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. mr wise


    September 29, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. Frank H

    Who's party voted this down? Come on MCcain speak the truth... before it's too late.... Whoops that's way past the point of MEANING ANYTHING


    September 29, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. People make no sense

    I'm tired of the lies man!

    What does this statement say:
    The bill failed by a vote of 205 to 228, with 140 Democrats and 65 Republicans voting in favor and 95 Democrats joining 133 Republicans against.

    So McCain and his republicans are the blame for the defeating of this bill. 140 Democrats & 65 Republicans.

    September 29, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. McBlame

    Honestly, can McCain get any more petty? This is really getting silly

    September 29, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. Woman voter from VA

    McCain the true Flip flop king.

    Obama/Biden 08'

    September 29, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. Does Obama Palin Comparison?

    Here is where true leadership shows...and what is Obama doing??? That's right, he licking his finger, and checking the wind...

    September 29, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. bernj

    McCain is full of bs and the entire world knows it.

    September 29, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    (((SCREECH))) (((SCREEECH)))

    Hear that sound? It's McGimmick's campaign scraping the bottom of the barrel.

    McGimmick has no ideas. McGimmick has no answers.

    All McGimmick offers is more of the same.

    It's time to elect a real leader.

    September 29, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. Wendy

    I don't care how they do it, as long as they get this issue resolved. Do any of the voters care, if someone phoned in, emailed, or were present to vote on the bill? NO.

    This country is sick and tired of its politicians. We need more than 2 party system or we need to make every running politician run as an independent without any political affiliation on their own MERIT.

    Every politician is trying to cover themself and make sure that they get reelected. With the economy going down the drain, apparently our democratic process is also going down with it.

    Why aren't the politicians acting on our behalf, instead of bickering among themselves. Since when how someone presented the package is reason enough to not vote on the bill? Aren't these people reading the bill and voting on the issues? If they disagreed with it, say so, instead of acting like a 5 year old.

    September 29, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. Len in Washington

    I've had it with McCains lies and partisanship. He is wrong, wrong, wrong!

    This man is not fit to be President of this Nation.

    September 29, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |

    Is that any worse than saying "The fundamentals of our economy are strong", NOT!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12

    September 29, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. MLD

    JOHN MC CAIN YOU FAILED! YOU ARE TO BLAME FOR THE POLITICAL DRAMA AND IT HAS BLOWN UP IN YOUR FACE. The House Repubs thumbed their noses at you and your buddy Bush. I thought you were going to stay in Washington until this was resolved. NOT resolved and I see you and you MISS "I CAN SEE RUSSIA" are back to your lies and flip flops.

    September 29, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. Moderate and Balanced

    I was suspicious about this "economic crisis" I'm convinced. You can't tell me Nancy Pelosi got up there and threw the Republicans under the bus for no reason...She DELIBERATELY did it. She KNEW what would happen. The Democrats know absolutely positively that if the economy tanks they will win the presidency and yes they are THAT greedy. Unfortunately, the majority of Americans have been drinking the liberal kookaid too long and don't see what's going on. Chuck Schumer....let's do an investigation and find out just what REALLy happened.

    You're all about to find out what it's like to have a far left liberal president and congress...and don't come whining to the Republicans when it all falls apart. The Democrats are the one holding the smoking gun...not the Republicans.

    September 29, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. nadeem

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

    McCain went to washington to get something done. Yea right.

    September 29, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. SAM

    I am not sure who is Mr.McCain to say dems are responsible for the bailout plan? WHO THE HELL IS HE TO TELL IT TO DEMS. IT IS HIS BELOVED GOVT DID this. Growup mccain it is shame to tell it to a 72 year old YOUNG BORN.

    September 29, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. Glenn in California

    Great job by McLame in reaching across the aisle ... NOT!

    What a joke this has become. Tucker Bounds is as big an idiot as McLame is. They blame Obama with a straight face when it was the Republicans who voted it down? Give me a break.

    Thanks, but no thanks, to Bush 44 and Caribou Barbie.

    Go Obama/Biden!!!

    September 29, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. Jack

    John McCain must understand that his leadership style of running around confused is not my ideal of presidential leadership.

    John McCain and George Bush along with their Republican congress got us into this mess now, they want to sit back and let the market take care of itself. Sounds a lot like Herbert Hoover and the Republicans back in 1929.

    I'm a 64 year old retired worker without a mortgage and without bills but, I don't appreciate the Republicans playing politics with my life's savings. I'm not a wealthy person, just one who worked since 16 years old and saved and invested every penny I could, now I see gamesmanship going on with the Republicans and I'm mad as hell.

    September 29, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  18. kevin

    Big Surprise ! All Talk, Gotta give him credit he gives a hell of a prepared speech...Wake up people, talk is cheap!

    September 29, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. Lisa

    Americans are finally finding out what is REALLY important. They've had to lose their life savings, pensions, and retirements, but hey, at least the abortion issue is on the back burner.
    We woke up way too late.
    OBAMA is our only hope for a new direction.

    September 29, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. Missy

    So, the McCain folks are blaming Obama for our economic nightmare??? Really? Once again they're on the train to crazy-town. They're also trying to blame Nance Pelosi. I can't imagine why anything she might have said during her speech today would cause such anger in the House Republicans they'd do harm to the American people by squashing the deal that is supposed to save us. They're going to put us on the chopping block so they can teach the Democrats a lesson? Nice. And how dare John McCain refuse to take any responsibility once again for this disaster. I've never seen him take ownership of any of this. If it weren't for him, we might have seen an agreement reached by now rather than a 780 point drop in the Dow. He's a nightmare.

    September 29, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. Leah,Texas

    McCain is looking like an old petty angry man more and more each day.
    We need a leader – not someone going through their second childhood – leading America!

    Obama-Biden '08

    September 29, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. John Q. Public

    Is anyone surprised at this?

    September 29, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. Wayne

    McCain is lieing again. The majority of rupublicans voted against the bailout, how can he now blame Obama? What a jerk he is.

    Send Palin to washington McCain, maybe she will open her mouth, what you completely failed to do.

    Get these repubs out of washington that would be progress.

    Obama / Biden 09

    September 29, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  24. Jean

    If this package had been put out as a referendum for the US citizen to vote on, it would have failed. So, why is it a surprise it failed in Congress? sounds to me like some Congressmen would truly representing their constituents. Imagine that!

    September 29, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  25. JP

    McCain falling back on usual attack and blame tactics. Republicans created this financial disaster. Then Republicans told us America needed this bill. Then Republicans failed to step up to the plate and vote for the bill. McCain is the one running around like Mr. Magoo adding to Americans anxiety. Obviously, it's McCain who doesn't understand.

    September 29, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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