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. Palin is worst than Ayers

    Ayers is no match for Sara Palin's pastor's sermons about
    Alaska being a refuge in the last days, and witch hunting. This woman is far more scarier than Ayers. Ayers has no national power. And besides, when I go to fill my
    gas tank up at $4.00 a gallon, Ayers is not standing at the pump,
    but the republican ghost is. They are the one's we should fear.
    Palin is anti-woman, bans books, no foreign policy credentials, and
    a threat to our national security. Palin is what can REALLY hurt Americans
    and for this they should be fearful.

    October 4, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. ken

    Mccain is really a radical that hire Karl Rove.

    American People are not ready to give Karl Rove 4more years to ruin this country!!

    October 4, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. Glenn

    Geez, ya know, Palin is completely lacking in character and integrity!
    She is the female version of Dick Chenney and is completely under the thumb of Karl Rove. Then there is poor, sad, pathetic old McShame! He is so old he clearly doesn't know that the GOP is counting on him to die in the early months of 2009 so Palin can become the Prez.

    October 4, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. S. Boatman

    I Dont Believe A Word Mccain Says! About Anything! If Mccain Says He Will Do Something For You After 26 Of Doing Nothing. . . You Just Cant Believe It!

    October 4, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  5. OBAMA 4 President

    Palin criticising anyone is laughable.

    If she had a tenth of Katie Couric's brain, we all wouldn't be having recurring nightmares about the republican ticket. This woman is never satisfied, some old man brings her into the limelight and suddenly she knows how to run a campaign, criticizes the media, and try to shove her uneducated husband into the fray.

    I always said half-wits are too dangerous to trust with power. God, when will this nightmare end? Sarah-barbie-half wit Palin, please go back to Russia/Alaska. ENOUGH!!

    BTW, men, please stop calling her attractive, she is not attractive, not even by prisoner's standards. Such depravity!

    October 4, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  6. Dr. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA



    October 4, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  7. tim

    I hear there's voter fraud going on buts its the repugs that are doing it. They just got thrown out of court trying to shut down early voting in areas that Mccain is apparently not doing well in….hmmmm
    Now why would they try something so dirty and underhanded????

    Better to be thought a fool than open your mouth and prove you are a fool. Check your facts!

    October 4, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  8. chris

    barak should keep on talking about issues and beware of the witch called sarah Palin, she has the spirit of wicthcraft and jezebel on her, did you all notice how she was trying to seduce the whole nation by winking her eyes several times during the debate, this woman can sell her soul to win the election and she calls her self a christian, christian my foot.

    October 4, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  9. Amelia

    And what is wrong with going to Harvard? I highly doubt that you are a Hilary supporter who will not support Obama. You are lying. Obama is not full of himself, apparently you are not well read and do not listen because of your narrow minded views.

    October 4, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  10. voter

    No Hillary = No Obama

    Advocating for universal healthcare is elistist? I guess you can afford your healthcare while many cannot. I guess you are an elistist.

    October 4, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  11. Bob

    . . . Ask yourselves is your healthcare better since Bush was in office.
    Then what the HELL makes McCain think it will be better if he
    is in office(Heaven forbid). No Way No How No McCain and NO Palin.

    October 4, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  12. Remy

    What are the Educational qualifications of McCain? I think he has no knowledge of LAW or any social issues because of his education! McCain is not prepared to give health care access to every American!

    October 4, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  13. Griff

    Let;s be Honest! Say`s a Women who needs to change her Ùnder-Wear.. Barack Obama is not applying for a Stud-Farm... Lady...

    October 4, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  14. Olivia


    I shake my head at the gall of Obama trying to taint McCain by using the same critisizms pointed at him, Obama, by using the word radical.
    I know obama must be surprised at how easily people have capitulated, so far, but we're not all gullible and certainly not stupid.

    October 4, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  15. No McSame No Palin

    Go Obama & Biden Go. Joe our thoughts are with you and your family.

    October 4, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. reg

    Sarah Palin and why she is in this race for president. Think back to George Bush and how he began as governor of Texas. Keith is close but he still doesn't get it. His show was on to it when he was show Bush clips from 2000 and Sarah's debate clips from Thursday.

    Tell America to listen up this is serious. Sarah Palin is the female Bush. She has been trained in GOPAC. She is the neocons next puppet to take control of the United States. SHe is no accident. She has been in Alaska for a reason. Some history, remember when the neocons take a baseball team owner and turned him into the governor of texas. This is the same that they are doing with Sarah Palin. That is why she works with Bush advisors. McCain is in great danger these neocons have a plan. I dont see him making much longer. He doesn't know what's happening to him. That is why she is so confident. It comes from the plans that the neocons have for her.

    October 4, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. dittohead with forty names

    I guess its better to follow a flunky like Rush Limbaugh with his bag of half truths and out right lies.I laugh at his dittoheads,they think they are clever.

    October 4, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  18. John

    You are simply pathetic and sad, No Hillary=No Obama. Screw the country because you got your feelers hurt. Poor baby. I'll call the Waaambulance for you.

    October 4, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  19. tim

    Wow this election is over.You could give McCain almost every toss up state and he would still lose.Congradulations Obama.And sorry Sarah and John but america say no to rotten campaign tactics and ignorance.My friends agree that we are 6 pack Mary's and Joes and as much as we love each other we would want someone real smart to be president.The nurse will never be as good as the Doctor.

    October 4, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  20. Critical Thinking

    No Hillary = No Obama: Grow up! Even Hillary and Bill had "ghost writers" but they as well as Obama provides input and have the ability to decide what they want to say.

    And please – get a dictionary and look up the word "elitist" before throwing it around. That word along with "maverick" have been throw around by folk who do not have a clue way too much.

    When did American become a place that puts down education – yet wants to be competitive in the global arena? WOW *SMH*

    October 4, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  21. I Just Said Thanks, but No Thanks to Another 4 Years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    So palin accused Obama of consorting with terrorists.
    So I gave some bucks to Obama.
    Thanks Sarah for setting my mind straight.

    Now, Everybody – Get Fired Up.

    October 4, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  22. Amy

    Does McCain have any idea how much health insurance costs these days?

    When my husband had to close his small business, he was paying over $1200 per employee per month for health insurance. Under McCain's plan, with a $5000 tax credit, what does he expect people to do the other 8 months out of the year? And let's not forget that he wants to tax people's current health benefits as income…….

    Lame plan. Lame VP pick. Lame McCain.

    October 4, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  23. Maggie

    Brace yourselves Obama supporters, evil is about to be unleashed. Nothing will stop this movement. Obama will be the next President of the United States.

    October 4, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  24. cm

    Totally out touch McCain/Palin $5,000.00 credit is nothing for people without insurance and even less when you are diagnosed with a serious illness as cancer or Aids.

    October 4, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  25. Griff

    CNN! Never will JOHN McCain struggle... America will struggle in the next 100yrs. If the Idiot Obama is ever Elected... Don;t believe my words.. I don`t live in your Country... But I do care about this Planet....
    You are all so Nieve... And Ignorant of the World.... The World is not the USA.... You just happen to be my Neigbour... Who would want to live next to a Villain....Borack OBama... America`s Worst Enemy....
    Who was that Guy who rode to!!!!! In the American Revolusion...
    He`s kind of Famous in my part of the world... No it was not Barack Obama...

    October 4, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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