May 15th, 2008
10:30 AM ET
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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. Darrel

    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Of course you need to talk with people you do not get along with. This is not grade school. This is foreign affairs with great problems if there is not a dialogue. We spoke with the USSR for all those years. Bush and McCain make zero sense.

    May 15, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. John in WA

    Wrong, wrong, wrong Mrs. Pelosi...again you are wrong. It is on the record of what the Hamas leaders have stated about the existance of Isreal and their promise to exterminate the Isreali state. I believe the US should stand by the Isrealis and if ANY candidate suggests sitting down and talking with a terrorist group over any issue, then that individual will NOT get my vote.

    Way to go, Mr. McCain! You keep reminding the liberals that history WILL repeat itself if we negotiate before Hamas retracts their previous stand on Isreal. Get a life, Mrs. Pelosi! you are dead wrong on this issue.

    May 15, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. KM

    To McCain & Bush:

    We are not the bullies of the neighborhood and can't go around beating up on countries that don't think like us. The only wars that we can win is when the enemy can be easily identified. See the Iraq war if you need proof. We're one butt kicking away from losing everything this country stands for.

    May 15, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. Frequent Flyer NY

    “…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.”

    This guy doesnt get it we arent in the past this is the future and we need a new angle...We are way too civilized a people to be killing and bombing countries because we dont agree with them or they dont agree with us....this is not the revolutionary war or WWII Mr. McSame....the time has come to act accordingly and that is peace through dialogue

    May 15, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Matt

    Lets see...what could we talk about with Iran....The possiblity of peace in the middle east, prevention of nuclear war, fighting extremists...oil prices...the list goes on. You are a moron.

    May 15, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. Kiah

    Lack of judgment, naivete? McCain doesn't want to have a discussion about lack of judgment in this current atmosphere.

    This guy is just opening up his own can of worms and the Dems are ready for THIS conversation. Mr. 100 years!

    May 15, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Proud West Virginian

    I don't believe that McCain wants to continue the war in Iraq any longer than the rest of us do but he's got enough experience and GOOD COMMON SENSE to know that Terrorists are uncivilized individuals that can't be dealt with by talk.

    We should have never invaded Iraq...and now we think that we can just say ok, we've had enough and just walk away safely from this country? We cannot solve all the problems of other countries....we have enough of our own here. WE HAD NO BUSINESS GOING INTO IRAQ! Nothing good has come out of it....just loss of many lives and a more struggling economy now....money that could have been better spent here helping our country.

    May 15, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Bram

    Mr. McCain....do the USA have more enemies now or before Bush took over???????

    Mr. McCain...did more buildings fall before or after Bush took over?????

    Mr. McCain...are you more or less naive than Bush???...

    at least this was in a tie!

    May 15, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. brian

    Bring it on McBush! You and your party have brought this mess to a head. Iran has gotten STRONGER on YOUR watch. IRAQ is YOUR mess. We will not be intimidated anymore. The game is up.

    By the way why don't you ask Bush about his grandpa Prescott?

    May 15, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Ben

    Just a couple of Obama's "accomplishments" -

    Political science degree from Columbia University. First black pres. of Harvard Law Review and magna cum laude graduate. Gave international business advice, civil rights lawyer, helped organize voter registration drives, taught at U of Chicago law school. Defeated republican Alan Keyes 70% to 27% (largest margin in Illinois history) for state senate. There he expanded health care and early childhood education, created ethics legislation and $100 mil in income tax credits, and required videotaping of certain interrogations. In the national senate he worked with republicans to destroy WMD in Russia and eastern Europe and create a website to track federal spending. He worked to curb lobbyist influence, improve veteran's benefits, and encourage alternative energy development. Member of health, education, labor, and pensions committee; foreign relations committee; veteran's affairs committee; and environment and public works committee. Spoke out against the war in Iraq before it started and predicted the outcome that we're in today. Worked with churches to improve living conditions in poor neighborhoods in Chicago. Wrote three books. Fathered two children. Gave hundreds of inspirational speeches. . . . . . . . . .

    May 15, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. Angel

    Thanks, America–Let us replace one idiot with another!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. T Collins

    Check this out those Hillary supporters who say they will vote for McCain over Obama. I love Hillary, but I will always stand Democrat. McCain is another Bush, and you will be losing your votes and damaging America in the process.

