May 15th, 2008
10:30 AM ET
7 years ago

Pelosi blasts, McCain defends Bush comments

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McCain and Pelos reacted to the president's speech.
McCain and Pelos reacted to the president's speech.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted President Bush's comments Thursday suggesting that Democrats believe "we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals" and suggested Senator John McCain denounce them.

But the presumptive Republican nominee himself defended the remarks, said he intended to make Barack Obama’s willingness to consider dialogue with Iran an issue in the fall campaign, calling on the Illinois senator to “explain [that decision] to the American people.”

“It is a serious error on the part of Senator Obama that shows naiveté and inexperience and lack of judgment - to say that he wants to sit down across the table from an individual who leads a country who says that Israel is a stinking corpse, that is dedicated to the extinction of Israel,” said McCain Thursday. “My question is, what does he want to talk about?”

Pelosi, who is leaving later today on a bipartisan congressional trip to Israel, said there is a "protocol" of not criticizing the President when he is abroad, but then declared, "I think what the president did in that regard is beneath the dignity of the office of president and unworthy of our representation at that observance in Israel."

The California Democrat added that she hopes "any serious person would disassociate themselves from the president's remarks, who aspires to leadership in our country."

But McCain told reporters that Bush’s Thursday remarks made an important point. “It does bring up an issue that we are will be discussing with the American people and that is why does Barack Obama, Senator Obama, want to sit down with a state sponsor of terrorism?” said McCain.

“…I will make this an issue with Senator Obama throughout this campaign, I believe in peace through strength, and peace through strength is the way that we have succeeded in the past.”


Filed under: John McCain • Nancy Pelosi • President Bush
soundoff (330 Responses)
  1. Jack Walden

    Bush is an idiot

    May 15, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. D.J.

    The Democratic leadership are stepping up to blast President Bush for his blatant scare tactics. We've heard from Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, etc. So where's Hillary Clinton? She can't afford not to weigh in on this. Not if she's going to be our next president. LOL

    Obama '08

    May 15, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Navywife

    A vote for McCain is a vote for another war...how much more are the American people willing to take?

    May 15, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. Franky

    To be honest, there's nothing to look at here! My boy has been in this stance since he was running for President! Maybe in some sense that's right some people are voting for him. The problem with the Reps is that no matter how they push this, it is going to come to who is to blame for all this. I'm not lying to you but I just don't believe anybody in this war, both Dems and Reps, especially the Reps. I know there are some Reps who would probably consider twice about the war so I ask them, what else do we need to know???? Why??? Because last time I checked, Iran said "Irquia don't really want Americans on their soil." And do you know the confusing part??? He had a meeting with the Iraqui President, LOL!!!! I wonder who's right in this situation or wrong.....you see, is pretty confusing...

    May 15, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Carol, Fl

    Way to tell them Nancy!
    If you think logically here why wouldn't you want to sit down and try to understand our differences? We want to start a term of productivity and start to redirecte the way the US in a more positive light.
    They possibly see a change in us and in electing Obama so they want to rationally sit down and discuss the issues and not blow up the world just because.... we want to move to peace. We don't have to like each other but we should respect each other.

    May 15, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. Darth Vadik, CA

    Let me guess, George W. Bush, the grandson of a Nazi supporter, Prescott Bush, is calling Obama a nazi.

    Here is a clue to Republicans, all of them, they project psychologicaly, they accuse others of what they do because they think just because they are crooked everybody is crooked.

    May 15, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. Scott ATL

    I'm going to take all the excuses from Hillary supporters as to why Hillary should win and Obama should loose, on these blogs, and put it together with anything that Bush says and stir in a little Limbaugh trash and publish it...

    I'll call it "The Biggest Book or Krap Ever Written..." lol

    It's be a best seller...

    May 15, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. Obama/Edwards '08

    This is going to be such an easy election season. The GOP are TOAST!

    May 15, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Lori

    I never thought I'd see the day, but I actually agree with GW on something.

    Obama IS naive about negotiating with terrorists–and many other things. Fancy talk doesn't solve problems, and the lack of depth in BO's thinking–on the war, the economy, and every other important issue–is apparent.

    He is conning his into the White House, and we're letting him.

    May 15, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. kenn

    The comments of G W Bush and Mccain agreeing to it, actually indicates that Mccain is running for a Bush third term.

    May 15, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. Roger

    Let's all unify behind Obama and smoke some crack!

    Obama '08

    May 15, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. Nunya

    If the President is leveling criticism at political opponents back home while he is abroad, then he is a legitimate target of return criticism regardless of his being abroad.

