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

McCain directs '100 year' fire at Obama


(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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soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. McShame


    mcWar you and hillary can say whatever u want, however,
    we are fools...............god good

    April 30, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. HillarySkank on myspace

    Ever wonder why McCain is attacking Barack? Because he, Rush, and the rest of the nut jobs on their side think he will have an easier time crushing Hillary in November. And he is right. I am starting to really dislike McCain's politics but I will cross over and vote for him should Hillary and her Clinton Goon Squad steal this election. I will not sit this election out. There were too many years in the military when my absentee ballot did not count that I will vote, but never for Hillary Rotten Clinton.

    April 30, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  3. Bayou Joe

    McCain don't worry about what Obama is saying. So what if we have to be in the Middle East for 1,000 years. At least we are not fighting them in U.S. soil. We know that the Jihadist are already here and some of them are in positions of power, but they will not get a foothold in my country as long as I and my neighbors have our guns, for hunting purposes. wink wink

    April 30, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. Ron

    It's starting to become very difficult to take anything that John McCain says seriously....

    April 30, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. M.S. Indiana

    Can some one please give this guy a tape recording of what he said, clearly he forgot

    April 30, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  6. mitch from ark.

    he said it! it's on tape.he wouldn't mind having a presence there,for a 100 years.so?what's he griping about?everyone heard it,and we all know your intentions.you want to stay there,so you can start your war in iran,while we already have troops on both sides of iran's borders.we know it's just preparation ,for a wider war ,in the middle east.no more war-mongerers!!!

    April 30, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  7. GCG - Austin, TX

    McCain, this is about MoveOn.org and has nothing to do with Obama.

    You said the words, perhaps you should have had more sleep before you said them. Oh sorry, that's Hillary's excuse for "misspeaking" isn't it.

    I keep getting both of you Republicans mixed up.

    What? She's not a Republican? Sorry, my mistake.

    April 30, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. Ca Native

    Barack can't help himself, John. He is a Black Liberation Theologist who thinks whitey is the problem. It doesn't matter if there is truth to a statement (ie US Govt creating aids to inflict the black community). If it sounds good to his constituency – he'll say it!!

    The only reason Barack is angry with Rev Wright? Rev called Barack a "politician". Everything else – Barack had heard before from his pastor and never really bothered him much.

    April 30, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  9. NWindependent

    Typical Obama; offer hope while feeding off of bitterness, offer new politics while offering old style attacks, offer hope while using fear and deceit to get ahead.

    Sounds old school politics to me.

    April 30, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  10. Clinton and Obama supporters

    Mcain you can win this election is you just.......

    STOP TALKING!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  11. Getting tired of this

    McCain is right that he did not intend to be advocating for 100 years of a hot war.

    But he is wrong in thinking that 100-year presence of American troops in THAT region can be as peaceful and uneventful as it is to have that presence in other places he cited, like Germany and South Korea.

    And it is his blindness to the magnet our troops would be for violence that is disturbing and which justifies the persistent attacks of this particular comment of his.

    Bin Laden's main grievance and the main grievance of extremist groups inspired by al-Qaeda is OCCUPATION – be it US-supported occupation as is perceived to be the case in Palestinian territories or the very real presence of US troops on the ground. Why do you think we moved out bases from Saudi Arabia to Qatar after 9/11? And how long can they stay in Qatar before being targeted? The onyl reason they are not now is because they are far from the only city in Qatar and literally in the middle of the dessert. You want to establish US bases in Iraq for 100 years?

    You deserve to be attacked for thinking that is remotely possible without major violent repercussions.

    April 30, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. Cynthia

    Was it distressing for him when he was out there calling Senator Obama an elitist and making comments about Rev. Wright?

    April 30, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  13. Stephen

    It is a bad idea to have a long term presence in Iraq. It is not analogous to South Korea. It would increase resentment of the United States in the Middle East.

    That's not Barack Obama's opinion, that's John McCain's opinion, as expressed to Chris Matthews in 2005. Why doesn't someone ask him about this flip-flop?

    April 30, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Sen. McCain, just like Sen. Clinton, have both been bashing Sen. Obama right left and center! Please tell me, where do they get off thinking, that the boomerang is NOT going to come back! "What goes around comes around" These two love to dish it out but they just can't take it!!!!

    April 30, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. Bob

    John, you said it, I heard it! Now you are playing with semantics .For you ignorant Hillary supporters, that means John is playing word games. John, if they were shooting at us today in South Korea, then we would need to get out of there as well. In repeated polls, seventy percent of Iraq's people say that it is time for America to leave. That means that we are now an unwanted occupation army John. Bring our young heroes home!

    April 30, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  16. Don Fitzgerald

    Forget the fact that he said, being in Iraq for 100 years, was alright with him, I'm waiting for him to denounce Pastor Hagee, the pastor of hate! Oh, but I bet he wanted Senator Obama to denounce the Reverand Wright!! In some circles that type of duplicity is called, hypocrisy!!! What does, Senator McCain care, he can confess to Pastor Hagee!!!

    April 30, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. Len in Washington


    And Mr "Respectful Campaign" McCain certainly wouldn't weigh into the Wright situation would he? He must have "mispoken" over the last three days. Do you suppose he listened to the entire serman by Wright before making his coments?


    What hogwash.

    April 30, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. Sante

    (Please Post)

    I personally believe that the NObama/Wright controversy was staged.

    I believe that NObama used this farce as an opportunity to get on a platform and look emotional and apologetic to the American people.

    I believe that NObama knew that he was losing momentum and needed to appeal (emotional) to the country.

    NObama knew that he NEVER denounced himself from Wright, so he needed to try and do the right thing, to appeal to the Catholics, blue collar workers and white male voters that he was losing.

    NObama and Wright are like two peas in a pod, this was staged I say!!!

    Go Hillary!!!

    Don't buy into NObamas false beliefs, he's a wolf in sheeps clothing!

    Did anyone else believe that this could be?

    April 30, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  19. Shame On You McCain

    McCain flip-flopper
    McCain he's embraced torture, the Bush tax cuts, and a century-long occupation of Iraq, and he's in violation of the campaign finance law that bears his name.
    McCain was the fake. He was, is, and always will be a typical GOP shill. All he cares about is himself and his wealthy friends.

    April 30, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  20. The Lady

    McCain this trick is not going to work, I think Obama's statement is that he wants to do away with corruption in politics.

    April 30, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  21. Shame On You McCain

    Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran...in case you forgot this was John McCain

    April 30, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  22. E. loz Miami

    "Politics as Usual"

    April 30, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  23. Oldie

    Mr. McCain, who is falsifying the statements? You are the one that said 100 years is okay with you. I heard that myself, so I don't have to depend on the media. We are in Japan, they attacked us, we are in Germany, what did they do in WW11? And why are we in Iraq? Operation Iraqi Liberation! OIL!!! Quit lying.

    April 30, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  24. Sharon Minnesota

    John McCain has every right to protest that ad and the Obama rhetoric about the 100 year in Iraq issue. I am a democrat but would not contribute to the DNC for this ad as I believe it is really stepping over the line in truthfulness.

    I will vote only for Clinton. If not Clinton then McCain 08

    April 30, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. Steve

    John McCain , Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama ALL A WASTE.
    What we need is someone REAL

    April 30, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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