April 30th, 2008
04:33 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain directs '100 year' fire at Obama

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(CNN) - John McCain responded to a question about groups that continue to use his "100 years" remark in negative ads by directing his fire at Barack Obama.

The presumptive Republican nominee said that every objective assessment of “the distortion of my statement about our involvement in Iraq is totally, totally false.

“And it’s a little distressing to me when Senator Obama says that he wants to run a very great campaign that is above politics, and above the mundane aspects of political campaigns, and then keeps turning around and saying and totally falsifying my statement,” which said it was acceptable to have troops in Iraq along the lines of the long-term U.S. presence in South Korea, said McCain.

"It’s disappointing that Senator Obama would continue to absolutely falsely characterize my remarks."

Both the Democratic National Committee and MoveOn.org have released attack ads this week that feature part of the Arizona senator’s remark. The McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee have blasted the ads as misleading because they say the comment is taken out of context, and the spots do not include his full statement.

During his primary campaign, McCain said a 100-year presence of U.S. troops in Iraq “would be fine with me, as long as Americans, as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed. It’s fine with me and I hope it would be fine with you if we maintain a presence in a very volatile part of the world.”


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  1. look byond

    It wasn't a falslfy remarks,,But those were his own words.
    John Mccain did say he will keep our troops as long as 100 years or more.
    These are the policy of George W. Bush, which we believe John Mccain will adopt, when he is mistakely nominated for president.

    We do not need any more wars, we need to bring our troops home.
    They are fighting a civil war instead of fighting AlQueda or Bin Laiden or terrorism.

    4 more years of George Bush policy with Mccain in the white house will mean 4 years of starvation in America.
    Please America wake up. We all saw the Bush era. Do we need this again?

    April 30, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  2. That's Reality

    The ONLY way the Democrats can win the election is by trying to deceive the American people. So, this is the path they take. We'll see if America falls for it.

    April 30, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  3. Russ

    This is par for the course from Obama. He speaks out from both sides of his mouth. For 20 yrs. he sat in church and nodded his head in agreement with his preacher, now when it starting to hurt him he is "outraged" Why is the muslim world rooting for Obama first and the democratics second?

    April 30, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  4. Lisa

    McCain...why are you trying to lie. It is so clear that you are another Bush. Even the women on the View think so. Everybody knows this!
    Please just tell the truth.

    April 30, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  5. Shane

    McCain is right to call out Obama on this. If Obama is really above the "silly season" politics, he is having a hard time showing it.

    April 30, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  6. dora

    MacCain is too old.He wants to bomb the world.He is bitter because he was a prisoner of war.

    April 30, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  7. Jon P.

    You are a false patriot McCain and a fraud. You should move to Iraq.

    April 30, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  8. Tony B B.C. MI

    Some things should not have been said, and some things should not have been done.............Korea.............look at the problems still being faced........................... Japan............... look at the problems still being faced......................... Iraq............ come on now ,,, we already know the answer to this one...................... and it ain't victory..............!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????

    April 30, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  9. Joe Schmo

    SO FAR OBAMA HAS MADE A MOCKERY OF THIS PROCESS!!!!!!
    WHERE DID THEY FIND THIS GUY?
    WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT WHO THE WINNER IS GOING TO BE IN NOVEMBER!
    HILLARY HAS PROVEN HERSELF OVER AND OVER!
    I THINK THAT IT IS BULL THAT SHE HAS TO WORK EXTRA JUST TO MEASURE UP TO A MAN!
    SHE HAS LEADERSHIP SKILLS AND CAN BE AGGRESSIVE IF NEED BE!
    THIS IS WHAT A PRESIDENT DOES!
    SHE HAS RELEASED GAS TAX PLANS AND STIMULUS PLANS FOR PEOPLE LOSING THEIR HOMES!
    HILLARY GETS MY VOTE!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  10. Joe Schmo

    THE WAY THAT OBAMA HAS HANDLED THE WRIGHT CONTROVERSY TELLS US THAT HE CERTAINLY CANNOT HANDLE THE JOB OF PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!

    HE IS TOO WIMPY!
    HE NEEDS TO DEVELOP A BACKBONE!!!!
    HE WOULD BE PUT IN VERY SERIOUS SITUATIONS AS PRESIDENT!
    I DO NOT FEEL COMFORTABLE THAT HE COULD HANDLE THEM!
    I DO HOWEVER FEEL VERY COMFORTABLE WITH HILLARY CLINTON BECAUSE SHE IS SMART AND HAS BEEN AT THIS FOR A LONG TIME!!!

