October 15th, 2008
11:03 PM ET
14 years ago

Relieved McCain aides thrilled over Bush one-liner

(CNN) - McCain aides expressed relief Wednesday night that the Arizona senator “finally” used a line that took on one of Obama’s central campaign themes.

Watch: I'm not Bush, McCain says

“Sen. Obama, I am not President Bush,” he said. “If you wanted to run against President Bush you should have run four years ago. I will take this country in a new direction."

McCain advisors – who said they had been pushing him to stress that distinction more explicitly than he had in the past - immediately uploaded the quote to YouTube, and circulated it to reporters.

Filed under: John McCain • Presidential Debate
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  1. April

    Every time that I see Sen. McCain speak, I grow more and more empathetic for him. His rebutle to Obamas' comment clearly showed McCain's contempt for Bush. He rarely addresses things directly, but plays up the emotional aspects of the American people.
    This tactic of playing on Americas fears, pain, and unfortunetly ignorance. If McCain wins it will be based on sympathy votes.

    October 15, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  2. hrsc

    All I saw was a angry confused McCain. He talked about cutting taxes he never stated how . Instead he acted as the angry old 72 year old that he is.

    October 15, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  3. Chang Liu

    I am voting for Obama! McCain is a lousy ticket. McCain may not be Bush, but Palin is definite a female Bush.

    October 15, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  4. NickNas

    Who won the final presidential debate?

    John McCain 32%

    Barack Obama 68%

    Total Voters:32201

    THE LATEST FROM GET THIS>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> FOX !!!!!!!

    October 15, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  5. Amy

    Why would anyone believe that McCain will take us in a new direction, when he voted 95% of the time over the last year with Bush? If he had another way to take our country, wouldn't he have parted company with Bush and his policies?

    This man will say anything to get elected, and God help us all if he is.

    October 15, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  6. Mr. Kerry C. Dauphinee

    Isn't Gov. Palin youngest child diagnosed with Down Syndrome not Autism.

    Appears McCain is not up to speed with Special Needs. I would like to hear the panel discuss more on this issue as special needs does play into Education, Health Care and many more issues.

    October 15, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  7. Michelle

    His name may not be George Bush, but his policies and ideals are too similar to those of Bush. And in this economy, I dare not risk finding out the distinction. You are judged by the company you keep. I find it hard to believe that either of these candidates are the best our country has to offer. Both are politicians and ultimately neither will have the power to fully restore this country. It is up to us. "We the people" But when I cast my early vote, it will be for Obama/Biden.

    October 15, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  8. joel palmer

    BTW If that crybaby Joe the Plumber is pulling down more than $250K ($125 and hour for 2000 hours a year or $5K a wekk fer crissakes) than yes we are going to hit you up for your fair share of taxes.

    More likely, the guy is confused between Revenue (gross) and income (net) You only pay tax on income, not revenue

    October 15, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  9. Will - OKC

    The idea that a debate between two presidential candidates is "boring" and "uneventful" when the candidates calmly discuss their policies and philosophies, while "one liners" and "zingers" make for "the most interesting debate of the three" (according to Candy Crowley) represent what is wrong with the media today.

    That said, all snap polls indicate that Obama won this debate, and he was not the one delivering the "zingers" and "one liners".

    Make of that what you will.

    October 15, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  10. albert

    I am hearing alot of obama supporters saying exactly what the news anchors are saying. That is the problem with the whole process of there thinking. Make up your own judgement of the candidates, stop stealing reporters lines.

    October 15, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  11. Firefly

    Yes, I agree. Does he knows the Sarah's son has DS not Autism? is he losing his marbles, he is on national TV, you can't make a mistake like this. What if this was a mistake between pressing the red button or blue button? God Help us all.

    October 15, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  12. Tom

    Is it better to say I am change for America and just be a puppet for the Democratic party or be the Maverick and show that you stand for a purpose that may not always be with the party. I'll take the latter and lets get rid of both parties and have candidates stand on their own merits.

    October 15, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  13. I'm Decided Now.

    The best part about McCain's "zinger" is that Obama cleaned his clock with is by telling him, "You're not George W. Bush? That's not what your record says."

    October 15, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  14. Lancaster JOHN

    I was a long time McCain supporter but through the latest debate it seemed that all he did was bait and try to anger Obama instead of trying to make the point of why people should vote for him and not Obama. I will have to vote for Obama, his campaign has been far less negative than the Republican campaign. I hope that most voters will be turned off by the negativity in place of substance that McCain has used. We need responsible ideas and change not the same good old boy politics that George Bush has represented and that John McCain has supported for decades.

    October 15, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  15. Jill Sixpack the Carpenter

    John McCain is not Bush but he sure likes to vote with him and for his policies. He bragged about it himself. Notice that Obama was never rattled by McCain's jabs and lies. Obama's demeanor was very presidential and his temperament was cool as a cucumber. Never once did he demean McCain or his running mate. Very respectable, Obama did a fantastic job.

    October 15, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  16. vince

    McCain proved it tonight....he's an angry, desperate old man who can't hold his temper. Bye, bye Palin...hope you don't freeze anyone on your way back to Alaska with your cold heart. "Role model" Ha!

    October 15, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  17. Hopeful

    Obama should have said "I know George Bush. He is a cowboy. You senator are no cowboy. You are a mavrick. The cowboy will ride the mavrick back to Texas." OBAMA/BIDEN for change!

    October 15, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  18. mel

    McCain is not president Bush, but the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

    No McSame/Pa_in.

    October 15, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  19. maurice

    he`s not bush. and its 90% of the time not 94 or 85% of the time and you might want to go look at how many time obama voted with bush and how many times obama voted present

    October 15, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  20. Julian from Atlanta

    McCain's diehard supporters may have been impressed by the comment but I think most voters do view his policies as more of the same. It is always amazing to see how people act when they feel threatened or fearful of defeat.

    October 15, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  21. Luther

    McCain is going to win this election folks.

    October 15, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  22. CollegeKidForObama

    mccain came off angry, senile, and very disrespectful
    with the heavy sighing and eye rolls. Obama shows the true characteristics of a leader...even under intense scrutiny he keeps his cool

    plus obama best benifits me as a student

    October 15, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  23. I'm voting for BO! THAT ONE

    So proud of you Obama! Great job.

    October 15, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  24. Callie

    One line a pres. it does not make. All you had to do was listen to all that was said to know that he does not speak for most American.

    October 15, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  25. Blanche Asdot

    Again McCain could'nt resist acting like a condesending grandfather. Obama was not on top of his game but he did come acfoss as being more presidential and clearly wants to talk about issues .

    October 15, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
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