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.


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  1. GO HILL!

    To "UNITE THE DEMS"
    How exactly will you unite the dems when you trash Hillary and her supporters? BTW, your #4...it's total BS....I love how the BO supporters try to scare people by saying Roe will be overturned by McCain. I think monkeys will fall from heaven before the Amercian public (women) ever let that happen....and McCain's 100 years comment, obviously you didn't listen to the entire comment...a "presence" in Iraq, just like SOOOOO many places around the world is NOT a war for 100 years. You are not very smart.
    Would you rather have another attack on Americans? Or have McCain go in, fix Bush's FAILURES, and succeed? You can say all you want about the last 7 years, but ONE thing is for sure, NO ATTACK has happened on American soil since 9/11. I also believe our ships/ports/bases have also been well protected.

    May 28, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. Ardnuas

    John McCain "THINKS" with a 20th century mentality.... just like George Bush.... He will have us in a WAR with Iran within days of him taking office..... VOTERS BEWARE we need 21st "THINKING"
    Obama/Hagel ( I want Chuck Hagel to be VP)

    May 28, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. Davind King

    Why does McCain always look like he's about to have a heart attack? Why is his neck so wrinkled? Why does he look like he could smell of bengay.

    He may not even live until November!

    May 28, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. Independent for Obama

    Agreed. Even if it is empty change, like a number of people like to say, it CANNOT be worse than more of the same...

    May 28, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. Texas Vet

    McCain seems a little too unstable and short tempered to be the President and Commander in Chief.

    Beware of Politicians that think they are Generals and Generals who think they are politicians.

    Some of the best Commander in Chiefs did not have military experience. That includes Lincoln and FDR, but does not include Bush, He was dumb enough to let Bremer, Cheney, Fife, Rumsfeld, Slocombe.and Wolfowicz with no military service plan and run the Iraq War. Yes, Rumsfeld was a Navy Pilot but he never saw combat

    The sign of a great Commander in Chief or President for that matter is who he selects for his cabinet, is willing to listen to expert advice, quickly admits mistakes and fixes them. Bush certainly doesn’t fit that mold and McCain with all his vaunted experience doesn’t seem to fit that mold either. I actually considered voting for McCain when he ran against Bush, but he is not the same man.

    Obama surrounds himself with highly qualified people and listens to their advice before he makes a decision. In many ways his strategy in running his campaign is an indication he will be an excellent Commander in Chief and President.

    May 28, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. Grand Pa McInsane

    Is Gramps still talking ? This man must be disconnected from the whole world.

    Iraq is a mess, and he want to continue the failed Bush domestic and foreign policies.

    Bring on change to the white house.

    May 28, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  7. Jose

    Obama-Webb!

    May 28, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. Tim

    Good. McSame needs to explain the failed policies he now embraces. Do we want to stay the course or do we want change. I vote for change.

    Obama 08/12!!!!

    May 28, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. the antiBush OBAMA 08!

    To all the "fed up Dems" and "white women for McCain" Not a chance do we believe a word that comes out of you! Obviously you’re a ploy by the right wing nut jobs to suggest the Dems offer something other than a positive change for this country!

    May 28, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. Shawn

    Where in any of those comments by the Obama campaign is any mention of the book????

    Media sensationalism at its best. And how the Hillary supporters jumped all over this to bash Obama. And then they call Obama supporters mean.

    LOL!

    May 28, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  11. GO HILL!

    To "UNITE THE DEMS" Please note:
    How exactly will you unite the dems when you trash Hillary and her supporters? BTW, your #4...it's total BS....I love how the BO supporters try to scare people by saying Roe will be overturned by McCain. I think monkeys will fall from heaven before the Amercian public (women) ever let that happen....and McCain's 100 years comment, obviously you didn't listen to the entire comment...a "presence" in Iraq, just like SOOOOO many places around the world is NOT a war for 100 years. You are not very smart.
    Would you rather have another attack on Americans? Or have McCain go in, fix Bush's FAILURES, and succeed? You can say all you want about the last 7 years, but ONE thing is for sure, NO ATTACK has happened on American soil since 9/11. I also believe our ships/ports/bases have also been well protected.

    May 28, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. AWB

    When has this war become illegal? The U.S. Senate voted in favor of going to war! It doesn't matter now if it was the right thing or the wrong thing to do: We are there now, and we need to finish the job and support those that are serving our country proudly!

    As far as Obama visiting Iraq; Obama should if he wants to be the President, this is what Presidents do! Lincoln did it, as did Roosevelt and Nixon.

    May 28, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    McCain might not be Bush....But he is close enough...We don't need another warmonger in the White House!

    May 28, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. Ennis, LA

    McCain won't even admit Viet-Nam, a war he took part in, was
    a mistake. He's spent the last forty years living in denial!

    May 28, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. Helena

    This book by Scott McClellan is gift sent from heaven for Barack Obama.

    May 28, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. Pat M

    So good to see Obama's negative attack tactics finally front and centre in this Campaign. Of course he downplay these same tactics or blame his need for them on one of his opponents.

    May 28, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. Why can't other people see this?

    We all know that why we got into Iraq was a total lie and horrible...

    A majority of us want out, but McCain is one of the few that want to stay.

    It is NOT a continuation of lies. It is a continuation of what McCain sees as US responsibility for defending democracy and oppresing tyranny. Obama wants to set dates of withdrawl... this is essentially it on their Iraq stance.

    It is not a McBush thing or a "McCain is purely evil" or some other garbage you call it. That's it. It has NOTHING to do with President Bush. But the ignornace of many of you make it that way.

    I feel sorry for a great many of you that blog hate on this subject, because apparently that's all you know, and I pity you.

    May 28, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. alone in VT

    Obama = CHANGE YOU CAN CHOKE ON!!

    NObama 08!!!!

    YEAH BABY!!!!!

    No matter what, for the next four years I am going to turn off the media because all this is getting childish and stupid.

    I dare you to disagree.

    May 28, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. Ralph

    I think he asks a fair question. Do we continue Bush's failed Iraq policy with McCain, or not? You are still free to support the war?

    May 28, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. Louis

    Forget flag pins worn by Bush and Co.–McClellan is the true patriot who is putting love of country above allegience to a corrupt administration.

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

    It figures...and Obama's on the sidelines saying it wasn't me. what an a*s!

    May 28, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  22. Maria

    It is funny that Mr. Obama is critical of the "spin" tactics used by the Bush White House, because I find that his campaign is the master of "spin". The Obama campaign makes Rove and all those involved in the Bush White House spin look like amatuers. This country is going to be in big trouble if we wind up with an Obama White House.

    May 28, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. kenny cole

    Billie Ames THIS IS FOR YOU WHY DON'T YOU WANNA BE A GROWN UP AND STOP USING A DIRTY LANG.ON YOUR COMMENT AND WHAT HAS OBAMA DONE FOR YOU INSTEAD OF AN ANIMAL LIKE YOU BLAMING THE PEOPLE SENDING YOU TO WAR JUST TO WAIST YOU LIFE

    May 28, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. Jan

    what happened to "truth and honesty and a non-smear campaign for the "chosen one"? Just "words" and politics as usual I guess. Go McCain

    May 28, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. t for 2

    HYSTERICAL! Use a book about someone else to judge someone else. Um, wake up? McCain and Bush are two SEPARATE people with differing opinions and ideas. The fact that Obama has to resort to using this book to point fingers at McCain is wholeheartedly ridiculous! It's NOTHING like Obama's deep-rooted connections and mentorship with the good Reverend Wright. NOW THAT was a disgusting and questionable relationship!

    May 28, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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