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. Lisa, Iowa

    John McCain doesn't seem to realize that it was the house republicans who killed the bill – the same people he had been talking to when he 'suspended' his campaign

    September 29, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. NoMccain

    Why did Mccain go to the debates if his campaign is still "suspended?" Barack should be given the Presidency if he is the last one standing... there should be a rule out there. Who's the one leading now Mccain?

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

    Can somebody tell me why the old man literally ran behind the stage after delivering his script? Leadership is not a one way trail.. Is he also banned from answering qns from the press like palin? duh!!

    September 29, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. Steve, New York, New York

    America – we need people with "brains" in the executive branch of government. We don't need whose strongest traits are shooting wild animals, or taking month-long vacations in Crawford, Texas.

    The House Republicans (and some Democrats) do not understand – if we don't stabilize Wall Street, FORGET about anyone ever getting a mortgage, an auto loan, a credit card . . .it will be WELCOME BACK TO THE STONE AGE!!

    Hey McCain – do the fundmanentals of our economy still look strong?

    September 29, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. Newsflash! Putin Invades Alaska's Airspace Between Palin's Ears

    I think Grampy is leaving a mighty big load in his adult diaper and is so panicked right now, that he'll blame anyone other than himself for the failed leadership he has shown over the last week.

    September 29, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  6. Paula

    McCain is history along with quite a few of his "buds" who voted nay.

    September 29, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. Heidi Shumaker

    Here is the vote count from the House of Representatives:

    For: Dems – 140 Repubs – 65

    Against: Dems – 95 Repubs – 133

    WHO killed this bill??? Can Tucker Bounds do basic math? Can John Boehner & Roy Blunt who claimed that the "other party" is the majority of this congress that killed this bill. I beg everyone who didn't believe before that John McCain & his spokespeople are lying: PLEASE look at these numbers and then look at how the Repubs are trying to blame the Dems for this measure failing. Boehner & Blunt claimed today that they had 12 additional votes for the bill that ended up voting against it because they didn't like Nancy Pelosi's speech prior to the vote. WHO is playing politics??? WHO has just caused the stock market to have its largest one day drop EVER? Folks, there's no way around this one. How sad.

    September 29, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. Chuck

    Obama not leading????? How about McCain not leading and always attacking Obama. Every stump speech I hear from McCain, he is always talking about Obama and not talking about the critical issues of the day and how he would solve those issues.

    I can no longer trust McCain.

    September 29, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. Chelle in Fla

    I can't wait for this Election to be over
    I can't wait for Obama to take the White House so that the McCain camp will find something productive to do other than trying to pin their failures on Obama!!

    By the way, what exactly was it that McCain did over the weekend anyway...oh that's right NOTHING!

    September 29, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. Gene

    Palin actually made and old joke towards Biden with McCain and his wife standing right behind her. Best moment of the campaign yet.

    September 29, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  11. Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    I'm really mad at McCain. The nation is facing one of the worse economic problems since the Great Depression and all he can do is cherry-pick an Obama text message. Are you kidding me!!!!

    GOD....I hope Americans wake up and realize that McCain is a true idiot and if he is elected President, THINGS WILL ONLY GET WORSE!


    WAKE UP!

    September 29, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  12. gene

    Yep.. Obama is naive because he's cool and calm and doesn't act like a cartoon character crossed with a soap opera character. The economy will take some thought.. not some political stunt and jumping the gun. If McCain jumped the gun and offered some solutions.. that would be one thing. But he jumped the gun, ran to washington, and then did nothing there but grin and watch others work.

    September 29, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  13. J.D.

    Obama campaign, as a supporter, in your official press statements, please stop using words that don't resonate with average Americans. Here are a list of words NOT to use: diatribe, partisan, "inside baseball"... it makes you look out of touch and elitist. Please DO use words we average Americans actually use. For example, when McCain tells another lie (like blaming the bailout bill's failure on Democrats, a ridiculous accusation given that House Republicans killed the bill, regardless of McCain's efforts), use words we can relate to. Call him a lying-@ss SOB who is – one again - totally full of cr@p. That's the straight talk we need.

