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. the other jd

    McCain–he tells us he is going to handle something, and he drops the ball. THEN he whines and says it's Obama's fault.

    September 29, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. Sarah Palin "Ready on Day 1-NOT"

    Tucker Bounds and the entire McCain campaign are morons. Period!

    September 29, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. Robert

    Obama is not in the House anyway. It isn't up to him to round up support in House. He's in the Senate and should only be working in the Senate.

    September 29, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Steve/ Houston,TX

    McCain did not comment on the bill because it was still foreign language to him. You can't talk about something that you know nothing about.

    September 29, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    McCain is such a shameful coward. I am really get sick-and-tired of him. He has completely erroded any measure of respect I have had for him.

    September 29, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Winnie in Montana

    Shame on McCain, again! We wouldn't be in this position if he and his ilk had not promoted irresponsible financial policies and supported the greed of Wall Street, lenders and, yes, even consumers.

    Just because subprime loans were available, ARMs and such, did not mean people had to take advantage of them! Individuals need to accept responsibility for their own contributions to this mess as well as the greedy Sons of You Know What's at the financial institutions.

    Trust me, Barack Obama didn't get us in this mess. Deregulation hounds like McCain helped an awful lot!

    September 29, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. California Voter

    Other than staying calm - voting present in my mind - I don't see what leadership Obama is showing with regard to a major financial crisis.

    September 29, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. Corey, Maryland

    Thats not out of touch, thats him just thinking the republicans might do the right thing for once and they again failed america. If anyone we have John McCain to blame!

    Obama Biden 2008

    September 29, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  9. 9999

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    B I L L,,,,,,,,,,A N D ,,,,,,,,,,G E T ,,,,,,,,,,,I T,,,,,,,,,,P A S S E D ,,,,,,,,,,,,,W I T H,,,,

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    L E A D E R S H I P

    September 29, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. S. Boatman

    Captain Maverick Was Unable To Save The Day With All Of His Maverickness!

    September 29, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  11. JBP

    Bush – a republican
    Cheney – a republican
    McCain – a republican
    Rumsfeld – a republican

    Republicans got us in this mess. They simply don't deserve the White House again.

    September 29, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  12. Women for Unity

    Hmmm, so McCain "touted his role pushing members of his party to vote for it," and it failed because republicans wouldn't vote for it...he must be some leader huh? Good thing he "suspended" that campaign last week to help the republicans gain consensus.

    September 29, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |

    No more drama queens in very bad makeup!


    September 29, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. The Pot's Dirtier Than the Kettle

    1. McCain failed to secure a rescue plan, after he breathlessly returned to Washington last week like some kind of Moses getting ready to part the Red Sea.

    2. McCain's own political party (Republicans) cast most of the votes against the rescue plan.

    3. McCain's own political philosophy of deregulation caused the problem.

    4. McCain recently said the economy was "fundamentally sound."

    5. McCain recently said he didn't know much about economics. Hey, he was right about one thing!

    Voters of America . . . toss this guy into the dumpster, along with the rest of the Republican Party. They wrecked the economy.

    September 29, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  15. Clinton Supporter

    How silly. Certainly Obama had nothing to do with it. They both parachuted in, got their pictures taken, and, at least Obama, left.

    McCain got his party all riled up and turned them as negative as possible, made much of "suspending" his campaign, then he left, too.

    MCain is an incompetent jerk.

    Imagine, America, if McCain were the President and too ill to work, or even dead.

    We would all be relying on SARAH PALIN to figure this out!!

    If THAT doesn't get you to vote Democrat, nothing will.

    September 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. Vegas

    The bill should fail...
    The majority of Americans don't want it...

    The only people who should stay in congress are those who voted against it....

    September 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. EqualBranchesofGovernment

    Is the McCain camp serious??.....Not leading?.......This whole problem could have been avoided had President Bush, after invading Iraq, shown "leadership" as FDR during WWII and told the American people "sacrifices" were going to have to be made!!...Not only that he "encouraged" Americans to keep shopping at the malls and driving their SUV's.

    The bill's come due for the Iraq War......time to start paying......even wealthy CEO's on Wall St......time to give up the country club membership and sell the vacation retreat and yacht in the Caymans!!.....No Bailout!

    September 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. Altoid77

    "coral" support for the bailout plan?? the word you're looking for is "corral" - i'm sure Barack Obama isn't offering small underwater sea creatures for support of the bailout...

    September 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. Juelle Leslie

    John McCain has been a part of the government for 30 years – he helped make this crisis. Why should he be knocking Obama?
    I think the whole bail out if worthless. Let them go bankrupt like the rest of us!

    September 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. Lynn: 60 yr old white Obama supporter

    First McCain criticized Obama for "phoning" in his feedback as he suspended his campaign and tried to postpone the debate so they could cancel the VP debate; then his campaign is supporting McCain's involvement because he was keeping in touch by PHONE...does it ever end for this pathetic campaiign.

    He also reads of f Obama's bottom line conditions for the bill presented well before McCain copied them and claims McCain got them into the bill.

    The one playing PARTISAN politics all along was McCain no matter how he spins it.

    Is this how McCain would negotiate with world leaders in times of crisis??

    September 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  21. Timothy from Colorado

    McCain/Palin: Just more of the same.


    September 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  22. Erin from CA

    Wow, if this doesn't show you Rove politics...I don't know what does. I just hope the same old political spin doesn't work with the American people anymore. McCain is just desperately using our country's financial crisis to "help" his campaign...first he was going to ride in to Washington and put his spin on the bailout plan and rally Republicans, now he is putting blame on Obama for being out of touch! These are too serious of times for this craziness!

    Obama & Biden 08/12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  23. Liz

    OMGZ !

    Obama can't predict the future? He doesn't have magical powers that tell him how the OPPOSING party will vote? The nerve of that guy! I bet he doesn't even have a pet unicorn or a leprechan on his staff either!

    Maybe McCain should take another break from campaigning... oh wait he never did take a break, he was too busy giving speeches to take a break and go do his job for the first time since APRIL.

    September 29, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  24. Alex

    Is Obama supposed to lead Republicans too since most of them are the one who rejected the bailout? Is McCain’s strategy build around blaming Obama for everything that happens? Obama round up those buffoon Republicans and tell them what to do…that is what they need. Ha-ha.

    September 29, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  25. Angela

    This country's changing dramatically as we speak... I say we vote for whoever still WANTS the job on November 4th. Somehow I know it will be Obama. He's the only one with energy – and he'll need ALOT of it. !!

    September 29, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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