October 4th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama blasts McCain's health care plan as 'radical'

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/10/04/campaign.wrap/art.obamanewport.ap.jpg caption="Sen. Barack Obama speaks at a rally in Newport News, Virginia, Saturday."]

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama, campaigning Saturday in the battleground state of Virginia, lashed out at his presidential rival's plan to tackle health care reform.

In a Saturday morning radio address, Sen. John McCain said if elected, his administration would give every family a $5,000 tax credit to buy their own health insurance or keep their current plan. "And we will open up the national health care market to expand choices and improve quality," he said.

Obama, speaking at a rally in Newport News, Virginia, said it's not that McCain "doesn't care" about what people are going through, "I just think he doesn't know," he said. "That's the only reason I can think of that he'd propose a health care plan that is so radical, so out of touch with what you're facing and so out of line with our basic values."

McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds responded Saturday to Obama's comments.

"Our Democratic opponent had the audacity to call John McCain's health care plan 'radical.' The American people know radical when they hear it, and John McCain is not the candidate in this election they should be concerned about."

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soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. Mrs. Texas Teacher!

    whoa.... you must be having trouble with this site....what happened to ALL the comments!

    October 4, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Ben

    Tucker..Is McCain a maverick or not? Now it sounds like you are calling Obama as the maverick!

    October 4, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. No Hillary = No Obama

    Watching and listening to Mr. Full-Of-Himself, one has to wonder if Obama has an original thought in his Harvard-educated brain or if all of his "ideas" are ghost written by his elitist campaign staff who all look and sound like freshly scrubbed, pre-programmed yuppies.

    October 4, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. cecil

    Gov Palin IsTrying to Flirt her way into The VP position.

    Why Is It Ok For This White Women To Dumb Down The Office Of VP

    Of The USA.

    She's Treating It As Though It's Some Common Walmart Dept Store Manager Job!

    Gov. Palin Does Have Some Small Town Political Experence, But

    She Is Not Ready To Take It To The Next Level!

    October 4, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Joe

    Forget Obama/Biden. It should be termed as Obama/CNN. This corrupt news agency should be ashamed of its slanted reporting. Biden is merely a footnote and is already on the trash heap of history. He is a has-been.

    October 4, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. DarlaVA

    My favorite line from today's speech in Newport News was:
    "It's not right. Not only is it not right, It AIN'T right", for a southerner, that's just a bit stronger language. I loved it, and so did the rest of the crowd.
    He was right on about so many things that are wrong with our health-care system. If I had been on the fence, I would have jumped into the Obama camp today. I was already there : )
    Obama/Biden '08 Yes We Can

    October 4, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. TexicoFrom Mexico

    NO HILLARY=NO OBAMA IS AN IDIOT! I think you beter follow the lead of your idol Hillary....and support the ticket just like she and her husband are doing. If you think she has a prayer in 2012 you are almost as big a fool as these McCAin supporters. You actaully think Hillary can win in 12 without 40% of the voters? You actaully think Afriancan Americans will support Hillary? Oh no...they will remember and you will lose which in turn we all lose because that would be 8 more years of Radical Right thinking!

    October 4, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. Tony From Philly

    Oh, he said Radical.... does that mean he's still black or is he black again or does that make him more black?

    Does McFailin know the election's over yet or should we let him stay in his own world until after November?

    October 4, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. TJ Johnson

    Yes, yes, yes, we know, O'Bomber that your vision of health care is total government control of doctors and medicines. Don't need you or your idea of health care. I prefer the $5000 a year so I can get any doctor/care I need, thank you.

    October 4, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. FactCheck

    Watching and listening to Mr. Full-Of-Himself, one has to wonder if Obama has an original thought in his Harvard-educated brain or if all of his "ideas" are ghost written by his elitist campaign staff who all look and sound like freshly scrubbed, pre-programmed yuppies.


    You must be a product of "no child left behind"... except in this case, they've left you behind.

    October 4, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. tom

    no hillary=no obama

    Don't insult Democrats/Progressives with your lies about supporting Hillary Clinton. We in fact did and know the best way to continue support for her is to support Barrack Obama. Rush and Sean must be very proud of you!

    October 4, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. Low

    No Hillary = No Obama – Well we know that Palin does not have a thought at all , original or not, I bet his staff doesn't own 7 houses or 12 cars!

    October 4, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. South African for OBAMA

    Funny, even as the Wall Street is being bailed out using Socialist methods, our friends on the right are still demonizing socialism..I don't think they even know the true tenets of socialism..They cannot seem to detach socialism from the old communist Russia

    Look where capitalism in isolation, aka greed, has brought us

    October 4, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. Michael Wessell

    Again as usual, the BIAS media is pushing their own agenda and promoting Sen. Obama to be President. All an election is, is a popularity contest, nothing more! And the way the media is promoting Sen. Obama he will win the popularity contest hands down. All I see on T.V. lately is news that shows Obama as the "Good Guy" and Sen. McCain as the unworthy choice for President. I would like your company to put your own personal agenda aside and report the news appropriately. THANK YOU.

    October 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. annie - never again a dem.

    The most radical, destructive, terrorist loving thing in this campaign is obama, '0', the big zero. Let him get out of the campaign and back in church with wright & phlegm and back to work for acorn. acorn may need him but the REAL AMERICAN people don't or want him.

    October 4, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. Molly

    McCain – Radical – that is a JOKE!!!
    Obama is an Arrogant Radical Fraud.

    October 4, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. Daniel, Los Angeles, CA

    To "No Hillary = No Obama",

    Funny how you consider being smart as bad. It shows how ignorant you are. "Harvard-educated brain" should be something to be EXTREMELY PROUD OF.

    As for "elitist campaign staff", name one difference between Obama's and McCain's staff.

    Oh yeah, McCain's are all rich lobbyists.

    October 4, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. maripil

    Sen. Obama's healthcare plan is a winner!! It 's the only plan that will benefit everyone and not fatten the pockets of healthcare insurance companies!!

    October 4, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. Nate Hussein

    No Hillary = No Obama

    Hillary lost, get over it. Do you really believe Hillary will have a chance in 2012 if Palin is the incumbant??

    October 4, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Abby

    The comments here from the obama gang are really a Disgrace to your guy – and our Country – Grow Up!
    CNN – do NOT post these hate comments.

    Obama is RADICAL – funny he would call anyone else that – or Racist.

    October 4, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. Unbelievable

    Wow No Hillary, you really do represent the ignorance of a lot of people don't you/

    October 4, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. Mrs. Texas Teacher!

    Okay, who do you want, America? McSame and McBarbie (not her looks, but her mentality) Intellectual Obama and Experienced Biden?

    I'll take Obama/Biden! I don't need anyone to tell me which one is going to look out for me and my family! I can see and hear, and I don't forget! It's been eight years of lies and tax breaks for the wealthy while the rest of us go down the tubes! If they cared, they would already have done something about it!

    October 4, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. vince

    To the fool who called Obama "Mr Full-Of-Himself" read on:

    "I didn't decide to run for president to start a national crusade for the political reforms I believed in or to run a campaign as if it were some grand act of patriotism. IN TRUTH, I wanted to be president because it had become my ambition to be president."
    -Sen. John McCain

    October 4, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. annie - never again a dem.

    to texicof – the only cancer spreading in this great country of ours is obama and the dems. They are hell bent on destroying our country and every time they open their mouths, it is a LIE! The original dem party is totally destroyed, journalism is destroyed and people like you who are brainwashed can thank '0', dems, and non-journalism for this.

    October 4, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. Tony Rezko

    The plan is radical, but not more radical than William Ayers or Jeremiah Wright.

    October 4, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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