September 16th, 2008
04:48 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain rips Obama over Streisand fundraiser

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Barbara Streisand will be at Sen. Barack Obama's California fundraiser Tuesday night."]
(CNN) - As he heads off to a high-dollar fundraiser featuring Barbra Streisand, Barack Obama is hoping the politically-active singer can help him capture the White House.

So is John McCain.

Speaking at a campaign event in the working-class Democratic stronghold of Youngstown, Ohio, the Republican presidential nominee said Obama “talks a tough game on the financial crisis, but the facts tell a different story.

“...He put Fannie Mae’s [former] CEO, who helped create this problem in charge, of finding his vice president. That’s not change - that’s what’s broken in Washington,” said McCain.

“Talk about siding with the people, siding with the people just before he flew off to Hollywood for a fundraiser with Barbra Streisand and his celebrity friends,” he said. “Let me tell you my friends, theres no place I’d rather be than here with the working men and women of Ohio.”

Streisand, a staunch Democrat, is scheduled to perform at a $28,500 a head Obama fundraiser Tuesday night in Beverly Hills, California.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (257 Responses)
  1. tiffany

    all this proves is that even some of the filthy rich want a change an a competent leader. Barbara is not doing this because Barack wants her to, shes doing it because she wants to. if she was having a fundraiser for the hoity-toity repubs it wouldn't be a problem right?

    September 16, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. Lie-a-day Palin Ain't Ready for Primetime

    Palin's star power is fading and JohnnyMac is getting just a little bit jealous again. With or without Sarah, John, you are still a nothing, and a shadow of man shrunk to a wizened old coward.

    September 16, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. Amy

    McCain would much rather be with the people of Ohio... unless the cameras aren't on and then he'd rather be with Anne Hathaway and her indicted boyfriend on a private yacht or maybe at one of his 10 houses... that's the way the elite do it. They keep their celebrity meetings quiet. When will Obama learn?

    September 16, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. carlo

    John McCain is stuck in the past, a time when his daddy and granddaddy made others pay attention to him, and also allowed him to get into and graduate from a prestigious school (albeit barely), skate past the Keating Five scandal, leave his disabled wife for Rodeo Rich Barbie, and blatantly tell lie after lie in this campaign. The reunion is over McCain. I don't need your desperation. I need a leader, and that leader is Obama.

    September 16, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  5. McCain/Palin 2008

    I wish the former Hillary supporters would keep their comments to themselves. They are so whiney and pathetic. We don't need them anymore. Palin is stronger than Hillary.

    September 16, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  6. Tracey

    Eli, and despite of, Hillary remains constant . . . "A Democrat" Not a selective democrat, but a "true" democrat!

    September 16, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  7. Independent supporting Obama

    Somebody is jealous. I guess Clint Eastwood, Bruce Willis, Adam Sandler and Dean Cain did not do much for the oldest celebrity in Washington.

    McCain / Palin : Incontinence and Incompetence '08

    September 16, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  8. DeniseGA

    Wake up people, it was just reported yesterday McSame made 9 million dollars at two seperate fundraisers last week! This is stupid, all candidates hold fundraisers!

    September 16, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. Indiana Bob

    If Palin is a bucket of flull, then Obama is a honey wagon full of -- fluff.

    PUMA - Vote for experience. Vote for someone who has reached across party lines his entire political career, not just talked about it. Obama can't even get past his ego to reach out and unite his own party. That is not change we can believe in. That is more of Bush tactics. Vote McCain.

    September 16, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  10. inga

    McCain will never learn to stop making condescending remarks towards women. Women do find these offensive, McCain. Twice in one day too.. McCain hates women.

    September 16, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  11. mac attack

    Still waitin'for palins tax info

    September 16, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  12. Dave, Illinois

    Jeez, old Babs looks terrible. I guess the stress of trying to defend the indefensable creates a lot of stress. But, she has money and thats all the Dems care about.

    September 16, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  13. Got Bitter?

    Geez this guy needs to stick to the issues. Just because he pushes everyone away and has no friends doesn't mean everyone else has to be the same way.

    September 16, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. Emily

    When are we going to start a discussion of issues? When will Media start debates over policies?

    Whomever is the next President, please put some restrictions over the abuse of Media in political campaigns to talk about these irrelevant topics.

    September 16, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. Erin Smith

    With that statement, John McCain has done nothing but patronize these "working men and women of Ohio." They're not his "friends," he doesn't get them, he's not one of them. And he tries to play himself off as if he weren't an over-stuffed, overly wealthy celebrity with a trophy wife and a trophy VP. Hypocrite.

    September 16, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. Jane

    Yes, John – soon to be singing the blues.

    September 16, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  17. jmh

    I bet Obuma has a playboy bunny stamped on his butt. We the people could use some of our money back that the Dems wasted on those two failure co. I am so sick and tired of this playboy lifestyle and those same ole lines BUSH POLICY!! BUSH POLICY!!! BUSH POLICY!!!! He has no policy himself

    September 16, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  18. Dave M

    He is just being a grumpy old man. Obama has consistently beaten him in fund raising. McCain's attacks on Obama have been vicious. He is just jealous of him, period.

    September 16, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  19. curtis in WI

    You can't tell me for one minute that if Schwarzenegger had offered the same opportunity to Mccain he wouln't have been there in a heartbeat.

    September 16, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  20. Jack

    John correction, that's the unemployed men and women of Ohio since the Bush/McCain policies have put them out of work.

    But, then again you and your running mate can't seem to find the elusive "truth".

    September 16, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |

    I look at Babs' record- she supported Gore, Kerry and Hillary so it's almost a death wish for her support of Obama- LOVING IT! Her judge of candidates is almost as bad as Obama's judgement of character.

    September 16, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  22. David

    This is not so much about this articlebut why are there so many half truths in the Headlines on CNN where the headline gives one impression then when you read the article or watch the video the meaning is totaly different?

    And why is it mostly left wingers who post here and usually with half truths or they have only read half the article or they disregard what they don't want to hear.

    CNN, if you want more marketshare then start reporting fairly and with the facts and less opinion.

    September 16, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  23. NO McSAME

    Not everybody is maried to a gazillionaire heiress and can't even remember how many houses they own. You sure are one of us(not)!

    September 16, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  24. Matt

    Let's here about some of the elite sware~s McCain has thrown and the bank roll of the RNC. Let's here more about multi-millionaires who support him but instead of being celebrities, they are employers of thousands of people they screwed on a daily basis by pocketing unnecessarily gigantic paychecks while the working stiffs suffered and went with out benefits...people like Fiorina and the founder of EBay who support McCain because they'll get a tax cut they can pocket (nobody believes that trickle down reaganomic fairy tale garbage). Who cares if Brangelina can afford a fancy dinner concert to support Obama? The American public will love him/her (it?) anyway. But people like the Fiiorinas of the country...they're the epitome of greed, avarice and profit at the expense of humanity and we're entirely fed up. It's time to tear down their house of cards and they're getting very VERY scared.

    September 16, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  25. Julia in Eugene, Oregon

    These people are famous but they're American voters too. Get over it, Senator McCain – you have NO idea what's coming your way.

    September 16, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
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