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)
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    September 29, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. Dougals, Los Angeles

    Oh let's just keep attacking Obama, we have no ideas of our own. This is getting old... Attacking a speech that never happened. When situations change, one makes adjustments.

    September 29, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. hmm...

    spin spin spin

    September 29, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. Jeffer65

    McCain didn't vote for or against the bailout at all. Now he has the nerve to say Obama didn't get involved. Obama and Biden both voted in favor of it. I don't know if the bailout was a good idea but at least Obama had a say and voted.
    I've been trying to decide between voting for Obama or a 3rd party candidate. This really pushes me towards Obama.

    September 29, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. allisonf

    Obama sounds like a leader, telling people to stay calm and expressing confidence that a deal will work out.

    McCain blames Obama.

    Who's the leader?

    McCain is beyond pathetic at this point.

    September 29, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  6. Jim McMichael

    This socialist bailout needs to die. Period. No new voting. Just let Wall Street die. Bankruptcy.

    September 29, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. Jasmine

    and Senator McCain can't even lead his own Party. He said he encouraged the GOP to vote for this bailout bill, but they refused. If they are not willing to listen to him, why should we?

    September 29, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. JusLaugh

    Did McCain un-suspend his campaign just to make those nasty remarks?

    Or did he lie to the american people when he said he was suspending his campaign until there was a deal?

    At least Obama had his story straight, which shows he is much more in touch than McCain.

    By the way, how long do you think it takes to brainwash someone to the extent that Tucker Bounds is brainwashed? Honestly, he is like the stepford republican.

    September 29, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. v.ananthan





    BS ..



    September 29, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. ron

    Its the Republicans whom, McNut went to washington and suspended his campaign in order to convince to support this bill who voted 2 to 1 to defeat it. What is there reason? They say Pelosi made them mad...poor babies what happened to country first. Mc nut is the one who screwed this up last week...Get real

    September 29, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  11. Evan Weintraub

    Okay, let me get this straight Tucker Bounds. Slam Obama though his party carried the vote and praise McCain when he did not to get House Republicans to vote for the bill. Someone, please explain this to me??

    September 29, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. Angela

    Oh brother......I thought McCain was supposed to go rescue the deal last week? Why did McCain suspend then resume his campaign if mcCain "knew" this was going to happen?

    This has nothing to do with being out of touch because if it did then its McCain who "Mister out of touch"

    McCain's comments is due to his campaign slogan of GIMMICK FIRST!!!

    I can't wait until we get these Republicans out of there.......8 years felt more like 16 years to me!!!

    September 29, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. Los

    McCain is becoming a pest

    September 29, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. Edna, TN

    Dear L Va,

    McCain doesn't even speak for his campaign as one of his handlers said, so who's the follower?

    Obama/Biden, real leadership.

    September 29, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. FactCheck

    Let's see, first you 'suspend' your campaign to go push things along in Washington (and fail miserably), then you take credit for a bill for which you did absolutely NOTHING, then when your cry-baby little Republican co-horts veto the bill because they didn't like the tone of Ms. Pelosi's speech, you blame Obama? And you have the nerve to say he's not leading?? McCain, do you even KNOW what a leader is???

    September 29, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. Zaley

    McCain needs to go invent another Blackberry.

    September 29, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  17. peakarack

    Obama first responded to the crisis on walls st.,if you ever need me,just give me a phone call. Obama is a joke.

    September 29, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. JJ

    McSimpleton is special....

    September 29, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. whatever

    problably could've capitalized Obama's name don't ya think?

    September 29, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  20. Republicans= Me First Country Last

    I seem to recall a certain candidate releasing a web ad stating that he won the debate even BEFORE he had even agreed to debate.

    Where were the Republican votes you promised McCain???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    September 29, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  21. Sanjoy Das, KS

    McCain has added a new twist to his campaign rhetoric: "Country First". When his campaign starts to tank, he lets the entire US economy go down with it!

    Shame on McSame!

    September 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. Steve - Philadelphia

    Another Twilight Zone event in the world of John McCain. He is one bizarre dude.

    September 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  23. John Wilson

    McCain is lying again. He did absolutely nothing to help the bill along (he sits on no finance committee anyways). Over 60% of the Democrats voted for the Bill. Only about 33% of McCain's Republicans voted for it. Who's not leading now? Throwing around blame and acting erratically is not my definition of leadership.

    September 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  24. mn

    laughing ....LOUDLY. McCain did this same thing today when he started bragging about how he helped his party reach a consensus then.....the bill failed.
    He is a pathetic old man

    September 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  25. Republicans Hate America

    There is nothing to say anymore Im voting for Obama the chips will fall where they may

    September 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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