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

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

Obama says McCain is avoiding discussing the economy.

Obama says McCain is avoiding discussing the economy.

(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. Cuban-mami-4-OBAMA

    Just heard something interesting from Bill Schenider of CNN, 30% of Republicans think that McCain is going to lose.

    WOW........that's a significant number........ if 30% of Republicans believe that their candidate will lose, then why vote?

    Also, that 30% know, what those of us, Republicans, Independents and Democrats voting for OBAMA know.......... that's that, McCain IS out-of-touch-erratic-and-mean.

    I dreading tomorrow night's debate because I know that McCain will attack, he will be rude and dismissive towards. Sen. Obama.

    McCain, I believe is angry, very angry that this brilliant young man who happens to be African-American would come along and steal what is "rightfully" his. Just like Bush stole McCain's thunder in 2000!
    Perhaps McCain, needs to have a reality check, sometimes its not meant to be.

    October 6, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. BURNS

    ALL THOSE $$$$$$$$$$ OBAMA TOOK FROM WALL ST FOLKS FOR
    HIS CAMPANGE BROKE THE BANK FOR AMERICA. BUT WHAT THE
    HELL,WHATS A HALF BILLION DOLLARS FROM THE DEMS. THEY
    CAN ALWAYS MAKE IT UP IN TAXES.

    NAM VET NH

    October 6, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. Objection

    I have e-mailed the following to the FCC:

    I strongly object to - and request an investigation by - the FCC of CNN's internet communications practices.

    As you know, CNN makes available internet articles and then posts these on "tickers" that allow readers to comment. I strongly object to the following practices of CNN vis-a-vis- these tickers.

    Any pro-Obama comment (regardless how vile) is posted repeatedly by the same individual - and this individual is allowed to post on any and all subsequent tickers.

    Conversely, any anti-Obama comment is rarely - if ever - posted. If it IS posted on one ticker - and if the same individual attempts to post another comment - the first comment is immediately removed. Additionally, if this individual attempts to post a comment on a different ticker - NOT only is this comment NOT posted - but the comment on a previous ticker is also immediately eliminated.

    October 6, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. cecil

    Saying A Sitting United State Senator Is Palling Around With Terrorist
    Is Very Reckless and Shameful!

    October 6, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. Republicans stinks up the place

    McCain is disgusting. I am honestly disappointed in him.

    October 6, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  6. Tempered

    Thank you, Senator Obama! I know you have our best interests at heart. I can't wait for this endless election to be over so that you can really get to work on solving the problems that Dubya and his cronies are leaving behind. Please stick to the high road: your moral center is why we're putting our trust in (and casting our votes for) you.

    October 6, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  7. JDOD

    We are in such Bad shape financially and MCPalin could care less about Us! Voting for Obama.

    October 6, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  8. Dougals, Los Angeles

    Dear Future President Barack Obama: Whatever you do, please don't go horribly negative like Senator McCain and Governor Palin. Their smears are getting ugly and becoming more and more unattractive to us voters, especially we independents. I hear you and believe that you love this country and eager to work hard even though you are going to inherit the largest mess any president have ever been saddeled with. For the likes of me, I can't understand why anybody would want this job after the Bush/McCain Administration have raped this country of so much.

    You have my vote and support. Just don't get caught up in the dirty politics of McCain/Palin. They are trying to lure you into that dark hole of loser.

    October 6, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  9. david

    the economy is hurting because of the war, spending money on exports that could be made here. rising price of oil because of war, and OPEC doesn't like the president because of their idealogies. Bush did protect the country at least give him that. but money now that is a different story, and it was the same with his father. America always needed balance but the rich are getting excessive. REALITY CHECK because what is the point to have FDIC if a dollar is worth a penny. America still got it but people need to play their role and get in their stations.

    October 6, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  10. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    WHY DIDN'T SENATOR MCCAIN DO THE HONORABLE THING TO SAVE INVESTORS KNOWING THAT SILVER BANK WAS FAILING WHEN HIS SON WHO WAS CEO AND QUIT 2 MONTHS PRIOR TO IT'S FAILURE IN AUGUST '08? JOHN MCCAIN WAS IN ARIZONA EVERY WEEKEND DURING THIS TIME.

    October 6, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  11. cecil

    GOP Garbage In, Garbage Out!

    October 6, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  12. Paying Attention

    Obama is right. McCain does not have a good healthcare plan or any other policies. Bad news McCain, I am going to vote for Obama. The Keating 5 is real and the Obama attacks are false,

    We would vote for Obama today if we could. I would like to be done with you and your lying ways. Good riddens McCain.

    October 6, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  13. Kate Fergus

    McCain is so desperate he is willing to shift the focus off the economy of which is knows nothing about, to mud slinging. All the garbage he is dredging up is old news.

    Let's talk about the Keating 5; Troopergate; Palin's witch hunter reverend; McCain's philandering past; proven lies throughout the campaign, etc. etc. etc. If he wants to fight dirty, he and Palin better be prepared to answer some questions about their own characters or lack of them.