    May 15, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. wwf

    A couple of years ago I would have voted for McCain. Today, you could not pay me to vote for him. I guess he would rather have more wars than a peaceful solution to some of our problem. I guess he just misses the action. Now he says 4 more years and we will win. Hum. Seems to me we heard mission accomplished a few years back. The only way we get Bin Laden with McCain in office is if Bin Laden dies of natural causes. The war on terror will go on as long as we are in Iraq. Gas went up another ten cents. Yup, the war was supposed to make gas cheaper. That arguement ranks right up there with a holiday from the gas tax. The jokes can go on and on. If this is what you want to vote for, go for it.

    May 15, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. Hillary or McCain

    At least McCain and Clinton give answers and have plans and solutions. Obama makes feel-good speeches. McCain will cream Obama in the debates unless Jack Cafferty or Candy Crowley moderate. Those two would protect their hero and probably provide him with the answers beforehand. Or maybe Obama will just hide from debates like he did with Hillary. Or run away on vacation.

    Obama will never get my vote. He is way too liberal and too much of a phoney and a liar. After all his baloney, he's wearing a flag pin now. What a panderer!!!!!!!!!!

    Worst of all, he's inexperienced and can't answer a question unless someone has provided him with the answer beforehand. I don't think that his calling the reporter "sweetie" was as bad as not answering her question, though it did show disrespect for a professional woman, and exposed a lot of his dismissive elitist character.

    And I hate his anti-American wife. I just can't picture a woman who was never proud of her country and wrote a hate-filled anti-American thesis after getting into the Ivy League due to Affirmative Action (even she said her grades weren't up to par) as First Lady.

    May 15, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. Jb

    MCCain u are a disgrace!!!!

    May 15, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. RHFJ (Resting Homes For John)

    Dear John McBush,

    We relish the opportunity to see you in the fall election, remember that its in November not July. You will be president one day but not of United States, We concede you will the President of Can't Remember **** Retirement Home. Their will be no Barack Obama walking with you maybe Cindy will have her walker next to yours.

    RHFJ (Resting Homes For John)

    May 15, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. TexOkie

    The Democrats, Pelosi and Obama are afraid Americans will find that this glove fits pretty well. This is why they are defensive to this acqusation.

    May 15, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Christian, Tampa FL

    The problem for McCain is that the vast majority of the American people want to see negotiations with Iran instead of war. We should always talk to our enemies. It's what strong leaders do. This does not show Obama's "inexperience," it only shows that Bush and McCain are out of touch with 21st century reality. We need open dialog with the leaders of Iran, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, and any other state we have issues with. We just have to be foreceful about it and press them to produce change.

    May 15, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. karen from philly

    YES I do want Obama to sit down with Iran's president and set him straight on respecting Israel. I noticed that the Middle east does not want to talk to a white president. I think sitting down and talking to Iran's president is a good idea so we can discipline him. I really do think our country will be safer against muslim fundamentalists by having Barack as our president. We will be able to catch Osama too because we need the current Pakistanian government to help us find him and Barack can do that because he does not come off as rude and insulting and stupid like Hillary, McCain and Bush.

    May 15, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Deb

    Nancy, Nancy, Nancy!

    Take a chill pill and then pray to God for guidence!

    We are adults in the REAL World and have had about enough of your Left Wing TALK! TALK! TALK!

    Actually do something!

    PS your Left Wing Nut will never be elected so I would be careful about insulting our next President McCain!

    McCain 08

    May 15, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. The GOP are TOAST!

    Obama/Edwards '08

    May 15, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. JJ

    This is the exact same foriegn policy that we have come to know from Bush and Mcain. This is the exact same foriegn policy that got us into the situation we are in today. My question to Mcain would be: What do we have to show for this type of stance on foriegn policy? A safer America? A country the world looks up too? Respect around the world? What do we have to show for it?.....

    May 15, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. Nancy of Minnesota

    And the "peace" has certainly come with the strength...I'm not sure what planet McCain is on, but it isn't earth. Where is the peace? Did I miss it?

    May 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. Proud American

    Republicans have a lot of nerve making this type of comment. Cause we can all see how well their tactics are working around the world...NOT!!! Absolutely laughable.

    May 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. Ann

    YESTERDAY Iran made more comments about wiping Israel off the face of the earth and will never recognise it as a country.....So, how can anybody want to sit down and have a 'chat' with this nasty individual. he will just laugh in the face of any person who thinks they are getting anywhere by talking to them. they hate the way the whole of the western world live, not just the US, and will always be planning ways to bring us all down.

    Times like these call for a President who is going to be tough on people like this. Everybody needs to realise that you need America to remain a super-power. China and India are catching up fast, and Russia is building a very strong army again. Stop being so liberal and realise how the world is today....

    May 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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