April 18th, 2008
04:20 PM ET
10 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. Tamika

    wah wah wah..old man..get this straight.. will dont like negative campaigning between our democrat nominees.. but you sir are fair game!!Play the game or get out of the arena!

    DEMOCRATS 08, 09,12 and forever!

    April 18, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Simon Jinx

    Why am I not feeling surprized?

    April 18, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. Fools for McBush and Hillary

    Old man need his medication. Wasn't you the one that just attacked Obama on his "Bitter Comment" that you took out of context?

    April 18, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. Arizona Fans of Hillary Clinton!

    Wake Up America!!!....................Hillary Clinton '08!!!

    April 18, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. Rich

    Tucker Bounds is a bigger liar than Hillary Clinton. Worse, his "responses" during the "bitter" controversy seemed to show that he hadn't listened to or understood a word Obama had said. Tucker Bounds does all McCain's dirty work to keep McCain's hands clean. Not buying it, Tucker and John.

    April 18, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Femi in minnapolis

    Not only did he say so he so, he also affirmed at the Ronald Reagan Library Republican Debate that Americans are better off now than they were 8 years ago....get the tapes people! when your wife is making billions, i see why! .....Release her taxes please!

    April 18, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. Peter

    Tucker Bounds,

    You and Obama are saying that republicans screwed up the economy for the American families? how is it that Obama is being recklessly dishonest?

    April 18, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. Obama wins PA


    April 18, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Stacy Clarks, TX

    wow....this is strong words that ARE NOT TRUE!!!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!

    April 18, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Alex

    Obama, Hillary and McCain are roughly comparable to each other as far as distorting the truth is concerned. I can't believe people are so naive as to think one candidate or the other is somehow more ethical than the other. It really cracks me up with this trend of idolizing Obama. "Obama would never do that", or "Obama doesn't sell out to special interests!!!".

    April 18, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. Jack - Miami

    But they don't deny that McCain said what Obama repeated.......

    April 18, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. Garry

    John at 75 year old shouldn't you be in a retirement home & not in the whitehouse... Like c'mon already! Go home & take your metamucil.

    April 18, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |

    Well, Clinton is worse than anyone.

    April 18, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. Deart

    No one have to twist John Mccane words for him,he is doing a great job, on is own.

    April 18, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Deb

    This is a good example of why Obama is no longer a viable candidate!

    He has been caught in so many Public Lies already he no longer has any creditability with anyone who isn't blinded with the notion of

    "I can't wait to vote for the first Black man to run for office. I don't care or want to hear about why he isn't qualified!"

    He is never going to make it in the General Election because enough of us do care that we will out number the blinded!

    April 18, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. McCain needs media coverage!

    Not getting enough press hey McCain? Hahahaha!

    But seriously, "recklessly dishonest?" kinda like "nothing short of breathtaking" hmmm?

    Ah well...all I have to say to that is (not that I'm saying Obama is twisting McCain's words), but how does it feel?

    April 18, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. Judy

    Old fart McSame should spend more time worring about his Depends.

    Barack will be the next president!!! Tick Tock

    April 18, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. Frank (Cleveland)

    OK McCain...Perhaps you can further explain how we are doing so great economically.

    April 18, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. Sam, Muncie, Ind.

    It's interesting how cnn.com bumps certain stories on the Ticker to keep them at the top. Some readers might conclude a little bias in the selection of stories that get priority billing while actually new stories, say for example the Nunn and Boren endorsements of Obama, are swiftly buried in the Ticker hierarchy.

    It seems especially telling when Clinton's so-called saving of the day headline is still the Ticker link on the main page when not only did she play the least of the rolls on Colbert last night – Obama was great, but Edwards stole the show – but serious and important things have happened during the course of this day.

    Whatever will CNN do when Clinton goes to pasture?

    April 18, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. Shawn

    McCain is a tool and a poor excuse for a politician.

    April 18, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |

    obama has been accurate in the characterization of sen. mccain's comments.

    April 18, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. Women 4 Obama

    If you can't take your own medicine, then maybe you are too OLD to run for President.

    April 18, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. Jason, Atlanta, GA

    What? Obama would twist someone's words for political gain? No way! He would never do that! ... He's just like the normal everyday American and understands us ... right?

    April 18, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. 100 years in Iraq

    McCain camp needs to mind their language. They are themselves to blame.
    Is he not the guy who said he would be okay with our troops staying in Iraq for 100 years
    Was it not McCain who was saying: bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.
    Is he not the same person who say he does not know economy?
    Was he not McCain who said the fundamentals of economy are strong?
    Is he not the guy who say our economy is not in recession
    the list goes on
    Now, who is "recklessly dishonest"?

    April 18, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. ihatewhitey@obama.net

    Truth hurts Mr. Obama. Whay a hypocrite, a senior advisor wrote and published a paper about how Mr. Obama would leave troops there for at least 10 years! Media won't cover that though, he'll say anything to get elected!

    April 18, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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