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. Cathy

    What "great progress economically over the last seven and a half years" is McCain speaking about? Please point out specifics because I can't think of any without any real stretch of the imagination. McCain, please give us specifics and not the generalization like Bush does.

    April 18, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. Gail

    He is recklessly dishonest and reckless and dishonest. If he thinks being the presidential nominee would be cake walk boy he is in for it. Things have not even started.

    April 18, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. I supported HRC because of Bill

    Tell Grampa McSame to go where is mates are going...To the senior living facilities...
    Compare the picture of the two...which do you want, Vibrant or Sagging?

    April 18, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.

    McSame is 'recklessly reckless' with his ill-informed statements.


    get used to it, he does it all the time!

    A vote for Grandpa McSame is a vote for 4 more years of the same failed Cheney/Bush policies!

    We can do better! YES, WE CAN!

    April 18, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. lucyna

    McCain knows he may not have a shot in November if Obama is nominated. Dishonesty has been always all over the walls in Washington where he spend half of his life. So who is he talking about? I guess those comments he must refer to himself.

    April 18, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Tampa Voter

    And McCainn recklessly flip flops...lol

    Barack keep on keepin' on!!

    April 18, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. Mark Diplomat

    Not to worry. Please remember that John and Cindi McCain have her $100 million to rest on. dear John will always have the comforts of home. Let's just hope it's NOT the White House.

    Pennsylvania – see that Obama is indeed the man (and candidate) he claims to be. Let's end this race on Tuesday – and thanks to you, put the Clinton years well behind us.

    April 18, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. Mota Nginya - Georgia

    Wow, politics can't stop wowing me for real. How can someone repeat someone's statement and his openents turn around and accuse him of being dishonest and that he has taking someone's words out of context. Can someone tell those McBush fellows to get their dann acts together. They should be worried about their supposedly straight talk express that has lost some of its wheels and has become bushTalk express.

    Obama o' boso .... "go go Obama..."

    April 18, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. Get Real

    MCain is the dis-honest one...what at laughing joke. Please someone find this man a comfortable "ursing home"

    April 18, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. Gino

    What a McCrock! Did McCain say that claptrap or not? He did. End of story.

    April 18, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. Philly for Obama

    Well the pot calling the kettle black. Isn't that what you folks did over the bitter comment. McCain stop crying and whinning. For a Navy vet you sure are a big cry baby. What part of this being a campaign don't you understand?

    April 18, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Brandon

    Did John McCain say "great progress economically over the last seven and a half years" or not? I don't see how to justify that comment. How is Obama being "recklessly dishonest" when he is quoting Sen McCain?

    It seems that McCain believes everytime he says something completely out of touch he refuses to take responsibility..

    April 18, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Ed

    McCain is crazy and he flip flops and everything just to make the conservatives happy. He did say the last 7 years were good – he is told old to be President and says dumb things.

    April 18, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. Anthony Flint, MI

    It's real easy...

    Did McCain say what Obama said or not? If he did, then why the backlash? If he did, Obama is right...Our economy is NOT better.

    April 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. Mark

    Sure, McCain's one to talk about honesty. Keating Five anyone?

    Furthermore Obama has been attacked over and over again for things said by people he knows as if the words came out of his mouth. This is laughable that anyone is even giving these attacks the time of day. How would you like to be held accountable for things you didn't even say? Barack obviously represents the kind of change this country is looking for, as his favorable ratings keep going up. Maybe the kind of change the American people want is not the same kind of change Washington wants. The folks in Washington have too long stepped on the constitution like an old newspaper and have gotten away with it. I believe that Obama represents a revolution of sorts, but a peaceful revolution. If the current politics in Washington continue, and Obama continues to be slandered, by who I believe to be both parties, and the election is stolen from him, perhaps a non-peaceful revolution may be in the midst for the U.S. in order to secure the nation in the hands of the people whom make up its whole.

    April 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. Scott, Wichita

    Luckily there's still a few of us who understand that saying that it's acceptable to keep troops in a country long term (Korea anyone? Japan?) ISN'T THE SAME AS WANTING THEM THERE.

    Learn to listen to what they say, not try to intrepret them, leave that to the conspiracy theorists

    April 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. Sean

    Interesting to see EVERYONE attacking Obama when he "acts like a politician".

    April 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. Michael Guinn , Ventura, CA

    McCain camp is gearing up for teh general- but they will find that their negative smears will backfire on them just as they have on Clinton.
    America is tired and wants real change......not more of the McSame.

    April 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. Juanita

    McCain can be a bit confusing on where he stands or what he means, as can all politicians, eve Obama.
    I guess that a truly civilized political campaign at a national level is just out of the question. Maybe it just wouldn't work. If sleeze comments/ads didn't work they wouldn't use them but....

    April 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. Dan

    Did John McCain say that? I know, by the policies he endorses that he clearly believes what Obama attributed to him. If you didn't believe that the Bush policies of the last 7 plus years brough progress, you certainly wouldn't adopt all of them into your policies.

    He wants to make Bush's tax cuts permament. He wants to keep the capital gains tax at its current rate. He wants to bail out banks, and ignore homeowners. He wants to spend far more then we take in, and stretch our military beyond its limits.

    April 18, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. proud army and navy mom

    hillary's people called mccain to old and you don't hear a peep. let Sen Obama repeat exactly what mccain says and he hollers like a hurt dog. for an old man, he sounding like a female dog..Beeeeeetch

    April 18, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. JR

    Wake up people, Obama is the same as everyone else. He LIES to all of you, twist words, and parapharses comments just like anyone. He may preach change but he will never accoplish it by doing the same old Washington polotics.

    I support Hillary and if not her, than McCain. This has to do with the fact that they at least understand things. Obama has shown time and time again that he does not grasp the inner-workings of govt. We already had a puppet in the top House in the US, why vote for another puppet.

    April 18, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. DS in SD

    I don't see what's so "recklessly dishonest" about these comments. This is a man who wants to make Bush's tax cuts for the rich permanent, afterall. If he really knows families are 'facing tremendous economic challenges,' then why does he have no real plan to help them? For an extension of the Bush White House, vote McBush '08.

    What baffles me is that there will undoubtedly be Hillary "Democrats" posting on this thread to back up John McCain in bashing Obama. Who are you people and why do you still consider yourselves Democrats?

    April 18, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. Grayson

    Ahhh, the straight talk express is crying. Poor baby. McCain was flying off the cuff when he said 100 years and everyone took it the way he meant it. With all the experience Mr. Straight Talk has, he should know to think before you speak.

    April 18, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. Key West Sun

    Even McCain knows Obama is a liar, In the last week Obama looks just like the same old politicians we all know, lie, twist and spin everything to look good for him, and then he is ask a question that he won't answer, and he whines that they are picking on Him.
    This man shows his lack of character and experience more and more everyday. Looked really bad in the debate and now looks worse with all the crying….A little cheese with that whine Mr. Obama.

    April 18, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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