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. Steve

    Dear Senators McCain and Obama:

    QUIT IT! Both of you please stop pointing fingers, calling names, and blaming the other candidate for today's failure. This is not a Republican nor a Democrat issue; it is an American issue and stabilizing the markets is the most critical issue facing us. I am sick and tired of both parties blaming the other for this issue and I am tired of hearing from both candidates why the other candidate is a poor choice. If this continues, I'll vote for neither of you and none of the incumbents in either party.

    September 29, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. LifeLongDemocrat

    When the credit markets dry up the American people will be screaming for legislation. Right now all they hear is what it will cost them but there may be no more loans for cars, no more low interest student aid and no mortgage money. We need a plan of some kind perhaps we should do it from the other end and bailout the homeowners who bought more than they could afford because predatory lenders (salespeople) encouraged them to.

    We need to get back to being a country that doesn't live on credit, that you buy what you can afford and that you know the difference between wants and needs.

    IT DOES MATTER WHO YOU VOTE FOR! No third term for Obama/Biden!

    September 29, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Independent

    I find it pretty ironic when McCain last week said that Obama was using the economic crises for political gains...

    September 29, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Jesse from Berlin

    How about McCain suspending his campaign again?.
    I´m very sure the will be no debate on Thursday...
    Wanna bet?

    September 29, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. Enlightened Voter

    mccain as each day goes by you reveal yourself to be a bitter, clueless, thoroughly egotistical maniac who is also a pathological liar and I believe you now have a touch of dementia. You have not shown this country any leadership abilities yet so you wouldn't know a good leader if they clobbered you at the debate!

    September 29, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. tulsa

    Dear Senator McCain,
    Yes sir, you are really reaching across the isle and helping.

    Thanks, but no thanks.

    September 29, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. Does Obama Palin Comparison?

    Barrack Obama: "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.

    That's some kind of econimic insight! What a leader....

    September 29, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. Holly

    Yup, Obama's fault.

    Keep pointing that finger, McCain.

    Show us your leadership.

    September 29, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. McCain's Barbie Collection

    You complain about your boss not doing his job. You notice he's only working to fatten his pockets with big oil payoffs. He fights all the time with the smaller companies instead of the bigger company that has hurt him the most . Your have not received a raise and you may lose your job because the boss is now outsourcing the jobs. You are about to lose your home. The boss has so many houses he can't count them. The company you work for has not turned a profit in years and has low approval ratings. The boss distributes a company wide memo that reads " I really don't know much about the economy." The boss threatens to release the pitbull on if you keep WHINING. You have put up with his bullying ways for eight long years. Finally your work contract is ending with your boss. As you think about your family's future you ask yourself "Should I continue working for this creep or should I CHANGE employers? ".
    It's that simple America. It's time for a change and YOU know it.
    ANCIENT PROVERB: Don't let your pitbulls run loose with the moose on the White House lawn.

    September 29, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. Nervous in Texas

    McCain's campain is really getting sleazier by the minute. You guys were the ones that put presidential campaining into the mix. You had to grand stand and claim that you were trying to help. Even your own party didn't tell you were the meeting of Repub were. You didn't even open your mouth at the meeting the W called for to try to go along with your stunt of calling off your campaing. America, stop being fulled by these people. McCain lied that he takes care of VETS, he voted so many times to cut spending for Veterans. He voted time and time again for anything that would help veteran adjust when they come back from war and he has voted to cut funding of the GI Bill. McCain you will say anything to get at the heart string of the American people. All you want us to say is VICTORY, victory at what cost? Stop the propoganda of WAR, we can't afford it anymore. You will freeze all spending except for military. Are you out of your mind, what about the kids and senior at home? Should we forget about them and their needs. No health care for the babies that you want to be born. Get them pushed out of the womb and lets abandon them bc you need the money to go fight your war so that we can WIN. Now everyone shout USA USA USA. Come on, stop all your lies and put the people first and not your grand desire to be president.

    September 29, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. Lisa

    Investigate McCain's meddling with POW/MIA legislation in the 90's. What is he hiding? I'll bet it's a lot!

    September 29, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. Trista, ND

    Question: Why are Sarah Palin's kids out of school? Can someone answer that? It's not as if they're in college and can go the next semester or anything, they're in school–K through 12. What is up with that?

    I think she wants them at the debate as props.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 29, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. Jillian

    McCain is looking more and more confused and Palin is caught in the headlights. Two idiots!!

    September 29, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. P O O P I E

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    T H I S,,,,,,,O N,,,,,,,,T H E I R,,,,,,,,O W N,,,,,,,,,,,,

    T H E Y,,,,,,,,,,M A J O R I TY,,,,,,,,P A R T Y,,,,,,,,,,F O R,,,,,,,,,,,T H E,,,,,,,,,,

    L A S T,,,,,,,,,,T W O ,,,,,,,,,Y E A R S

    September 29, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  15. Candy West Virginia

    Question for you mccain – Are the fundamentals of the economy still strong?

    September 29, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. perplex

    By the way it should be a picture of MacCain there right wing media.

    MacCain couldn't leat his own party. "suspending" his candidacy to do nothing was a great way to boost his leadership credentials. (yes this is sarcasm!)

    September 29, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. Presidential

    Give me a break. This is no different than the ad McCain's campaign was about to release with a banner that read "McCain wins debate" that was put out early by accident.

    This is standard in speeches and press releases when there is a situation unfolding.

    Obama = Presidential
    McCain = ill-tempered, erratic

    September 29, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. Rodger

    McCain was the problem, McCain is the problem, and if elected, McCain will be the problem. His de-regulation caused the problems.
    He said he came to get the Republican votes...he didn't!!! He lied and lied and lied some more. Both Bush and McCain don't have any influence with the Republicans in Congress. Their own party don't support either one of them!!! Another failure by McCain!!!

    September 29, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. Amy, NY

    Obama, McCain, and Biden are all part of the problem. The three of them have been there while all the mistakes were being made.

    Let's throw all the incumbents OUT. Why? Because they are all on somebody's payroll, plain and simple.

    September 29, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. Susan in NC

    Let's send Tucker Bounds to Iraq! I'm for an addition to the Nov. 4th ballot to that effect. What say ye? Yea or Nay?

    Obama for America!

    September 29, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  21. Anne

    Too little, too late. Eight years has taken it's toll.

    September 29, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  22. Trysh, Los Angeles

    Why? Because he isn't flying off the handle and ranting like a fool? A leader knows that nothing can be resolved by panicking and pointing fingers.

    Why these folks think that being a hot head is the sign of a leader is beyond me. I think we need to have IQ tests for voter registration now. Its not right that just being 18 is good enough.

    September 29, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  23. Zach

    I wish Tucker Bounds would just get lost. He is the next Karl Rove, a master spin doctor.

    September 29, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  24. Viet Vet

    Well I guess McBush doesn't have as much clout as he thought he had. Lying piece of BS

    September 29, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  25. Clinton Supporter

    This is truly ridiculous. Prepared speeches are issued for the convenience of the media. The last minute rejection is simply a matter of timing.

    More interesting is the fact that mcCain was air dropped into the middle and the whole thing fell apart anyway, due to Republicans' reneging on their promised votes.

    If McCain were in touch, he would know that was going to happen – maybe he did.

    Now the Great Scurry to Blame Democrats for the mistakes and stupidity and greed of Republicans.

    No one with half a brain believes this.

    September 29, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
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