October 6th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
13 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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  1. Sherry

    You know folks........it's a very very sad day in this country when we face all that has happened with this bailout............now we have to listen to McCain and Palin whine about issues of the past..........Obama is talking about our future, while the 'mavericks' are trying their best to dig up dirt on others..........I find it incredibly pathetic that two grown people consistently act like high school jealous freaks who can't take the truth that they are losing this campaign in a serious way. Isn't it just like a jealous boyfriend/girlfriend to sling the mud when things fall apart??????????? Well, this is exactly what has happened in the McCain/Palin ticket...........they have to face the truth........they are the weak ones.............Obama/Biden are the strong ones......and miss soccer mom..........I suggest you get your Alaska butt back home and tend to business there...........sounds like you haven't quite found out what being a real Mom entails.......or keeping a family together.........and John McCain.........you might be better off sitting in one of your seven homes, telling your war stories to your grandchildren..............you're a glory hound from the word 'go'..........MAVERICKS DO NOT BELONG IN THE WHITE HOUSE.............MAYBE OUT ON THE RANGE....................

    October 6, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. docrock,tx

    Okay,maybe it's time to chill.For anyone that believes there is one whits' difference in either party,You are dead wrong.We have been sperated as a Nation since the year 2000 with one respite.The majority of America was against the bailout,but this was done "for our own good".Could it be that the 535 demigods have been comprimised by the fringe right,or extreme left?What happened to moderation?I beseech all of you to be civil,and respect each others rights,instead of venting your vitriol and anger.Polite debate always outduels a veil of false rightousness.Good luck.

    October 6, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  3. PA

    Look, the Republican presidential ticket – McCain/Joe-Six-Pack Palin virtually have nothing to run on; have no inclination of economic 101; have not laid out any specificity on where they stand. All they have been ding is attack, smear, derail, and attack. They have no agenda.

    Every American you run into knows our economy is in bad shape, except when you meet McCain/Joe-Six-Pack Palin.

    They are on their heals, hence start to throw muds and smear campaign and they will loose.

    Republicans – wait till 2016!!!

    Go Obama! Go Democrats!!

    October 6, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    QUESTION: DID JOHN MCCAIN HAVE MONEY IN SILVER BANK OF ARIZONA AND AT THE ADVICE OF HIS SON WHO WAS CEO OF THAT BANK WITHDRAW HIS FUNDS BEFORE THE CALASPE IN AUGUST '08, HIS SON QUIT 2 MONTHS PRIOR TO IT'S CALASPE. JOHN MCCAIN WAS IN ARIZONA EVERY WEEKEND DURING THIS TIME AND IF HE KNEW THIS BANK WAS GOING TO CALASPE HE AS A SENATOR SHOULD HAVE ADVISED INVESTORS BEFORE THEY LOST THEIR MONEY. INVESTIGATE NOW.

    October 6, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    Obama is right. It is the economy, Stupid! McSame and McBarbie are so out of touch with the average American that they have not noticed that all the crowd around them appear to be slightly numb.

    I have watched Palin in front of her crowd. I mean it is rather like a horror movie.... some kind of jombee thing.... they all look dull eyed and non thinking individuals.... no, not actually individuals.... it's hard to explain. They don't seem to come alive until they are cued by someone or something outside the view of the camera.

    I almost could not listen to McBarbie for watching those poor sad faces. They are the very ones who will be hurt the worst by this duo in the whitehouse! Thank goodness... we won't have to worry about that... it appears.

    Wake up, hypnotized religous right! You don't have to follow the leader. Truly, you can think for yourself. First you have to turn off Rush Limbaugh and FOX News! Try watching CNN.... you will be surprised once you hear both sides!

    October 6, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. Judy

    McCain wants to be in a position to play the fear card as his buddy Bush did last election. I for one did not fall for it then and I will not fall for it now. The economy trumps all. I wonder why he can't get that into his thick skull. Can you imagine what would happen if he did get elected?? God help us.

    October 6, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. GARY

    OBAMA IS SUCH A WHINER. IF HE GIVE'S DIRTY TACTICS AGAINST ANOTHER CANIDATE ITS ALRIGHT. HE CRIES WHEN THEY PICK ON HIM. SHOWS WHAT KIND OF PRESIDENT HE WOULD BE. HE STARTED ALL THE NEG. TACTICS FROM THE BEGINING STARTING WITH HRC. YOU NAIVE VOTERS BELIEVE EVERYTHING HE SAYS. LET ME GIVE YOU THE FACTS. THERE IS ONLY TWO THINGS QUARENTEED IN LIVE PAYING TAXES AND DYING. SO KEEP BELIEVING ALL THE BS. YOUR CANIDATE OBAMA IS TELLING YOU. YOU ALL ARE A JOKE LIKE YOUR CANIDATE. THE ONLY CHANGE HE SHOWS IS HATE,DIVISION AND RACIST. HIS UNITY HAS BEEN DISCARDED FROM THIS RACE ALONG TIME AGO. THE REPUBLICANS ARE THE ONLY UNITY. THEY DONT SHOWBOAT THEIR OWN LIKE O.B. DID HRC.

    October 6, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. Griff

    That's why you need a captain... Instead of this "Midship-Man...
    A Sinking Ship can-Flounder. Without the right man at the Helm..

    October 6, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  9. Cuban-mami-4-OBAMA

    Sen. Obama is right, "they are losing jobs, money, ....." Our economy is in a disaster.

    The Bush/Cheney/McCain policies have failed. I know I keep bringing the same points up over and over, but we, Americans, need to KNOW that Bush/Cheney/McCain with their lies and failed policies have nearly bankrupted our Nation.

