Obama Slams McCain For Not Mentioning Middle Class

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Saturday called Republican rival John McCain out of touch with middle-class Americans, telling supporters that the GOP senator never once uttered the words "middle class" during their first debate.

"Through 90 minutes of debate, John McCain had a lot to say about me, but he didn't have anything to say about you," Obama told a cheering crowd at the J. Douglas Galyon Depot in downtown Greensboro. "He didn't even say the words 'middle class.' He didn't even say the words 'working people."'

Obama debuted his post-debate attack on McCain with a campaign swing through North Carolina and Virginia, Republican-leaning states where he thinks he can make inroads. He also found time to speak by phone to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., about the congressional negotiations surrounding the Wall Street recovery deal, according to campaign staff.

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  • by Dee Location: WayCo on Sep 30, 2008 at 10:48 AM
    You know... if this "Bailout" gets passed, how can Obama promise to reduce taxes to the "middle class"? Someone is going to have to pay it back. It's not going away. And providing free health care to ALL Americans who don't already have a healthcare system in place... well, someone has to pay for that too. You can dress up crap all you want to, it'll still be crap. As for McCain... he may not be the best candidate, but his values don't change with the wind. He's the same across the board and doesn't make any excuses for it.
  • by Steve Location: Kinston on Sep 29, 2008 at 09:19 PM
    Makes sense to me, Dee. People really need to listen and read Obama's plans for this country. I am no fan of McCain, but the promises of Obama sound like science fiction. I will pick just one for reference. He promises that he will be able to reduce the taxes paid by any American making less than 250 thousand dollars a years to ZERO. At the same time he will provide a universal health system to ALL Americans. These two things alone would bankrupt this country. Americans need to wake up and understand that the "gravy train" has left the station. Frugality and necessity is to be the order of the day for a long time to come. Maybe America can reclaim her inward beauty and compassion through all of this.
  • by Dee Location: WayCo on Sep 29, 2008 at 12:28 PM
    What is Obama's definition of "middle class". If I remember correctly and if we look back on his history of "stupid comments", you will see that he has bashed "small town folks". Nowadays, middle class isn't the small towns people anymore. It's anyone who makes between $100k to $200k a year. Small town folks are lower class now, like it or not. And don't be quick to say that he's "been there". He was raised by WHITE grandparents who were pretty well off during that time. He didn't grow up in a ghetto to his single mother. Working class isn't always middle class. McCain did mention "middle class" during the debate. Go back and listen to it again. He just didn't feel the need to keep bashing our heads in on that issue. Obama, however, thought that he needed to say it 100 times. Perhaps to convince himself of who he should be working to help. MCCAIN/PALIN 2008!!! To Hell in a handbasket if Obama gets in office... that's where the "average working class not on welfare" will be!
  • by Steve Location: Kinston on Sep 29, 2008 at 11:55 AM
    Due to the government's taxation policies and their social redistribution of the wealth, I do not think that anyone is truly able to define just who makes up the "middle class" anymore. So I will offer a definition---the middle class is that group of people who, after they file their taxes, do not get it all back but end up paying the monies the government finally ends up with. And with the way it is today, the rich could fall under my difinition. Bring on the flat tax rate. Everyone who lives in this great country ought to help pay for her upkeep.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Sep 29, 2008 at 11:08 AM
    This should never gotten into any story since it really misses a point; So McCain acknowledges all classes of people, get it? This is why he always says "my friends".
  • by Anonymous Location: greenville,blvd on Sep 29, 2008 at 07:32 AM
    I have to agree with Obama about this statement, it seem as if McCain talk about how old he was. he had a chance to tell us what was on his heart and he did, but it wasn't middle working class people like you and me. I just want someone who cares and know how it feel to live on food stamps and work your way up. oboman knows and has been there.

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