September 27th, 2008
09:17 PM ET
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Obama and Biden together again following debate



Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden campaigned together in North Carolina on Saturday.(AP Photo)

GREENSBORO, North Carolina (CNN) – A rare occurrence compared to the McCain-Palin ticket: Barack Obama and Joe Biden flew to North Carolina Saturday morning for their first joint rally since August 31. Both took the opportunity to hit John McCain for his Friday night debate performance, hammering the Arizona senator for failing to address middle class issues.

“The truth is,” Obama said, “through ninety minutes of debating, John McCain had a lot to say about me, but he had nothing to say about you. He didn't even say the words "middle class." Didn’t say the words “working people.”"

Obama discussed the bailout package that lawmakers hope to pass this weekend before markets open on Monday, laying out his proposals and reiterating the need for strict oversight.

“This administration started off by asking for a blank check to solve this problem,” said Obama. “It is unacceptable to expect the American people to hand this administration or any Administration a $700 billion without any conditions attached, without any oversight when a lack of oversight in Washington and on Wall Street is exactly what got us into this mess in the first place.”

The Illinois senator mocked McCain for stealing the Democrats’ lines, laughing, “You gotta come up with your own stuff!”

“He's been grabbing our signs, using our slogans,” said Obama. “The other day he said, I think, we need to ‘turn the page.’ It's like, come on, John! I've been saying that for – how long have I been saying that? Pretty soon I'm going to have to start saying I'm a maverick!”

For his part, Biden praised his running mate’s performance at the debate saying it proved Obama has shown better judgment than McCain.

“Look at the policy, the foreign policy and the national security policy, the focus of last night’s debate,” said Biden. “This was supposed to be John McCain’s turf and Barack Obama owned it last night.”

The McCain campaign responded to Obama’s charges on the economy by pointing to a July vote on a budget resolution that would have rolled back tax cuts on those making less than $41,500.

“If he was honest, Barack Obama knows he was unable to debate the merits of supporting higher taxes on the middle class, and bloated government spending during a looming economic crisis,” said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds, “it simply proved indefensible last night.”

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soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Susan

    Hey Molly-

    Get your facts before spouting your mouth off.

    WASHINGTON (CNN) – A top aide to Senator John McCain said the Republican presidential candidate will not go to Capitol Hill Saturday afternoon, as negotiators meet to work out a deal on the financial bailout plan.

    September 27, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. mother of three girls

    after watching Sarah last interview even before the debate I know that %95 of voter will go for OBAMA ... now after the debate %100 will vote or OBAMA ..AND after Thursday %105 will vote OBAMA /BIDEN .....

    September 27, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Kathy

    Barak Obama is a world leader for the 21st century – relaxed, able to think on his feet and comfortable enough with his ideas that he makes room to disagree with him. It's amazing anyone believes John McCain reaches across the aisle in congress, since he couldn't even look across the stage. It's pretty scary to imagine John McCain in conversation with a foreign leader if the way he treated a fellow U.S. senator is any indication. They say the best way to chose a mate is to see how he/she fights. I think it's the best way to pick a president.

    September 27, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  4. sandy

    I think Obama needs to hit him more often with his comical zingers. See America he can be funny, but this is a serious time in all our lives and he knows it. that aside, I did like the humor. Obama '08

    September 27, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. zack

    McCain should be ashamed of himself. He is betraying the country by choosing Palin as his running mate. This is his first major decision and he REALLY blew it. He is a very reckless man and is welling to put the future of the country is the hands of Palin who is not qualified by the account of people on all sides.

    September 27, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. CJG

    Ok we know where McCain is today
    we know where Obama is today.
    we know where Biden is today

    Okay so someone is missing .....mmmmm
    oh , Palin , she is holed up with her teachers , Sarah has to study so she can be of help to McCain ,,,,so he picked her , why?
    She has been a drag to him not a help!
    If she was not ready to be VP , I am not ready to vote for McCain!

    September 27, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. opie

    Molly, check the news story in the Ticker; McSame is NOT in DC. He can be just as ineffective by phone as in person.

    September 27, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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