May 28th, 2008
04:01 PM ET
6 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. NO-BAMA

    OBAMA: "hope, change & HELPING SELL BOOKS"

    Yeah, this will change America....NOT

    May 28, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. therealist

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

    May 28, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Obama is so handled by his advisors. The biased media was beginning to figure out just what an Obama presidency would look like–with his aides constantly shielding the lightweight from the public and the media–during the Rev. Wright fiasco, which was horribly handled by Obama.

    As a Democrat, I hope Hillary Clinton gets the nomination. But if this lightweight neophyte does become the nominee, they better come up with something better than "McCain will continue George Bush's failed policy in Iraq."

    Not being George W. Bush was not enough to get Al Gore elected President of the United States before 9/11 and the invasion, and not being George W. Bush wasn't enough to get John Kerry elected President of the United States after 9/11 and the invasion.

    If Obama becomes the nominee of the Democratic Party, the Party will be in serious trouble.

    HILLARY CLINTON '08

    May 28, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. GO HILL!

    McCain is NOT Bush! Not even close!

    May 28, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. Proud American

    Republicans are in such bad shape democrats can just sit back and watch them dissintergrate. Only the insane would want another 4 years of this crap.

    May 28, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. Bob Stephens

    Bush has managed to kill hundreds of thousands of people since the Iraq War started. I wouldn't want to be him, on judgment day.

    May 28, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. Kia

    Nice, nice, beautiful strategy.

    May 28, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. MD

    There is no need for the Obama camp to jump on this band wagon. They should be above this kind of campaigning. Let's not use unsubstantiated remarks.

    McCane's health may not allow him to campaign all the way to November. He seems like he can't even walk straight.

    May 28, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. BillJ

    Stop crying obama..................mccain is not bush period.

    Hillary fro President.

    May 28, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. Dylan

    I find it shocking and appalling that some militant Hillary supports use Obama's attacks on McCain as leverage for defending both McCain and the Bush Regime.

    ...and you people consider yourselves Democrats?? What has Hillary done to your common sense?

    May 28, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  11. Noah

    Obama attacking...thought he was above this kind of politics. Guess the mask is coming off and about time. If Americans are smart, they will send this junior senator back to congress, let him get some experiance, learn some world history, then run for President. This country needs Hillary Clinton..if not her, the next best thing just might be John McCain.

    You can not trust the Obama Campaign. They have been lying from day one. They have proven over and over that they are politics of old.

    You have all been brainwashed.

    May 28, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  12. GO HILL!

    BO is typical old-Chicago-style Politics. Nothing more.

    May 28, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. Olivia

    I too have been wondering if there is a link between McCellan and Obama. Are things beginning to get more bizzarre?!

    May 28, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. Andrew

    Look Obamidiots.

    It was a mistake going into Iraq, George Bush has to take that up with God since the blood of over a hundred thousand innocent civilians stained his hands.

    But we are America and cannot just leave. We don't just go in and slaugher people like cattle and leave them hanging high and dry.

    We have to complete the mission. Powell said, "You break it, you own it".

    May 28, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. randy

    This just the start of what john mcain will see in the fall.please cnn post my comment for once PLEASE!

    May 28, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. B - NYC

    We were ALL led to believe that Barrack Hussein Obama did NOT support "politics as usual"... What is this???

    Amazing that people even accept his lies.

    May 28, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. MCCAINTHEOLDMAN

    IT IS SO SAD THOSE SO CALLED CONSERVATIVES THAT I CALL FALSE CHRISTIANS ARE GOING TO VOTE FOR MCCAIN AGAIN REGARDLESS WHAT HIS POLICIES ARE AND MAJORITY OF THEM THINK BUSH WAS A GOOD PRESIDENT THIS PEOPLE ARE A DISGRACE TO OUR NATION.

    May 28, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. R.I.F.

    For all you Clinton supporters who are saying mean things because the Obama campaign made comments to the bok...please read:

    Matthew Berger reports Bill Clinton said of the book, "I haven’t seen it. I haven’t seen it, but I think, from what I read, it seems to confirm what Joe Wilson has always said about his own experience. And it shows all the more why it’s important that we change the direction of the country and pick the best president. "

    May 28, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  19. RuthieM

    I think it's time for Obama to be harsher than that. If angry McCainbush can act like a bulldog for supporting a lie than suely Obama can be a pitbull in supporting the truth and going against that lie!! Go toe to toe on this issue Obama, you are correct and don't back down, we got yer back!!! Bring 'em home, bring the troops home.

    May 28, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. GO HILL!

    How many times will BO use Hillary clinton's policies and talking points? He sat by for months and said NOTHING but hope, change.....and then when people started asking him WHAT CHANGE? He started reciting Hillary's policies and ideas. He's a Joke.

    May 28, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  21. Kate

    I find it so enlightening that people think those that support Clinton or even Clinton herself is destroying the democratic party. Just because people favor a canidate or that Clinton still wants to run her campaign, that she is dividing the party. People don' t get divided based on the actions of others. If Obama gets the nod it is up to him to win the vote he missed out on in the primaries. It has nothing to do with Clinton or Clinton supporters. He wasn't getting the vote to begin with, Clinton doesn't have a strong hold on her supporters to ditch the democratic party. That is why we have primaries, so everyone can run who wants to run and so those who want to vote for a canidate of their choice has that opportunity. If the democrats lose in Nov. It is the vote of the people who did that, not a primary full of more civility than has been seen in history. I hope Dems recapture the white house, for me I hope it is Clinton. However, if Obama is the nominee then I will vote for him as long as his policies are on scale with my needs. That's how it works people.

    May 28, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. Liar, Liar pants on fire

    Okay CNN, I missed where Obama used the book...where was that. When did he mention the book? He has always stated the "failed Bush policies" but how is that mentioned the book?

    SOME white folks are always changing the rules, the truth and anything they can to make things in their favor. Sad.

    May 28, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. BillJ

    If obama had an ounce of sense he would not believe a republican
    like mcclellan..he is only trying to sell books, most likely bush
    will not purchase one.

    May 28, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. GERALD STROTHER

    GO OBAMA 008 The next elected President of the United States !!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  25. kenny cole

    THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING I THINK MCCAIN SHOULD JUST GIVE UP NOW AND NOT WAIT TILL NOVEMBER BECAUSE LISTEN TO ALL THIS MAKE THE CITIZEN ANGRY AND MAKE THE MILLITARY MORE LIKE A FOOL

    May 28, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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