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. Glenn

    John you said what you said. You blew it. Admit it. Get Over it!

    April 30, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. Biased CNN

    McSame, you said it... You can retract it. You also said bomb, bomb, bomb Iran

    It is the same as the add in NC. You even want to affect the democratic primary and dream of facing Hillary...

    No way... Obama is coming. Enjoy the remaining of your holidays.

    April 30, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  3. Audrey

    Obama isn't the one running the ad. At least blame the one whose doing it!!!

    April 30, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  4. Paris

    The worst part is that Obama knows that he is being untruthful and still chooses to do this.

    April 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  5. Greg

    This is the same guy who says Obama wants to "surrender." I wonder which is a more unfair characterization?

    April 30, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  6. vic nashville,Tn

    Obama you can’t solve you problem with Wright it take more than 200 years
    You don’t have any rights to criticize anyone comments
    Hillary 08 or Mc Cain 08

    April 30, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  7. Greg

    Mcsenile has some nerve. He lets them run garbage in NC and he wants cry about negative ads directed at him?

    April 30, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. La Bomb ba

    The part about Obama BS on clean campaign when his negatives Fracutred the Democratic Party and drove away middle America makes sense but McCain on Iraq what the hell is he talking about.

    Iraq is a swamp the same swamp that sunk USSR.

    Forget Iraq Saudi Arabia won the war.

    April 30, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. Keith Supko

    What a misleading distortion for Democrats to claim that McCain would stay in Iraq for 100 years, when what he REALLY said is that he'd stay only "as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed"!

    And who could possibly doubt that a Republican president can bring us a war without death or injury, after we've been "greeted as liberators"?

    Keep up the straight talk, Sen. McCain!

    April 30, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  10. Chris in Va.

    By all means Mr. McCain, lets keep American Troops in Iraq forever as a presence so they can be targets just as they have been in South Korea. Idiot.

    April 30, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. Nick Mann

    Guess if Obama lies enough about McCain's statement then people will actually believe it and not realize that the Obama campaign continues to manipulate the statement and take it completely out of context. Obama as Rev. Wright has said is a typical politician. People are starting to figure him out and he is an ol' typical left wing liberal that is out of touch with middle america.

    April 30, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  12. Jim M. Gau

    Even if McCain meant "100 years" literally (which he didn't), that would be just fine with me. McCain is in America's corner, America is in the corner of Justice in the world, and whatever it takes works for me. Actually, perhaps we do need a prescense in that part of the world to straighten out a few million terrorists. And I would be proud to be sent over there on the next plane to fight. I have always supported America and it's armed forces, not like alot of people who are saying, "bring 'em home", without considring the consequences on the world stage!

    Jim M. Gau
    Hancock, MI

    April 30, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. Debbie

    That is exactly the same way Obama has felt when he recieved ugly attacks from you. McCain played like he couldn't make RNC cut the ad in N.C. I don't believe that – payback is hell, McCain. You are getting what you asked for. Obama has nothing to do with those ads. Maybe Obama sent them a letter like you did and couldn't make them stop. How about that!

    April 30, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  14. Roger from CA

    It's NOT fine with me. We never should have gone there in the first place, John.

    April 30, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  15. honkey white guy from cali

    Sen Mc Cain if you don't want to be quoted or responsible for the words that come from your mouth then I would say you should stop talking you said these thing not once not twice but many many times. A few years ago you was completely on the other side. In short you have no chance of winning in Nov and it is finally starting to sink in. I think the GOP will find someone else in some fashion to be there nominee there is just no way this man will win.

    Go Obama 08 Yes We Can

    April 30, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |

    Obam would be better off not to piss off this old man, he will take this boy apart.

    April 30, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  17. No More Years, Lake Forest CA

    How is quoting you directly taking you out of context?

    April 30, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  18. joyce

    mcsain you are a d=lier you said 100 years and look at you the hippocrit that you are
    look at the ads in nc and in. look at the pot calling the kettle black
    get over it you old coot and go home to your rich wife// who don't
    trust you with her account

    April 30, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  19. jeff

    It's obvious that McCain feels more concerned about Obama than Clinton. That is why he keeps attacking him. He would much rather face Clinton in the General Election. He KNOWS that he can beat Clinton. In disclosure, I will vote for McCain if Clinton gets the nomination.

    50 year old white college educated Texan for Obama.

    April 30, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  20. JP

    Whose whining now?

    April 30, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  21. Tyler Cole

    Too bad they don't run any presidential nominee comercials in New Mexico. Atleast I havn't seen any.

    April 30, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  22. Mace

    Do I think that democrats and even Obama himself see the benefit to using a small clip of a John McCain's words to portray him as a warmonger? Yes. Also, I do believe Obama should restrain himself and remain above the fray and attempt to restrain his supporters from dealing in dirty policitics as best exampled by McCain and Clinton in the last few months. However, I think it is only just as McCain and Republican supporters have continuingly lambasted Obama over "connections" to notorious figures. Frankly, much of what I hear on conservative radio sounds purely racist in its over and undertones and only serves as a distraction to the real issues in this upcoming election.

    April 30, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  23. John Smith

    How realistic can we get!!

    Why has Hillary not been dragged to the press to explain

    1. The actual Bosnia event. We still need the truth from her

    2. The NAFTA deal by Bill, and the gains they are now making from those past deals ($109 million)?

    3. Why she is still married to an ex-president who was impeached in this nation (lots of sexual scandals).

    and the list goes on

    April 30, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  24. D.Kimbro OHIO

    Take a nap grandpa!!!

    April 30, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  25. Rick

    They are your words John. "If you can't stand the heat"

    April 30, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
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