ABC News’ Sunlen Miller Reports: Senator Obama capitalized on Senator McCain’s closed door meeting with President Bush today, to paint the presumptive Republican nominee as a continuation of the Bush administration’s failed policies.
"Today, John McCain is having a different kind of meeting. He’s holding a fundraiser with George Bush behind closed doors in Arizona. No cameras. No reporters," Obama said before a town hall in Las Vegas, "And we all know why. Senator McCain doesn’t want to be seen, hat-in-hand, with the President whose failed policies he promises to continue for another four years. But the question for the American people is: do we want to continue George Bush’s policies?"
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Senator Obama is spending the day in North Las Vegas talking about the home foreclosure crisis, meeting with a struggling family of Bellagio workers and holding a small town hall to discuss his housing plan. By comparison, which the Obama campaign happily plays up, McCain will be meeting with President Bush at a closed door fundraiser in Arizona.
"I don’t think the American people want to continue the disastrous economic policies that have helped create catastrophes like the housing crisis that we’re here to discuss today," Obama continued, "On issue after issue, John McCain is offering more of the same policies that have failed for the last eight years. That’s the agenda that he and the President are raising money to support later today. But I’m here in Nevada because we know it’s time to turn the page."
Obama referenced an economic address that Senator McCain gave last week, characterizing his comments as out of touch with working people, "Senator McCain is so out of touch with the struggles of working people that he gave a speech laying out his economic agenda last week, and he couldn’t even be bothered to talk about the foreclosure crisis that has put so many families on the brink of financial catastrophe, and put our economy on the brink—or in—recession."
Senator Obama offered continued criticisms of McCain’s economic policies: reminding the audience that McCain once said economics is not his strong suit and playing up McCain’s lobbying ties.
"John McCain is running for a third-term of tax cuts that only shift the burden onto working people. That might make sense to Washington lobbyists who run John McCain’s campaign, but it won’t do anything to help families that are struggling."
Obama said he will, by comparison, give a homeowners tax credit that covers 10% of a family’s mortgage interest payment.
The RNC issued a prompt response, bringing up Senator Obama’s ties to Tony Rezko, "It’s tough to take Barack Obama’s partisan attacks seriously on the housing crisis when his experience with homeownership is a sweetheart deal from his millionaire friend Tony Rezko," RNC spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson said. "Americans are looking for real solutions and principled leadership – not poor judgment and baseless attacks from Barack Obama."
In 2007, Nevada has the highest foreclosure rate in the nation and is a state which if Obama wins the nomination he will vie for in the general election.
"We are going to be spending a lot of time working on this housing issue in the months to come. We’re going to be having a debate between myself and John McCain about who’s got a better agenda for America," Obama concluded.