October 25th, 2008
03:42 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama again mocks McCain over ties to Bush

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RENO, Nevada (CNN) - Democrat Barack Obama levied more criticism at opponent John McCain Saturday, mocking the Arizona Republican by saying McCain is just "trying to break with his president over the last ten days after having supported him for the last eight years."

"He denounced the President for letting things get completely out of hand–that's what he said," Obama told a crowd in Reno. "In fact, John McCain is so opposed to George Bush's policies, that he voted with him 90 percent of the time for the first eight years. That's right, he decided to really stick it to George Bush – 10 percent of the time."

"So, let's be clear. John McCain attacking George Bush for his out-of-hand economic policy is like Dick Cheney attacking George Bush for his go-it-alone foreign policy. What Joe Biden says – it's like Tonto getting mad at the Lone Ranger."

Though, to be clear, Obama's running mate Joe Biden never actually said that publicly. Biden has, however, made similar references using Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

The Illinois senator is spending the day out west. In addition to Reno's event, he's also holding a rally in Las Vegas, as well as one in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • Nevada • President Bush
soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. Frann A in CA

    Can't you (CNN) find anything more meaningful to comment on than this during such an important time in our financial/economic history.

    Let's have someone ask both candidates about the role 'disaster capitalism" is playing in the market of late. We need transparency.

    I'm horrified at the state of our economy, national and foreign policies as well. Fighting wars without ends is job security for someone(s).

    October 25, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. Erik

    The mob screams "socialist" at Sarah Palin rallies (note the increasing irrelevancy of McCain). This "socialist" label is simply the latest scare tactic of the Republican desperation machine. It's a powerful propaganda word, gets the low-info voters all riled up. Unfortunately for the Republicans, taxation does not equal socialism, and only fools will believe them.

    October 25, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Good job Obama; knock McCain out of the race!

    October 25, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  4. Chris

    Hmm whenever we would have McCain mocking Obama it would be flooded with Obamabots... now we get the other side of the coin and they hide... nice

    October 25, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  5. Pef white from CT

    Keep it up Barrack, if Mcsame wanted to distance himself from bush he should have done it eight years ago. we are going to win this election and will change this country under Obam's presidency.

    October 25, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  6. Gracie

    If it walks like a duck...if it quacks like a duck....it's a DUCK!!!

    John McCain has been "quacking for Bush 90%" of his senate years. John McCain stated it proudly himself that he supported BUSH. So now it's time to eat crow now Sen. McCain.

    October 25, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  7. DeVone

    Senator Barack Obama, you are the man. and any one with
    a ounce deceancy and care for self and others will agree
    and there are other who will disagree , then they would be
    living in the 1930's people around the world are routing
    for you

    October 25, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |

    It will all be over soon. McShame can take his wife, Cruella, his Paris Hilton wannabe daughter, his girlfriend, Sarah Failin', Joe the fake plumber and Joe, his idiot brother and head to Alaska. What a wondeful day it will be!

    October 25, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  9. francheska ;-)

    It is pretty funny how McCain is trying to tie Obama to Bush. It is just another lame attempt to fool some of the people all of the time. 😉

    October 25, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  10. New Yorker

    I'd rather have ties to Bush who was willing to defend this country against terrorism than ties to Ayers who committed acts of terrorism against this country. Goes to show the lunacy of those who support Obama. If Obama wins it shows how easily deceived by the media too many American's are.

    October 25, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  11. Ron L

    the AP just relesed a story stating Governor Sarah Palin manipulated the bidding on the oil or is it gas line from Alaska that she is always bragging about.

    October 25, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  12. Jane Sixpack

    John McDaddy McCain sold his soul and mortgaged his conscience when he hugged and kissed George Bush after George Bush had beaten him to the Republican presidential nomination eight years ago. On that day, McCain the maverick became McCain the brown-noser.

    October 25, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  13. mel from Ohio

    McCain is disgusting and Palin is disgustingly dumb. Thanks but no thanks!!

    October 25, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  14. Obama 08: white, female, 60 yr old supporter

    When people "booed" at Obama's foreign affairs forum, Obama told them to stop, to show respect and to go and vote.

    No such thing at the McCain and Palin rallies where their supporters boo, hurl insults and eat up their smears.

    Who of the two candidates will be most able to bring this country together and work across party lines when McCain can't even consolidate his own Republicans!!

    October 25, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  15. New Yorker

    His paternal grandmother and other family members said he was born in Kenya. you can find some info on Newsmax if you really want some facts. I wouldn't just take Factcheck.org's word. Why won't Obama's lawyers answer the lawsuit that's been filed in regard to this issue. Check out the facts from Newsmax. Looks like the only birth cert. that's been displayed was not valid, but who cares? Rah Rah for Obama anyway as far as the liberals are concerned.

    October 25, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  16. Liz

    Yes, if your mother is a U.S. citizen, and you are born outside of the U.S., you are automatically a U.S. citizen. It is no different for John McCain who was born in Panama, born on foreign soil and still a U.S. citizen becuase his mother was.

    The GOP is grapsing at straws with this one. Shame, shame, shame...

    October 25, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  17. mume

    I can't wait for nov 4th to be over with, I'm really tired of seeing mccain,s face on TV it kinda scary

    October 25, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  18. Karl

    You go, O! Lay it out, all the truth. McCain's hypocrisy is so deep now, wading through it I feel like I'm 72. You'd think he'd have gained a little wisdom and truthfulness by this time, but he's getting more and more vile and distorted in his view of reality. I respected him before his campaign, and he's totally shot it all in one wad. He may be a survivor of war, but he's come through his present war like a real schmuck. Yes, trials are character forming. Look what his trials produced: a real a–hole.

    October 25, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  19. amadou

    mccain is a needs to see a doctor

    October 25, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  20. Carol

    I was privileged to attend Senator Obama's Reno rally this morning. Although we had to wait two and a half hours standing on our feet on a cold, wet baseball field before he took the stage, it was well worth it. The mic went out in the middle of his speech but he handled it with grace and humor and he didn't miss a beat. He also expressed his appreciation for the well wishes that people have sent to his grandmother. I felt as though I was seeing the next president evolving right before my eyes. It was an historic moment and one that I will long remember.

    October 25, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  21. Scoti

    The argument that Obama was born in Kenya is so silly and stupid, I can't believe people are falling for it. This is a lame attempt by the Republicans and anyone else to discredit Obama. So I say to New Yorker on this blog, can you prove that the birth certificate is invalid and what relatives [give me names, dates, and places] that confirm he was born in Kenya?
    I guess the fact that his relatives on his mother's side of the family were there, doesn't make any difference. GET A LIFE.

    October 25, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
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