As Bailout Flounders, Obama Slams McCain’s “Gambling”
Westminster, CO - At a packed gym in this pivotal swing state, Sen. Barack Obama got personal with his rival today, dredging up Sen. John McCain’s penchant for craps and ties to the gaming industry as the market tumbled on fear of the bailout failing.
Teeing off a New York Times article detailing McCain’s ties to lobbyists for the gaming industry, Obama said craps is fine, but friends don’t let friends bet on Bush:
The gambling angle is the Democrats’ official attack today. The DNC cut a new web ad arguing that McCain’s gambling ties show he is indebted to “special interests,” as I wrote earlier.
Obama also dredged up some of McCain’s reality-defying remarks about economics. Reminding voters that McCain once implied that deregulation helps grow the economy, Obama was incredulous. “Senator, what economy are you talking about?” he asked.
As the bailout package flounders on Capitol Hill, however, the most pressing issue is not past remarks by McCain. Voters and members of Congress are sour on the proposed bailout. Will either candidate will move beyond rhetoric and lean into the buzz-saw, rallying their caucus behind the package that they both said they support?