October 26th, 2008
02:20 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama says McCain 'finally giving us a little straight talk'

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(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama said Sunday that Sen. John McCain was now "owning up to the fact that he and George Bush actually have a whole lot in common."

"Just this morning, Sen. McCain said that, actually, he and President Bush - 'share a common philosophy.' That's right, Colorado. I guess that was John McCain finally giving us a little straight talk," Obama said at a rally in Denver.

Obama was referring to McCain's Sunday interview on NBC's "Meet the Press." NBC's Tom Brokaw pointed to a review of McCain's record, which showed he voted with Bush 92 percent of the time.
"So it's a little hard for the public to separate you from this administration, isn't it?" Brokaw said.
McCain highlighted times he has broken with the current administration, saying, "So do we share a common philosophy of the Republican Party? Of course.

"But I've stood up against my party, not just President Bush, but others; and I've got the scars to prove it," he said. "Do I respect President Bush? Of course I respect him. But I pointed out we were on the wrong track in a whole lot of ways."

Obama said Sunday that in the final days of campaigning, voters can expect from the McCain campaign "the same kind of politics that we've seen over the last eight years. It's a politics that is more about tearing your opponent down than lifting your country up."

"We're not going to let George Bush pass the torch to John McCain," Obama said.

Update: McCain-Palin campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds released the following statement in response:

“Barack Obama can’t name a single issue or philosophy on which he’s opposed the Democratic-controlled Congress – not one. John McCain opposed President Bush’s wasteful spending policy, his Big Oil energy policy and his efforts to grow the federal government by 40% – Obama supported Bush on all three," Bounds said.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. wendyintx

    I watched Meet the Press this morning. McCain is having difficulty being coherant and remembering facts. Not to mention him not caring about polls, except when it benefits in his favor..like sarah's so-called 80% approval rating and how in some polls it shows he is only 5 points behind.
    But he is right on one thing..it ain't over until the final poll on November 4th.
    Get out and vote!

    October 26, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. Jay N.H.


    Because George Bush has destroyed this country and John McCain is more of the same. Maybe John should have come up with his own ideas instead of regurgitating Bush's

    October 26, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. Texas Teacher

    Wow.... Amy.. are you serious? Did you read the article that you are referencing?

    Obama brings up Bush because McCain has voted with him 92% of the time. And he has NOT offered anything that is different from Bush except for lies and attacks and fear concerning Obama! "Hateful Democrats?" Democrats did NOT get us into this mess, but they are the only ones who can get us out of the mess the wonderful poor republicans have gotten us into.

    October 26, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. tuff Col. Oh

    i'm glad i'm on the WINNING TEAM, my guy is organized and he's a MAN WITH A PLAN, mccain is a BITTER OLD MAN, 9 VERY LONG DAYS to go, i'll be glad when it's over

    October 26, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. concern

    So do we share a common philosophy of the Republican Party? Of course.
    From his own mouth!!! No more needs to be said!!

    October 26, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. a well educated woman

    I watched it, liked the fact when asked about the Colin Powell endorsement and what Rush said it was all about race. Then Brokaw asked if he agreed, looked down and said, no, then went right into the 5 other heads of state that endorse him, but could not name them all. It was pretty sad to watch. Every question was never answered directly.

    October 26, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. theogracias

    That's right, it's the old straight talk express. America just loves the total maverickiness of McCain and his soul mate. He garantees the victory and we believe him because he's the best we've ever seen.

    October 26, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |

    RIGHT !!!!




    $1,000,000,000,000 (TRILLION) WAR,THUS FAR, BASED ON




    October 26, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Peter (CA)

    The right wingers are foaming at the mouth today.

    The only socialism in this country is the Republican's sponsorship of Wall Street banks, big oil and factory farms. However, the right wingers are still drinking the Kool-Aid and thinking the Republicans care about them.

    So, we need all Democrats, Independents, and tired-of-the-GOP Republicans to get out and vote and ensure we make the changes we need. I did it yesterday and it feels great.

