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. Ron in Texas

    Sounds like to me that McClellan's book is also describing Obama's Campaign.

    May 28, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. TRUTHFULLY

    BUSH NEEDS TO BE PROSECUTED FOR HIS WAR CRIMES!

    May 28, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Tom

    Again, so much for positive, change oriented politics – sounds like the same old b.s. to me from a "typical", albeit completely inexperienced, politician.

    May 28, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. Jay

    Now, to those who voted for Bush, thanks you for allowing Bush to be fool out of you. Now we have 4000 of our troops dead, thousands wounded and we all pay almost $4.00 gas. I hope you are all happy.

    May 28, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. Benito

    Carter the worst president in the last 50 years? Did you forget about BUSH? This guy couldn' t even win a high school ASB election right now or ever in the future. McCain will only further that worst rating ever by a BUSH!

    May 28, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. DonCross

    That was no News, We all heard that before.
    We all new it was a spin and it for his Haliburton to sale all the military equipments, the got all the contracts or the war.
    That ain't news – relate McBush to it then that will be news (I'm woundering if he's frequent visit is to check on investments,Hmm)

    May 28, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. TRUTHFULLY

    OUT WITH BUSH!
    OUT WITH McCain

    OBAMA/HAGLEY'08

    May 28, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. leon

    Voting for Obama is a second term for the Jimmy Carter administration do we want that to happen?

    May 28, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. Bayou Joe

    obama doesn't know S*** from Shinola. The Hillary Democrats and the Moderate Republicans will make sure that he does not even come close to winning in November.

    May 28, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. P.A. VOTER

    Listen stop hating on Obama and stay focused on the issues. Americans are so easily distracted by the shinny object. Bush lied to us and costs us lives and money for this war. And for all of you OBAMA HATERS WHO SUPPORT CLINTON....... SHE VOTED FOR THE WAR (FACT) and so did MCSAME (FACT). AND everyone who voted for this lie owes the American people and the families that have lost loved ones an apology.

    May 28, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. leon

    OBAMA = JIMMY CARTER

    May 28, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. Greg

    HMMMMMM? Let me get this straight. Don't elect this guy because That guy wrote a book about something yet another guy did (or maybe didn't) do. Sounds like Clinton Logic to me!

    May 28, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. POST THIS

    I DON'T CARE WHAT NOBODY SAYS McCELLAN BOOK IS THE TRUTH WE WERE ALL TOLD TO TELL THE TRUTH BUT NOW THAT SOMEONE HAS WE SAY HE TURN HIS BACK ON BUSH AND HIS FRIENDS PLEASE .........HE WAS BUSH'S FRIEND REMEMBER, BUSH NOT ANYONE ELSE HIRE McCLELLAN AS PRESS SECRETARY WITH HIS PEA FOR BRAINS WAY OF THINKING. PS BUSH COULDN'T THINK HIS WAY OUT OF A CARD BOARD BOX U DO THE MATH.

    May 28, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. Shawn T

    GO HILL!

    Firstly, that comment was originally mine. Although meant as a parody, I think it summed up the general outlook of many Hillary supporters quite accurately.

    Secondly, the parts about 100 years and Roe vs Wade were to illustrate how radically McCain's policies differ from Obama/Hillary's. It was NOT meant to be taken literally, I had thought that would be obvious.

    Lastly, no attack since 9/11? Yes, thank God. But don't forget that 9/11 happened DURING bush's presidency. And do I really need to bring up all his other failures? Your last point was really poor and pathetic.

    May 28, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. P.A. VOTER

    leon=HATER

    May 28, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. wake up!

    Barack Obama is the biggest follower/people pleaser of them all. If he had the chance to be in the Senate at the time the vote on Iraq was taken, HE WOULD HAVE VOTED TO GO INTO IRAQ JUST LIKE ALL THE OTHER LITTLE FOLLOWERs. He has NO spine and now he's trying to make a platform on the fact that he didn't vote for the war??? WELL HE WASN'T IN THE SENATE!!!! HE HAD NO OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE FOR THE WAR. But since he's such a slimy player, we ALL KNOW he would have voted for it if he could have. He would have ridden old Hillary's coattails for sure!

    May 28, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. vee

    First of all, I don't even understand why you Clinton supporters are even commenting...this election process no longer concerns you! And for ANDREW, are you suggesting that even tho' Bush got us into a war under false pretenses we should just "stay the course" because we are Americans???? How stupid is that. It is this sort of thinking that has us in the predicament we now find ourselves throughout the world. There's always a time to do the right thing. And right about now when innocent Americans and Iraqis are losing their lives senselessly because of Bush's lack of integrity is that time. Americans used to be so much smarter!!!!

    May 28, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. GO HILL!

    Had McCain been in charge of the Iraq war from the beginning, he would have used enough American troops from the get go, used Hussein's army instead of pushing them aside, and used the oil money for rebuilding. The war would be over by now and Iraq would be free.

    May 28, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. Kathie, Ontario . Canada

    The Official Attire when attending an Obama speech is
    HIP WADERS and carry a very LARGE SHOVEL because
    before he is done you will be knee deep in it.

    May 28, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  20. P.A. VOTER

    Bayou Question how can a loser make sure that a winner loses? must be some more of that Clinton Math.

    May 28, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  21. the truth

    It's time for McCain to distance himself from Bush, you can do it John, it's not too late, these democrats will ride this story until the wheel comes off and quite frankly McClellan's revelations are not new as we all know why the White House went to war in Iraq using our post 9/11 emotions.

    May 28, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  22. KE

    One of the country threatening to the region and also sided with Hitler Germany which was the enemy of U.S. and other European allies, a majority of the citizens of that country were very much against the leaderships of their own country. The (Imperial) army leaders treated everybody badly. After many decades later people are finally beginning to scratch the surface of what went wrong with the country under the leaderships of that time.

    May 28, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. Ghuman

    I find the whole McCain/Bush war answers quite bizzare. Initially they had "CONCRETE" evidence to wage an immoral and econonmically crippling war. Then they said, "Oh! we had flawed intelligence"? Well if the later is true as we know now, then what is the rationale to still be in Iraq. Or, this whole intelligence thing was just a SHAM.

    The way McCain/Bush are still pouring money into an war that should ahve started in the first place, the only conclusion is that they these people had no intention of looking at intelligence and facts. These neo-cons were hell bent of sending our country to war and are DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR DEATH OF 4,000 troops and THOUSANDS OF WOUNDED.

    Now McCain has the audacity to claim his security experience. How Dare he even try to fool americans again. Experience is something a person takes pride on. Failures are something to learn from; not boast to make fake credentials; something McCain is doing.

    McCain is a veteran and a former PoW; great. But this doesnot give him the intelligence or right to be a president. If this was a criteria, then we have a million veterans who can claim to be the President of USA. Afterall, security is the only thing he claims he has the knowledge on; McCain is a self professed novice at Economy. And we need someone who can turn this economically crippled country out of a recession and make people around the world trust us and listen to us.

    May 28, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  24. GO HILL!

    leon, you are sooooo correct. We cannot have another Carter presidency, I'm old enough to remember that hell.

    May 28, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  25. Enlightned Voter - Obama all the way

    Why can mccain only talk about iraq, and war, and his pow experience? He is scary.

    May 28, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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