September 29th, 2008
05:55 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain camp says Obama not leading


The McCain campaign said obama has failed to show leadership during the economic crisis. (Getty Images)

(CNN) - John McCain's campaign is seizing on the prepared text of Barack Obama's speech Monday in Denver, saying it shows the Illinois senator has been "out of touch" with the unfolding financial crisis and congress' economic bailout plan. (Read the prepared text [PDF])

In the text distributed by the Obama campaign Tuesday morning, Obama was to say, "And today, Democrats and Republicans in Washington have agreed on an emergency rescue plan."

But moments before Obama was set to take the stage in Denver, the House officially rejected the bailout plan, prompting a delay in the Illinois senator's rally and a change in his comments on the bill:

"I am confident we are going to get there but it's going to be sort of rocky. It's sort of like flying into Denver. You know you're going to land but it's not always fun going over those mountains," he said.

McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds suggested the fact the Obama thought the measure would pass was a sign the Illinois senator was not closely involved in helping coral support for the bailout plan.

"When Barack Obama released remarks today that praised the passage of America's economic rescue plan, just before his allies in Congress voted to kill it, it revealed just how out of touch Barack Obama has been during this crisis," Bounds said, adding Obama has "shown failed leadership we can't afford."

In his own rally Monday morning before the House officially rejected the bailout plan, McCain did not suggest the bill would pass but touted his role pushing members of his party to vote for it.

"I've never been afraid of stepping in to solve problems for the American people, and I'm not going to stop now," he said. "Sen. Obama took a very different approach to the crisis our country faced. At first he didn't want to get involved. Then he was monitoring the situation."

The McCain campaign also suggested Thursday Obama deserved much of the blame for the bill's failure, saying the Democratic presidential nominee "put politics ahead of country."

Obama spokesman Bill Burton called those comments "angry and hyper-partisan."

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soundoff (295 Responses)
  1. Mike, Syracuse NY

    How many times have we heard the claim that Obama is 'keeping cool' while in reality he is just clueless as to what to do? Isn't he still a sitting US Senator? If so, why is campaigning more important than solving this problem?

    September 29, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. Ivan Sanchez

    -Does Obama Palin Comparison?-


    September 29, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    It was the Republicans that rejected the bailout plan! McCain is a republican, so therefore, him and his party are responsible. Why did he fly into Washington? He could not presuade those republicans to vote for the bill? He is responsible, end of story!

    September 29, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. Angela

    So lets see......a majority of the Democrats voted "for it" and a majority of the Republicans voted "against it"

    So which leader was not "leading" their side to vote "for it"?

    So its McCain, suspension and all, who is NOT the leader that can do the leading.

    September 29, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  5. dharmas

    A drowning man holds on to straw,
    mccain's camp is imagining what obama would have said
    how pathetic!!!

    September 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |

    If leading by example is not looking your opponent in the eyes during a debate John, then I'll go with the other guy. Show some respect!

    September 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  7. Alex

    I thought it was McCain's fellow Republicans who widely refused to support the bill though? Wouldn't rallying those votes be more of a job for, I dunno... Republican leadership?!?!

    September 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. Tracy

    Why isn't anybody getting it? After all the lies we've been told by the Bush administration, we don't believe anything they say anymore. We don't trust our government. How sad. So, if we believe what they say and support a bailout, there's a very real possibility we're being taken for fools. If we don't, there's a real possibility we'll go into another Depression. We've had liars in the White House for so long, we don't trust them anymore. I trust Barack. I really do. And I trust Joe. They aren't perfect, but at least they care about my family more than McCain and Palin do.

    September 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. heather

    blah blah blah. I'm so ready for this election to be over and Obama to take charge as president!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  10. Joseph

    John McCain proves again that he would rather fail the nation than fail as a Presidential candidate.

    I guess he figures if he flails mud long enough, no one will see the truth.

    John McCain brought the full force of political fury to this debate last week.

    And today America lost.

    Go back to Vegas, McCain. We don't need any more of your national gambles.

    September 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. Paul

    We are sick of this administration and must punish the GOP in this coming election.

    The party is over for the GOP!!!

    September 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  12. Andrea

    What a joke!!! The McCain campaign is clueless...this whole fiasco is unbelievable!!! Be a grown up Senator McCain and give the American people some REAL SOLUTIONS!!!!!!!

    September 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  13. Sheila

    McCain, you have always lived your life with honor, but your campaign is now becoming dishonorable. This is getting uncomfortable, the amount of distortions/lies you are saying. The ends don't always justify the means.

    September 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  14. reggie

    how can the repub blame the dem for this? this happned on george bush watch these people have destroed our country. and john Mccain was right there.if we elect john Mccain this country is done for

    September 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. KC

    Honestly how can anyone support McCain! I was mad before now I am disgusted AND I AM A REPUBLICAN!!!!!!!!!

    September 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. Melinda, Houston

    McCain yet again pathetically attempts to spin the economic crisis to his benefit. He fails yet again. The burden of leadership was on him to deliver his House Republicans. They all showed their "maverick" side by putting POLITICS FIRST.

    John McCain: Not Ready to Lead.

    September 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. diane - Dallas, TX


    September 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. Reggie in the Rock

    How convenient... McCain is such a sleazy joke!

    September 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. Julie

    McCain says he was urging his party pals to vote for the bill but more of them voted against it than did the Dems. If his own party doesn't listen to him, why should we?!!!

    September 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  20. Notanobamabot

    I see the Obamabots are out in full force. 😛

    September 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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