September 29th, 2008
05:55 PM ET
14 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. ohio

    mccain is a little rat in his OWN party no one pays attention to this little rat

    September 29, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. Shot in the Dark

    I guess "the fundamentals of the economy are sound" is not considered out of touch, is it McCain?

    September 29, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. Donna

    McCane is a joke..he loves to blame everyone else but failed to see that his GRANDSTANDING did not help ANYTHING at all....

    September 29, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. KJL

    The McCain camp pretends Palin has a clue about government, too. Tell us another.

    September 29, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. PLEASE,,,,,,,,,,PLEASE

    G O T,,,,,,,,,M Y ,,,,,,,C E L L,,,,,,,,O N,,,,,,,,,C AL L,,,,,,,M E,,,,,,,,I F,,,,,,,,,

    Y O U,,,,,,,,N E E D ,,,,,,,,,,M E,,,,,,,,,,,

    G O T,,,,,,,,,,,,T O,,,,,,,,C AM P A I G N ,,,,,,,,,S E E,,,,,,,Y A

    September 29, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. Nelson, MD

    McCain is such a loser, he didn't win the debate, and he's behind in the poll, so it's attack, attack, attack.

    Well, my vote goes to Barack Obama, and I can't wait until November 4th.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 29, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. McCain is a Filthy Liar

    C'mon Axelrod. Get on the stick!

    September 29, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Liz T, Tucson

    The McCain campaign is desperate and will say anything to prevent the final nail from going into their coffin.

    September 29, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. DebM, Allentown, PA

    I am so SICK of the McCain/Palin campaign. Yeah, McCain, you idiot, you didn't go back to Washington on Saturday because everything was stable enough there that you could do what you needed to from the road, and now you thorw this BS out there? McCain is a toad, and Tucker Bounds is the wart on the toad.

    September 29, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. WOWWOW


    September 29, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. USA

    ---mcBush Lieing.
    ---Obama Leading.

    September 29, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. Bill

    Wait, didn't McCain fix all this when he suspended his campaign? Or did he just get in the way, like we've come to expect from him?

    September 29, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. Joe the Troll

    What about all the credit McCain took for helping craft the proposal? Is this how he plans to get his party behind him?

    September 29, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  14. just me

    um, john mccain said something that was almost exactly the same this morning in Ohio. and he had the galls to claim some credit for it as well. what a farging loser

    September 29, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. pj

    tucker bounds is a moron.

    and by McCain continuing to inform us all that his campaign suspension and rush to Washington was such a graet thing for America and sign of his "country first" attitude, it simply proves that he did it for political gain.

    September 29, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. McGimmick gimmick FAILED!

    The ecomony is bleeding like a freaking pig in lipstick and the only thing McGimmick offers the American people is more lies?

    ANYONE voting for this man should be charged with TREASON!

    Where the HELL is Palin's witch doctor when we need him? Send him to Washington and tell him to fix this mess!

    September 29, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. JD in NC

    This is aggravating, even for a McCain fan. McCain swings wildly from caling the economy strong, to suspending his camapign. Then in the midst of claiming credit for the negotiations, the deal explodes, taking the market with it.

    But it's Obama's fault, right?

    Sorry McCain. You may be decisive, but you have to be decisive AND RIGHT.

    You will not get my vote.

    September 29, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. Mark

    Barack Obama did not "suspend" his campaign last week. He's not the one claiming he was successful on getting things back on track. McCain did. If failure is what McCain has to offer then he is the wrong person for the job.

    September 29, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. tulsa

    Senator Obama, you have my confidence and support.
    Senator McCain, please take the high road just ONCE in this campaign. If you really put "country first" then help, don't point your finger and act like a child.

    September 29, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. Another grumpy old white woman for Obama

    Yeah, McCain pushed it alright. Into limbo!
    Shut up and sit down McCain! You cost me my retirement.

    September 29, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. mark

    McCain is running on nothing but negativity and staking his future on convincing people that Obama is wrong for the country. We don't want to hear only what's wrong with Obama. It's a given that the Repubs don't think the Dems are right. What we want to hear is why is McCain right???? Obama has given us inspiration and vision for the future, and McCain has given us negativity.

    Obama '08

    September 29, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. J from DC

    All I can say is consideer the source. While things seem to be going crazy, Obama is keeping his cool, and showing why he is such a strong candidate. McCain is back to lying in ads, and looking to blame shift now that Palin is only a small part of a growing Republican problem. Let Obama and the Democrats continue to do what they do best to make the country profitable. Old Joe Biden basically said it best when he took on both McCain and Palin, in his last speech. He did not get much press because of the bailout circus. Biden spoke to women issues, and on the economy. I think that is why so many women favor the Democratic Ticket. It is because Joe Biden was a real good choice. Biden is not only ready for the debate; he is also ready for the Oval Office. I am fully persuaded that Obama and Biden, can turn this economy and country around. Someone tell McCain, Palin and the entire Republican Party,”Thanks, but no Thanks.”

    September 29, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. Does Obama Palin Comparison?

    Bush is a lame duck, Obama is weak, and Pelosi is a blow-hard...McCain is the ONLY one who can lead us out of this mess.

    Get back to Washington, John, and help us out of this mess!!!

    September 29, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. Aaron in Virginia

    Obama planned to say that an agreement had been reached? That's funny – McCain DID say that an agreement had been reached, and that it was all thanks to him. Gee, thanks John.

    September 29, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  25. Swing State Voter

    Sorta like the ad McCain had prepared to run saying he won the debate prior to saying he was going to actually participate in the debate. Yeah.

    September 29, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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