February 20th, 2008
12:15 PM ET
4 years ago

McCain, Obama campaigns go on the attack

(CNN) - The campaigns of frontrunners John McCain and Barack Obama continued to battle Wednesday morning, as staffers followed a night of tough speeches with morning disputes over campaign finance and foreign policy.

Both men won the Wisconsin primary Tuesday night, and used their victory speeches to take aim at each other. Obama said the Republican senator represented the past; McCain said the Illinois Democrat’s views on foreign policy were "no more than a holiday from history.”

Wednesday morning, the McCain called Obama "naive" for saying he'd be willing to use military action against "our ally in Pakistan."

Obama said earlier in the campaign that he would consider using military force in Pakistan against terrorists without the permission of the Pakistani government.

One of the Obama campaign’s senior foreign policy advisers responded by once again linking McCain with George Bush – a frequently-used recent campaign trail theme.

On a conference call with reporters, former Clinton administration official Susan Rice said that McCain's "approach to foreign policy is very much a continuation of the flawed Bush policy - he really is in many respects just four more years of George Bush."

Rice added that "it's a strange contrast: he says that somehow it's naive for a presidential candidate to outline how he would deal with that crucial national security challenge, but it's appropriate for him to joke about starting another war."

Before the New Hampshire primary, McCain responded to a foreign policy question with a refrain of "bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran," sung to the tune of the Beach Boys hit “Barbara Ann.”

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Courtney S.

    McCain....watch out....you're a flip floper & a war monger!

    You take out a PERSONAL LOAN for your Campain and use the American tax payers money as backing if you lose...

    Currently you don't even support your own immigration bill.

    You now support policies that you didn't in order to get the rank and file republicans behind you...

    Wow what a Mavrick!

    Its true you ARE an American War Hero...and I respect you for that...but I can't go for someone who would joke and sing a song about bombing a country.... Nice Foregin policy!

    February 20, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. melissa

    I am shocked a grown man would joke about bombing another country in a song. I hope he is senile, because that would be his only excuse for such stupidity! Time for change. Obama 08

    February 20, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. Andrea

    "Victory Speeches?" The race is not over yet.

    Mr McCain is too old to lead this country. War is his plan.

    Mr Obama is too inexperienced to lead this country.

    What the heck is going on?

    All this at the voters expense................................

    February 20, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. GOD, HEAVEN

    THOU [JOHN McCAIN] WILL NOT BE PRESIDENT.

    THOU SHALT GO TO THE FAMILY ROOM, GET COZY AND WATCH JEOPARDY.

    February 20, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. jj

    obama – McCain, I'll go McCain
    Clinton – McCain I'll go Clinton
    things were better under Clinton, Obama doesn't give specifics,
    If Obama wants to count the peoples choices, then count MI & FL.

    February 20, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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