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. Florida ex-Dem

    I love thatthis article is about McCain's comments and yet there is a big photo of Obama. And below, there is an article about Obama's comments with . . . another photo of Obama! Why don't you just admit, CNN, to slanting the news in a pro-Obama manner? The media is getting really ridiculous.

    September 29, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. Disgusted with McCain

    Who's the real leader here? The person that is trying to keep people calm, while the repugs get it together and stop grandstanding – or the person that failed to unite the republicans and only knows how to point fingers?? Obama is a leader, McCain is NOT.

    September 29, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader



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

    What part of BI-PARTINSANSHIP do you moronic repubs not get??

    Obama was supposed to deliver 120 dems he delivered 140

    McMoron was supposed to deliver 100 repub he delivered 65

    BIPARTINSANSHIP would have been 120 dems and 100 repubs for a majority of 220 out of 435!


    AS to the ridiculous story SUPPOSEDLY ADULT REPUBLICANS where WHINING ABOUT were true statemenst about THE HEAD MORON BUSH?

    So, childish repub have voted against the good of America after they had agreed to vote yea because they felt their tiny little delicate flower feelings were hurt??????????????


    September 29, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Obama gave too much credit to McCain is the problem.

    Obama needed to deliver 120 Dem votes, he delivered 140. McCain only needed to deliver 100 votes, the failure only delivered 65. McCain screwed us again, and then lies about it, what a pathetic geezer this traitor has turned into.

    Obama/Biden '08 Integrity, Leadership and Wisdom

    September 29, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. RDS

    Tucker Bounds should officially be taken out back and gotten rid of. Everyday he makes another dumb comment. Everyday he makes himself look a little more dumb. Obama had prepared text and thought there would be a bailout as McCain did. When the bailout didn't happened he changed his speech. They will try to do anything to distract voters from the fact that McCain rode in on his donkey trying to be the savior of the bill and trying to get credit for making it happen only to end up with egg on his face as House Republicans left him holding the bag! He claimed he could deliver the republicans and he did....a whole 33% of them.

    September 29, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. conny

    McSame just got on tv and said that at this time politics need to stay out of this (LIAR) This is a national issue and the grumpy old man is blamming this BS on Sen Obama, what a waste

    September 29, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. CapoCastillo

    How was Obama supposed to be "in touch" with the way House Republicans were going to vote exactly? you know, the group that looked to John "the Maverick" McCain as a rallying point to coalesce around, so they could gum up the works of trying to save the country from the mess they got us in in the first place...

    September 29, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. Women for Obama

    Tucker Bounds is "out of bounds" - take a look, Tucker - several polls have Obama leading in North Carolina - a state you said he'd "never" win. We'll see..........

    September 29, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  10. Jason

    uhmmmm....I can swear McCain gave a speech in Ohio talking about how help negotiate this deal. Neither of them knew it was gonna what is Tucker Bonds talking about – he is an idiot.

    September 29, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. Michael in Oahu

    Maybe Mr. Obama thought that since his Democrats were on board that Mr. McCain would get his Republicans on board as well, particularly since Mr. McCain suspended hiscampaign to stay in DC and use this catastrophe to put a feather in his cap.

    McCain is the one out of touch...with his fellow Republicans. It is the Democrats in the House who understand the importance of this bill while the Republicans are hoping it will all just go away.

    A sad farwell to the Bush era legacy...

    September 29, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. Natasha

    This is a desparate attempt by the McCain campaign to take the spotlight off the fact that he failed to deliver within his own party. If Obama's camp sent the text, I am sure it was because they were sure that McCain convinced his party to vote for the bailout plan. When in truth he failed miserably. Now how I am supposed to trust in his bipartisanship when he can' t even get it right within his own party?

    Sorry, just sorry.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 29, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. Beverly, NYC

    Tucker at least he had time to adjust his comments and did not go out there saying the Fundamentals of the Economoy are strong. Has your candidate read the 3 page proposal yet, I know he's not going to read 110. Try again idiot, shouldn't you be working on your next stunt to cancel the VP debate. Maybe Bristol can have contractions.

    September 29, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  14. Independent for Obama-Biden

    McCain and your cronies. Stop with the political mud slinging. If you plan to do anything positive then do it. Stop blaming Barack for everything Get the facts straight. Republicans killed the deal. I am so sick of you guys.
    Looks like my cousin will lose her job at Wachovia. Now what does McArrogant has to say for that??? Or more importantly do? Why is not in Capitol Hill thrashing it out like he said he will? Get real! Obama is the true leader.

    OBAMA- BIDEN 08 and 12!!

    CNN stop moderating me and post my comments. Thanks.

    September 29, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. Lynne - Seattle WA

    I like how McCain blames Obama and the democrats for the bail out failing when there were more republicans that voted about being out of touch

    September 29, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  16. gobsmacked

    McCain's camp is so desperate it's sad. And you can't take anything Tucker Bounds says as credible. What a joke.

    September 29, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. Logic

    Here’s the vote count:

    Democrats 140-yes, 95-no (60% yes, 40% no)
    Republicans 65-yes, 133-no (33% yes, 67% no)
    Totals = 205-yes, 228-no

    Democrats majority voted yes for Bush’s bailout plan.

    McCain and Bush could not get people from their own party to vote yes in the crisis. Suspending the campaign and blaming Obama, when the Dems helped and Repubs didn’t is no excuse to get the job done (while Obama is asking people to stay calm thru the crisis unitl the bill is voted again). Who’s playing politics when the country’s situation is dire and who is staying calm and requesting the people to not panic and showing leadeship in getting their party to support the bill ?

    If McCain is not able to rally his own party, and plays politics is he putting country 1st ? I am not sure I want him to preside over our country.

    September 29, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. Working Mom

    CNN once again you are reporting bias! Where is the story about Sen. McCain and his bad judgement? You showed Sen. McCain's speech bragging about how he made the bailout a success. Well now that it has failed why are you not showing how foolish Sen. McCain was in his poor judgement?

    September 29, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. victor,nj


    September 29, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  20. kraines

    It is official I am in the bizzarro world!!!! McCain' s campaign managers have to be secretly working for Obama. There is NOWAY that all of these bad choices by the McCain camp can be explained any other way. McCain please vet the people who say they are working for you, because someone in your camp has seriously betrayed you. Then again is there something medically wrong with you? Please somebody explain what is going on with McCain?

    September 29, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. NIKI

    Mccain Camp wants this issue to continue so it will shadow over the vp debate

    September 29, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. Chris Banner

    I wonder on which basis McCain makes such statements; appaling !

    September 29, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  23. peakarack

    Barack Hussein Obama,you can stay calm all you want,but the economy will not. This is the kind of change the country cannot afford for 1 second.

    September 29, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. IDU

    The only one who is looking like a fool is McCain and his camp knows it. He suspends a campaign, wants to delay the debate, and politicize process to only to see the whole measure fail. The guy is falling off a mountain.

    Also to all of you that says that we are bailing out wall st and saying that we are living beyond our means should hear this: if you have credit card debts, student loan debt, mortgage, financing for a car, loans for business etc....You are a hypocrite.

    September 29, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  25. Donna, MS

    Answer to the comment: Obama supporters are mean. We're not mean, but we're just responding as anyone else.

    When he ran against Hillary I was saying all the things Barack couldn't and wouldn't say, but his supporters were thinking.

    Now that he's runnning against McCain, I'm responding to the machine that put Bush in office TWICE. But I think Karl Rove and his ilk can take it.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 29, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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