October 8th, 2008
03:09 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama slams McCain debate response

Obama said McCain has a 'radical' plan to address the health care issue.

Obama said McCain has a 'radical' plan to address the health care issue.

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (CNN) – Barack Obama told thousands in Indiana that John McCain failed to present a case for change in Tuesday night’s debate and would simply continue the policies of the Bush administration should he be elected.

“In order to bring about change we’re going to have to take a new direction. It will take new leadership in Washington. It will take a real change in the policies and politics of the last eight years,” he said. “All we heard from Senator McCain was more of the same Bush economics that led us into this mess in the first place.”

Obama said he supported the Federal Reserve’s emergency rate cut and the decision to act in concert with other countries’ financial entities. He explained to the wet crowd assembled at the state fairgrounds why the extraordinary Wall Street rescue package signed into law was necessary to help the average family struggling to make ends meet.

“Here in Indianapolis and all across America, you’re seeing your hours getting cut or realizing that you can’t pay every bill that’s sitting on the kitchen counter,” he said. “You know back in 1980 Ronald Reagan asked the electorate whether you were better off than you were four years ago, at the pace things are going right now you’re going to have ask whether you’re better off than you were four weeks ago.”

As he has for the last several weeks, Obama remained laser focused on the economy but did acknowledge the nasty tenor of the campaign.

“Senator McCain’s campaign announced last week that they plan to 'turn the page' on the discussion about our economy and spend the final weeks of this election attacking me instead. He and Governor Palin are out there saying all kinds of stuff,” he said in a not so subtle nod to Palin’s recent comments that Obama associates with “terrorists.” “I can take four more weeks of John McCain’s attacks, but the American people can’t take four more years of John McCain’s George Bush policies.”

Recent polls show Obama trailing here, a red-state his campaign has targeted for a possible pick up. Obama heads to Ohio Thursday for a two-day swing and plans to return there early next week to prepare for the final presidential debate.

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soundoff (317 Responses)
  1. Paula, Los Angeles CA

    Good job Obama!!

    "That One" '08 : )

    October 8, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. G

    Forget race, forget age, forget health and gender.... Take at look at the issues at hand and the problems we are facing and just look at their difference in solutions. Obama has a clear 1,2,3 plan for everything. McCain mumbles and stumbles to a bad idea constantly. WE NEED CHANGE. not a mccain 15% change, an obama 100% change!

    October 8, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. dave g, Minneapolis

    Both Obama and McCain are selling snake oil. They have something for everyone and no one gets hurt. "Come on over!" "I'll cut your taxes, give you healthcare, and get you a job!!"

    Both are lying to you. It can't be done. This farce of a bailout will prove it. You can't just take a $700B shot and get all better. We had tax rebates earlier this year...what did that cost ~$100B? then the earlier bailouts ~$200B. Throw in a war at $500B per year. Now they're going to buy BAD mortgages!!?? with my tax money? This is why the companies failed...and now the Government is going to take it on? LUNACY

    Bob Barr is against all of this and is the only real voice of change. I'm voting Libertarian this year.

    October 8, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. James

    It is weird that it is not surprising to see some people here call Obama their "king". That's the hype Americans need?!

    October 8, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. cecil

    The G.O.P. Lynch Mob

    Gov. Palin The Grand Wizard

    October 8, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |

    I have a question! McCain nominated Palin as his running mate. If by some nightmare McCain should win, can McCain resind that nomination and replace her with someone else? The reason I ask is because I noticed during the debate last night he never mentioned Palin but he did mention Lieberman several times.

    October 8, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. Janet

    Obama's constant reiteration of "you" is a transparent means to say "this election is about you." In fact, it is all about him winning to put in place his socialist ideology and even more big government programs: The same kind of programs like Fannie Mae / Freddie Mac that the DEMS used and protected, as a vehicle to get us all in the fix we are now in. Who exactly does Obama think is going to pay for whole new government bureaucracies necessary to inefficiently implement Universal Health Care, and Educational Programs. These third-party pay programs just drive costs up not down. Who is he kidding? We do not need more big government (DEM or GOP) that has already overobligated us by $52 TRILLION dollars. CUT big government. Get rid of the whole lot of Congress / Senate and get people that actually will protect our interests.

