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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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Matt

    Bye John.

    September 28, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. hilli

    Obama is becoming more arrogant as the days go on!!!
    He speaks as though he has just saved the country... what a joke!
    900 million in earmarks in three years? Imagine if all of congress got what he did?He is quite sure of himself...he KNOWS he has the media, the talk and the naive Americans are...and how very bias is all of the media... Wake up people, wake up!

    September 28, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Susan

    Bigger things to worry about indeed – like indoctrinating Sarah Palin with the slightest bit of knowledge in time for the VP debate. I think they could easily hide some kind of media feeder into that weird beehive of hers.

    September 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Mack

    Obama should be careful...after all he is the one who likes to talk about rural americans behind their backs..I am not sure why more people don't realize that Obama's performance at the debate was just that..a well rehearsed performance..Obama spent days in debate camp, while McCain was in DC doing his job..all in all that makes McCain a clear winner. I follow things closely and Obama has a real gift in spin politics.

    September 28, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. Marian

    Yes indeed. Mr. McCain has Mrs. Palin to worry about. His slogan, "County First" seems to ignore Mr. Palin's seven year membership to the Alaska Independence Party that puts Alaska first. Should a could be Commander in Chief be married to a successionist? Perhaps witches cast a spell on Mr. Palin causing him to temporarily turn his allegiance away from the USA thereby putting it in his home state. Perhaps the Pastor Murthee has successfully removed the spell. We can all sleep better now.

    September 28, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. Say Cheese Obama

    I find it funny that Americans living abroad can actually vote...since most of the folks living abroad actually have no intent on coming back to America. Keep your vote and your opinions abroad as well! Go Obama go

    September 28, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Bridg

    Yes, I agree McLame, Sarah Palin and Rick Davis are "bigger things to worry about."

    September 28, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. john newark de

    GET EM OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!! All McSame likes to talk about is pork spending and tax cuts for the rich. He wants to cut 20 billion and spend 300 billion. ITS ABSURD!!!!!!!! WAKE UP AMERICAN the GOP IS LYING TO YOUR FACE

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 28, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. Mike Dallas

    CNN glad to see your putting the Fact Check portion in the article now as opposed to making it a separate entry on the thread.

    P.S. Folks, if have not seen the SNL where "Katie" interviews Palin, it is a must see, ESPECIALLY when she answers the "700 billion" bailout question!

    Too funny and sadly too true!

    September 28, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |

    Well the only card left for McCain is the race card.I'd bet the farm on it.

    September 28, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. Scott L

    Can you imagine the tax bills that will be flying through the house and senate with a Democrat controlled congress and a Democratic president?

    He may not raise taxes on folks in 2009, but I guarantee you that you will be paying way more than you are now under an Obama administration.

    Funny how he did not answer Jim's question Friday night regarding what he would change because of the financial crisis. He totally avoided saying he would now decline to implement his corporate windfall taxes because even Obama has realized it would be lethal to the American economy.

    So if it is a lethal move, wouldn't it also damage a healthy economy? Answer is yes. 10-4 is still 6 no matter how you slice and dice it.

    So go ahead people, raise taxes, vote democrat! Don't come whining to Scott L when you are paying an extra 5-15% of your paycheck every year to support welfare, illegal aliens, and freeloaders looking for government handouts.

    September 28, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. mark

    johnn mccain is an elitist out of touch with the average americans. i will never vote for this dude.

    September 28, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Tired of the Liberal Spin!!!

    Barrack! All I heard in that debate was that McCain HAS experience and you don't!! Every word from your mouth about foreign affairs – which is what the debate was about, right – was something you planned on doing. And the Libs are slamming Palin's lack of foreign experience. Oh, and nice answer to try to weasel your way out of McCain's comments about your heading a subcommittee on foreign affairs, and you never left Washington!

    Oh, and about your comments on the economy – I don't think that I've ever heard you stammer, studder, and backtrack more since you put your name in the Presidential hat!! I guess that debate camp did not include how to answer questions you had already been spoon-fed answers to!

    September 28, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. Amy

    Yeah, and I have better things to do, such as vote for Obama

    September 28, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. liz

    yeah! I bet you got bigger things to worry about.
    what would yo once you lost to Obama come November?

    Obama 08

    September 28, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. Olivia

    Obama is a relative newcomer to the senate and the political scene.
    John McCain has worked for the people of this country for a very long time and has a proven track record.

    I know this is an election year and that things are said that reflects misrepresentation...a parsing of words that is meant to benefit whoever is saying it.

    BUT........does Barack Obama think we are all fools out here? Does he expect us to believe that John McCain is a simpleton? even more so....does he expect us to believe everything he says and that this country will turn against a man who has already proven his worth?

    I have many many questions, and John McCain is not the man they would be directed to. Obama may say many things, whatever he wants, but saying that John McCain doesn't care about the working, tax-paying people of this country is downright ridiculous. Try another line. Try addressing the reservations we have about you, Mr. Obama.

    September 28, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. Haris

    Obama 50% (+4)

    Mccain 42% (-3)

    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. (Gallup Poll).

    I dont know why this is not being picked up by Major news outlets such as CNN.


    September 28, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. Debby

    Hey Sen. Obama I would like to know how 5% of Americans are going to pay for your 95% tax cuts. This math just doesn't add up in my book. What about you touting that 7thousand for college kids. I didn't hear that in the debates on Friday night when you talked about education. It sounds like a gimmick to pull in young voters to me.

    September 28, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. Nothing to lose

    Obama knows how to spend other people's money... look at how he self-promotes with your campaign donations.

    But neither He nor Biden have been able to save any of their huge wages to prepare for retirement.

    Think about it, folks.

    I trust McCain and Palin more as representatives of my hard work and diligent saving and retirement planning.

    September 28, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. Hammer em

    McCain "has bigger things to worry about" HA HA HA He means his poor choice of a running mate. Gov. Falin. Can't keep her trap shut forever you old geezer. Obviously senility is beginning to set in demonstrated by his choosing her. That dingbat would be a heartbeat away from running things. Somebody help us please.

    September 28, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. cocky fool

    All talk... no action.

    He sure can spend 66 Million a month just to blow his own horn and to brag about how great he is and how great he will be.

    September 28, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. bob

    Yes, i want to hear more of Barack. It is not about sarah or Biden, it is about Mccain vs. Obama!

    September 28, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. Maggie

    All McCain talked about was war. All I heard from him were stories about past wars and possible future wars. War War War, that's McCain.

    September 28, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. liz

    yeah! I bet you got bigger things to worry about.
    what would you do once you lose to Obama come November?

    Obama 08

    September 28, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. ken

    when Mcbush picked Sarah, he lost my vote as an Independent!!!

    September 28, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
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