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. Avis, Richton Park, IL

    I don't care if John McCain thinks this country has made great progress !! Obama is right, he's still clinging on to the Bush disconnect with the little people. If you can make stupid comments like that, then you still don't get what's going on with the economy!!!!

    People wake up, please a vote for McCain is more of the same. If McCain wins you have no one to blame but yourselves. Remember you put Bush in office, TWICE !! I address this to the people who'd rather vote for McCain rather than vote for Obama or Clinton. VOTE DEMOCRATIC OR HOW ABOUT VOTING FOR COMMON SENSE !!!

    OBAMA 08

    April 18, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. sean

    errrr no mr. mccain sir. sounds like mr. obama got it pretty right to me.

    not sure how you can cry foul when your policies do reflect a complacent attitude toward the economy. you must think we are doing ok

    and why is no one ever allowed to criticize john mccain in terms of his stance on the issues? he gets so hot about it but it quick to criticize obama.

    i call a foul for mccain on this one

    April 18, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. sacto joe

    The only distortion going on here is from the McCain camp, which is accusing someone speaking the truth of distortion!!!

    This is such typical right wing bullshirt that you KNOW the same people are running McCain's campaign as got this country into this royal mess in the first place.


    April 18, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Grif

    You Don't want the truth at CNN... Thgere is no more Cash to go around, only to redistribute.... Take off the White's and give it to the Black's..l. That's all Obama want to do.. And any white person who believe's different is another DREAMER........

    April 18, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Jack

    A barrel of oil was selling between 50 to 60 dollars when the Dems took over Congress. So, the price of gas, food, etc has gone through the roof under Pilosi and Reid's watch. For Obama to claim anything else is completely dishonest and a lie that he and Billary continue to feed to the American people. McCain is not the answer to our problems either but he's the best choice of the three!

    April 18, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. Kevin

    McCain is smart enough to make Obama trip over his own words. Now if America would wake up from the "change tonic" they have been drinking from Obama they would see Obama is not right for our country!

    April 18, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. Doug, Florida

    McCain should go visit Charlie Crist in Florida and just stay there.
    Please McCain stay with us in Florida and wait for your name to be call by God.

    We don't need you in the White House.

    >>>>At age 4 success is . . . not peeing in your pants.
    >>>>At age 12 success is . . having friends.
    >>>>At age 17 success is . . having a driver's license.
    >>>>At age 35 success is . . having money.

    >>>>At age 50 success is . . . having money.
    >>>>At a g e 70 success is . .. . having a drivers license.
    >>>>At age 75 success is . . . having friends.
    >>>>At age 80 success is . . . not peeing in your pants.

    No to Hillary and McSame

    April 18, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Honest Abe

    What McCain saying that Obama 'twists' his words!!!! Isn't that what he's been doing with Obama's words on rural america, the rev. wright talk, etc... I THINK MCCAIN IS ALREADY SHOWING SIGNS OF ALZHEIMERS! No wonder he won't release his medical records!!! Do us a favor McCain, drink your metamucil and stay in bed for the last 10 years of your life. The guy is just about reached the average life expectancy of men. And people want him to run our country from his geriatric chair.

    April 18, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. d

    "The McCain campaign has long argued Obama has a habit of twisting the presumptive Republican nominee's words. "

    That is why I call Obama- a shrewd POLITICIAN

    And Republicans think he is a "boy"..LOL

    April 18, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    America heard the same thing Obama heard and John McCain's words were praise for Bush's progress on the economy and that's not the only time McCain has praised Bush. The only thing that's twisted here is McCain trying to turn and twist the feverent support he has always had for Bush. Further McCain doesn't get it on economy anyway, because he doesn't understand it, what a joke.

    April 18, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. a NJ voter for OBAMA

    McSame did say that we were economically sound. only recently did he change his stance after some coaching by party officials that knows McSame has to play election year politics and know that none of these issues he is bringing up will stick if he becomes president. I will feel very sorry for all of us if he gets in the office. Nice man but is delusional about the war, economy and foreign affairs. Obama save us from him!!