    While I don't like swift boating, I do feel that Obama shouldn't take McCain and Palin's character attacks without fighting back. I do know, Obama will continue to focus on the ecomony. He is an intelligent, reflective, and thoughtful man which is who is needed given the complexities that are in being faced today. McCain doesn't understand these.

    Remember it was McCain that said the "fundamentals of the economy are sound" two/three weeks ago?!!!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 6, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  14. Winnie in Montana

    McCain will do whatever he can to deflect attention from his own failings. He is 72 years old, not particularly well-educated, a life-long politician, an adulterer, friend to scoundrels domestic and foreign, married to a woman who stole from her own charity, filthy rich and unconcerned with regular Americans. In addition, he chose a right-wing nut-job for a running mate. Did I mention the nut-job isn't very smart or well-educated, either?

    He cannot properly discuss the economy because he's still catching up to the present! Just weeks ago, he thought the economy was "sound".

    October 6, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  15. justobserve

    McCain-Palin are now desperate and panic. They will turn to anything they can find to attack Obama, even though they are old news and Obama had been clear. Does any idiot believe in this time and age, some terrorists are still on the loose that Obama can pal around with? If they are not in jail, they should sue Palin for discrediting their good name. Palin thinks she can do anything the ways she did in Alaska without any check and balance. Go back to Alaska to be the Dictator that your citizens so love. Palin is THE terrorist for wanting to secede from the USA then came running for Vice to destroy this nation!

    October 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  16. cecil

    McCain Corrupt Skeletons:

    Keating 5
    G.Gordon Liddy
    John Singlaud
    The Mob Boss
    Sara Palin – trooper gate, affairs,
    Gov Palin appear at the radical group "AIP" convention in 2000
    Rick Davis – Fannie Mae

    Vote record Against Vets
    Votes Against Womens Issues
    Votes Against Education
    Votes For the War in Iraq
    Adultry/Gambling

    October 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  17. CAW in MD

    Ex-Republican - wow, dude/dudette, maybe decaf next time?

    I'm more sad than I am angry about the turn of events with McCain. At one point in time he really was the maverick that he likes to talk about on the campaign trail. If he had been that person again, it would have been a very different race to this point in terms of the level of discourse. This could have been a model campaign to hold up as an example of how two men can disagree with each other but not feel the need to discredit each other. Instead, we're getting a model election of how desperation can alter life-long held tenets of acceptable behavior.

    Tomorrow's debate should be interesting...

    October 6, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  18. ohio voter

    I sign papers today to stop contributing to my 401k , I could spen d the money on gas or buy groceries instead of watching it dwindle away faster then i can put the money in,,, It is so sad that will Im watching my future and my childrens security evaporate and the best that McCain and Palin can do is infantile name calling

    I dont see how anyone with a child and a brain can possibly think of voting for these two

    Stop the childish games and talking about the issues please !!!!!!

    October 6, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  19. Republican for Obama

    Worse then limiting the number of comments on the pages, is the fact that CNN picks and chooses who it will let comment on these pages. I suppose I just don't pick the right side to comment on isn't that right MR OR MS MODERATOR.......

    AND DON'T COMPLAIN TO CNN TICKER BECAUSE THEY COULD CARE LESS....

    COME ON YOU GUYS WHO ARE MODERATING THESE COMMENTS... GIVE US ALL A CHANCE TO COMMENT. NOT JUST YOUR CHOSEN FEW.

    BUT THEN YOU PROBABLY WON'T EVEN PRINT THIS ONE EITHER.

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

    So my Granddaughter say's to me... Why do you care so much about America? If they get in trouble it's better me Granddad. She is a much better candidate than me for this Ticker...

    October 6, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  21. Baze

    John Arcane, the new voice of fascist America

    ONE NATION

    October 6, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  22. Dave

    Joe? Shouldn't it be "Jane" Six-pack? Like Jane Doe? Maybe not.

    October 6, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  23. MAVERICK

    The true man behind the mask is starting to emerge as an angry, bitter, and self absorbed wreck. If this doesn't scream 'more of the same' straight to your face, than you are a poor judge of character and should do everyone else in this nation a favor, and sit out on this election.

    October 6, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  24. Buckeye

    Brother can you spare me a dime? Congress can you send me another trillion or so? The first question is for Main Street and the second for Wall Street. Both Senators represent Wall Street. Time for a real party, another boston tea party!

    October 6, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  25. 4 THE CONSTITUTION

    The Keating 5 scandle is not mud slinging. It is a fact. It is also pertainate to our current financial criisis as McSame is a well known advocate of deregulation and has major deregulation lobbists, like Davis and Gram advising his campaign. Mud slinging would be bringing up Cindi's treft of narcotics from her chariy due to her addiction. And as far as patroitism goes, Palin has given a presentation at her Husbands Separitist group that wants to cede from the US-as in treason!

    October 6, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
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