Today in Virginia, Obama called out the McCain campaign for trying to make up a controversy to keep the media distracted from the issues. Most of the articles today have used quotes from these remarks, but here is the full text of what he had to say.
“Before we begin today I want to say a few words about the latest made up controversy by the John McCain campaign. What their campaign has done this morning is the same game that has made people sick and tired of politics in this country. They seize on an innocent remark, try to take it out of context, throw up an outrageous ad because they know it’s catnip for the news media.”
“I’m assuming you guys heard this watching the news. I am talking about John McCain’s economic policies, I’m talking about John McCain’s economic policies, and I said it’s more of the same. You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig, and suddenly they oh, you must be talking about the governor of Alaska. See it would be funny except of course the news media decided it was the lead story yesterday. They would much rather, this is the McCain campaign, have the story about phony and foolish diversions then about the future.”
“This happens every election cycle. Every four years this is what we do. We’ve got an energy crisis. We have an education system that is not working for too many of our children and making us less competitive. We have an economy that is creating hardship for families all across America. We’ve got two wars going on. Veterans coming home not being cared for, and this is what they want to talk about. This is what they want to spend 2 out of the last 55 days talking about.”
“You know who ends up losing at the end of the day? It’s not the Democratic candidate, it’s not the Republican candidate. It’s you, the American people. Because then we go another year, or another four years, or another eight years without addressing the issues that matter to you. Enough! I don’t care what they say about me, but I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and Swift Boat politics. Enough is enough.”
You can watch the video here