Obama and McCain made the media rounds today appearing on separate Sunday morning political programs. McCain stopped by CBS for Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer while Obama spent time with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week. As a bonus, Democratic VP candidate Joe Biden was also on Meet the Press. Noticeably missing was Gov. Sarah Palin. However, I’m assuming Palin will be doing national interviews in the upcoming couple of weeks.
First, here is McCain’s entire appearance on Face the Nation:
Report on McCain’s appearance from CBS News:
(CBS) Dismissing his rival’s claims of being able to bring change to the ways of Washington, Republican presidential candidate John McCain said that Illinois Senator Barack Obama has not worked as a reformer because he has not challenged Democrats.
“I do know that he never took on his party on any major issue,” McCain said, appearing on CBS News’ Face The Nation. “From the time he came up in the Chicago political arena to the time, the short time he was in the Senate, he never took on his party on a single major issue.”
In contrast, the Republican Senator said he’d taken on his own party a lot.
In his acceptance speech at last week’s Republican National Convention, McCain appeared to admit to his own party’s failings, that even as Republicans were elected to the White House and Congress on a promise of changing government, “We let Washington change us.”
“You even said, at one point, your party had lost its way,” Bob Schieffer asked. “You said that Washington has to change and you’re the one that can change it. But that’s going to be a tall order, isn’t it? Normally, it’s the group that’s out that says, ‘Throw the bums out.’ You’re saying it was your party that was part of the problem and that you can be the agent of change.
“How do you convince people of that?”
“Well, Bob, I think we have to show them my record,” McCain said. “I reached across the aisle to Democrats. And obviously I was very unpopular in some parts of my own party, whether it be on the issue of climate change or against Rumsfeld’s strategy and the president’s strategy in Iraq, or whether it be on campaign finance reform or a number of other issues that I fought against the, quote, ‘special interests.’
Fortunately for McCain, he can state that he will have a “bi-partisan cabinet” and actually mean it. That is, of course, since he’s speaking of Joe Lieberman most likely.
Next, Obama’s full interview on This Week in 3 parts from YouTube:
A report on Obama’s appearance from Washington Wire:
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said he had been too flip when answering a question about abortion at a religous forum last month.
Appearing on ABC-TVâ€™s â€œThis Week with George Stephanopoulos,â€ the Illinois senator was asked whether his response â€“ â€œabove my pay gradeâ€ â€” to the question of when a baby gains human rights was â€œtoo flip,â€ Obama told Stephanopoulos, â€œProbably. Yes. All I meant to communicate was that I donâ€™t presume to be able to answer these kinds of theological questions.â€
On NBC Newsâ€™ â€œMeet the Press,â€ Obamaâ€™s running mate, Joe Biden, a Roman Catholic, said he is â€œprepared to accept the teachings of my churchâ€ that life begins â€œat the moment of conception.â€ But he stressed that â€œthere are an awful lot of people of great confessional faithsâ€¦who have a different view.â€
Many abortion opponents have seized on Obamaâ€™s â€œpay gradeâ€ comment at the Saddleback Church forum in California to draw distinctions with his Republican rival, Arizona Sen. John McCain. During the Republican convention, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said: â€œIt is not above John McCainâ€™s pay grade to grasp the simple fact that life begins at conception, and he is committed to protecting it.â€
No surprise to me that Obama attempted to backoff his “pay grade” comment regarding when unborn babies should be given human rights.
Finally, here’s Biden on Meet the Press:
Both Obama and Biden were quite friendly toward Palin as I think they realized the backlash against the media would have trickled over to them if they went too much on the offense. Furthermore, I don’t think there’s a need to attack her as much since they should be refocusing the election on McCain and their policy differences.