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. nate

    Its so hard to watch it all slip away it Repubs? Blame the liberal media, blame marxists, blame community organizers...we dont care. We're winning and we're happy. Get used to losing without whining and man up.

    September 29, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. peakarack

    Obama is not ready to lead this country in the time of crisis. All he did all week was on the sideline.


    September 29, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. Study your history

    The fools for Obama never will quit.

    Hastings was trying to say that since Palin can and will hunt- she would just as easily lynch a black person and put a Jew into a concentration camp. That is disgusting, offensive and he should resign- or be made to resign.

    Palin's comments about community organizers were made in response to elitist Obama's own comments mocking, ridiculing and minimizing HER credentials as mayor and governor. Get the difference?

    Obama is no leader. He inspires vitriol and divisive hatred and vile, vulgar filth from his supporters. He has done so from the start of this primary. Remember the public gutting and raping of HRC?

    You are easily fooled by demagogues. Obama now is shutting down freedom of speech- with his e-mail wire alert threats to those who disagree with him.

    September 29, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  4. Kelly Smith

    Ah, shut up Senator McCain. Yeah, whatever. Have you unsuspended your campaign or is this what we have to listen to from now on?? If I were you, I'd go meet Sarah Palin and help her prepare for her debate on Thursday!!!!

    September 29, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. Maureen / Newman, California

    Tucker Bounds needs to borrow some from Hillary.

    September 29, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. Amy in Minneapolis

    Stup up McCain.... I can believe I voted for this man= twice

    September 29, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    can anyone believe this man, he's lost touch with reality, and if he doesn't get rid of palin , his worst nightmares await him.!

    September 29, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  8. Alimi

    But an agreement was actually reached by representatives of both parties before House Republicans killed it. This is play on words. There was understanding that agreement would be reached at negotiation level before it was brought to vote. This is so nonsensical on the part of the McCain campaign.

    September 29, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. Logic

    McCain : Why didn't the republicans from the states of Arizona and Alaska vote "no" ? How come Obama got Dems from Pensylvania and Illinois to vote "yes" ? Stop your lies and blame and for once start working for your people and your country. Just your words don't matter anymore ... show some action !

    September 29, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. Gee, Alabama

    Mc Cain is completely out of touch, it's clear his vision is blurred by the amount of egg on his face after Friday's theatric performance.


    September 29, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Mario from PA

    That is just Petty. John your campaign manager looks like a kid but i know you know better.

    September 29, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. AshamedTOBAmerican

    Why do the republicans insist on insulting our intelligence?? Only 33% of the republicans voted for the bill and this Moron has the audacity to make such retarded comments!

    September 29, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  13. tim

    This is messed up a large percent of democrats voted for the bill when compared to the percent of republicans who voted for this... who is not leading now?

    September 29, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. linoue - NY

    Is McCain leading? All he's doing is running like chicken without a head. He suspended his campaign untill everything was suppose to be resolve. Nothing has been resolved. He went to the debate anyway and still has not yet says if everything is back to normal with the campaign. He thinks that he could fool the American people but he's making the biggest fool of himself. We he the people are not stupid and can see right thru you Johnny McSame boy and your Pittbul gramdma girl Palin.

    September 29, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. WhoIsPalin?

    Obama shouldn't even bother replying to this ANGRY OLD MAN'S LIES!!!

    September 29, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |

    This is scary, crazy, dum you named it all falls in the same context. There is a gas shortage in the southeast and don't noboby cares and it is not because of no busted up pipeline in Texas, the country is broken bottomline. The polls will soar to a 18+ point lead for Obama nationally before it is over with. Wake up McCan't this not the 1920's.

    September 29, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. Sam White


    And McCain blames OBAMA?

    We can't afford four more years of lying and "spin".

    Americans can count votes.

    REPUBLICANS shot this thing down, not "Obama's allies".

    Does John McCain think we are THAT DUMB? (yes!)

    September 29, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  18. David

    Uhh... Obama knew his caucus would deliver 60% of the vote. He needed the McCain to deliver just 12 more votes, and McCain couldn't.

    September 29, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  19. mccain's affirmative action pick

    i think mccain should suspend his campaign and postphone the vp debate so that sarah palin can fly to washington and helps straigten out all this mess and get people talking again.

    September 29, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |





    September 29, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  21. BK

    PRESENT thats Obama!

    September 29, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. Ann

    McCain blew when he invovled himself last Wednesday. Idiot should have stayed out of it.

    September 29, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  23. pissed off, NJ

    I have had it with McCain and the whole Republican party. People wake up or get your heads out of the sand, the Republicans are the ones that got us here in the first place and they are the ones that are keeping us here, in a big ugly financial whole. If you don't care about your own financial future than think about your children or grandchildren. My good God people, stop being racist and realize what the issues are and how much is at stake.

    September 29, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  24. BJGT

    You are officially witnessing the beginning of the end for John McCain's quicksand campaign. To me the beginning happened a long time ago, but John has played political cards that have backfired, including this one, couple that with Palin's upcoming debate, I expect Obama to be up 10 plus points in the polls by the end of the week.

    September 29, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  25. john g

    didnt the majority of house dems vote for the bill and the majority of house repubs vote against it . am i missing something

    September 29, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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