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. Chicago Red

    TO- Dan J October 5th, 2008 6:42 pm ET
    People here in Chicago know that Obama had a few shady relationships, and that his relationship with Ayers far outstretched the "mere acquaintances" position that he is claiming. Obama cannot be trusted on his word. Therefore he cannot be trusted, period.
    You are an IDIOT!!!! TRUST IN GOD NOT McCain and Palin

    October 5, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  2. Joe - Chicago, IL

    Way to go Sen. McCain. If you can't win, make sure you do enough dammage to the other guy that he wont be able to lead effectively and get us out of our multiple crisises that you helped create with your ignorance. Keep on putting your country first!

    October 5, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. David Burman

    So McCain and Palin want to talk about "character".

    Do we want a man for President that had a wife with a crippling condition, proceeded to have an affair behind her back and then dumped her to marry his current wife. Is this the sort of person that we want leading this country???

    What Palin, who is married to a man who was a member of the Alaskan Independence Pary, which wants to seccede from the United States, taking all of the oil and gas away from this country, as Palin keeps talking about.

    Or we can't forget that Palin commited to cooperating with the TrooperGate investigation, and then didn't.

    Clearly both have the moral fibre that this country needs ... NOT!!!!!

    Yo, McCain/Palin, Instead of lies and half truths, show us how you intend to help this country. But you can't, can you?

    October 5, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  4. Nikole-Independent Thinker

    @ Scott L--Busted? There is no proof that anyone did anything wrong. Did you read the ENTIRE article? Critical thinking in this country is at an all-time low.

    October 5, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  5. Angelo

    Oh, I get it..........this is just part of McCain's GIMMICK FIRST campaign.

    October 5, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  6. sarahinfla

    McCain has proven he is not trustworthy, he stated he would run a honorable campaign!!! Why can't he run on the issues?

    He is asking to be the president of the United States, not just a few people / his base.
    I see racism not just against blacks,in there gatherings why is it when Palin is at rallies all you see is mainly her surrounded by white females? Thats not being for all the american people!!!!!

    October 5, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  7. Funkemariechen, Berlin

    I just had a conversation with a friend of mine in down-under who happens to be a stock-broker. He mentioned that the untold story of today and the upcoming months will be the worst recession/depression in the history of the global financial market.

    Some minutes later I have to read that smear of Mrs. Palin&Co..

    I feel really sick and very very angry.

    Good night from overseas.

    October 5, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  8. unfitFORpres

    I feel bad for McCain! I think that McCain would have liked to keep his promise of running a clean, respectable campaign. Unfortunately, he's stuck with a party that's expert at playing dirty, distracting the public, and polarizing Americans rather than uniting. While I respect McCain very much for his sense of duty for this country, he will not become the next American president. He is definitely way too similar to Bush and plays the same divisive game. Let's FOCUS ON WHAT WILL CHANGE AMERICA rather than what will DIVIDE AMERICA!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12

    October 5, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  9. Ari

    Someone needs to remind Sarah Palin that her husband belongs to an organization that thinks Alaska should leave the union. Who is the real terrorist there?

    October 5, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  10. Tony






    October 5, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  11. Meridith

    Palin or Todd needs to be home with those five children. They both are on the campaign all the time. I feel sorry for her little 5 month old baby. He is constantly being tossed from arm to arm at these conventions. She even had the little 5 year old holding him. Shouldn't family come first?

    Also, this election is serious. Whenever Palin in speaking or in a debate, for some reason she thinks it's Comedy hour. Hello!, people are losing jobs, housing, can't afford to buy food or gas. I can't see what is so funny. She is not taking this Country serious. What is wrong with Americans today.

    October 5, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  12. Breck

    McCain is really desperate now, using Swift-Boat tactics. They won't work, this crap has all been disproved.

    Obama/Biden 08.

    October 5, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  13. You BetchYa


    America gets it no more of the same! Gee Golly thats simple enough if you like where we are at now, continue the Bush/McCain policies.

    Lets get it right and get smart-----Please no more dummies regulating our country! We just can't afford it.
    Oh by the way Palin needs to TCB with TROOPER GATE why not co-operate if your not hiding something? Please no more crooked folks!
    When you throw stones it makes America wonder about YOU!