    HILLARY CLINTON GETS MY VOTE!!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. JAX, Florida

    I AM SO PUZZLED ABOUT HOW MCCAIN CAN ARGUE HIS 100 YEARD COMMENT. NO MATTER HOW YOU PUT IT, IT SUGGESTS THAT WE WILL BE IN IRAQ WITH NO END IN SIGHT. IT COULD TAKE 20 TO 100 YEARS TO END VIOLANCE IN THAT REGION. HE SAID IT; THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO SPIN IT.
    HE SAID UNLESS WE ARE NOT IN A COMBAT SITUATION AND OUR PEOPLE ARE NOT BEING SHOT AND KILLED. WHEN WILL THAT BE???
    OWN IT MCCAIN!!!

    April 30, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  12. Andy, N.C.

    McCain, if you want to save your career, then avoid talking about the war and how you plan to keep us there forever. As a prisoner of war, I am surprised you forgot the devastating scenes of the innocent being tortured and killed. We are after Al Quaeda, not the innocent of Iraq.

    For any of you who have not traveled abroad, I suggest you do. People hate you, they hate us for simply being American.... for how our government has represented us abroad.

    I cannot believe how many people are supporting McCain and the war. Our generation is a shame to the people of the 60s who opposed the Vietnam War.

    LESS WAR, MORE PEACE!

    Obama 08.

    April 30, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  13. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Senator McCain,

    What are you saying? You said you go through the gates of hell to get Osama bin Laden, 100 year war if necessary.

    Now you are saying that you would leave them in there as long as they are not injured, harmed, wounded or killed.

    Do you see the problem in your logic here?

    They are injured, harmed, wounded, and killed ... right now. So by what you are saying, we should not leave them in there. We should exit right now, because they are injured, harmed, wounded, or killed.

    April 30, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  14. Charlie

    The problem here is, most Americans don't even know that we still have troops in Korea. Most Americans thought our military got out of Korea when M.A.S.H. went off the air.

    They don't understand why we still have troops in Korea or any other place in the world. I have noticed over the years, people (especially the younger generation) are becoming more and more concerned about themselves and less concern about what is going on in the world. Thank God for those who do stand up and volunteer for the military. I did and I can't understand why other Americans (men and women) are so self-centered and refuse to volunteer to protect their country.

    John McCain deserves to be elected President.

    April 30, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  15. Tony, Wilton, ME

    McCain will melt down during the first full month of the campaign.

    His only chance is to see Rush about a little something to take the edge off.

    April 30, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  16. Me

    Did McSane not say American soldiers will be in Iraq up to a 100 years if necessary? It doesn't take a Rocket Scientist to know that if you have American soldiers in Iraq you will continue to have American casualties....duh.... So tell me how is Obama responsible for something he himself said.

    Obama 08-12

    April 30, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  17. tidho

    McCain is right. Clinton and Obama have twisted what he said and the media haven't called out either. Interesting that he's only calling out Obama.

    We still have soldiers in Germany and that was 60 years ago. In no way was McCain saying that we'd still be heavily involved in Iraq as his apponents have loosely implied.

    April 30, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  18. Just telling the truth

    The only thing worse than an old fool is an old elitest! Would somebody please take McCain to a rest home somewhere before he gets some body hurt.

    April 30, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  19. Mike in CA

    What planet is McCain living on? Even WITHIN context, his "100-year presence...in Iraq" statement is lunatic.

    "...as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed." Does he think we're sending troops over there to play schoolyard games? Using the word "troops" in the same breath as "not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed" belies his own military experience.

    April 30, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  20. SWING STATE FAMILY

    Of course not at his buddy Hillary. Two peas in a pot.

    April 30, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  21. oaklynne

    Would someone please tell McCain that it was the DNC and MoveOn that released the ads and not the Obama campaign?

    April 30, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  22. Tony, Miami

    Hum! Is McSame afraid of Obama?

    April 30, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  23. Dori in AZ

    Taken out of context? How is that different than the McCain campaign ads that go negative against his opposition? How can it be right for the McCain campaign to do it, but "misleading" if anyone else does?

    As to his Iraq statement. . . If McCain's criteria for having U.S. troops in Iraq is that it's "fine" with him "as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed," how can he be against disengaging from the war ASAP if he becomes President?

    Americans ARE being injured and harmed and wounded and killed in that area RIGHT NOW. And, there continues to be much harm to their families here at home, & to the nation (i.e. morale, economy, etc.) as a whole.

    It is impossible to "maintain a presence in a very volatile part of the world" – especially a part of the world that has been very volatile for centuries! – without some expectation of all of the above....

    April 30, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
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