    The $10 TRILLION in National debt.

    The $10 BILLION

    October 6, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  10. Agnes Thomas

    I do not think McCain should turn the page on the economy for his own political gain, but that is exactly what McShame is doing. McCain is not worried about losing his 7 or 8houses, his money from his heiress wife, his health insurance, etc. John McCain and Sarah Palin remind me of the movie "Dumb and Dumber." Sarah Palin is also under scrutiny about her church affiliation, the witchcraft thing, but I think she is still posessed. But the news media is doing exactly what McShame and Palin want. They have been talking about this stupid stuff all day. WHAT ABOUT THE ECONOMY!!! It's tiring hearing about Rev. Wrong, the Ayers thing, something that happened when Barack was 8 years old. Why is the media wasting time playing this out all day? If John McCain wants to turn the page let him, he is not an intelligent man, but I expect better from the media.

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

    Has anyone else noticed that CNN limits responses on some Ticker stories? Some stories have no commentary and others allow ten responses or 200 or 54 or 3.

    Did you notice that today CNN coverage of McCain's speech was split screen with the Dow Jones board "rising" as McCain spoke?

    This is where the new agency of truth in news that covered Operation Desert Storm from inside Iraq has come. What a shame. Where are the journalists who treasure the truth and stand by the facts? As dead as our hope, I suppose.

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

    I am glad that SOMEONE is focusing on the American people and the economy.

    McCain once said that personal negative attacks are the last refuge of those who have no issues to run on – and he's proving that with his own campaign.

    October 6, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  13. kathy

    If Obama cared about our economy, he's drop out of the race, Everytime polls go up in his favor, the stock market falls. Figure it out people. The Democrats in Congress are to blame. Tax big and small businesses and jobs will disappear. Oh, I forgot, with Obams, we want need to work, the Government will take care of us. God help America. It's a sad day when people vote for a President just because of his race. Obama doesn't have a clue.

    October 6, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. Gone

    When all is said and done, Obama is going down in November because of two issues that won’t go away:

    1. Jeremiah Wright
    2. Michelle Obama

    Since Obama has been “speaking in tongues” the past two years, and since there’s not much else voters REALLY know about Obama – these two issues will stick!

    October 6, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. Huh?

    “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.”

    Kudos Barack.

    October 6, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. Wise White Guy

    Gary....not much to say other than you need to go back and get your GED or something. Turn off Rush, turn off Fox News and maybe, just maybe the little ticker in your head will start to work again. You have no clue about anything.

    October 6, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  17. j

    McCain's most rememorable contribution to an economic crisis came during the S&L crisis as a member of the Keating 5. It's no wonder he wants to change the subject. McCain & Palin don't bare up well to scrutiny.

    October 6, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. Donna Mississippi

    I am saddened by the disgrace that MCCain and Palin has shown, I have a Son that is in the Military and he serves his country honorable, does this pay his bills NO!!!! My son is a Maverick not Jonh McCAin, I am sick and tired of all the BULL that the republicans are trying to shove up our rear ends, it is time for us the true AMERICANS to stand up and put an end t the same old BUSH tactics that has frozen the american people. America let your voices be heard. I will be voting for OBAMA/BIDEN and encouraging evryone that I meet to do the same. As for Sara Palin words can not describe for an AMERICAN how she screws up the English language, you are nothing but a dumb cluck I will not eevn have my daughter lisson to you I don't want her talking like that, SARA go to school.

    October 6, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  19. ANGIE

    JOHN LYING MCCAIN HAS LOST HIS MIND his own campaign even admitted today if they keep talking about the economy then they will lose MCIDIOTS ITS THE ECONOMY DO YOU PEOPLE PAY ATTENTION no thats right your too busy lying and figuring out ways to smear Senator Obama THE MCCAIN CAMPAIGN WILL GO DOWN AS THE MOST VILE LYING DISGUSTING CAMPAIGN IN HISTORY!

    October 6, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  20. Hall for Obama

    Sarah Palin and John McCain are demonstrating that the Bible has a place on their shelves collecting dust and nothing more. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. Look I was born and raise in the same state where people use to kill black people for fun, but that do not make me a killer. Sarah Palin and John McCain should get with the program and stop wasting time on childish stuff. I would feel so much better if they would talk about how to fix what is wrong with the government.

    October 6, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  21. William

    LMAO...Rick, give it up dude! Nobody in politics is clean. Every one of them has made some kind of mistake or met the wrong people at some point. The question is not what they did in the past, but did they learn from their mistakes...And that is clearly Obama. Heck, never mind Palin's past...she's embroiled in legal trouble NOW!!! LOL!

    October 6, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  22. Texans for Obama

    Well when you don't have a plan on the economy, health care, etc. to talk about all you have left is to attack your opponent in the hopes the American people will fall for your lies. Sen. McCain wake up we know where you are coming from and we the American people aren't falling for it. Why don't you drop out of the race like you did in Michigan you will be putting your Country First for sure.

    October 6, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  23. barbara campbell

    So sorry neocons. You've successfully sensitized the American people to your smears, lies, and attacks that now we don't believe anything you say. Even your propaganda machines in the mainstream media aren't helping you.

    Never underestimate the Republicans' underestimation of the American people.

    October 6, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  24. SONGBIRD MCCAIN

    "Sooner or later, people are going to figure out if all you run is negative attack ads you don't have much of a vision for the future or you're not ready to articulate it." – John McCain, 2000

    October 6, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  25. Dee coming revolution

    YOU TUBE KEATINGECONOMICS

    October 6, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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