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)

    CNN, I noticed every article in your ticker puts Obama down, could you be objective for one day? = coverage please. Interesting Obama/Biden did not deny you interviews or access, but you would have thought they did from all of your articles. How about McCain saying he would take care of vets when in fact he has voted against them or not bother to show up to vote in support of them. What about that one?????

    September 29, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. ED

    As usual, the McCain camp trying to jump where they can't reach. Disgusting.

    September 29, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. Joe From Ohio

    who's playing politics again?

    September 29, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. L VA

    BHO is not a leader. He's a follower that isn't ready for the responsibilities of president. Vote McCain!

    September 29, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. the other jd

    and point a crooked old finger at Obama is leading?????

    September 29, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Obama is not showing leadership!

    I'm showing great leadership by trying to point out that he is not showing leadership!

    September 29, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. Hope LV,NV

    BS Johnny Mac!!!! Where is Mr. Bipartisianship now?

    September 29, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. Laura in PHX

    Oh John, please shut up.

    September 29, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. McCain thinks we are stupid

    McCain's leadership is ERRATIC.....McCain has PROVEN to the voters, he is NOT ready to be president.

    September 29, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. Trista, ND

    Someone had the nerve to say they couldn't imagine what will happen if Barack loses. As if black people will start rioting or something. I"m black and that's crazy and ridiculous. Blacks will go on about their lives, like everyone else.

    I will be just as proud of Barack and will support him again if he runs, not because he's black, but because I think he's a great candidate.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 29, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. Liz T, Tucson

    McCain felt confident enough that a deal had been struck to go ahead and attend the debate. It is not Obama's role to count votes. Nor McCain's for that matter. That is done by the whips.

    I believe the record will show that McCain's interference in order to make political hay in advance of the debate contributed to the failure of the rescue bill.

    September 29, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. New York

    Instead of working on a solution. McCain sends his little son Tucker Bounds out to continue to attack Obama. I'm so sick them!

    September 29, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    I'll take a man who speaks hope and confidence in the best outcome over a cranky old codger who thinks he "knows better" any day of the week, particularly on NOVEMBER 4, 2008.
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12 YES WE CAN!!!

    September 29, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. Susan

    This is just incredible. McCain comes charging in on his white horse to save America. He suspends his campaign to take the "lead:. He gets to Washington after the initial deal was brokered and the first deal falls apart. The House members order pizza in while negotiating a deal until 1 in the morning on Saturday. McCain is out with Lieberman at a five star restaurant. A tentative deal is reached along bi-partisan lines. Monday morning, John McCain claims credit for the deal. The deal falls apart, and it is Obama's fault? Where is the logic? McCain did not lead his party, they all RETREATED!

    September 29, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. CR

    Is this a joke? McCain is a train wreck. Projection much McCain?

    September 29, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. Independent99999

    And the majority 67% of Republicans failed to vote!

    Nobody in GOP listens to McCain or Bush!

    September 29, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. Billy

    McCain's first reaction was to slam the democrats and Obama.

    Obama's first reaction was to calm the nation and get both parties working together again.

    You decide which is better.

    September 29, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. 107 yr old boxer

    John McCain is making the same fatal mistake that the other previous contenders made when sparring with Obama. They brand this fighter as " inexperienced" and it is not working. The McCain Camp is only jabbing with the " inexperienced " theme. They continue to underestimate this crafty young fighter who has dodge many blows from both sides of the political ring. That last match with the Clintons was won halfway through the bout. The McCain camp thinks they are fighting a lightweight match because Obama is young. Obama is a heavyweight. McCain and Palin are hitting below the belt with scare tactics to divert people from the real issues and this could backfire. In the debate McCain constantly said to Obama..."What you fail to understand.......". What McCain fails to understand is that if he don't truly start to recognize Obama's skills in politics, he could find himself faced down in the ring in November.

    September 29, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. Hitler Youth for Obama

    We already know that Obama is no leader.

    September 29, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. Lexie

    McCain is officially retarded. The Republican ticket is an absolute disaster. McCain blames everyone except himself. Vote OBAMA, he's our only hope.

    September 29, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  21. HEE----------HAW

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    September 29, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  22. Grace Needed

    Senator McCain said in the debate he thinks it is time for people to take responsibility and be accountable, using the example of Gen. Eisenhower, who had two letters drafted for D-Day, one for it they were successful, one for IF they weren't! Senator McCain, where are your letters? Your party is responsible for this economic mess. You have championed the deregulation allowing for this greed and corruption. Your party had the philosophy of "trickle down" economics that has trickled down trouble for 1/4 of a century ending in this nightmare. SO, take your own advice and be accountable for your FAILED policies.

    September 29, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  23. Tammy

    Is everyone in this country on drugs? I am appalled that people are complaining about John McCain's desire to put his REAL JOB before a debate and a debate that will occur two more times??????what the hell is wrong with you people! Wake up! John McCain slammed Obama in that debate. Obama didn't know but two facts!!!! which is what we who are voting for John McCain know already....wake up America!

    September 29, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  24. Schulzz

    Democrats delivered their promised votes. The Rebublicans voted 2:1 against. McCain has failed and blames the other side. How do call that?
    I call that more of the same.

    McCain can't control 1/3 of his own party – how will he lead the country?

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 29, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  25. Don

    Old McSame should shut up! and Tucker, Campbell is watching...

    September 29, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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