October 11th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Rendell on McCain attacks: 'I think they're just stupid'

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell dismissed the McCain campaign’s recent attacks against Barack Obama’s character Saturday, and said the Republican nominee’s current strategy has severely damaged him here.

“I think the John McCain of 2000 would have been a very difficult candidate to beat. The John McCain of 2008 is much less difficult to beat,” Rendell told reporters after an Obama rally.

When asked if he thought there has been any racial undercurrent to the McCain-Palin ticket bringing up issues like Obama’s relationship with 1960s radical William Ayers, Rendell shook his head.

“Not particularly. I think they’re just stupid, they’re dumb, dumb,” Rendell said of the attacks. “They’re all dumb when people are facing the challenges in their own lives that they’re facing no one wants to hear that stuff it’s just dumb.

"You know tell us what you want to do. If he’s got a plan for the mortgage bailout explain it to the American people that might get people’s interest … but don’t tell us about you know something that happened when Barack Obama was just 8 years of age, it’s just dumb.”

soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Clark Shaffer

    Rendell is trying to calm the waters and bring the focus back to the issues. No one can say that Obama, drawing on and reminding people of the McCain/Keating relationship, is not relevant. Consequently, can any McCain/Palin supporters not speak intelligently to the reality that McCaiin pulled a huge bait and switch this week in favor of mortgage bankers with the mortgage debt buyout proposal which he now saddles the American public with and his saying "it was an oversight that the correct language was not included.

    Face it, McCain won't speak to any issue specifically except the Iraq war or tying his opponent to obvious racially based claims and statements.

    If infact it was an "oversight", what else do you need from McCain in order to see that he is truly incapable of providing competent leadership.

    October 11, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. Karen - Tired of McCain/Palin

    Rendell you are absolutely wrong we the American people do see Palin commets of Ayers as inciting racism. Palin has incited the crowds with the Ayers statements. Today she's not mentioning Ayers but only sticking to the issues I too have heard people scream KILL HIM, TERRIOST but Palin nor McCain said nothing to stop it. It wasn't until Friday when the report was coming out about Palin, that McCain decided to quiet down the crowds because McCain didn't want the Democratic Party going after Palin and her abuse of power in firing an innocent man. The Republican party wanted the report about Palin not to be an issue and if it became an issue, they would say "SEE MCcain denounce the racist remarks about Obama. I wonder if the report had come out positive about Palin would McCain have denounce the negavity because he didn't denounce it earlier it the week. Listen my fellow Americans, the Republican party is the most crafted party at trying to switch things in their favor.. BE WARE OF WOLVES IN SHEEP CLOTHING… McCain / Palin wear their coats very well but we are onto you McCain tactics. Obama should definitely NOT apologize for Lewis because Lewis is right. McCain and Palin incited racism and brought back the 60's of the south. McCain/Palin put Obama's life even more in danger and showed no remorse. My fellow American's let's show them we can come together as one.

    October 11, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Chris from STL

    Here is another example of stupidity and intolerance .... Mr. McCain, you need to stay away from these peanut brains.

    From Yahoo news ....

    "one of Mr. McCain's supporter Rev. Arnold Conrad, past pastor of the Grace Evangelical Free Church in Davenport, IA in his prayer appeared to dismiss faiths other than Christianity and cast the election as a referendum on God himself.

    "I would also pray, Lord, that your reputation is involved in all that happens between now and November, because there are millions of people around this world praying to their god — whether it's Hindu, Buddha, Allah — that his opponent wins, for a variety of reasons," Conrad said.

    "And Lord, I pray that you would guard your own reputation, because they're going to think that their god is bigger than you, if that happens. So I pray that you will step forward and honor your own name with all that happens between now and Election Day," he said.

    October 11, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. JD in NC

    Hmmm... they do respond to issues like the financial crisis and Palin's abuse of power by shouting:


    My big fear is that if they win the election by distracting people, will they keep using the "winning formula" while in power?

    October 11, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. Will

    John McCain has not changed who he is at all so these types of comments are just more of the typical dishonesty from the left.

    BTW Ed, Ayers stated that his only regret was that he didn't do more bombing and he said this while he was buddies with Obama working with him on that committe. Just research Obama and that new socialist party thats stated goal was to infultrate the Democratic party and force their plans for America on this nation. Looks like they are going to win since it seems we cannot find enough great Americans to over take the amount of libs who are registered 72 times to vote for Obama.

    From reading the comments on this forum it has become clear that whatever trace of decency or honesty that was still intact on the left has now completely disapeared. Libs feel no remorse for cheating, being dishonest, or wishing death on those who don't march to the liberal ideology as they do. Just read and listen to their words, do you really wish to side with such people?

    October 11, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. payback

    mccain/palin, need to stop shouting fire. in a crowded theater.......they will likely, themselves, to get burned..............................

    October 11, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |


    October 11, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. 33/white/female in S.C.

    They're not just stupid, they're dangerous. Stop it now!! Stop the bigotry and stop purging and suppressing votes. Are you trying to start a civil war? Shame, Shame, Shame.

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 11, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. Michael

    Do you expect anything more of stupid people? They can't help but being stupid! Palin interviews say it all!

