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. YO

    WAH WAH WAH!!!

    April 18, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Jonathan

    Obama the liar strikes again. He's playing nice to get the nomination and then when he does get it he's going to do exactly what he says he has been going against. He's already getting some practice in!

    April 18, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Oh Please

    McShame, McPain, McSame as Bush, McBomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran…enough said!

    April 18, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Cindy

    Obama will take you DOWN in a heart beat!

    April 18, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. AJ

    As a loyal democrat (I have never voted for any republican for any office) I can say that the longer this goes on, the worse Obama looks. He does not tell the truth, he has done nothing of substance during his entire political career.

    April 18, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Paris

    Obama did the same thing about the 100 years comment.
    The arrogant hypocrisy on the Obama camp is undeniable.
    I am glad McCain stood up to him.

    John McCain 08

    April 18, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. maya

    Yep, and he has done it to Hillary also.

    Obama and his campaign are a bunch of thugs.

    April 18, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Anthony-Minneapolis,MN

    Its amazing how Grandpa McSame clings to sanity. "Recklessly Dishonest" ???? Look Grandpa, you did say in YOUR OWN WORDS, we could be in Iraq for 50 or 100 yrs, that isn't distortion its verbatim. You said and are being quoted as 'We have made great progress economically in the last 7yrs", once again not distortion but verbatim. Out of context, I think not, out of touch is what John McCain is.

    If I were to read the subtext of his latest statement that "We have made great progress" he actually means the rich, white, elitist neoconservatives that got rich off of the war in Iraq. It was great progress for them but not the average american. Someone please call the nursing home, there no-it-all-geezer is missing

    April 18, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. gaea in NC

    Well, which is it McShifty, have we made "great progress" or are we "hurting"?

    April 18, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. Jim S. PA

    OK. Let's try honesty. Did you ever call your wife a trollop and a c-word that rhymes with runt?

    You are an angry crude old man that sold your soul to the devil a long time ago.

    April 18, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. factcheck.org

    Awesome site! Check out factcheck.org and find out the facts behind what the candidates claim as truth.

    April 18, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. Zeka-jones - Ontario,Canada

    Mcsame, what's Good for the Goose it's sweet for the gander lets face it and this is just the beginning, welcome to Obama arena.

    April 18, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. David A

    McBush is out of touch.

    April 18, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. Linlo

    This is laughable. The Repubs can dish it out but they can't take it. McCain is totally out of touch with the American people.

    April 18, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. Jbecks

    Obama doesn't have to distort McCain's comments for political gain. McCain shoots himself in his own foot.

    April 18, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. Shakur

    Is it dishonest not to reflect on the plight of many Americans who have suffered under the Bush Administrations "wreckless" economic agenda?! Speak to countless of Americans and you will here the same stories: gas prices, healthcare, and jobs. Where has McCain been for the last 7 years. Oh I forgot. Stuck somewhere?

    April 18, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. rachel

    Now lets hear all the obama backers cry fowl. I am a democrate and McCain spoke the truth about this. Obama twists everything to his own advantage and then crys fowl when he is subjected to the same thing.

    April 18, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. JUDE CT

    How is that dishonest John? Everything Obama said, you were quoted as saying or maybe paraphrased. Oh! you just needed more of your lines to be repeated!.. I think it's time to call on Romney because you still don't understand how our economy works pups. CNN, post this please.

    April 18, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. J Williams

    How is he being dishonest? McCain said what he said!

    If anyone has ever read 1984, they can conceive politicians have a particular knack for simultaneously saying things are better *and* worse.

    ...you can't say "oh, there has been great economic progress" then turn around to those suffering worse than they have in years, and say "I know, I know families are facing 'tremendous economic challenges.'" At the least, its double-speak, so you can safely be on both sides of the issue. At the worst, its a denial of how bad things really are, particularly if you insist continuing Bush econ policies.

    April 18, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. prudence thomas

    Mcain means nothing that he says and says nothing that he means.
    Okay I guess he means that Americans face "tremendous economic challenges." even though the country "have made great economic progress over the past seven years"
    And that would be correct. The 1% centers have raked it in over the past seven years leaving the rest of us with deep holes in our pockets.
    Now how is Obama recklessly dishonest again.
    Show me the money. where is it who has it. The government, the people or the 1% where is the progress?

    April 18, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. Dan in CO

    Sorry John...you're gonna get laughed out of the courtroom with that claim.

    April 18, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. Veronica

    MCain did say that, Obama was just quoting his words. McCain also said that he was aware the families were having hard times, but he also said the economy has made great progress as well.

    April 18, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. CT Chriss

    Of course!

    McInsane visited his wealthy supporters who have done extremely well under Bush and recently someone told him that there are a few people out there who are not, so he obviously knows how everyone is affected economically.


    April 18, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. Danielle, TX

    "...noting the Arizona senator ALSO said he knows families are facing "tremendous economic challenges."

    If he ALSO said he knows families are facing tremendous economic challenges, then what did Obama lie about? It seems to me he did say the economy is making great progress BUT, he knows there are struggling families. Unfortunately, there will always be stuggling families (whether the economy is good or not so good), however, the economy is NOT making great progress. So, McCain is still a little delusional in the area of economics.

    April 18, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. arun

    what is good for the goose is good for the gander. Rank falsehood has been the bread and butter of the republican party for the last 8 years. They should be extremely comfortable with that.

    April 18, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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