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. bill in Oklahoma

    It is just as fair as when he calls the democratic candidates wanting to tax everyone. Repeal of the bush tax cut is not a tax. As long as he says that it is okay to use his words against him.

    April 30, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    John you have said so many things about Iraq thay you don't have a clue to what the heck you're talking about.

    "100 years", "No not Korea model", "Korea model", "No not Korea model", Petraeus, Petraeus, Petraeus....

    make up your mind already, our kids are dying you old insane man.

    How can this guy be tied in the polls with Hillary and Barack?

    Oh yeah the important issues, sniper fire and a crazy reverend.

    Grow up folks.

    April 30, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. Nunya

    That's like saying it would be fine with him to stay in Iraq as long as pigs are flying. There is nothing reasonable about the conditions specified as why it would be fine. His original comment about it being fine was a distortional response, attempting to twist the intent of the question that was being asked of him.

    April 30, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. Debby

    I heard McCain on this 100 year issue like 5 times. Obama and even Clinton are distorting his words. This is so silly when its talking to you right in the face. This will have no harmful effect on McCain.

    April 30, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  5. Darryl

    I love Cindy and John McCain, now personally heard John McCain said that we could have forces in IRAQ for a 100 years. Now we have lost another 47 service men and women. John McCain tell their family what they die for? a lie and John McCain pay for this wqar with his wifes fortune? no they want for our kids to die for a lie.

    April 30, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. Ross in MD

    "Falsifying" McCain's statements?

    The DNC is using McCain's OWN WORDS! Whose fault is it that McCain wants to keep troops there for 100-years?

    April 30, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  7. Brian

    He has no room to talk with his false denial of the Wright Ad and his resounding silence when Kerry got Swift boated in '04

    April 30, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. Priscilla for Obama

    McCain made the comment. Now he is trying to lie his way out of it. This has nothing to do with Obama you old prune!!

    April 30, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  9. WFK

    Obama is not wrong to point out McCain's "100 year" remark. Anyone who actually believes that it'd actually be possible to "have a presence in Iraq" WITHOUT Americans being injured, harmed, wounded, or killed is absolutely naive. This is a country, and area of the world, that for hundreds of years has resisted occupation by any foreign forces. Fact: Bin Ladin himself even told us that 9/11 was in response to the west (meaning U.S.) pushing our ideals onto them. What makes us think there are not kids growing up in Iraq right now with hatred in their hearts for the U.S. because of the mess we've created over there? Our continued occupation will only mature that anger.

    April 30, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  10. merle 7

    McCain needs to shut up all he does it talk out of both the side of his mouth, and it is not straight talk either. When he is attacked, Obama is not running a clean campaign. What about the ad in NC about minister Wright, that he say so tried to stop. How about the ads about Hamas favoring Obama. A 100 year war are occupation it doesn't matter,the US presents is not wanted in that part of the world and our continued present will never bring peace unless these people are participants.

    Obama 08!

    April 30, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  11. Willy

    John don't worry about obama. He's afraid to debate anyone with out a telaprompter in front of him. He's lunch meat!

    April 30, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  12. Griff

    The Man! The only Man running for Office, who can "Change Direction".... You want Change....Then You Want: John McCain – Change.

    April 30, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. Dan (Kirkland, WA)

    How can he say his statements are being 'falsely characterized'? Did he, or did he not say that?

    The fact is, he did say it! If he wants to take it back, that's fine but he doesn't.

    I don't get it Mr. McNuggett...

    April 30, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  14. Incoming Sniper Fire

    Today marked the 7-month that violence has escalated in Iraq! I guess the media isn't interested in that story. Today almost 500,000 plus U.S. Citizens have had to face home foreclosures. I guess the media isn't interested in that story as well. Today Iran put a halt to the sale of oil to the U.S. because they said the dollar is too weak. And Iran is also pressuring the OPEC nations to join them. I would've thought the media would think this story is important to U.S. citizens considering all the talk about oil tax and the economy in the upcoming summer months. This is what Sen. Obama is talking about when he points to the fact that in every election cycle the MSM and politicians engage in the body politic like some sporting event, instead of the life altering impact the wrong decisions have on this country and the rest of the world. It is very sad that the world is watching this nation become a shell of its promise of a true Democracy. They are looking at how MSM is hijacking the electoral process, along with bought and paid for politicians. It has to be quite perplexing to see CNN cover elections in Pakistan and critique the process, when they are part of the very problem why things don't change right here in this country.

    April 30, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  15. Concerned Citizen

    What is this old man talking about? wasn't he the one that said HAMAS wants Obama to be present, and used it to try to raise money? I guess that is clean politics. I bet he could not even remember who was resposible for the ads, Obama is the only name he could remember.

    April 30, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. GL

    Look who's whining now... pathetic. The gall to complain about he very words that HE spoke. McCain, thank you for your service to this country, but it is now time for you to retire. The nurse will be around this afternoon with you meds. Bingo is at 3:00.

    April 30, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  17. john

    McSame does not know what he's talking about!!!!

    How are soldiers not going to be wounded, killed, ect.
    in Iraq for hundreds of years?!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SOUNDS OUT OF TOUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    DEMOCRATS '08 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. Rom, NY

    The DNC, please keep running the ad in other states till Nov 5th
    That's his words!
    Eh Mc Cain, what about your remarks regarding the Hamas endorsing Obama even though he has made clear that he wouldn't sit to negotiate with terrorism organization
    You can't it both ways my friend

    April 30, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  19. Jose

    Hold on McCain, but your campaign sent out a misleading mailer saying that "Hamas endorses Obama"

    April 30, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  20. Shame On You McCain

    McCain is not very truthful.His 'I won't be a referee' cop-out from putting a halt to the Wright/Obama GOP ads is sad. He pays lip service to running a clean campaign, but he doesn't walk his talk. If he had the power, he would stop the ads against Obama in NC.

    So who do you vote for in the general? More war including Iran as a bonus for voting (R)Republican?

    April 30, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  21. Ken

    McCain is just a George Bush re-run. The American People have had enough of that ! Time for the Republicans to GO ! Look what GREAT SHAPE our Country is in after 8 years of their bologna !

    April 30, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  22. Cindy

    It's actually... kinda funny... both Obama and McCain are ignoring Hillary.

    April 30, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  23. ed fl

    Mccain can not remember what he said five miutes ago much less a couple of weeks ago. The security better stay close to him before he wanders off alone and can not remember who or where he is.

    April 30, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  24. Paris

    Obama is distorting what McCain said.
    Obama’s campaign was supposed to bring new approach to politics.
    He was about change and hope. And not dirty politics. What happened?
    Talk is cheap, it is your actions and only your actions that can prove and demonstrate your belief.
    Obama’s actions are contradicting his words.

    April 30, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  25. ron

    Here is another sleep deprivation case. Constantly mispeaking

    April 30, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
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