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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  1. randy

    well the republicans will see hell.

    September 29, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Phantom of the Oprah

    The fools for Obama never will quit. Obama pulled in millions of people who never cared enough to vote before. Many of you have an understanding of nothing but an opinion on everything.

    Obama recklessly split his own party by inciting the NEW democrats to vitriol, racism, insults, vulgarity and filth in his name. That is the way he fights and wins.

    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 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Liz, AZ

    Excuse me...wasn't it the Republicans that didn't rally their side around the bill? Sounds like they got their feelings hurt over Pelosi's comments this morning, so they squashed the bill out of spite. So who is playing politics with this again? And leadership? Seems Obama demonstrates the clear vision and leadership, isn't attacking, isn't panicking, while McCain/Palin are just pointing fingers instead of trying to get consensus within their own party.

    September 29, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. Me

    You see, at least Obama changed his speech when he learned what happened. McCain probably would have delivered it anyway. See: "the fundamentals of our economy are still strong."

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

    Just figured out who McCain reminds me of, Mr Burns from the Simpsons. O yeah McCain, you are the one that is out of touch and you are the one that sabotaged an agreement.

    September 29, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. 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 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  7. Annie, Atlanta

    Mr. I don't know anything about the economy McCain is saying Obama is out of touch? Wonder what kind of stunt he's going to pull next as his poll numbers keep dropping? As the economy keeps heading full speed towards disaster, what's glaringly apparent is the joke of a campaign McCain has foisted on us, as if we're still stupid. Ok, as if we're all still stupid.

    September 29, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. feckless

    Yes its Obama's fault that the GOP house did not do what John McCain said he had gone back to Washington to ensure.

    Its not that McCain politicized a crisis, claimed and claimed credit for its success minutes before it failed, its because Obama was mean to the lying deal breaking brinksmen of the GOP.

    WHAT EXACTLY DID MCCAIN "SUSPEND"? He and his surrogates were on TV trying to get milage out of this horrorshow, his offices were open nationwide and his attack ad ran on TV, radio and the internet? NAME ONE THING HE STOPPED for this crisis?

    September 29, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. Garrett, Seattle

    So is Obama failing by NOT monitoring the situation, as Tucker Bounds says on behalf of McCain, or is Obama failing by MONITORING the situation, as said directly by McCain? You could at least keep your false attacks consistent!! Second point: Why is McCain bragging that gathering support from his own party was HIS ROLE...when his party ended up not supporting the measure while Obama's party DID! Sounds like McCain failed at this, not Obama. So again, if you're going to mislead successfully you at least need to be consistent!

    September 29, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. Devilyote

    Do campaign spokesmen have souls? I truly wonder about men like Tucker Bounds. How can you selectively attack one politician but ignore the hypocrisies of the one you stand for? I don't understand the philosophy where "the ends justify the means." I take solace in knowing Tucker Bounds is on the wrong side of history this election.

    September 29, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. Yemol

    Why is the McCain camp constantly trying to pin this on Obama and the democrats? 2/3rds of the Republicans in the house did not vote, compared to a third of democrats. What does this statement exactly mean "just before his allies in Congress voted to kill it". Someone tell me please how Obama is to blame for the mismanagement of the Bush administration and greedy CEOs on Wall Street? I think McCain is an unsure, unstable, grumpy angry old man. The second debate will show us his true colors.

    September 29, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. Gene

    Obama and Pelosi get 60% of Democrats to vote for the bill. McCain and Boehner get 33% of Republicans to vote for the bill. McCain says Obama is not leading. There’s out of touch and there’s completely removed from reality.

    September 29, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. Denise

    The Republican leadership & even those on the floor to vote were surprised at the outcome. For McCain to make the comments as Obama "out of touch" is disingenuous.

    Also, to suggest that the Democrats are at fault when providing 2/3 of the Democratic votes is also disingenuous.

    For a man that claims to "put country first", he is being highly partisian and desperately trying any tactic to lie to the people of this great nation.