    October 5, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  14. coli

    KEATING!!! KEATING!!! KEATING!!!Now i know that the Obama campaign does not want to resort to smear tactics, but all of us, all of his surregates, all democrates just continue to bring up KEATING FIVE, John's gambling, Sarahs illegal firings, etc. everytime they try to smear Obama...Maybe it will be a wash, then OBAMA wins since he is so far ahead in the polls...AGAIN..EVERYONE, ANYTIME THEY MENTION OBAMA SMEARS, TAKE IT RIGHT BACK TO THEM...KEATING KEATING KEATNING...PLAY THEIR GAME!!!!

    October 5, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  15. Empire, CO

    e, it's simple, Republican McCain supporters are only intelligent enough to read headlines and look at pictures, they don't actually read the article. Ask a McCain supporter why they support him and most will give you a 3 or 4 word response. If Ayers was such a terrorist 43 years ago, why was he not incarcerated or imprisoned or exiled? Why has he been allowed to teach at U of I for over 20 years? You see, they can't answer these simple questions.

    October 5, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  16. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    what kind of jokers are manning this site................... you only post junk or long winded things that I begin to suspect come from your own studio...... sorry...... I'm tired of reading stuff that is no better than my own which does not get posted.... even when I am the first here.... too bad.... I used to think this was fun...... I think getting a pencil stuck in my eye might be more fun...... bozos.... .*grin*

    October 5, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  17. Kevin in CPT

    "McCain: The Most Reprehensible of the Keating Five"

    If McCain wants to take the American people's mind off of the economy why doesn't he talk about Keating Five?

    CNN – Why not break open your news vaults and enlighten your readers as to what took place back then? The story has all of the right stuff to be a good read. Money, shady people, bail outs, jail time etc. The William Ayers story is a blast from the past. Lets stick with tradition and revisit the Keating Five drama. That should stir things up.

    October 5, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. Laura

    C'mon McCain. Act like an adult. You're 72 and erratic.

    Palin is evil. She's simply a hunter, a liar.

    Reject and denounce McCain/Palin LIES.

    October 5, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  19. Limbaugh is a joker, so is mcmoron/palin ticket

    No wonder they will do it.
    If this election is about character not about issues, democracts should go negative also. Nothing should be gone unchallenged. Here are some suggestions that they can use:

    – Find Mcmoron's first wife and let her tell what happended with the first mariage
    -KEATING 5
    -First dudes' tie with separationists

    October 5, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  20. nate

    Stop the lies. Youre being played for fools America. O/08.

    October 5, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  21. seriously?

    They will make up any lies they can because they can't say what they really mean.

    I talk to a lot of middle to high income people in my area and "republicans" is the new slang for not in my backyardigans.

    They are afraid of Obama because he's new and black and not on their side. They believe that he will fight for the average american and level the playing field for opportunity between the wealthy and the little man.

    This scares the dividends out of most "republicans"

    Same greedy bunch that drove our economy into the ground and made the rest of the world think of americans as Arrogant.

    Well.. Americans are NOT all arrogant. We are not all Republicans.

    Former Republican.
    Now Independant

    October 5, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  22. for obama

    Palin should look at her husband first who was affiliated with a party that wanted independence. i don't understand why obama campaign won't bring that up. SHAME ON PALIN

    October 5, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  23. blaising

    McCain at Columbia University during a service forum featuring both candidates.
    "It's easy for me to go to Washington," said the Senator, "and frankly, be somewhat divorced from the day-to-day challenges people have."

    ...mavrick. reformer, heh!?...mavrick. reformer, heh!?...mavrick. reformer, heh!?...mavrick. reformer, heh!?...

    October 5, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  24. Joe in MN

    Vote blue or get in the end of the bread line.

    October 5, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  25. RLT

    This is another tactic from the Mccain camp to have us look at one hand while the other does something else. He throws out Palin, (what a joke), then tries to suspend the debate (to throw on his red cape and 'save' us), then now instead of dealing with REAL issues that Americans are concerned about and that are at our forfront Mcchaos starts to pull more bull out of the hat to distract those who are so star struck on Palin and the fact he was a POW. It's another dog and pony show. Wake up those of you who believe this bull. We have already had 8 years of the pony show that has led us to nowhere. Time for a change.

    October 5, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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