April 18th, 2008
04:20 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain camp calls Obama 'recklessly dishonest'

Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama.
Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama.

(CNN) - John McCain's campaign is crying foul over what it characterizes as repeated distortions from Barack Obama, saying on Friday the Illinois senator is "recklessly dishonest."

The most recent dustup comes after Obama criticized McCain earlier Friday for comments the Arizona senator made in an interview on Bloomberg Television.

"John McCain went on television and said that there has been quote "great progress economically over the last seven and a half years," Obama told a Pennsylvania crowd. "John McCain thinks our economy has made great progress under George W. Bush. Now, how could somebody who has been traveling across this country, somebody who came to Erie, PA, say we've made great progress?”

The McCain campaign immediately took issue with the comment, noting the Arizona senator also said he knows families are facing "tremendous economic challenges."

“American families are hurting and Barack Obama is being recklessly dishonest," McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said. "It is clear that Barack Obama is intentionally twisting John McCain’s words completely out of context. Obama is guilty of deliberately distorting John McCain’s comments for pure political gain, which is exactly what Senator Obama was complaining about just yesterday."

The McCain campaign has long argued Obama has a habit of twisting the presumptive Republican nominee's words. Referencing McCain's comments earlier this year when he said he'd be okay with some troop presence in Iraq for 100 years, Obama has said the Arizona senator "wants to continue a war in Iraq perhaps as long as 100 years."

The non-partisan factcheck.org later called that characterization a "rank falsehood."

Obama has since dialed back from that characterization, saying Friday that McCain is "willing to potentially maintain the troop presence there for as long as 100 years."


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (479 Responses)
  1. Jamaal Kansas

    Mccain it is no Barack fault that you are out of touch with common day Americans. Barack Obama 08

    April 18, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. Matt, CA

    McCain does have a point; but I'm still voting for Obama. He is the better of the two (and only two) choices

    April 18, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. mitch from ark.

    recklessly dishonest?obama's been the most honest politician i've seen in decades.mccain is one of the 'keating 5',and has never gotten more than a slap on the wrist for it.i thought mccain would at least run an honorable campaign,but,we can see,already,that he's going back to the name-calling ,negative campaign tactics of typical old-timey politics,of the past.that will not work this time!americans are fed up with this type of politician,and mccain will pay for it,just as clinton is,now.he flip-flops more than a fish out of water.if he thinks he's going to pick up independent voters,with negative tactics,he's crazy,and playing right into obama's hand.

    April 18, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. U-S-hooray

    Obama can't compete with Hillary "Romney" Clinton when it comes to lying.

    Hillary is a shameless liar AND hypocrite.

    April 18, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. scbrown

    OBAMA LIE-THIS WILL COME OUT

    OBAMA LIED ABOUT BEING RACIALLY AMBUSH AND MADE UP A
    LIFE MAGAZINE STORY IN HIS BOOK "DREAMS FROM MY FATHER"– THIS ARTICLE NEVER EXIST

    CNN WHERE IS YOUR HEADLINE-

    OBAMA DROP 7 POINTS IN GALLUP POLL – IT'S VIRTUALY A STATISICAL TIE!!!!!!

    WHERE'S THE HEADLINE-–

    OBAMA DROP 7 POINTS IN LATEST GALLUP POLL OR

    OBAMA LOSING GROUND IN NATIONAL POLL OR

    CLINTON NARROWING THE OBAMA LEAD IN NATIONAL POLL

    MSNBC AND KEITH OLBERMANN YOU PICK THE ONE YOU THINK IS FAVORABLE TO OBAMA!

    April 18, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Typical latina Patriot n proud voting for OBAMA

    MC Cain in your own backyard you have allowed sexual abuse of minors in the polygamy sect and have done NOTHING about it. You cannot even clean up your own state.
    Even today another republican backed Obama and not you.

    As far as war monger that is what you are. The American people want nothing more of this war.
    You threw millions of American voters under the bus by implying they were financially irresponsible when they were losing their homes.. No McCain ,you are irreprehensible and heartless.

    We as american patriots will not elect a president who cannot remember the name of terrorists and has to be prompted to remember. We all know McCain you are Bush clone.

    The office of the presidency is not where we babysit Mc Cain.
    Only an adult like Obama deserve to be there.
    OBAMA 08

    April 18, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Linlo

    Which is it John? Have we seen great progress economically over the past seven years, or are people facing tremendous economic challenges? It obviously can't be both. McCain has already admitted he doesn't know anything about the economy – here is proof.

    April 18, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Salim, Silver Spring MD

    Obama is not twisting his words....what Sen McCain said over n over the war should continue in Iraq for 100 years wow.......

    Plus we need a President whos is ready for every challenge..and Sen McCain is too old to handle like these types of situations.

    Go Obama'08

    April 18, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. bill pike

    McBush speaks and nobody listens.

    April 18, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. ju PA

    McCain you need to release your wife income tax. How can Amercan trust you that you will not put our tax money to your wife account.

    April 18, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. George

    Obama is a pathetic liar, glad his hidden past is finally catching up with him. The bottom is about to fall out. Hope it is not too late for those undecided super deligates to notice and avoid crowning him as the Dems nominee. Hillary is our best chance for winning the presidency.

    April 18, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Anonymous-IL

    well, John... did you say it or not??? Please...

    April 18, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Simon Says

    CNN, you're better than this.... I thought.

    Why do we give war-mongers a platform?

    April 18, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. Debbie

    You've got to watch what you say in this campaign - as Obama can attest. People will twist your words. McCain did that to Obama. Everybody complains when it happens to them. Toughen up ya'll! We're going to need a tough soul to be able to handle the legacy of George Bush. It's going to be a no-win situation for the next president. I don't know why anyone wants that job. But, I appreciate their gumption.

    April 18, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. ling

    PEACE

    April 18, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. Denise

    Barack Obama's comments were not false...it was only a humorous statement accentuating the fact that McCain will probably try to continue the war, if we let him in office so the Republicans can continue to line their pockets with blood money from the lives of our soldiers. I say let's not give him the chance. John McCain is the liar, and his twisted words won't stick to Obama.

    April 18, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. Ken, LA California

    Well what exactly did he say, was it another senior moment.

    April 18, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Jim

    Obama, dishonest?

    That's funny, coming from a guy who is hiding his wife's tax returns.

    April 18, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. Slick Rick

    Ohhhhh! You're dishonest on Iraq.

    April 18, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Dave in Orange County

    Barack is talking about things that matter to us: the recession, the quagmire of war, fully funding education, while the rich-by-marriage lobbyist-dating geriatric tries breathlessly to falsely label him.

    I can't wait until Barack debates McSame 1:1 in the fall.

    The moderators might need to wear plastic ponchos because McSame's temper is likely to explode like an old clunker's radiator.

    April 18, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Adam

    If you said it, don't get mad when someone repeats it! Have you heard of bitter-gate? well if you haven't, it's the epitome of taking someone's words and twisting them for political gain...you know, when you say someone is elitist and looks down on people...that type of thing. Like Hillary said, 'if you can't take the heat...'

    April 18, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. CP

    Just like the McCain campaign twisted his "bitter" comment by calling him an elitist. Can't take it, don't dish it!

    April 18, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. Rechi

    McCain, you don't need to say anthing. We all know Obama is one big liar. He is not even so American at heart just like his wife, Michelle.

    April 18, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. Richard Guzinga, Hobe Sound, FL

    Obama is a no-talent hack and has a snow-balls chance of getting elected in November...McCain will win in a landslide as Americans are not ready to hand our country over to a neophyte communist.

    April 18, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. Mcsame

    Go home Grampa!

    April 18, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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