    April 18, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. Veronica

    Mr. McCain said Thursday to Bloomberg Television. When asked if he believed Americans were better off now than when President Bush took office, Mr. McCain conceded that people were facing “very challenging times.” But he went on to say, “You could make an argument that there’s been great progress economically over that period of time.”

    April 18, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Tom

    Obama has a big mouth. He apparently thinks that Americans will overlook the long recovery from 9/11, or else be willing to blame the economic fallout from that event on the Republicans. Either way, the message seems to be that Americans are at best gullible, and at worst, stupid.

    April 18, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Yay..yay...Yes He Can!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Congrats guys two more for the good guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 18, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. SNOBama

    OBAMA IS A LIAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 18, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. joe

    I was stunned to see Obama give Hillary Clinton the finger during a campaign rally in Raleigh NC. The Obama supporters roared in laughter when Obama did that.
    Can anyone imagine Hillary Clinton giving Obama the finger and Clinton supporters laughing. They would have been called racists.
    I have heard no Democratic Congressman or Senator call for an apology. That is shameful.
    Obama is unelectable. He has self destructed in the last month!

    April 18, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Dr. Powers

    I would probably vote for Senator McCain come November. But, it is fair to say that he has to watch what he says from here on out. What Senator Obama's says about Senator McCain is based on What Senator MCCain has said publically on dirfferent occusions ("100 years", "I do not understand econmics", "progress" ). He need not give many opening if he wishes to avoid such excanges.

    April 18, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. Rashane Kansas

    well well well I see Obama can trow a punch and any thing that Bush has dine you stand bye so the point is is that your out if touch!! your lucky Clinton is not throwing you the kitchen sink you can even take the mop he tossed at you!

    OBAMA 08

    April 18, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. nina

    Actually, to say at all that there's been progress in last 7 years is laughable. Where???
    And McCain did say is was going to have troops in Iraq for as long as 100 years. It wasn't unitl later that he cleared up what he actually meant.

    And let's remember, McCain jumped on the bandwagon to critisize Obama's "bitter" statement. He himself did not address the whole of what Obama said. He took one fragment of the comments and ran with it. The only person who read the entirety of what Obama said, was Whoopi, on The View.

    So McCain should think about what his imput was about someone else's comments before he gets all fired up when the same is done back to him. Obama took a sentence that he said, and focused on it.

    Isn't what's good for the goose, also good for the gander???

    April 18, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  20. YBLN7

    Yes. That is exactly what he was, what he is,a nd what he will be. Unfortunately, so many people do not see through this. Americans stupidly voted for Bush twice, and they can not blame anybody if they make the same stupid mistake this time.

    April 18, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. Beka

    McBush is so out of touch and trying to run off the old politics playbook....PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING! I LIKE MOST PEOPLE CANNOT AFFORD TO SAVE $$ TO SEND MY DAUGHTER TO COLLEGE IN 8 years AND PAY FOR HER TO EAT NOW AT THE SAME TIME!!! If she doesnt go to college then she will be poorer than I am!!! The GOPers and corporations should be on trial for high treason for selling out to the no so almighty anymore dollar...

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

    So.... did I miss the part where people realized Obama is right on this one, or are we going straight to buying into the Republican nonesense

    April 18, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. ex-Obama supporter

    There you go. Another Obama spin... this guy Obama is a true politician. He is one big Con artist. How long will it take for Americans to wake up.

    April 18, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. case

    I can not wait for Obama to get McCain one on one. McCain is old and tired just like his GOP politics.

    McCain used to be my favorit but in 6 months he has gone from maverick middle of the road to straight up GOP puppet.

    Obama our next President.

    Independent for Obama

    April 18, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  25. RYAN

    CNN, where is the endorsement Sen. Obama get today on political ticker..is that not news?

    April 18, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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