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

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

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(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. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    October 4, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. jim

    yes he is a radical.

    Thank you Mr. Obama for reminding me!

    October 4, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  3. Rave

    No Hillary = No Obama = YOU ARE AN ABSOLUTE IDIOT.
    You want every American to be a looser like you?
    If you cant go to Harvad, atleast have the guts to admire someone who achieved in their life by working hard.
    It is people like you that poison others.

    October 4, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. Doug, Florida

    You don’t believe in premarital sex but you got pregnant and elope.

    Now your 16 yr daughter is pregnant – You hypocrite.

    You are no Patriot – Alaska independence Party.

    Vote for true AMERICANS


    October 4, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. JImmy in California

    It is my hope that the Obama campaign will stay with the high road right on through the election. They cannot run an above board campaign and win so they are going to result to lies. People that are smart enough to read and make their own decisions will decide for themselves what is true and what is false.

    While I am a Democrat, and have not always agreed with many of the views of Senator McCain I have always had great respect for him as a hero of our country. I am now beginning to lose that respect for him as I am beginning to see him as nothing more than an angry and bitter man that is Hell Bent on having things his way. I believe he is now so desperate that he is willing to allow those around him to steer him down a path that causes him to sacrifice the respect and honor held for him by others to win the Presidency.

    This is a sad day for an American Hero and for our country.

    October 4, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  6. dustin

    One of the best things about this election ending is not having to hear from tucker bounds any more

    October 4, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  7. Nwando from Britain

    Repugs.................I say this to all of you and your shallowminded supporters.............get ready for an October shock cos I can see that puppet called Palin is a bit too over confident...........October would bring more woes for the repug ticket...............you mark my words

    October 4, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |

    To you Obama lovers: you bunch of poppy who loves Obama w/out reason. It is going communist USA if he win. He got 300 adviser .If he SOOOO smart why so many. No Obama.

    October 4, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  9. Larry

    Obama/Biden working the people

    McCain/Palin working for the people

    I'm sorry about how bad Bush has been,but to swing all the way to the far left is just going to compound the problems,two wrongs don't make a right.

    October 4, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  10. A dog barks in berkley round

    McCain doesnt have a plan that makes any sense.

    October 4, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  11. EBZ

    I am watching CNN and they are interviewing some "hockey moms" watching excerpts from the VP debate and the question of McCain's health care plan come up. One woman thoughtfully says, how is that going to help someone if they are unemployed. Good point. The other answers, "well, they should go get a job then."

    Seriously? What part of hundreds of thousand of jobs gone in the past month alone are the privledged hockey moms, and others, missing?

    How is a tax credit going to he someone who doesn't earn enough to really pay taxes? remember that line that says, if this line is less than -zero- enter -0-? My young adult children are still not going to hav an option of health care.

    Not to mention – we are not going to get the benefit of a group plan, thus driving premiums up for those who really need it. Biden understated what some people pay in insurance. $5K is not going to cut it.

    Don't be deceived, my friends. There are better answers .

    October 4, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  12. mark from NY

    the republican takes our country in hostage.we have to free ourselves

    October 4, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  13. Country first?

    John McCain chose a "COUNTRY FIRST" motto, and then
    selects a totally unqualified woman to be possible president of the
    country. This woman is a threat to our security. How is SHE going to
    protect us? The foreign enemy will know that we are a weak target if
    Sara Palin is ever allowed to command. John McCain may even be
    captured AGAIN while he is asleep in the White House. His "judgement"
    after all allowed him to crash five planes and get captured. Those
    "red" ignorant thinking states had better think twice before helping
    the republican party fool this country again. WE THE PEOPLE are the

    October 4, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  14. Griff

    Good! All comments closed now. Who's to blame for this? Finantial Problem?? You! You! You! No such thing as a "Free-Lunch". Somboy told that to me 50yrs ago. CNN want to lead in Todays Media... But!!!! Why now??? CNN have another iIlusion? Back...............................Barack Obama, and they are inocent,,
    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!CNN... Leader's. Just another Follower... Looking for DIRT? It's much closer to Home. CNN

    October 4, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  15. RYAN kr Jr

    No matter what Sarah says it doesn't change the fact that Americans knew she is stupid, dump and incompetent to be VP.

    October 4, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  16. aurelia- canada

    This is for Palin on her Terrorist Comment on Obama

    I dont know why the media and the public will pay attention to this bubble head. She needs to go back to Alaska.. actually back to grade school to go and learn how to construct a sentence before she opens her dirty mouth...
    Palin, people like me, who are watching on the side line knows you are an empty head and a puppet for McLame. If you don"t have the sense to see that you are been used by McWar, then you have a lot of learning to do.

    Go back to Alaska and stop opening you mouth.. cos nuthing makes

    October 4, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  17. Robert Wooller Bradford England

    The fact is we need a US NHS system like Britain has. It is scandelous that in the 21st century there are over 40 million Americans uninsured. How can you argue all this money for Wall St and no money for people living in poverty without health insurance? After all, it is a basic human right to be healthy.

    Obama-Biden 2008!!! and Obama-Michael Moore in 2012!!!!

    October 4, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  18. Bill

    Why is being intelligent all of a sudden unlikable? Why wouldn't you want the smartest guy running the country? I just don't get this...Bush has dumbed down the office, and McCrypt/Pagan are on track to take it to the next level. But yeah, you'd rather have "Joe six-pack" Palin as VP instead of someone who's way more intelligent than everyone else. Makes no sense at all.

    No matter, McCain's already lost the election anyway...

    October 4, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  19. Griff

    He does not look like Wolf!!! But then I'm Internet-Blind... No Vision..

    October 4, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. Gene

    No Hillary = No Obama-are you serious? So you doubt Obama has any original thoughts. Have you even listened to McCain or Palin. They have adopted much of the mantra of Obama and Palin sounded like a democrat at the debate.

    October 4, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  21. jyfranca

    As a conservative and supporter of Palin I think she does a mistake to start attacking Obama on issue which are polarizing people.I don't like Mccain to use politics of past to win.Sarah will have much respect to the people bty remaining positive.I think people will say she get desperate.They have to attack Obama on his policy and let other people attack him on his character.If mccain wins by this low road then Bush will be angel to many people Mccain will face hard time in his adminstration and may be he willbe the worst president in short time in office,he should stay positive.

    October 4, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  22. Olivia

    In this case, in this time, in this event......in this race.......radical describes Obama, and Obama and some of his friends, only.

    October 4, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  23. bobbi

    mccain -palin needs to concede, our economy is in such a terrible state and it's because of their kind of leader ship, another four years of this and we will all be living back in the 18th century, vote OBAMA- BIDEN

    October 4, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  24. White women for Obama

    _______ Go Obama & Biden Go. _____ Palin you stupid woman this morning you were attacting Obama for some thing that he was only 8yrs old when it happen, In fact the newspaper you read that from said that Obama was not in anyway accociated with Bill Ayers . So Palin get your facts right before you open that mouth of yours, and stop telling lies it will get you & McSame nowhere. Let get that troopergate investigation going we want to know what the hell you are hiding.

    October 4, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  25. Laura

    I think it's funny that the worst thing people can think of to call Obama and his campaign is "educated" or "elitist". We already let a "Joe 6-pack American" run the country for 8 years, who was a C student, and definitely not part of the "elite" and look where it got us. We need more critical thinking in this country–not just critics. Obama has that.

    October 4, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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