May 28th, 2008
04:01 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama camp uses McClellan book to attack McCain

THORNTON, Colorado (CNN) – Barack Obama's presidential campaign is using former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan's new book attacking the Bush administration to take a swipe at John McCain, connecting what Obama calls "the failed Bush policies" to the presumptive Republican nominee.

"It's not news that this Administration engaged in spin and deception to lead us into a war that should've never been authorized and never been waged," Obama spokesman Hari Sevugan said in a statement.

"The only question now is do we continue George Bush's failed policy in Iraq or do we change it? John McCain is promising four more years of the exact same policy in Iraq that asks everything of our brave troops and nothing of the Iraqi government, while Barack Obama wants to begin a phased withdrawal of our troops and refocus our efforts on going after al-Qaeda in Afghanistan."

A senior aide declined a request to make Obama himself available for an on-camera comment.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
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  1. macrazy

    therealist May 28th, 2008 5:03 pm ET

    Democrats inability to deifier decide and spin from reality is exactly why they must never again be trusted with America's National Security!!!

    are you serious? Did you just blame the democrats for 9/11. On behalf of everyone you are a idiot.

    May 28, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  2. meg

    if u cant stand theheat ET out kitchen Bush Rove Cheney fife wolfowitz, et al should be in jail WAR CRIMINALS, pure and Simple!

    May 28, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. Loretta from California

    If McCain wins, we will definitely need more food banks.

    May 28, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. Really?

    Can you HRC supporters learn your facts? Hillary has been an elected official since 2000; Obama has been an elected official since 1997. Ergo, HE has the longer record of service. She was just a First Lady. That's like being the stewardest NOT the Pilot. He has 20 years of public service...and she has been doing public work for 30, but she IS 15 years his senior. She got a head start, duh! But HE still managed to be in office longer than she has, so please stop saying he has only been in office for 2 years.

    But, I know this means nothing, because you people do not do well with facts in evidence.

    May 28, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  5. Dave

    DAVID ROCKEFELLER IS DESPERATE BECAUSE HIS WAR ON TERROR IS FADYNG AWAY...
    BARON ROTHSCHILD'S PUPPET OBAMA WILL WIN THESE FAKE "ELECTIONS"
    BUT THE RON PAUL WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT ON THE NEW US ELCTIONS...
    BUSH AND ROCKEFELLER GUILTY OF WAR CRIMES AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.

    May 28, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  6. Generation X

    McCAIN SUPPORTERS- Take your old bag with his trophy wife who has spend one too many days in a cage, who is probably not even make it through his first term, to go back to his ranch for a barbeque and retire! I think if we tell crusty face John McCain that he is actually George W Bush II long enough he will start to believe us. Good luck with you fundraising and your empty rhetoric. Seriously though, Scott is actually a OB supporter in hiding!

    OB SUPPORTERS- Time to breakout the big guns on these forums!

    May 28, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  7. Dave

    stop censonring free speech!DO I NEED A MODERATOR TO LOOK AT MY MY COMMENT´S?

    May 28, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  8. Hillary = lies

    Look the bottom line is the whole world loves Obama except the West Virginians , rush limbaugh, Lou Dobbs and Hillary supporters. You guys are out numbered. Many non-muslim countries are in awe with Obama. So grow up AMerica ! Get over the color thing he is not going to enslave white people, he is half white. He learned everything good about the world like equality from his white mom who is a really decent human being.

    (just needed to get this off my chest, thanks)

    May 28, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  9. SC for Hillary

    OBAMA CAMP WILL USE THEIR MAMMA TO TRY TO HIDE THE INEXPERIENCE AND THE CORRUPT AND RACISM OF THEIR CANDIDATE, THANK GOD, HILLARY 17 MILLION SUPPORTERS ARE NOT STUPID, AND WILL MAKE SURE OBAMA IS NOT ELECTED AS PRESIDENT. HE HAS DONE NOTHING TO SERVE THIS COUNTRY, HE IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT ON HIS SKIN COLOR, HALF BLACK AND HALF WHITE. SHAMEFUL, SHAMEFUL. JOHN MCCAIN 08 AND HILLARY 2012, PRISON FOR OBAMA AND BILL AYERS AND TONY REKSO

    May 28, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  10. Cheryl L. Swaim

    Do your homework, Obama boys. There was never a vote to go to war. The vote was to resolve a situation with diplomacy and then only if necessary to use force. The president of our country manipulated the information, abused his power and should be on trial. Hillary Clinton shouldn't be on trial and her judgement isn't so bad. If hers is bad, then so is that of John Kerry, John Edwards, and Tom Daschle. I think the Johns and Tom have shown bad judgement by endorsing Obama.

