October 5th, 2008
03:54 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama accuses McCain of looking for distractions

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(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama on Sunday charged that Sen. John McCain's campaign is launching "Swift boat-style attacks" on him instead of addressing the country's problems.

Watch: Obama fights back

"Sen. McCain and his operatives are gambling that they can distract you with smears rather than talk to you about substance. They'd rather try to tear our campaign down than lift this country up," Obama said at an event in Asheville, North Carolina.

"That's what you do when you're out of touch, out of ideas, and running out of time," he said.

The comments come a day after Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, McCain's running mate, claimed that Obama associated "with terrorists who targeted our own country."

The McCain campaign shot back on Sunday, saying its accusations are "true facts," and not "smears."

"The last four weeks of this election will be about whether the American people are willing to turn our economy and national security over to Barack Obama, a man with little record, questionable judgment, and ties to radical figures like unrepentant domestic terrorist William Ayers," McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said in a statement.

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  1. So devastating

    Dear Summerlover (October 5th, 2008 5:54 pm ET) who wrote:

    "The next time anyone hears that Obama was only 8 years old when Ayers was committing his terrorist acts, please point out that he was 34 years old when he was in Ayers living room!"

    Yes, we all heard this talking point from the desperate conservatives on the talk shows this morning. When Obama was in Ayers's living room, it was the living room of an education reformer and a revered professor of English. Obama had been brought there by his political mentor as a sort of coming-out event. Ayers had long since rehabilitated his reputation and was/is an upstanding member of the Chicago community and has been contributing positively to society for decades.

    John McCain should understand better than anyone else that people's lives have second, third, even fourth acts.

    So Obama was in the guy's living room? So??? You seem to be suggesting that Obama should have vetted Ayers more than McCain did Palin!

    October 5, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. Dan, Newport

    Keep up the lies, McCain, with the help of Sara "Harry Potter" Palin.

    Obama 50% McCain 42% Go figure.

    October 5, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. You are too wrong

    To Scott L.

    You mark my words.. the republicans are pulling everything from their B.....tts to distract Obama's momentum. You know you don't succeed with dirty attacks. What comes around goes around. I hope that Obama proves you and everyone that HATES him for no reason other than the fact that he is Bl_ck.

    Obama don't let them distract you!

    October 5, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. aware......but smarter

    Summerlover October 5th, 2008 5:54 pm ET

    The next time anyone hears that Obama was only 8 years old when Ayers was committing his terrorist acts, please point out that he was 34 years old when he was in Ayers living room!......FOR COFFEE

    October 5, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. Vote FL

    This is all the McShame ticket has left. Pathetic. Get out and vote everyone, we know what will happen if the election is close.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 5, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |

    Not all republicans but the mcCain group have serious mental and moral issues,there purely sickening.

    October 5, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. Tina

    I can not believe that Palin received her degree in journalism and can not name one newspaper or news magazine. Oh yeah, I can believe it.

    October 5, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. sara

    Did Ms.Palin mention the about3Decades lasting Business connection between d Bush&binLaden Family&their frindship?and the day after9?11when all Flights where Grounded,that one Privatairplain,had been flying around with Bushs Blessing to collect Members of the binLaden Family,because Bush was "Worryed"for their safety and had them to fly out d US?What had been that?How would Ms.Palin call that?

    October 5, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  9. Sarah....and my last name isn't Palin

    Not this time.

    October 5, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  10. Brian loves McCain and Palin

    Does Obama ever offer even one solutions to the Economic crisis?

    Never, side a sidliner, never has a SOLUTION to anything. Just a talker.

    His idea of solving the world's problems, is to talk.

    If that doesn't work, then lets' significantly increase the taxes of our businessess and individuals, so that fewer of us are employed and more have to rely on government to pay our rent.

    His idea for all the problems is to throw our hard earned money at them. Since when has government helped when they get more involved in anything. Socialism doens't work

    McCain will at least do something, and not just point fingers and look in the past.

    OBAMA DOESN'T GIVE A HOOT ABOUT THE FUTURE OTHER THAN HIS OWN AMBITIONS. NAME ONE SOLUTIONS HE HAS GIVEN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR THE ECONOMIC CRISIS OR FOR ANYTHING. His idea of a solution is to talk about what he wouldn't have done in the past. Fine, so what will you do for the future? Answer from Obama: I don't want you to learn what I would do, I just want your vote by me saying what I won't do for the future. What a weak empty suit sleazebag.

    I care about the future and that is why I am voting for McCain and Palin.