    I am disappointed in McCain on several fronts. He has consistently lied, misled and gambled with his political future. This was not something I expected from this great & experienced man. It is as if he has lost his soul & all that he believed in. He is transformed into a creature that I cannot recognise.

    And it for that reason that I have now grown wary of him & distrusting. Will the real McCain come back?

    September 29, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. Marie

    McCain needs to bow out....he's made a complete fool of himself.

    September 29, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. Indie Voter

    Okay, first of all just because McCain said he suspended his campaign it doesn't mean he actually did. He kept giving interviews and touting his "credentials".
    And over half of the democrats voted for it, so how is it the democratic nominees fault (proposed, by a republican president)?!
    Then the repubs said it was Pelosi's fault for giving a partisan speech before the vote... well, doesn't that make it a partisan reaction?!
    Maybe we just need to ride it out and forget the bail out?
    Bless all of us.

    September 29, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  16. MD, TX

    Interesting that 40% of the No votes on this bill were from democrats.
    Interesting that Pelosi can't control her goon squad.

    Pathetic that democrats still blame republicans for this when the reason for this mess is democratic leadership in the House and Senate.

    Shocking is the continued support of Obama as some kind of change agent.

    September 29, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  17. Steve


    September 29, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. DawnS

    Obama is a fraud. He is too afraid to lead or do anything but vote "present." But Pelosi is the worst. What is the point of voting Democrat or giving Democrats control of the House, if the Democrats need Republicans to support everything? I thought we gave control of the House so that Democrats could get something done. Today, Pelosi and her crew of Democrats proved themselves worthless without Republican support..

    September 29, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. Chris

    McCain attacked Obama for supporting the bill... but...

    "McCain... touted his role pushing members of his party to vote for it."

    So what's McCain's position?? Sounds like he's just putting his finger to the wind to me...

    September 29, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  20. el

    I understand that this current crissis is because there is danger of credit markets freezing up. Because of having the devalued mortgage-backed securites on their books, they are veiwed as being riskier and their ability to borrow and therefore loan money will be slowed/diminished/stopped.

    But who are the people/institutions that will no longer loan to them? Foreign investors? The super-rich? Who?

    And wouldn't it be a better solution to attack the source of the debt?

    But the "rescue money" into the hands of the people with the debt.

    Not into the hands of those who hold the debt!

    September 29, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  21. Leah,Texas

    When you point a finger at someone you have three fingers pointing back at you...

    September 29, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  22. peakarack

    Obama job and every elected official job is to resolve the crisis from happening. Obama is just don't get it. All he ever did all week was making some phone call and never really get involve at all.

    September 29, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  23. Common Sense

    It appears, if this is a consumer driven economy, why not give the 700 Billion to the consumer. Distribute the 700 Billion (or probably less) to homeowners and taxpayers so they can pay their mortgages or pay off their mortgages, buy food, clothing, and products that will stimulate the economy. It seems that you wouldn't give money to the people that created this problem with poor decisions. Divide the 700 Billion among the homeowners and taxpayers to create disposable money that will be dumped into the economy. The solution must be a win-win for the people and wall street.

    September 29, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  24. Dennis

    Interesting that McCain states that "...Barack Obama ...just before his allies in Congress voted to kill it...".

    In fact, 133 Republicans voted against the bill, while only 95 Democrats did. McCain's allies killed this bill, not Obama's.

    This statement should come as no surprise, sinec the McCain campaign has been lying about their opponent for months, just see!

    September 29, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  25. A house divided

    This is what we get for allowing Obama, his campaign and all his ugly vitriolic supporters to steal the nomination from the MOST qualified candidate.

    Now we suffer for that travesty of justice.

    Hope the gamble was worth it, Obama. Cheating and stealing your way into the history books at the expense of your country.

    Democrats... next time to not help one candidate swiftboat the other candidate of your own party. Do not encourage intra-party vitriol just to make history with the half black candidate.

    September 29, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
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