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. ralph tyler

    Reckless? Invading Iraq and continuing those policies is reckless.

    April 18, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. TAHARI in CT 4 OBAMA

    Everyone knows what McBush said and what he meant.

    It took him how long to figure out what to even do with the ecconomy?

    Take a course!

    JOHN MCCAIN YOU WILL NEVER BE MY PRESIDENT. I WILL MAKE SURE EVERYONE I KNOW VOTES DEMOCRAT! AKA 4 OBAMA!

    April 18, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. Belle

    Of course the Obama Camp TWISTS the truth. Look what HE did to Senator Clinton. He efficiently made Black Americans Hate the Senator and President Clinton.

    Scarey...this is a NEW kind of politics?

    The only "GAFFE" Senator Clinton made was the Bosnia gaffe. Obama and his campaign made sure that was in all of the headlines, but when he is questioned, he says people don't want to hear about that, and that is old style politics.

    Yup...new kind of politics for sure...let's just twist everything they say right out of context while pretending to take the high moral ground.
    Change...can hardly wait to see what's next.

    April 18, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. Danny

    We know that Obama dishonest man that's why we said if Obama get
    nominee for Democratic party we going to vote for John McCain.
    Obama dishonest, lied, crying and not stand for Americans.

    April 18, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. citizen

    so did he say that there has been quote "great progress economically over the last seven and a half years" or not. regardless that he is saying that families are facing greate hardships. Does he not know that we are in a recession?

    April 18, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Robert

    But they're not saying he didn't say those words. It's one of those "out of context" defenses.

    April 18, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. Nicholas, CO

    Here is the crux of the argument: "The McCain campaign immediately took issue with the comment, noting the Arizona senator ALSO said he knows families are facing "tremendous economic challenges."

    That's straight from McCain's camp. Meaning Obama twisted nothing. He quoted what McCain said. No matter what he said afterwards, to say the economy has made growth is out of touch, not just with the American people, but reality and basic economics in general.

    April 18, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. D.S

    Recklessly dishonest???Huh? As opposed to what... Planned dishonesty. And I checked that quote and that is what Mccain said...sooo I am so confused!!

    April 18, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. Obama Gal

    It doesn't matter how McCain worded it all that matters is he is ok with the war when the American people are sick of it!

    OBAMA '08

    April 18, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. Jacqueline, Defiance, Ohio

    I really sincerely hope that people can see this man is PHONEY and a FAKE. A wolf in sheeps clothing is exactly what BARACK OBAMA is. I am still astounded by Obama supporters who are learning all of this information/scandal about him , and are STILL supporting him. Its amazing really how stupid people can be, when they ignore their
    better judgement to jump on the next big fad. People we are not voting for our next American Idol or Prom King, this is the man u want for PRESIDENT????!!!-no i dont think so. Please Please wake up.

    April 18, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Travis Johns

    Wow,
    for once I actually AGREE with John McCain. Obama acts like he is better than "politics" but plays the political game more than any candidate I have ever seen.

    April 18, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. citizen

    the article makes it sound that MCaine didn't say that? did he or didn't he? Adding that families are going through hardships does not add context to the statement. it is just an additional statement.

    April 18, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. larry

    It's about time people figured out what a liar Obama is!!!! He has the same empty headed following as George Bush. These people will believe anything. And the truth will be heard and McCain wll be president!!!!

    April 18, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. D. Thorne, Newport Beach

    Senator Obama is right. John McCain has been hanging around Hillary
    too long. Her expertise on reversing the truth is starting to rub of on him.
    If he decides to run his campaign like she did, he will surely lose.

    April 18, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. Cat, Costa Mesa, CA

    They all lie...who's surprised?? Atleast George waited until after he got into office to lie to the american people!

    And John, don't go crying foul when what Obama is doing is the exact same thing that you did to Mitt!!

    Maybe Karma is alive and well?!!

    April 18, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. carmen

    Look who is whining today... Teflon John.

    April 18, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Natacha from PA

    Maybe McCain was talking about his family's income, which he refuses to release, fully. I wonder what the McCains' are hiding. As a voter, that's my right to know.

    April 18, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. Lovely in VA

    Obama speaks the truth and McShame calls foul. It will only backfire on you McShame, just like it has the wicked witch of the east.

    Obama, just keep telling it like it is. You are going to win and I am going to remember how long it took your superdelegrates to stand up for you. There's a couple right here in VA that are losing my backing every day.

    SUPERDELEGATES COME OUT OF THE CLOSET. YOU KNOW WHO IS THE BEST TO LEAD THIS GREAT NATION.

    April 18, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. Say What?

    Yeah, this is "The Surge is Working" McCain? Or is this "I am for Bush tax cuts" McCain, or is this the "I won't support the Webb GI Bill" McCain.

    McSame you are just that- more of the same ole same ole.

    April 18, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. shan-fl

    well, what the heck did mccain say so that we can get the correct context?

    April 18, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. Jean

    Good For OBAMA...Go give them heck

    April 18, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. Ken in Dallas

    So McCain's a whiner, what's new? For a man from the party of demagogic invective, I'd say he has very little standing to complain about being called on careless off-hand remarks he happens to make in public.

    If he wants something to complain about, his economic proposals depend on supply-side fantasy, the war he claims we have to continue indefinitely is rapidly bankrupting our next generation, and he's demonstrated either ignorance of or flagrant disregard for the facts on the ground in the Middle East.

    What was on that little sign Truman kept on his desk? Oh, never mind, Truman was a Democrat.

    April 18, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Sam

    McCain said it, he just don't remember.

    April 18, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. TedM

    I can't wait intil we have a nominee to go head2head with McCain. On issue after issue McCain is just another Bush Lap Dog that has fallen in line to get the concervative vote. In 2000, McCain was a man who stood head and shoulders above the rest of the Republican Party. Since then, his desire to be president has spoiled him and turned him into the very same politician as those who destroyed him personally & politically in his first bid for the presidency.

    April 18, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. joe from galway ireland

    Macain should go and rest he is too old 4 the rest.Americans doesn't need a 71 old man to rule down,this is a time 4 a change and that change is Obama.

    April 18, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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