    May 28, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  11. Hillary = white woman running for president so vote for me

    Hillary's slogan " VOTE FOR ME I AM THE WHITE DEMOCRAT." Haven't moved very far from the 1800's have we.

    May 28, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  12. Brian

    It is true..... you can see by the recent statements by McCain calling pulling out of Iraq a "surrender" that he is using Bush logic. Repeat the same statement 15 times in a row and you start to believe your lies and deceptions.

    May 28, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  13. mike

    Obama is alot smarter and tougher than anyone knows. And, you can bet he will play clever politics when he needs to. They all do. He should continue to exploit the republican ignorance and dishonesty when it comes to Iraq. McCain is building his entire campaign on war experience. Well, then he is fair game with this type of revelation that the whole war buildup was a sham. If he were smart, he would bash Cheney, Bush and Rumsfeld. McCain deserves respect for what he endured while defending our country. That should never be taken for granted. But, he is running for president and must be called out for coninuing to follow an ignorant, criminal policy laid down by the most corrupt and inept administration in our history. Obama will be able to continually exploit this as more people like McClellan come forward.

    May 28, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  14. Justin from West Haven, CT

    McCain is a puss, cannot even walk through a market in Baghdad without protection, things are doing great since the surge alright.

    May 28, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  15. Chuck

    Better a Clinton than another Carter.

    Obama can not win the general election.

    May 28, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  16. Pistoff

    Fair enough ... McCain's all huggy-huggy with Bush these days.

    May 28, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  17. Brian

    The Choice is simple this fall:

    The most important issue rarely mentioned on the campaign trail this year is the gap between rich and poor in America. It is important for two reasons: The gap has, if anything, been growing, and the choice between presumptive nominees John McCain and Barack Obama likely will affect whether it narrows or expands. Over the past half-century, Republican presidents have allowed the income inequality to expand, while Democratic presidents have not.

    May 28, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  18. About Time

    Some folks are asking why McClellan did not mention his concerns and thoughts during his time as White House Press Rep. Ask yourselves this, would you go before the media and rat out your boss?
    I am happy he confiremed what those of us with emotional intelligence knew all along. This is a corrupt White House ran by individuals with absolutely no ethics, morales, or the values they claimed to have had and drilled into the weak during their vicious campaign. I believe Scott because I felt this to be case long before his book.

    May 28, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  19. minerva62

    Obama didn't write the book, Mccellen did and apparently he is on to something. Washington is a buzzzing, besides, McCain is using George Bush's "personal" Philosophy on "how to dupe the public on a war that we"never" should have taken part in.

    May 28, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  20. JC

    It would be good for Obama to get to know what war is like.
    He admitted he doesn't know war.
    Going to Iraq would help.
    Hillary already did her sniper fire internship while she visited Bosnia as first lady with Chelsea.

    I don't know if it is a good idea for both Obama and McCain to go together.
    It may be too big a risk for both nominees even to take the same plane, never mind Iraq. Then Hillary will be all smiling and remind us of RFK again.

    May 28, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  21. minerva62

    No Experience, No Substance hmmmm, sounds like what we've had in the White House for the last eight years.....thank God there's no 3rd servings. McCain 's dementia will get him down the first year, he's old, old, old and extremely forgetable.

    Whats her name is old, old, old, and another extremely forgetable person....whats her name, the one thats married to Bill?

    May 28, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  22. bnoles

    tell little hands oh i mean john mccain to cut the crap& the oracle of delaware i'm sure you look as dumb as you sound don't insult Barracks' Afro American Heritage by connecting him to those scum bags the king i mean queen of england people like you are the reason why blacks& whites dont' get along just like judas was to jesus you are only speaking to cause confusion about the facts believe in your ungodly history all you want the rest of your kind are waiting in hell for you Barrack Obama '08& '12 Change We Can Believe in!!!

    May 28, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  23. son

    I can't still believe that politicians with 35 or 40 years of experience was duped by Bush. Talking abt EXPERIENCE this is not a good Case for CLINTON and MCBUSH

    May 28, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  24. leah

    Good for you McClellan – it shows guts to break from the BUSH/MCCAIN GOOD 'OL BOY CLUB.

    "The thought of (John McCain) being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me." Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.)

    I'm looking forward to intelligent foreign policy, fiscal responsibility, and sound economic policy from the White House.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA – OBAMA '08!

    May 28, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  25. John, London

    Funny to see how this blog exposed all you fake REPUBLICANS disguising as Democrats to cause confusion on this forum.
    Obviously you couldn't wait to defend your President Bush, especially now that he's been linked to your candidate Sen McCain.

    Republican Party and its candidate is a TOAST in Nivember.

    May 28, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
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