September 28th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama slams McCain on middle class

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Barack Obama tried to paint McCain as out-of-touch with the middle class Sunday."]
(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama on Sunday tried to paint Sen. John McCain as a candidate who is out of touch with the middle class.

peaking about Friday's presidential debate, Obama accused McCain of not addressing working families.

"We talked about the economy for 40 minutes, and not once did Sen. McCain talk about the struggles that middle class families are facing every day," Obama said at a campaign event in Detroit, Michigan.

The economy took the lead in Friday night's presidential debate, as both candidates highlighted their plans to bring the United States out of what some are describing as the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

McCain on Sunday brushed off Obama's latest line of attack, saying he has "bigger things to worry about."

"Who does he think I was talking about when I said 'people on Main Street'? Who did he think I was talking about, about the necessity of helping the American taxpayers and income - and Americans who are out there working and trying to keep their jobs?" he said on ABC's "This Week."

"I've got bigger things to worry about than that."

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  1. MarioB. from Berlin for OBAMA/BIDEN

    lol "However, McCain strategist Steve Schmidt said Sunday, the Republican nominee does deserve recognition for bringing the parties together."

    yeah sure...that's why he said not a single word in the white house meeting, not even when Barack asked him to take position... sure. That's why he blasted the meeting and the progress on thursday's meeting...

    Clear it's his plan. Well pay some credit to McCain, first there was the Blackberry, and now the Bailout plan... this campaign is a bunch of idiots...

    "Who did he think I was talking about, about the necessity of helping the American taxpayers and income" –> Well lobbyists like the 7 top-lobbyists within your campaign, idiot.
    Obama/Biden by landslide

    September 28, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Republican for Obama

    This is why Obama has my vote. I want someone to worry about my needs everyday in the White House. This goes beyond party lines and choosing the right person for the job. Obama is the answer.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 28, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. conny

    Sen McSame, wants the WH sooooooo bad that he forgot that he had sold his soul to devil, oh i forgot he's STILL selling oops!

    September 28, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. rachel

    yeah who does he think your talking about beign bitter and clinging to guns and religon oops.

    September 28, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    McCain is certainly out of touch with his NINE homes and THIRTEEN cars... plus he picked that loony Palin for his VP... She's totally unqualified.

    September 28, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. Maddie, Hartford, Ct.

    He certainly does....Thursday evening, for example.

    September 28, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Walt

    Yeah you do have bigger things to worry about. Your failed theatrics last week and your pandering, insulting VP pick.

    September 28, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. JD in NC

    I have to say, Obama's plan to create jobs in the US building green technologies appeals to me more than another round of tax cuts for the wealthiest under McCain. It's time this country started producing things again.

    September 28, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |

    During the first Presidential debate, I noticed bi-partisanship in action.

    1. Obama: “John you were right…”

    This shows that Obama is admitting that he does not have all the answers and is willing to listen to all sides of an issue before making a final decision. This is a very good trait to have in a President that wants to represent ALL of America.

    McCain would not even acknowledge Obama when Obama was talking directly to him. He appeared bothered and angry that he had to waste his valuable time explaining himself to Obama. McCain’s disdain for Obama was apparent in his demeaning and snide comment stating Obama being so far to the left that it was hard to reach across the aisle in a bi-partisanship manner. McCain came across as a small-minded, petty, angry and bitter old man. Not good traits in anyone, but certainly not in a man vying to be the President of the UNITED States.

    2. McCain: “Senator Obama does not understand…”.

    It was obvious that the contrary was true, Obama did indeed understand, what McCain obviously meant was that Obama did not understand issues the same way McCain does, which is obviously the ONLY correct way in his mind.


    McCain claims that as a “maverick” he likes to make quick decisions and then live with the consequence. We are looking to future, and want to see how McCain would interact with Obama, Congress and the citizens, we do not want some old story line where in the past you did this with that Democrat and that with this Democrat. Your current demeanor speaks volumes as to your ability to be “bi-partisan” in the futures.

    Question to America:

    Do you want to place the future in the hands of a man that makes quick, erratic decisions without research and have the consequences affect the lives of your children?

    September 28, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |

    To all the ditto heads screaming Obama will introduce the United States to socialism. Since republicans appear to have a difficult time with both facts and how to obtain them, and ditto heads seem partial to having decisions spoon fed to the them in small easy to remember sound bites, much like a baby eating his or her daily morning pabulum, therefore I have done the research for you.

    “All socialists share the belief that capitalism unfairly concentrates power and wealth into a small section of society who control capital, and creates an unequal society. All socialists advocate the creation of an egalitarian society, in which wealth and power are distributed more evenly, although there is considerable disagreement among socialists over how, and to what extent this could be achieved.[1]”.

    One of the extents to achieve socialism is called “social democracy”.

    “Social democrats propose selective nationalization of key national industries in mixed economies combined with tax-funded welfare programs”.

    As a result, under the last 8 years of republican control in the White House now and control of Congress since 1996 until 2007 the U.S. government now owns an insurance company, two main home financing companies and very soon will own investment and banking firms both national and international in what used to be the private sect.

    The bill that will introduce us to socialism is now in Congress and was introduced by republicans under President George W. Bush

    So, to recap:

    President Obama will INHERIT an economy that is ALREADY a democratic socialist economy that was set up by republicans as a welfare program to bail out the fat cats on Wall Street!

    September 28, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. No Hillary = No Obama

    Obama is an elitist.

    September 28, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. indy chris

    McLiar is worried about bigger things than us: his own defeat.

    McMooseburger is slated for humiliation Thursday.

    The entire GOP feels the Obama Tsunami closing in from all sides and desperately seeks higher ground. . . .but they don't know where it is!!!

