May 20th, 2008
06:42 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain camp: Obama's not being honest on Cuba views


(CNN) - John McCain’s campaign is striking back at Barack Obama over his charge that the presumptive Republican nominee had flip-flopped on Cuba policy, accusing the Illinois senator Tuesday of being dishonest about his own position on lifting the U.S. economic embargo on the island nation.

“Barack Obama’s commitment to unconditional summit meetings with rogue leaders like Raul Castro shows weak judgment, and his failure to be honest about it demonstrates weak leadership, both of which threaten to make America and the world less safe,” said McCain spokesman Jeff Sadosky.

In a CNN interview earlier Tuesday afternoon, Obama denied that he had ever held that position, a charge made by McCain at a morning campaign event in Miami. “I have never said that I was prepared to immediately normalize relations with Cuba,” Obama told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “The only person who has flip-flopped on this issue is John McCain, who in 2000 said that he would be prepared to start normalizing relations even if a whole host of steps have not been taken. That is a reversal from the position he is taking now.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (100 Responses)
  1. ne, Pa.

    McBush's answer to everything is bomb, bomb, bomb!

    May 20, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Shannon

    what is he honest on, he can't even tell the truth about how his father came to America. He had to make up some big story that included the Kennedy's. He slams the oil companies for their profits, but doesn't mention he voted to give them huge tax credits. He slams Clinton for wanting to give us a break on the price of gas, and doesn't mention he voted for the gas tax holiday in IL. He lied about Rezko, he lied about his church, he lied about the gun control survey he filled out. I would say, he has a problem with lying. Lying must be all part of the campaign of hope and change

    May 20, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. Roxy

    Hello People!!! Obama thinks he can sit down and have a normal conversation with HUGO CHAVEZ!!!! Who in their right mind can think that????!!!! Would the REAL Barack Obama, please stand up?

    May 20, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  4. mmartin arkansaw

    more mcbush lies.warmonger!

    May 20, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  5. Jim

    Again CNN wants to give credit to OBAMA saying that in an interview obama did no say that and said this which is all in favor of OBAMA!!!!!!!
    CNN please quit all your politics!!!!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. ESMT, Tampa FL

    As a Cuban-American, I say talk to them. Stop being such a warmongering waste of god's protoplasm!

    La gente hablando, se intienden.

    Si se puede!

    May 20, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  7. Chanel

    We keep hearing McCain say all the things that he thinks Obama is wrong on when it comes to Diplomacy... but what is McCain bringing to the table? What is he going to do different from Bush? Obviously the "status quo" is not working. Why? That's what I want to know. Why won't he tell us what he plans to do differently from Bush when it comes to foreign policy?

    May 20, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  8. zorba

    How DARE this disingenuous old hypocrite call the most transparent politician in modern American history dishonest. After firing FIVE of his lobbyist cronies so he won't smell QUITE as foul. Once again, Senator McCain, for shame!

    May 20, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  9. Alex

    Have any of you Obama supporters ever tried reasoning with a rabid dog???? You just don't get it, do you?

    May 20, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  10. averagejoe

    Obama has always been a case of "he said, he said" because of his ambivalence. Once he makes a statement, watch out for his rehashed version of the same statement later. Pundits say that he's become a better debater as the primary season progressed; I'd agree to that and would add that he's best when he's debating with himself. Just go over the things he said about Rev. Wright, the "cling to guns and religion" issue, and now, about Cuba. The reason for this is very clear; he always wanted to be on the safe side of things. He talks to people about what sounds good to them. He preferred voting "present" instead of risking his political future. He claims he's a politician who's for change in Washington; yet, he's more of the same traditional politician who is condescending and patronizing, only better in hiding the tricks of the trade from getting exposed. His leadership style of relying more on words than actions will not get America back on her feet as the world's leader. Clinton or McCain would do a better job than him.

    May 20, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |






    May 20, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |


    May 20, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  13. robbie

    At last! An American leader with the forsight to realize that Cuba is an independent nation that has survived in spite of the usa...and continues to display greter fortitude and character than many countries much larger.

    Yes, there is much the USA and the world can learn from the Cubans..if they would only listen

    May 20, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  14. californiaanalyst

    Wow, funny how liberals always resort to name calling rather than arguing logically. Using ALL CAPS and names like "McBigot" and "McWhinie"......very educated group I see. I was going to make a point but you proved it without me having to say hardly a word! Thank you liberals for being so ridiculous!

    May 20, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  15. J

    Are any of the politicians actually honest about anything. All three of the candidates have lied about material and immaterial issues. The only way to rid ourselves of the stupidity in politics would be to overhaul the entire political system, constitution, and governmental structure and I'd hate to point it out but there are far too many politicians, political appointees, and others tied to the system that it would never happen.

    May 20, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  16. bigg dog

    i,m sitting here watching the news nice run for the WHITE house by the way. now to the real deal, a member of a great family has now fallen i.ll to some things that we can,t control with that said, just to see his face makes me HAPPY VERY MUCH, I rember THE BROTHERS and what they stood for all those WONDERFUL YEARS....GOD BLESS THE KENNEDY FAMILY. I.M A BLACK MAN in L VIEW> TX. 55 years of age. GOD BLESS ALL.

    May 20, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  17. Florida for Obama

    Why Cuba is an issue. Mccain is just pandering for the cuban votes.
    Mccain/Bush 08

    May 20, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  18. Paris

    Shame on you for trying to smear this man’s name and record.
    The man you call Mcshame spend six years in jail for this country.
    The man you call Mcshame was tortured and refused to leave until every American solder left.
    The man you call Mcshame has two sons in the war right now.
    The man you call Mcshame has always voted on principal and NOT popularity.
    The man you call McSame has voted against the current administration over and over.
    The man you call McSame has a long record of not requesting any pork projects.
    Senator John McCain never said he will have a presidential meeting with no precondition with Iran or Cuba.
    Obama is the one who said in a debate that he is willing to meet with these people with no precondition, now he is spinning it.

    Which one is flip-flop?

    May 20, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  19. Devon-NorVA long is this Cuba issue going to continue? It's been years!!! Longer than some of Obama's 'college-educated' supporters have been alive.

    As much as the truth may hurt to some of you die-hards, Cuba is part of American culture.

    I am willing to try something new. The old way, obviously, isn't working!!

    Vote DEM!!

    May 20, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  20. Jeanne

    I don't see how the double talk express can talk about being honest. McCain has flip-flopped on this issue and many others. How can one truly know where he stands? Obama has been consistent, responsible, and his good judgement will work well for America over the next 4-8 years.

    May 20, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  21. Frank Jones

    On Cuba – How can we continue to ignore a country that sits 90 miles off our coast? We don't like Castro? How about some of the other world leaders we deal with every day. In Cuba we have the opportunity to make some positive inroads in a Latin American country where our exports might be welcome and where, for a change, the people might welcome us!

    May 20, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  22. Linda

    Bomb bomb bomb Cuba.

    May 20, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  23. Chuck, Democrats United We Stand

    Wow, McCain needs to move on to something else. I as well as millions of Americans believe in dialogue even with those that we do not agree with. Do you have a set of preconditions that must be met when settling disputes with co-workers, disrputive neighbors, your children, spouse, sibblings? You must talk to develope an understanding of both people, if talking does not work then you use those other leverages and tools that you have available. Lets start talking to those that we do not agree with first, and see what happens. Talking could easily keep the innocent from suffering because of our pig-headedness and bully mentality.

    May 20, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  24. Tex

    Either McBush is insane or he is truly dumb, maybe his age, senility and health are effecting his mind. Poor man!

    May 20, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |


    May 20, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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