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. Worried in NYC

    We are so sick of the MCcain blame game. When this election is over I hope to never lay eyes on him again.

    September 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. White Mother for Obama!!

    Yeah he sure pushed his party to vote for it... that is why the Republican party majority voted against it!!

    Good job McCain... hope it was worth suspending your campaign and grandstanding to 'lead'

    Obama and his party did more.. they had to compromise to pay the CEOs a little, they had to Compromise to not help the middle clas with forclosures and bankrupcy risk of losing their homes.. because otherwise Republicans wouldnt have agreed so far!!

    So now we are the MIDDLE PEOPLE... sitting here hurting, and hurting worse because your party had to be childish and vote NAY

    September 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. Barbara

    McCain has lost it. He's inching closer and closer to the nursing home.

    September 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. Trysh, Los Angeles

    LOL!! So, he touted that he pushed for his party to vote for it and they STILL didn't?? Looks like he has MINIMAL influence over his own party.

    Are you people looking at this?

    September 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. CLS in VT

    Grow up Johnny. You aren't getting your own way-you ae losing the election, because people see you for what you are- a grumpy old man whose day has past.

    September 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. Time after time

    Senator McCain seems always just one step behind on the financial crisis. First, when he should have recognized gravity, he didn't. Then when he should have stayed calm, he didn't. Then when he should have worked behind the scenes, he didn't. Now, when he should try to be more bi-partisan, he is not. He seems, as he did during the debate, caught a little flat footed. Obama stays within reach for some reason, but he's still better.

    September 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  7. Kingslough NY

    Whoa... McGimmick and his trail need a reality check before putting the blame game on Obama whose brought more votes for this bill than McGamble!

    September 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. Ork

    McNoShame touted his role to bring in his party, well let's see only about 30% of the GOP voted.. McCain = Failed Leadership!

    September 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. kevin

    obama is a dangerous man who has ties to terrorism how in the world can you guys at cnn support him please do some real research on him and tell the people the truth hamas support him as president, he is friends with ferakken, wright, and many other dangerous people who hate this country, obama mission is to destroy this country and he has hollywood and all the media fooled by his smokescreen, barack hussein obama he has no birth certificate and has left no paper trail at all.

    September 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. Jessica in CA

    This partisan-injection of this issue is absolutely ridiculous and John McCain is behaving like a pariah in the wake of his slipping polls. I find the partisanship being thrown from both sides disturbing, disappointing and irresponsible.
    We need leaders, not the blame-game.

    September 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. keebler

    MCCAIN IS A SLEEZE BALL!!! HE'S BEEN TRYING to use this crisis to his advantage, with the whole stupid suspend campaign crap... Wait a sec according to him he shouldn't be campaigning rite, cuz there's no deal. to please stfu, and stop blaming obama for everything, just like you tried 2 weeks ago.

    September 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  12. California Gold

    Today is the single worst day in US History for Wall Street. For 26 years McCain has lead the charge to deregulate the financial establishment. Today is the end result of McCain's economics and he has the audacity to claim Senator Obama is not leading. McCain will lose the election and he will still believe he is right and the rest of the world is wrong.

    September 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  13. Big D

    McCain – stop, just stop. The news from today is bad enough. The many difficult situations that our country faces are difficult enough. The political climate in the country is already bad enough. We just don't need you to get all hyper-partisan and start trying to blame Obama inappropriately. You've campaigned poorly, and acted recklessly and impulsively lately, and that just has not helped. And now to just hurl needless blame on Obama is just beyond inappropriate. Please – just stop.

    September 29, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. Rita

    John McCain can't stand Barack Obama. He barely wanted to shake his hand at the debate, and didn't look at him the whole time. Bill Clinton can't stand him either, it almost pains him to say anything good about Obama. I think people's true colors are showing this election. A man does not have to do something good for his country in order for someone to say he is "a great man". My husband works 60 hours/week at a factory and helps me raise our three children and would not hesitate to call him a great man. I'm sick of this election. McCain and Clinton are full of it. I see right through them.

    September 29, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. I Never cease to be amazed

    I will be glad when this election is over. I am so tired of this Tucker Bounds whimp twisting the truth for Senator John McSlimy. He never stops manipulating facts. McCain is just awful and the truth is not in him. Neither is honor in him.

    September 29, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. sara

    what a stupid remark!!!! Lead what? it is not up to Obama alone. Mccain go count your money with Cindy and leave us poor people alone.

    September 29, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. Obama/Biden 08

    Well, McCain obviously did a very bad job of getting members of his party to vote for the bill.

    How can you say it was Democrats who killed it? A higher percentage of Republicans voted against it.

    September 29, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. Ruthie

    McCain gives us another lie. Tomorrow is another day and another lie is on the way.

    September 29, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  19. bigmike

    John McCain defended his decision to suspend his campaign last week to be on hand as Congress hammered out the details of the financial bailout plan that failed in a House vote Monday afternoon, telling an Ohio crowd that he left the campaign trail because he did not want to “simply phone it in.”
    “I know that many of you have noticed, but it’s not my style to simply ‘phone it in.’ I am a Teddy Roosevelt Republican. I believe our leaders belong ‘in the arena’ when our country faces a challenge,” said the Republican nominee. “I’ve never been afraid of stepping in to solve problems for the American people, and I’m not going to stop now."

    September 29, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. YoungGrad

    That is just a silly thing to seize on. No one new what was going to happen.

    McCain needs to actually fix what he started

    September 29, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. FactCheck

    > McCain sends his little son Tucker Bounds out to continue to attack Obama.

    I thought that Tucker Bounds was his daughter. Well, Campbell Brown made him cry like a little girl.

    September 29, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  22. Cindy

    Tucker comments and politicizes the "prepared text" instead of what Obama actually said? hoo boy... what a maroon.

    I guess when you've got nothing else going for you....

    I'd like to see the prepared campaign ads McCain's camp has in the can.. the ones that proclaimed him the knight on a white horse, saving the day by suspending his campaign last week.

    September 29, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. Real Leadership?

    Anticipating and expecting a solution to a crisis, and then changing, ADAPTING to the circumstances as they develop is NOT the mark of a good leader? Is that what the McCain camp is trying to tell us? So then, I suppose we are to gather that a good leader puts all his responsibilities and commitments aside for a political photo op in a discussion in which he has no expertise. Stop falling back on the old argument that Obama's not ready to lead. I don't think McCain is ANYMORE ready to lead than Obama.

    September 29, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  24. Ron from Baltimore

    McCain, stop listening to yourself so much. It seems those little voices must be coming back, saying "THEY'RE OUT TO GET ME!!"

    Leave us alone with those wild attacks. We are sick and tired of those politics. Sick and tired of you.

    September 29, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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