    October 8, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. simp

    darko and chris

    I have no idea what debate you losers were looking at but Obama slam that old confused mcsane. You idiots see what's happening in our economy and you morons think that mccain has something different to offer us, Hell no!!!. I'm voting for "that one"


    October 8, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. Go Gettem

    Obama is in to win it ,[Go O.B.A.M.A Go].

    October 8, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. HRM, FL

    Whats left for McShame? The Race Card?! I wouldn't be surprised.

    Obama / Biden 08

    October 8, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. Dawn

    I'm glad to see that I am not the only person who caught McCain's "That One" comment. That was just as bad as calling Black People, "you People". Was that his slick way of calling Obama a Ni**** without actually saying it?

    Obama/Biden in 08!!!

    October 8, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. chris

    and mccain called barack obama that one , really obama is that one who will change the country and bring it to a new direction, barack obama is that one that one and that one and change is coming and the time for change go obama go obama go obama we need you to be our president and if sarah palin and his supporter wants the civil war in america , we don't want that , but if they want it , they will get it by treating a senator and the president barack obama as a terrorist and they trynna say to kill him, if that will be the case , we wanna start the war , i don't wish that because it is america , so president barack obama , please inspire us and give us the will to work.............. Obama 2008

    October 8, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Clinton, E.E

    I understand John Maccain's dream to be a president of self fufillment. But what he does not understand is his sterile idears for the American people that is more of J Bushhhhhhhhh....My advice for him is to pack his baggage back to Arizona till his last days and Palin should show example of a good mother to her Kids not shinning on T.V. with vague idears..ONE !!! BARACK OOOOOO......

    October 8, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Anna

    In response to Chris' comment below – are you stupid? honestly, look at what John McCain is doing with taxes – providing a $300 billion dollar tax cuts to corporate CEOs. If you want to talk about taking money out of the economy, you have it right there. And if you listened at all to Obama's tax plan, you would see that he's actually giving businesses tax breaks so that they can provide more for their employees. Now this is a logical allocation or resources – McCain does NOT know how to properly use money from our nations citizens – I don't want my money going toward the monthly bill of $10 billion PER MONTH in Iraq. If McCain were so obsessed with putting "Our Country First" he would make sure his citizens were healthy and educated – but NO - he thinks that both of these programs should be cut. Obama clearly knows how to put his country first and isn't involved in financial scandals like McCain has been (i.e., Keating). Seriously, all you McCain supporters, go out and read up on your politician – you'll find that when it comes to the economy or health care, he is NOT the person to elect – you would just be asking for trouble.

    October 8, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |

    For all of you who support Obama...if he wins...oh wait...according to you he
    has already won...
    Well I have a news flash for you!
    Hide and watch...You think this country is circling the drain now...Wait until
    your chosen one flushes one last time...Now...just get over yourselves and spin

    October 8, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. Janice

    Mccain camp hear this and hear it now, if you don't let your candidate stand up and scream at the next debate that he is not George Bush and would not govern the same way that he has, practically throw him under the bus, this is over. Personally I'd have Sarah withdraw and get a more qualified V.p, for my October surprise and i do it immediately.

    October 8, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. Alexander

    Obama speaks of facts,and gives the facts. Obama also is not a mud slinger like McCain. McCain is to old for the job of President and does this country really want to keep living in the slums like George Bush does. McCain owns (7) houses, YES, (7) houses. I would like to know whom is paying for all his houses,gas,medical insurance,food,utilities? Your mind is not helping the American people, but keeping us in the situation we are now. Obama is a down to earth Senator, he believes in change and he can get our economy turned around where we can keep our houses,cars ect. Obama, will bring our troops home. Don't you think they have paid enough for George Bushes revenge? Bush has literally used our military personnel to seek his own revenge. I think it is a long time coming President Obama.

    October 8, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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