February 25th, 2010
08:29 PM ET
13 years ago

McCain, Obama face off

(CNN) - Things got a little testy Thursday between President Obama and Sen John McCain, the two former campaign rivals.

McCain slamed the special deals inserted in the Senate health care bill, saying those should be removed so that the American people will know "that geography does not dictate what kind of health care they will receive."

Obama shot back, "Let me just make this point, John, because we're not campaigning anymore. The election is over."

"I'm reminded of that every day," McCain quickly interjected.

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soundoff (286 Responses)
  1. Frank

    Oh, how Presidential of him. Although I voted for President Obama, I find it disturbing that the man we elected for "Hope and Change" finds it easier to be condescending to those who disagree with him. This is truly about how many of us hate the special deals in this legislation that our President promised us he would not let happen in legislation he supported. What have we done?

    February 25, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. Robert

    Good for President Obama calling McCain out on the "back room deals" canard. Was McCain napping for the last year? He apparently missed all the committee hearings and House and Senate floor debates - covered by CSPAN - on health care over the last year.

    February 25, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. PJP

    Poor Obama! He can't help it that McCain is right!

    February 25, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. Jamey Columbus

    Mccain is right, remove all special interest..

    February 25, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Jeff from Chicago

    I'm not an obama fan, nor a McCain fan, but I am a republican.

    I think obama is on the wrong track when it comes to fixing this country, but McCain lost my backing when he can only complain about things.

    We need to get back to strong conservative ideals with LESS government and Less spending, and LESS entitlements, and need someone to head this efforts and we just haven't found that voice yet.

    The democrats have found a voice, but obviously it just lacks good sound ideas to strengthen this country.

    February 25, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. JD from Moraga, CA

    Yes, everyone knows that McCain is up for re-election and is facing opponents who are hammering him as being not conservative enough, or not tough enough in opposing the liberal agenda. He took a cheap shot to get a sound bite that he can play on ads in Arizona. No surprise there.

    February 25, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. exrepublican in Houston

    Good for you Mr President, it's time someone struck back at the republicans. They do not care about the people or the country, all they care about is getting their brand back in power.

    February 25, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Grayland orr

    The slaming needs to stop

    February 25, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. Shawn

    I've been looking into this throughout the day and maybe I'm missing something (if so please correct me), but have the Repubs come up with solutions or plans of their own to insure the most amount of people, or have they just said no, it won't work and it costs too much. What have they brought to the table besides complaints?

    February 25, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. Bill

    Yes Mr. President, the election is over and unfortunately you won. What's the unemployment stats, what are the deficit stats, how many people have lost homes, jobs, families? You're in charge! forget past administrations blunders and the great deals Democratic Senators gave to people through Fannie or Freddie or Wall St. FIX IT! Lets explore the special deals of the health care where everyone can see what states and thereby what administration good ol boys are getting good deals from it! You were elected for change but the same old story comes out of DC.

    February 25, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. get real

    Well, someone had to tell Grampy that the campaign is over. He said NOTHING about health reform.

    February 25, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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