    Onward to Democratic Victory!

    May 15, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. isaiah harris, milford, nj

    anyone who doesnt believe a vote for mccain is a vote for bush needs to re-evaluate that conclusion

    May 15, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Matthew from Houston

    Typical politics. The elephants can keep walking in a line right of the cliff. Keep going McCain, three words for you though, "North East Misssissippi". Bear that in mind when you open your mouth again.

    May 15, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. C.J. North Carolina

    MCCAINOCRATS.....PAY ATTENTION.

    THIS IS WHY WE DEMOCRATS MUST COME TOGETHER AND UNITE BEHIND OUR NOMINEE–WHOMEVER HE MAY BE.

    This is just typical Bush BS.

    And right there with him is JOHN W. MCSAME.

    The fear mongering has begun. They are not going to pull this crap with the American people anymore. WE ARE WISE TO THEIR GAME.

    DEMOCRATS UNITE 2008**********************************************

    May 15, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. Bukky

    "I believe in peace through strength, and peace through strength is the way that we have succeeded in the past"

    Does this make sense to Anyone...? by strenght he means violence. I just dont see how you can have peace without talking. All you get is a lot of postering until someone blows something up....

    May 15, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. Sam Seikaly

    McCain sways with the political wind that benefits him and his campain. He also predicts that the Iraqi war (Invasion) will be won by the year 2013. I would like to inform him that "occupations are not won...they are ended". Bush's war and the invasion of Iraq created terrorism, are we ever going to learn from our past mistakes?

    May 15, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. Michael

    Less extreme and more level-headed, pragmatic, and just plain less ideoligically extreme folks in the Bush administration such as Rice and Gates have both suggested dialogue. Even during the cold war, we never stopped engaging the Soviets....both Democrats and Republicans....and that turned out pretty darn good in the end. This is another area where McBush would be well-advised to break with Bush lite.

    May 15, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. Joe Sith

    "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.'”

    Go ahead McCain, put nails in your own coffin.

    May 15, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. Bob

    Keep digging your heels in McCain...The more you agree w/Bush the more chance you have of losing the white house...Go Obama!

    May 15, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. Terry, Lakeland, FL

    Well this is normal Dem comments. Everyone knows they think we can talk people who hate us into liking us. They think that just because someone says and thinks we should be destroyed doens't make them bad...just misunderstood. You Left Wing Dems need to join us all back in the real world.

    May 15, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. karela

    Well, John McCain has said what he believes. What I believe is that Bush and Bush-Like McCain have fostered policies that have created legions of more people who hate America and therefore are more susceptible to recruitment by Al Quaeda. Yes, we negotiate from a position of strength, but we don't always have to use killing people as our first option. It seems to me that Bush/McCain are afraid to hear what Iran might have to say. It's so much easier to just bury their head in the sand and say we're all right and they're all wrong. If you just keep screaming that into the bag you keep over your head, you never have to worry about anything. You just kill people and bankrupt our country with war and everything is nice and neat. I think that Bush/McCain are scared out of their little tiny minds that they might learn something that would impact their thoughts or that they aren't smart enough to have a conversation and win if they ever tried talking to the enemy. They could take a lesson from some of the world's finest ever light cavalry–the Native Americans–and smoke a peace pipe while talking to our enemies. If the only tool you choose to own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. BM (Bush/McCain pun intended) are much easier in their mind when they send our kids to get their legs blown off then they would be if they had to sit down like grown ups and talk to our enemies. Cowards!

    May 15, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. Rose

    Nancy Pelosi would do well to keep her opinions to herself. Pelosi and her Dems have a rating worse than Bush. You and your Dems were supposed to accomplish so much and what have you done?
    ZIP!!!! As for Harry Reid, he is a real dud, I don't think he has the ability to be the majority leader of the Senate, what has he led???

    May 15, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. Matt

    It never hurts to talk. It sure beats the alternative

    May 15, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. Republican for Obama from Idaho

    McSame!!! Shut up!! You are nothing but a Bush want to be. Has everyone forgotten who was our president during one of the worst terror attacks in history? We are less safe because of Bush and his policies. The republican party is really stooping low this year. They are trying to scare people into keeping them in office, and its not going to work. Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye Bush and republicans. We need change and if I have to vote democrat to get it than I will.

    May 15, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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