May 19th, 2008
11:45 AM ET
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McCain will again question Obama's judgment

 Sen. John McCain will call Sen. Barack Obama's call for a renegotiation of NAFTA 'bad judgment.'
Sen. John McCain will call Sen. Barack Obama's call for a renegotiation of NAFTA 'bad judgment.'

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain is again expected to question Sen. Barack Obama's judgment on Monday, this time on the Democratic front-runner's trade policies.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee did not wait for the Democratic presidential race to officially end before attacking Obama, who is likely to capture the Democratic nomination over rival Sen. Hillary Clinton.

In a speech in Chicago, Illinois, McCain will label Obama's call for a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada "bad judgment and a bit inconsistent," according to the prepared text of the speech.

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  1. Andy

    McCain questioning Obama on the wisdom of Obama's intention to revisit the Trade agreements is exactly what the doctor ordered for the Obama campaign – to heal the divide among democrats and bring over Hillary's blue collar supporters to Obama's side in November.
    Laughing all the way to the Inauguration! Thank you Mr Mc4more!

    May 19, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. Desmond Sequeira

    Any intelligent government MUST insist on agreements being open to re-visiting and re-negotiating and/or re-confirming for the wellbeing of all concerned. Only arrogant, dense and power-grabbing minds are opposed to this instrument of growth for good.

    McBush's plan to question OBAMA's judgment in this regard is only one more example of his own poor judgment.

    May 19, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Shawn

    They can' t call Bush and McCain "McSame " anymore!!!!!!!!!!

    There is one difference (just 1)

    Bush actually prepares his statement to make of fool of himself.

    McCain makes a fool of himself when he does not have a prepared statement!

    As long as he keeps his foul mouth shut till someone prepares a statement for him, he will be fine as POTUS.

    Scary huh?????

    May 19, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. Teddy

    Come on! We should discuss more about free trade! I did not see any of you talked about if it was a good idea to renegotiate NAFTA. Trade will always benefit some people and hurt others. Americans should have a free, open, frank discussion on free trade. The western world has been promoting free trade throught the world in the past several centuries. Europeans used free trade to rule the world. U.S used the free trade to overthrow the king in Hawaii. Britains used warships and guns to force China to buy opiums from them as free trade.

    We all know McCain supports free trade. Does Obama also support free trade? I think he said he supported free trade.

    Now, he needs to explain why he wants to re-negotiate NFATA? If he can achieve his goals for the renegotiation and if it benefits Americans, why should not McCain support the re-negotiation ideas?

    This is a good policy discussion.

    May 19, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. Roy B

    All we need is a direct quote from Karl Rove and it would be just like old times in the GOP. What idiots. McCain couldn't even match Sponge Bob & Patrick in the judgement department. What other party would nominate someone that almost flunked out of college and portray him as smart. All of that being said, he' s smarter than the dummy that currently calls the White House home.

    May 19, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. Sue P / PA

    Question away McCain..............Sen Obama is a thinker.....he sees beyond....................you "my friend" are short sighted. To me... Sen Obama reminds me of Lincoln and he is correct on most accounts. We need fresh innovative ideas to refresh our country....anyone who truely recognizes this will not vote for you, Sen McCain, in November.

    Obama 08

    May 19, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. Concerned

    What makes Obama the savior of our economy and the Middle East? He hasn't been around in the Senate long enough to know or do nothing. This economy is fundamentally flawed with Free trade agreements. None of the Dems have a plan either on ending the war. They have been in Congress for two years and nothing has changed. Hold on to your wallets after November if Obama is elected.

    May 19, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Barry

    What is wrong with you

    The choices are clear

    Pro life vs Pro choice

    War vs no War

    Tax cuts for the rich vs Tax cuts for the blue collar

    No health care plan vs Universal health care plan

    Limited funding for scientific research or Increased funding

    In case you were wondering which is which.
    McCain is on the left OBama on the right

    May 19, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Carolina Girl,

    You may be right about Obama's lack of experience. I agree with you.

    But which is worse:
    1. An idiot with experience (Bush)
    2. A clone of the idiot (although old enough to be his father) (McCain)
    3. A scandal-ridden husband/wife team, working on their SECOND impeachment (Bill/Hillary)
    4. An unknown, inexperienced black man, who also has little baggage (I'm not counting Wright, Rezko, etc. because they're also friends of Hillary).

