Iraq and Katrina and a melt down on wall street and millions w/out jobs, or homes, or health care, pain at the pump. Enough, enough of this not this time not this year.”

soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. Rob

    Excellent Line Barack! Love you man!

    September 15, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. USMC Mike

    Palin's got a "new speech" she unveiled today in CO...

    Just when the other speech was getting tore up on the press ... Lie, divert, and do it again; the GoP strategy for 2008 ...

    What a shame that we are subjected to such B.S.

    Obama / Biden 2008

    September 15, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. Terry, NJ

    Believe Obama? I've got a 2nd unicorn to give you in addtion to the first one Obama has promised you! Silly Obama... Unicorns are only in fairy tales! Sillyer Obama supporters... Change happens with ideas and plans... Not by good speeches and the sweetest Koolaid!

    September 15, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. NGANGA,Austin TX

    Macain is so out of touch with folks that are suffering due to the failing economy,he said again that the foundamentals of the economy are strong.This is the same guy who said he does not understand the economy and so he has Graham as his advisor who in turn says America 'has turned into a country of whiners' and that the economical difficuities we are experiencing is 'in our heads'.
    I do not want to be in the same bus with John Mccain!
    DO YOU?

    September 15, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. One more for McCain

    I hope Obama continues to be negative about 'everything', and about
    McCain and Palin. America needs and wants the power of positive thinking. Obama keeps running against George Bush, McCain is not
    Bush. Only Democrats and the uninformed dislike Bush anyway, and they already have Obama's vote. He is preaching to the choir. Democrats gotta love their man Obama, someone needs to.

    September 15, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. Karen

    If we the American people are so stupid as to elect another 4 more years of this!!!! Then we get what we deserve. Way to Bush-McCain!!!

    September 15, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Peter

    Of all the media, Obama and his camp, I trust McCain most. Sometimes, I can't believe how attractive Obama's words can be. But they just don't match with his record. McCain is an honorable and respectable man.

    Go McCain/Palin!

    September 15, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. Arin

    Hey people.... stop all your WHINING. The economy is fundamentally strong. STOP WHINING. All of you are in mental recession. WHINERS!!

    September 15, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. PA for Obama

    Go get'em Barack! It's about time these liers be held accountable!!! 8 is enough!

    September 15, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. A Fed Up Democrat

    MCDugan It is the so call Resume of many Republican Presidents, that has gotten us in this mess. This is not all George's fault, there were many more before him. So what is your point on that comment................. Your comment and the bridge holds the same weight to as well.

    September 15, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. The Weatherman

    The Senate just like Constitution has rules and knowing them is the only way to bring change – unless you count lawsuits as change. The last guy to claim change as a Democrat was Jimmy Carter. He changed us for the worse by getting caught in the Washington machinery he did not know. Reagan, a Republican, faired much better with knowledge of the system through his peers.

    Not buying the BS.

    September 15, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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