    October 11, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. Winnie in Montana

    I am hoping that CNN will post this, since every other time I have tried to address this issue, my comment was either excluded or, as today, the comments were closed.

    Sarah Palin's stand on abortion is scary. To say hers are radical ideas is putting it mildly. To say that government should have any influence in a woman's personal decision is wrong. I'd like to give two examples of the importance of choice.

    Last year, my two best girlfriends became pregnant due to a failure of their birth control methods. Both are working mothers who are divorced. Both were in serious relationships. Neither of their counterparts, for lack of a better word, wanted to be a father. One girl has two beautiful children and the other has three. One works at a professional job and the other at two jobs. Both can barely make ends meet with the children they have. The addition of another child would have put them over the financial tipping point. Also, the children they already have rely on them for support, love and attention. The quality of life that these existing children have would have been severely compromised if either of these women gave birth. After much counseling and conversations with God, both women chose to terminate their pregnancies. It was not an easy choice, or one that God forbid, I would ever want to have to make. But they did what was best for themselves and their existing children. I'll be d#@ned if I let the government make these decisions for my fellow women!

    Sarah Palin is a religious radical, she has turned campaign rallies into Klan rallies and I don't even want her to WALK by the White House, much less to become Vice President of this nation.

    October 11, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. yen

    If McCain is unable to atriculate what he can do to the economy of the country for which he was a contributor, who is going to believe Palin when she says that they will balance the budget by the end of their first terlm. Nothing she has said so far is trustworthy.

    October 11, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. Barack Obama IS Our 44th president !

    I agree with Gov. Rendell.

    It's obvious McCain-Palin's campaign is in the toilet, therefore, all they know to do is what's in their evil hearts – sow seeds of fear, hate, and division. And all of the American people need to reject them completely with the power of their vote !

    They don't have any answers for the mess they have helped put this country in, nor do they know how to solve the mess. They have proven to the American people that they are too stupid and ignorant to lead this country...they are completely unqualified for the positions of VP and president.

    I truly hope everyone will turn the page on this old dirty stale politics, and choose a better path. It's time for the American people to get it right and NOT vote for McCain-Palin, instead vote for change. It's time for this country to turn the page and seek a new and better future for ourselves and our children.It's time for REAL change in Washington, it's time to elect Barack Obama for president !

    Obama-Biden are the wiser and stronger team to solve the crucial challenges we have in this nation and abroad !

    October 11, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. Ralph Beavers

    I would like for someone to check into McCain's background and see if ther are any connections to any hate organizations. This sure sounds like hate campaigning to me. If McCain didn't agree with his running mate then why didn't he try to stop her from makeing these statements about Obama? These statements were being made two weeks ago; and no one can tell me that McCain didn't have a smirk on his face when he heard them.

    October 11, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  14. jo ann

    You're the dumb one Rendell. Do the math. Obama was 34 years old when his relationship started with Ayers.

    October 11, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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    October 11, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. mb

    You are so right Gov. Rendell, they are stupid and they they the American people are just as stupid as they are.


    October 11, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. mike

    he's right, if something happens to obama mccain will be in deep trouble. this little weasel mccain goes around saying country first, but time and time again he has proven that in order to win he will do anything, As a Canadian we are just shocked at how dumb some average americans are!

    October 11, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  18. bibek

    Randell is right.

    October 11, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. Emily

    It is not nice to call anyone stupid.

    In this country, there are 300 million people. There are people who may have higher IQ and lower IQ. There are people who have right wing value and left wing value. There are people who are white and who are black.

    It is OK. We need to remember, we all mean well. We all want to do well in our lives.

    The question is what kind of system we need to make everyone happy. Should we enhance federalist policies? Should we increase the power of federal government? What did States not achieve? What regulations succeeded in the past? How do we refer to Constitutions in 21st century?

    In this internet age, is "congressional system" really working? Can't we create more participatory decision system on legislative activities leveraging power of internet?

    President changes every 4-8 years, but these policies can not. So let's really discuss policies.

    October 11, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  20. JT

    My Governor entertains me to no end. 🙂

    October 11, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. Elizabeth

    Why will Obama repudiate Lewis comments? He and Palin throw the worst attack in the history of political campaign and McCain approved it. Maybe he should clean up Palin's mouth and censor her rhetoric remarks. Mccain and Palin are both creating the most heneous crime, hatred and division by provocation on their speeches. Palin who was found guilty of abusing her power as Governor and telling all lies regarding her so called accomplishment as government leader have the nerve to accuse Obama?

    October 11, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  22. Nancy West

    It is sad to see the statements that are being made by the McCcain campaign. But then I shouldn't be surprised. When your network printed the lines stating that Palin had been choosen as his running mate. I thought you were playing a joke on the American people.

    October 11, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  23. Nichole

    Whoever is supporting McCain-Palin ticket.. I don't know what to say but SHAME ON YOU! YOU are the UnAmerican ill-mannered divisionist. Think and support America's cause. We love America and we support the one who will move our County forward..

    October 11, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  24. Cathy Agu

    way 2 go....

    October 11, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  25. rachae

    Amen. Palin is beyond stupid.

    October 11, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
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