August 5th, 2007
02:15 PM ET
4 years ago

McCain: Obama is naive

McCain criticized Obama's comments on U.S. involvement in Pakistan.

WASHINGTON(CNN) - In a statement echoing the recent foreign policy quarrel between Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama, Republican Senator and presidential hopeful John McCain accused Obama of "naivete" in a newspaper interview posted online Sunday.

McCain made the comments to The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina.

The Arizona Senator was asked about Obama's speech last week in which he said he would possibly send U.S. troops into Pakistan to pursue terrorists, even without the approval of the Pakistani government.

"It’s kind of typical of his naivete," McCain told the newspaper. "If we go in, and maybe we should depending on the assessment, we would want to do it covertly and we would want to do it in coordination with Pakistanis covertly as well. It wouldn’t be the smartest thing to do to announce to the world we’re attacking another country."

–CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. ELc0cHIn0, San Antonio, TX

    FEAR is the ultimate political aphrodisiac. They use it to control the masses.

    August 6, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Wayne, Shelby NC

    Senator McCain has lost his political capital.... and is no longer in touch with the American public

    August 6, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. PT

    Did Bush ask the Taliban if it was OK for us (the U.S.) come in and get Bin Laden and Al-Qa'ida after 9/11? At the time, we knew he and his cohorts were in that country, gave the Taliban warning to turn them in or else we'd attack. We told Sadaam Hussein we knew he had WMD and to turn them over over else we'd attack. These actions are no different than what Obama said he would do if he were in the same situation.

    August 6, 2007 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. Arlington, Atl. Ga.

    "naive?". Obama has been the only one to speak to the truth. The one glaring mistake we have made, was not taking out Osama Bin Laden. Barack is suggesting we finish what we started, and take out the 9-11 terrorist, and stop chasing oil and corperate interest.

    August 6, 2007 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. Doug, Indianapolis, Indiana

    When this many old pols all start saying the same thing about inexperience, Obama must be making his point. What they should be saying is that their tactics have failed and they hate to admit that the new guy might be right. Their comments only make Senator Obama look better.

    August 6, 2007 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. Lance, Monrovia, CA

    How dare you call Barrack Obama niave! McCain is niave if he thinks he has a chance at being elected. He's going so far in the wrong direction he's about to fall off the map. Barrack Obama is speaking in plain language and saying that he'd make it his top priority to get THE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY ATTACKED US. John McCain is living in Vietnam, still unable to get over our failure there and in turn doing THE EXACT same thing the suits did back then. OBAMA IS NOT A SUIT. HE DOESN'T REPRESENT STATUS QUO and that scares these republicans.Obama is hitting them in the only thing they have, the war on terror, and he's right and they're wrong. Of course we should go after them in Pakistan if we have no choice.

    Every way you look at it, Obama is the big winner here. The more they try and twist his words and underrate him, the more he's climbing in the polls and these fools like McCain, Rudolf and Romney the dog hanger are falling behind.

    I am so disgusted and angry at every one of these repubican candidates as well as with the administration currently. I've never been political before and my family are all republicans. Not me, not anymore. No way. Obama is the future, these guys are the past.

    August 6, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Lance, Monrovia, CA

    Here is the difference between Barry Obama and every other candidate republican or democrat. He's telling it like it is. He's not mincing words. He's TELLING THE TRUTH and they're all telling either half-truths or lies. Obama says things that are so blatantly obvious and correct that you think anyone would be a fool to disagree. Instead they all play pin the tail on the donkey when they dont even realize the THEY'RE the DONKEY!

    The truth hurts, but at least there's one candidate that is willing to tell it, and with the power and charisma and hope to actually not only make us believe it but, but actually force a change, blessed, fresh, real air into the debate...glorious, wonderful courage, what a rare and beautiful thing to see in politics. I get the chills just thinking about all the good this man Barry Obama is going to do for this country. Hell, for what he's done already by exposing the sheer amount of donkeys out there in this race already.

    August 6, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. brenda m., Poway, CA

    McCain,

    Just... go... away...!!!

    August 6, 2007 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. Jason, Newburgh, New York

    would you rather have

    a) A president who is afraid to meet with other nations because he or she is afraid of ruining/tainting his or her reputation in that nation (Hillary)

    2) A president who would do nothing but preach peace and basically make the United States a sitting duck (Kucinich)

    3) A president who would prolong the current mistake of a war (or start a new one) because 1) to get more oil and 2)to prove that america is too powerful of a country to lose a war in a middle eastern country (any republican)

    4) A President who is not afraid and willing to do what America SHOULD have done after 9/11, and occupy those ungoverned regions in pakistan (and probably afghanistan)...(Obama)

    Many are critizing Obama for not having enough experience. However, we elected a president for two terms who [we] thought had enough experience for the job. Look at what has progressed since.

    Experience does not imply good judgment.

    August 6, 2007 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  10. Morshed, Houston, Texas

    Some people may like Mr. Obama's Comments on foreign policy...Thats ok. But as an prospective presidential candidate Mr. Obama made an irresponsible statement to get votes in his favor. This may be jeopardise his popularity. This kind of statements usually made by the third world politicians to get on their state power. I think Obama needs to be spend more time on his political career to be eligible for US Presidency. We need to resolve any problem very carefully and unitedly because United States is the greatest country. We need to be achive our goal definitely. But we should not create more enemies from our irresponsible act. I think Hillary and MacCain both has capability to run the next presidential election. Time will talk and we will elect the right person to be our next President.

    August 6, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  11. AA

    MR. McCAIN'S COMMENT ARE JUST THAT 'COMMENTS'. IF HE THINKS MR. OBAMA IS NAIVE, THEN I THINK IT'S A MR. McCAIN'S ATTEMPT TO TAKE AWAY VOTES FROM MR. OBAMA. HIS STATEMENTS, AT THIS STAGE OF THE PRESIDENTAIL CAMPAIGE, ARE INSIGNIFANT. WHY? BECAUSE HIS (MR. McCAIN'S), HOPE OF BECOMING PRESIDENT, AT THIS STAGE OF THE GAME, IS NONE. HE CAN'T WIN. SO, WHY NOT MAKE PROBLEMS FOR SOME OTHER CANDIDATE. OH, LET ME SEE, I'LL CHOOSE-THE BLACK ONE. I SEE HE'S MADE NO COMMENTS CONCERNING THE RIDICULOUS COMMENTS MR, TANCREDO MADE ABOUT BOMBING THE HOLY, RELIGIOUS, SITES OF OUR ALLY, SAUDI ARABIA. SO, THERE YOU HAVE IT.

    August 7, 2007 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  12. E. Caldwell philadelphia, Pa

    "Wouldn't be the smartest thing to do to announce to the world that we are attacking another country".....sort of like what we did when we invaded Iraq? Sort of like what we did when we invaded Afghanistan?

    August 7, 2007 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. Large Sarge

    I personally don't approve of people who haven't given anything back to their country. Of all of you that commented on Sen. McCain how many of you have served your country? You are willing to reap the benefits of this nation but unwilling to give anything back. As far as Sen. Obama, serving your country as a "voted in", public offical is not considered giving back. In fact it's taking from the citizens that elected him. Wise up people when was the last time anyone from the senate or the house took a pay cut? How many Americans need jobs? Do the math!

    February 4, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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