October 6th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama: McCain shouldn’t ‘turn the page’ on economy

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(CNN) – Barack Obama said Monday that John McCain is intentionally trying to avoid talking about the economic crisis because it would hurt the Republican nominee’s presidential campaign.

As the stock market dropped even more on Monday afternoon and affected markets around the world, Obama criticized McCain for playing politics over talking about his plan to fix the economy.

“I have got news for the McCain campaign, the American people are losing right now,” Obama told reporters in Asheville, North Carolina. “They are losing their jobs, they are losing their healthcare, they are losing their homes, they are losing their savings, I cannot image anything more important to talk about than the economic crisis.”

Obama encouraged Congress to work on a second economic stimulus package that would provide direct relief from high gas and food prices and said Henry Paulson and Ben Bernanke need to move quickly to restore confidence in the economy.

Obama said the next steps are to work to improve the housing market and to extend unemployment insurance.

The Democratic nominee said both candidates need to address their plans for the economy during the debate in Nashville on Tuesday night.

“The notion that we would want to brush that aside and engage in the usual political shenanigans and smear tactics that have come characterize too many political campaigns, I think is not what the American people are looking for,” Obama said.

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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    Let's see: it's good that Palin is an outsider from politics, then it's good that she has political experience. Then it's bad that Obama is an outsider with very little political experience. Then he is connected with evil terrorists from the 60s.... I'm getting confused.... McCain has always been an insider.... what is good, what is bad.... I'm getting a head ache!

    Thank goodness, we only have a month to go. All I know is that I don't want four more years of the Same Old Bush policies that got us into this mess! Golly gee! and Darn it!

    October 6, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. carol kesling

    mcsame and caribou barbie are out there spewing their lies!!!!! im tired of hearing her talking about TOD AND I !!!! whats up with that????? i also hear he is the shadow govener, thats all we need is another crooked person in the !!!!! they need to finish up with trooper gate before it is too late.... thats all we need to be stuck with her in office!!!! she has no idea what she is talking about, so she should shut up and go home NOW !!!!!!!!

    October 6, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. jt

    Give me a Break, Mr. McCain please stop this nonsense neg. ad and try to fix the economy...

    October 6, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. victor,nj

    repugs are desperate and nervous about the idea of a black president. I just saw a clip of a florida sheriff refer to Obama as Barack Hussein Obama , when introducing Palin at a Florida rally. The repugs claim to be the party of moral values and religious faith, but it as become the party of bigots and ignorance. The repugs prey on division and hatred in the name of patriotism.

    I pray nobody tries to harm Obama due to lies perputuated by the likes of Sean Hannity, Linbaugh, foxnews and the McCain campaign.

    October 6, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. Rob

    In a speech today. McBush faulted Obama for a delay of the Bail out.
    True, and thank God Obama delayed these crooks. The original Bail Out Bill had no safe guards and was a blank check for crooked Republicans like McBush to Bail out their Criminal Corporate Pals who have destroyed our economy.

    October 6, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. Gary Jaussaud

    Gary's Comment is:

    Mc Cain & Palin have no where else to go except to the gutter, and get
    down and get dirty, its called "DESPERATION", everyone in the the
    Obama group needs to just stay on message and not get into thegutter with them, take the high road, and be Presidential, we need
    to get our pride back in America, these are dark days and alot of the
    people of this great country are hurting, people like me have no time
    for school yard pranks and gotcha games, its a turn off.

    October 6, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  7. Amy

    Of course John McCain is ready to turn the page on the economy-he's not hurting like the rest of us!

    His wife wore a $300,000 outfit at the convention! He wears $500 shoes. He owns at least 7 homes, one with 14 bedrooms! He drives a fleet of cars! His wife owns a jet!

    It's because McCain is so out of touch with the average American that he doesn't care about the crisis at hand.

    Well, we do.

    October 6, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    Sad that the only thing McCain and Palin can do now is try to figure out how to lie their way out of loosing this election. So far it hasn't worked. But then, thats how they have ran this whole campaign... I use to have great respect for McCain but now, he has changed from the great senator he use to be to a GREAT BIG LIER... SHAME ON YOU JOHN. I NOW KNOW YOU FOR WHAT YOU MUST HAVE ALWAYS BEEN.

    October 6, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  9. Lisa P

    Obama is starting to sound downright Presidential (putting your country first instead of trying to get in yet another weak jab at your opponent - what a concept!). Hope this keeps up 🙂

    October 6, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. Linda

    I challenge all Americans to e-mail CNN and insist that our two presidential candidates debate on the issues that are important to all Americans at Tuesday Presidetial Debate. We don't want to sit and hear them debate about attacks on each others characters and listen to McCain use his scare tactics now that his numbers are going down in the polls. Stop this nonsense and lets get down to the real issues our country is facing.
    We wnat to know how they are going to help us with this economic crisis, the high cost of gas, fuel, and food. We want to know about our healthcare plans, taxes, and which President has the better plan to help the average American people.
    So I say to everyone, insist to both our candidates that we want to hear a debate on the issues our Country is facing and how they are going to help fix this crisis we are in, and they should not even be allowed to discuss anything else!

    October 6, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  11. Keite, Fort Worth, TX

    Barack Obama is the only presidential candidate in this race who recognizes the importance of addressing the housing crisis from the bottom up. With McCain, every policy initiative happens at the top with hopes of the benefits trickling down.

    We all have seen how badly that works...

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 6, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  12. Annie, Atlanta

    You know, I'm getting sick (SICK!!) of the John and Sarah traveling circus that his campaign is turning into. They are out there making a mockery of our political process specifically, and this land that is my Country in general, and it has to stop. This dredging up of old news Ayers and Wright, along with their continuous lies, and blaming everything that is wrong on Barack Obama is the worst gutter politics I've ever seen. ENOUGH, John and Sarah, ENOUGH!

    October 6, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. John

    I used to be leaning for McCain, but with this mudslinging coming out of his Campaign instead of fixes for the Economy, I am not voting for him anymore.

    October 6, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  14. M Smith

    forget the economy...I think McCain is forgetting that the "fundamentals are strong"....this guy is so out of touch its not funny.

    October 6, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  15. arlene, CA

    Of coarse McCain does not want to talk about the economy he has nothing effective to say, instead he will spend the rest of his time campaigning by negative attacks to try & destroy Obama, because that is who McCain is & that is what he does. McCain comes across to me as a liar, and someone not to trust. He is not the honorable man he claims to be,(keating 5, google it) he acts like he does not know what he is doing, he darts off in all directions, making exact opposite decisions every day.Obama handled the"bailout" very calmly & very Presidential. McCain is angry & frustrated & really doesn't know what he's doing. I am ready for the Change We Need. Obama /Biden 08-12

    October 6, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  16. Louise in Arizona

    Do not stoop to that other fellow tactics, continue to rise above him and be the gentleman he is not.
    If he is worried about Erles tell him to go to the Univ of Chicago and inquire why they allow him to be a board member,he can use any distraction he choose to,please make him stick to the issues.
    How can we continue to make our mortage payment,our 401K, and how we can finance our children college education.
    We can't afford $300,000.00 outfits, matter of fact we can't afford $3,000.00 outfits.
    If he is concerns about our economy ask him to tell his wife to sell some those outfits she prance around in and help the homless that his adminstation put there.

    October 6, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. MarioB. from Berlin for OBAMA/BIDEN

    wise spoken Obama
    He shows each day, how much better he would be as POTUS, compared to McSame, who has nothing to offer but smears!!!
    Shame on him

    Wtg Obama 😉

    OBAMA/BIDEN in a landslide!

    October 6, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
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