    September 28, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Say Cheese Obama

    How much is CNN being supported by Obama's campaign? I really would like an article of how much money his campaign pays you folks for advertising? It seems that everytime I pull up your website there his big ole' ears are staring me in the face on your website. Obama will revive CNN's poor ratings because Obama can do anything possible....he's our saviour! Also everyone slams Governor Palin because they know she is more qualified than their presidential candidate – KoranObama!

    September 28, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. independent in CO

    How can either one of them say anything when they both are going to vote yes for the bail out? What no one is mentioning is our constitution and the value of the dollar. This is like putting a band aid over a gaping wound. Everyone should be calling, writing, and visiting their congressmen and telling them you oppose the bailout.

    September 28, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. McCain for Pres.

    Obama's campaign adds are all half truths and lies and he has the nerve to criticize McCain. He should half the record McCain has of helping people. He's all talk and no action.

    September 28, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  16. Joseph Regis

    Things are broken in Washington and need to be fixed. No more repubs this time around to make things worst.

    Obama/Biden will fix things and make America properous again for all Americans and not only for the few well connected.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 28, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. B.Bridges

    How in the world doesl Sen. McCain expect us to beleive that he will LEAD change in this country when all he is doing during this campaign is FOLLOWING! Doesn't he have a mind of his own? Why is it that for every ad that Sen. Obama does McCain copies? For example, he now has the audacity to say that Sen Obama did not use the word "victory" once. Give me a break.! Sen. McCain is proving to be, amongst other things, the most overtly disingenuious person that I have had the displeasure of listening to in a very long time! Sen. Obama is right. McCain is a great imitator and one who I am now sure wiill be "more of the same"!

    September 28, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. Sammy

    People overstate and spin things on the campaign trail so the right thing to do is dismiss your opponent. No big deal. However what McCain said wasnt very presidential. Yes it's a word thats been used in the media alot the past few days but in this case it simply means that maybe a little bit of his famous temper was showing through. After all, its been a very tough week and I am sure hes tired and fustrated. Hes in good shape but still 72.

    September 28, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  19. Unbelievable!

    "I've got bigger things to worry about than that."

    Being dismissive is the fastest way to turn off an independent voter. Thanks, McCain, for letting me know that you are just not the guy to vote for.

    September 28, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. truth17

    indeed, McCain has much much more "things to worry about than that".... such as how to position his campaign for the upcoming Biden-Palin debate. The conservatives are claiming that Biden's gaffes excuse Palin's performance in recent interviews. Unfortunately, gaffes are not the same as incompetence. Bush may be mocked for his blundering oratory, but this is not the reason he is despised the world over. In the upcoming debate, Palin will surely be able to pull off a few zingers, but it remains to be seen whether she will prove comprehensibly competent. Meanwhile, Biden is certain to produce gaffes, but it is certain that he will demonstrate a deep understanding of the major issues facing the United States. I can deal with gaffe-rich, but competent. I have problems with all-zinger, but no-substance.

    September 28, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |

    When you can only view one thing at a time thru a "single lens" a lot of things appear fuzzy and out of focus!

    There is no doubt that Obama won. I can skip the last two now, if the was Magoo's "strong suit" and I have heard all his old war stories and "loving" and "take care of them"! His tired bear joke and we know you did not win Miss Congeniality, you have used that line in all stump speeches and you told us twice during the first debate. so the save the old stories for the next time you are giving a speech at the VA hall, or at the Thanksgiving table for your grandchildren

    The rest of us are looking toward the future, not the past, and especially, not your past.

    Mr. Magoo was so angry, that he had to share a stage with Obama. He appeared old, small, gray and bitter. MaGoo was very condescending and dismissive of Obama.

    Observations about from the debate:

    Harvard graduate vs a septuagenarian with an IQ just north of his shoe size.

    September 28, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  22. Ms Gunn

    September 28, 2008
    Gallup Daily: Obama Moves to 50% to 42% LeadObama registers strong performance over Thursday-Saturday time periodUSA Election 2008 Gallup Daily Americas Northern America PRINCETON, NJ - Barack Obama leads John McCain, 50% to 42% among registered voters in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday - just one point shy of his strongest showing of the year.

    September 28, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  23. Dan in CHI

    Here is the GOP playbook as though I needed to expose it:

    Stratagem 1: MISLEAD by any means necessary, omission of the truth or outright lies OK
    Strategem 2: DISTRACT (via multiple outrageous actions and statements)
    Stratagem 3: INVERT your weaknesses and flip them onto your opponent
    Stratagem 4: DENIGRATE the opponent via attack or dismissal of their legitimacy or policies
    Stratagem 5: PARROT any ideas or language that is working for your opponent, and obfuscate the origin of anything that is working as intended for your opponent (see stratagem #1)

    sounds like a recipe for "change", doesn't it? NOT. Sounds like Bushie. "That's fuzzy may-ath!"

    I dare any republycanthrope to refute this post. DARE you.

    September 28, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. Tiff of lithia springs

    Why would a guy with 12 house think about regular folks. That's why he's not in touch. I hear he has a house in Sedona AZ. I road through there to take my kids to the Grand Canyon it's the scenic route and what a scene( that will probably be the last vacation for a while). It was so ritzy. I don't even think they had a Home Depot or Quiktrip. Just trendy exclusive stores and eateries. It was from the twilight zone I thought.

    September 28, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  25. MIA

    If Sarah Palin agreed with Obama with her Pakistan comment- why do the Obama supporters consider her an idiot?

    How can she be an ignorant moron and agree with the great Obama?

    I don't get it.

    I found her comment totally acceptable and in keeping with the position of both campaigns: KEEP Americans safe and take the necessary actions to do so.

    September 28, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
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