    I think I'll take my chances with number 4. I know he's not perfect, but maybe he deserves a chance. The others had their chance, and they all blew it!

    May 19, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Linda

    I don't think that anyone who mixed up the Sunni and Shiite three times in one day on camera and had to be corrected needs to even talk about judgment. The mistakes are piling up quickly. He needs to finish out his career in the Senate and retire gracefully. What happened to a dignified campaign?

    May 19, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. Linned

    Ginger Smith – we have to wonder if you are a registered voter. You should go back and read some of the comments left for you. Maybe you will retract your dumb statement about Senator Obama's name.

    May 19, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. Robin Country Club Hills

    Everyone talks about McCain's patriotism. You should listen to some of the POW s who were captured with him. McCain signed over 32 anti-american statements for the Viet Cong. They are sealed in Siagon. He has threatened to iimpose trade sanctions should they ever become public knowledge. Don't take my word research it.

    May 19, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. Joe Reg

    The republicans lost all senses of judgment.

    No lecture from any repubs this year.

    America is sick and tired of it already.

    May 19, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Ginger Smith, "I will NEVER ever in my lifetime vote for any man/woman who's middle name is Hussein."

    I suppose you'd also never vote for someone with a middle name of "Rodham". I mean, after all, think of what it rhymes with! :(

    May 19, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. OBAMA 08

    Best picture ever.

    May 19, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  16. MC, Pa

    His face looks like Bush too, a typical lost, no clue look. LOL

    May 19, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. Ted van Tol

    McCain has lost before the show begin.
    Who will take that man serius? Only the Obamahaters do.
    They would elect Donald Duck if he was a republican.
    I know, "my friends", (dont tell it
    to others), Donald is a dem.

    Obama for a better world!

    May 19, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. Mish

    I seriously think MCBush borders on senility
    what this third term candidate of Bush policies says is IRRELEVANT
    the republicans have a habit of forgetting they are now considered
    *Bad Dogfood* that needs to be removed from the shelves!!!
    (thats their own opinions of themselves by the way!!)
    They dont have a chance in hell of getting in, in november
    go by yourself a rocker MCBush your going to need it
    the fear tactics dont work anymore Grampa

    May 19, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. D.R.

    McCain is the one who voted against the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 and NOW wants to make them permanent. This is the man that admits to knowing NOTHING about the economy. This is the man that voted against the minimum wage increase! You tell me who lacks good judgement!

    May 19, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. Brian

    I cannot believe this guy is for real. I wonder what part of U.S. Air Force he does not understand. To work to get a new tanker contract given to a European Consortium (Airbus) when in reality a U.S. company (Boeing) builds tanker aircraft also. So there go more U.S jobs outsourced to other countries and the Airforce is now gonna have to fly non-U.S. made aircraft thanks to this bozo. He has the unmitigated gall to say that NAFTA should not be revisited??? It needs to be trashed and jobs brought back to the U. S. – not more given away to his lobbying buddies.

    May 19, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Ginger Smith, "I will NEVER ever in my lifetime vote for any man/woman who's middle name is Hussein."

    Just for the record, I voted for Bill Clinton because his middle name was "Jefferson". The Jeffersons used to be one of my favorite shows back in the 70's. :)

    May 19, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. Kay

    McCain is not in any position to question anybody's judgement. He is another Bush man with the same Republican policies that have gotten this country in such a mess.

    May 19, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. Ken, Los Angeles California

    Mccain did not utter anything on Economics, he talked about Iran. We should meet Iran without pre-conditions, how can you have pre-conditions which are the basis for negotiations.

    May 19, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. KVN

    I personally believe Hillary got a raw deal not only from the media, but also from many democratic ' has beens', ' 'wanna bees' or 'could not bees'... holding grudge against the Clintons' success and and their sexist attitude got the better of them. With Hillary out, i may just not vote. I have nothing against Obama, but Hillary should not play second fidel to anybody. Perhaps it is time to punish the whole democratic party for derailing the candidacy of a very viable female candidate.

    May 19, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    the OLD FART can't even read a sentence and understand its context???

    May 19, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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