    September 29, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. Darryl Arlington

    Senator John McCain had said the our economy is sound as per Senator Obama the middle and dthe poor have been fealing this for some time now. Senator John McCain abd Cindy in the 13 cars and 11 house are not feeling our pain..

    I wonder why??????

    September 29, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. Stacy from Loudoun County, VA

    Obama has been out in front and calling for unity. He has laid out four points that the legislation must follow in order for him to be comfortable with it. He has stayed out of the way to let the legislators do their job like what a PRESIDENT does.

    McCain comes out today and accuses Obama of playing politics with the crisis. Also, he stormed back to Washington only to muddle the process of putting together legislation.

    Now, McCain, who's not leading? Have Palin get back to me with an answer please.

    September 29, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  16. Chris F.

    McCain and the Republicans are to blame for this mess in the first place. Boehner just wants to play politics instead of working together. Ever Ohioan who has voted for Boehner should be ashamed because he is big loser amd a liar. He was the one who could not deliver on the votes for this bail out even though he was telling America there was a plan to get the vote. McCain is also playing politics just like he has since this whole situation started. McCain should just suspend his campaign for the rest of the election. McCain is the true elitist 9 homes and 13 cars makes more of an elitist then anyone in Washington. Most Republicans did not even want McCain as the canidate until he got the nomination. McCain never has been ready to lead..

    Obama/Biden 08!!!!

    September 29, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  17. Karen - Missouri

    It's pretty obvious just how chaotic the Republican party is and obvious that McCain still doesn't know what to do other than blame someone for it instead of doing anything constructive.

    If McCain wanted to help, he could've stressed on air for Repubs to reconsider just what's at stake here. No...instead he just uses our crisis for his own politics.

    disgusting! McCain would be better off to shut up. He makes a mess out of everything he does.

    September 29, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. bernice

    Wasn't it the House Repubs that didn't sign on to the bill? And wasn't it McCain who was supposed to get them to sign on? I believe Barack did what he was supposed to do with the Dems...

    September 29, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  19. the dude

    Relax, McCain is now in a lot of ways almost irrelevant. His own party just ignored him on the vote. He is afraid to take a firm stand on the bailout anyway–McCain will lose his temper in the next debate...and its all over.

    September 29, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  20. Independent in Fairfax, VA

    So when Obama says he is glad that Repubs and Dems agree he is out of touch, but when McCain says it he is bipartisan? The new McCain makes me sick to my stomach. McCain 2000, but OBAMA/BIDEN 2008.

    September 29, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  21. Ashley

    McCain sure did his campaign advisor Ms. Fiorina, a huge favor. She's leaving with more than 42 million dollars in her pocket thanks to good ole John McCain. Now, he's a true friend!!!!

    McCain is a Crook!!

    September 29, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  22. Just being me, dallas

    If McCain can't lead his republiCONs party, how is he going to lead a country. He wanted to run back to Washington and solve the problem but now the republicans have told him and Bush NO!!! GUESS they think he and Bush are the same.

    September 29, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  23. Amber, VA

    John McCain must think we are stupid! He likes to create dramas and blame others but fails to admit that it's the Bush administration and his economic policies over the last 8 years that is causing all this mess. McCain has to shame. Take resposibility and stop blaming others, John McCain. You were the one who wanted to create drama, suspending your campaign and taking credit for the bill. now that it failed, you are quick to blame Omaba.

    September 29, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  24. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader




    September 29, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  25. Janine

    McCain really needs to stop and think about what he is saying. All McCain does is attack attack lie attack then lie some more. How about being constructive for a change instead of trying to throw the American people into a tantrum? Yup. McCain is ready to lead...lead us over a cliff. What happened to being a maverick and being able to cross the aisle? Just what I thought – JUST TALK.

    September 29, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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