    October 26, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. Ken

    At least McCain voted for something and Obama only votes "PRESENT"!

    Now, I am asking myself why the national media fell in love with Obama? It really shows that the national media has been favorable to Obama and not to McCain. I wonder why that is?

    Obama will bring our great country further down and further into debt. He is a man that has NO experience, no talent, no skills or for that matter, NO anything to be our next president. If Obama is elected, I think that I will move to another country!

    NOBAMA 2008

    McCain/Palin 2008

    October 26, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. hurriCAIN PALIN

    the only hope that nobama can bring is false hope and all you nobama supporters fell for it, nobama = false prophet

    October 26, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. Druid Hippies for Obama

    this article is funny – because as much hay as people are making of any similarity between McCain and Obama, CNN fails to report that half the country think Obama has much similarity to Marx and socialism!!! Put that in your hippie pipes and smoke it, druids.

    October 26, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. MIKE J.

    Palin and her family are a terrible example for America.

    Teen daughter is pregnant and the father of the baby dropped out of high school.


    October 26, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. CL


    October 26, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |

    He couldn't even give us straight talk about the $150,000 wardrobe, he said, Sarah Palin needed clothes because she didn't have time to go home to get her own. However, she went back to Alaska following her selection and continued to wear the $150,000 wardrobe until she was exposed. Now we hear all kind of stories, just like we hear about everything else. Straight talk, I don't think so......

    October 26, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. Tony


    Send McCain back to whine and moan in the Senate and give Palin a one-way ticket back to moose country. She's through!

    October 26, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. independent 2008

    McSame, McBush

    October 26, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. Truth Be Told

    Why is Obama qualified?

    October 26, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. Karen Beaumont, TX

    Ann, I can tell you some of that money came from me and probably thousands of other small donor supporters. I have contributed several small amounts over the course of the campaign. I know a lot of people who have done the same thing. "Regular" people are ready for a change. And I am one that has never financially contributed to a Presidential campaign before and I am 49 years old.

    October 26, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Chris from St. Louis

    Response to Ann ....

    Ann, How do you think Obama raised over $150 million ....

    What I heard was millions of people like you and me contributed small amounts (less than $100) ... all thesewould add up to over $700 million when every thing is said and done. There is no evidence of any connection involving lobbyists.

    Obama appealed to ordinary folks to contribute, and millions obliged.

    October 26, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. Truth Be Told

    Obama voted with the Reid-Pelosi Congress over 96% of the time.

    October 26, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. Sue T

    Wow can McCain give a speech with out running down Obama's policies, can McCain even talk about his policies......everytime you listen to McCain he is always trying to explain Obama's policies not his own........so Obama has to go out and counter McCain's lies, thats why Obama is always having to defend himself.....

    October 26, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  23. Amy-Texas

    Texas teacher-
    Comments are for the articles not on what someone comments on. Just like a democrat you have to be hateful...you have proved my statement so thanks!!! I call it like I see it and there's all the proof the American people need.
    Thank God for McCain/Palin!!!

    October 26, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. Jeff, North Dakota

    McCain = Bush


    No McCain, no Palin, no way, no how. Not now, not ever.

    October 26, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. Charlie in Maine

    I am sure that McCain thinks the fundamentals of his campaign are sound. Problem is his campaign has been lying to us for so long that he is starting to believe his own BS.
    That being said the three keys to the race are 1. voter turnout, 2.voter turnout and 3. voter turnout. Despite everything W has done 28% of those surveyed still like him. If only half the people vote that 28% is equal to a McCain Landslide. If 60% vote than Obama squeaks by. If we can push turnout closer to 70% then it is Obama who gets the landslide. It is simple math. That is why we have to get every vote we can for Obama. And it is also why the Republicans are trying so hard to turn off the electorate with their negative attacks. The only way they win is if enough of us stay home. Don't let them do it.

    October 26, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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