    McCain\Palin and Hillary 2008 supporters 2008

    October 5, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |

    Perhaps McCain would like to open an investigation as to what happened on the deck of the USS Forrestal in 1967, or his violation of the military code of conduct for prisoners, or his involvement in the Keating 5 scandal, or the circumstances surrounding his adultery, marital misconduct and divorce. Heck yeah, let's investigate this guy!!!!

    October 5, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  12. Throwing stone while guilty

    I guess the people blogging on here are really open and fair. Those talking trash about Obama, I don't here you talking about Palin trying to be above the law with her investigation or how McCain said he would not run this type of campaign. Ask yourself why they weren't bringing this up a month ago. Get real, it desparation time. That's the only reason they're trying this tactic.

    Why isn't McCain and Palin talking about the issue the country wants
    to talk about. Because they don't have any answers.

    The minute Palin shows up for her court hearing then she can throw stones. That Gee yaw winking crap is not cute

    October 5, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  13. Renee

    Of course Palin's comment is a distraction! Obama knows about desperation and distractions. They are the ones who did their best to smear the Clintons. Remember, they were the ones to turn Bill into a racist and they are the ones who were behind spreading HIllary's Bosnia lie AND her RFK remark. I find it comical that Obama want to complain about the very same tactics that he and his campaign used against Clinton!!

    This is absolutely PRICELESS!

    October 5, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. BM

    Palin, my husband thought you were winking at him too!(lol)

    October 5, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  15. banderson

    Misdirection, deception and propaganda this is the Republican way. Wake up America and vote for change.

    October 5, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. aware......but smarter


    McCrypt has been caught more than once checking out Sarah's "resume".
    Was the fact that he got a woody without the Viagra, now part of VP qualifications
    When people are hurtin’, they need to tap those resources and get those sources flowin’,”
    From the look on McCain's face, something's flowin…(Sorry, it's just so blatant)
    It's obvious why McCain chose Sarah to be his running mate….I have to wonder if Cindy sees the same things in these photographs as the rest of us? What a Perv..
    Look at him.. Every picture of him since he pick her as VP shows him staring at her junk in the trunk..**

    October 5, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  17. Mizzy

    AWWW, poor McSilly & Sarah Pathetic!
    He just wants to rise to a better position in life before he dies. His Dad & granddad were high ranking military officials, McSilly was not.
    Here is his only chance of becoming something bigger than they were.
    And then there's Sarah...what can you say?
    Someone told her that she has a chance to actually be President. McSilly will 'gracefully' disappear due to medical reasons. Then VOILA...Madame Prez she would be!

    Ok America it's time to get serious, neither of these nutjobs need to hold office. Get over your 'discomfort' accepting a Black man as President! It can't be any worse that the current White man, that has thrown our hard earned money out the window & to the Iraqi people, among others.
    Obama/Biden '08/'12

    October 5, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  18. Texas

    Hello McShame...
    people out there are losing their jobs, homes, health coverage and even their cars. And your response when not erratic is to recycle issues long debunked and descredited. Are you interested McBush in discussing the economic crisis we are thanks to the economic ideas of George Bush that you subscribe?

    October 5, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  19. kim

    desperados at work

    October 5, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. AT in NJ

    Didn't they debunk this during the primaries? This is old news.

    October 5, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  21. Lisa F SWPA

    Palin is like a pesky snag in a good sweater.......she just keeps unraveling all the good that women before her have done,

    The suffragists are rolling in their graves.

    HILLARY needs to speak out and put the"hockey mom" in her place. Obviously no man will be able to call her on the carpet.

    DNC women leaders.........take her on NOW!

    October 5, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  22. Throwing stone while guilty PS

    Why is no one bringing up Palin and her husband Session plans for Alaska.

    And they called Obama unpatriotic for not wearing a flag pin.

    But everything McCain and Palin does is just fine

    People get real

    October 5, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. Peter of Oregon

    McCain is hillarious these days. He talks about how important judgement is over experience and how he'll bring about Change. He tries to pressure the judicial system in Alaska to halt the probe into Palin's abuse of power until after the election, and I for one would like to know if it's true that Sarah Palin had an affair with her husband's business partner, making both her and McCain morally corrupt. McCain knows a thing or two about affairs and running a dirty campaign that's void of honesty and full of hypocricy.

    October 5, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  24. susie

    What is Obama afraid of? He picked his friends, friends that normal people would stay away from. How many people would have stayed in a hate filled church for 20 years?

    October 5, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  25. No Gas In Alabama

    To all the McCan't supports, you guys are super silly, you really think this country and everybody and everythings in it belongs to you, and everybody else would be useless because you cut them a check. Word to the wise, without us there will be no you, silly.

    October 5, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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