May 30th, 2008
02:25 PM ET
4 years ago

McCain admits mistake in using Petraeus picture for fundraising

 A fundraising e-mail sent to McCain supporters Thursday.
A fundraising e-mail sent to McCain supporters Thursday.

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (CNN) - John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee for president, said he was wrong to use an image of Gen. David Petraeus in fundraising material, and it "will not happen again."

His admission came hours after the Barack Obama campaign criticized an e-mail showing McCain shaking hands with the general who has been commanding U.S forces in Iraq.

It was not the first time McCain had used the picture of himself with Petraeus; it appeared on the candidate's website for several days in April before being taken down.

McCain has been hammering Obama for days over the length of time been since the Democratic front-runner last visited Iraq, mentioning Friday it was "873 days."

"I have visited Iraq on many occasions because I think the most vital decision that any president of the United States can make has got to be about the security of this nation and the lives of the young Americans who are serving," McCain said in an e-mail to supporters sent Thursday afternoon.

Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently took the unusual step of admonishing all members of the military to stay out of politics as the presidential campaign heats up.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (362 Responses)
  1. Enlightned Voter

    What disturbs me is mccain's warmongering. He is obsessed with war and I fear we will be in several if he is pres. He never talks about anything else. Does he realize how bad the economy is. Why does he continually oppose GI bills?

    May 30, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. NEVER HILARY

    BEWARE OF MCBUSH'S THIRD TERM. IT WILL HURT OUR NATION. THE TRUTH IS COMING OUT, THE REPUBLICANS HAVE NO SOLUTION OR CONCERN FOR US. THEY JUST LOVE TO FIGHT WARS EVEN WHEN IT IS NOT JUSTIFIED!

    PEACE AND PROSPERITY-VOTE OBAMA 08

    May 30, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Laidetea

    McCain is crooked as the come.

    May 30, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. FLORIDA Voter for Barack Obama

    This guy is actually counting the days. lol. No one cares dumba–

    May 30, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Patrick, Indianapolis

    No he isn't. Remember it is always easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission. McCain intended to use the General. He knew it was a one-and-done proposition. All he had to do was "apologize" and all would be well and in the process, he would rake in money by politicizing the miliary.

    May 30, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Charlotte

    The military are and always have been prohibited from engaging in politics. They are suppose to be neutral. That is not always easy. McCain has been a supporter of Petraeus. The problem with Obama, he can't get any to stand with him. I can understand why Obama is concerned. He just wants to talk to our enemys and hope for the best.

    May 30, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Independent for Obama

    Seriously, at this rate, by the end of this campaign Obama and McCain will have denounced approximately everyone they know. It's getting ridiculous.

    May 30, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. Cammi317

    LOL....I wonder how Petraeus felt about having his picture on McCain election propaganda.

    May 30, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. therealist

    Our presidential candidates can't be seen shaking hands with our military generals???

    May 30, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. usa

    === mcBush, shame on you ===

    May 30, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. Beltway Insider

    Isn't it sad when the republican presidential candidate is more honest and has more integrity than one of the democratic nominees? I think Hillary has become more of a republican than the republicans themselves.

    May 30, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    This guy has had a free ride for a long time. (thanks hillary)... and he is STILL stumbling over himself...

    Once the Obama campaign can FINALLY stop expending time and energy on (the other Democratic party candidate)... he's gonna make quick work of McCain.

    Obama's gonna give McCain a beating like he hasn't had since Nam.

    May 30, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. Debby

    Oh so what look at the big rally Obama had just so Edwards can endorse him in Michigan. Obama's campaign isn't innocent of fundraising like this either. The local rock band in Oregon brought out all those people for Obama and that wasn't to raise funds give me a break. At least the McCain camps fundraising shows patriotism instead of rock star status.

    May 30, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Sharon Minnesota

    HUH?? What's wrong with Barack Obama and his campaign managers? Are they jealous that Barack doesn't have an in with the military? How silly.

    May 30, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. Ralph

    This is not even a fair race. Someone send McCain some money, so he can at least put up the appearance that he has a fighting chance.

    May 30, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. ALECO1 -----NOKOMIS,FL

    LIKE GEORGE BUSH,, JOHN McCAIN CAN'T SEEM TO DO ANYTHING RIGHT. DO ALL REPUBLICANS HAVE A MOUTH THAT MOVES FASTER THAN THEIR BRAIN.
    WE NEED A YOUNG MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE, A MAN WHO HAS NEW YOUNG IDEAS-THAT MAN IS OBAMA.

    May 30, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Violence in iraq has decreased, not as a result of a Surge, but because of the nature of the violence itself. The vast majority of the violence has been ethnic in nature. The majority ethinic groups in a neighborhoods have systematically killing off or chasing away those they do not like. Let's call this "micro-cleansing"

    The next level is on the city versus city stage, followed by province versus province. The fear of this level of violence is what drives McCain to his position in the war.

    However, it is the lulls in the violence as it moves from what one stage to the next is when diplomacy can take root and reduce or even end the fighting. This is what happened in Vietnam and Korea.

    May 30, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. Ian

    I generally vote Republican and I may vote for McCain, but this b.s. about Obama not visiting Iraq is laughable. Last time McCain visited Iraq it was a total photo op where he put hundreds of our troop's lives in danger just so he could pretend, as the current administration, that affairs in Iraq were going swimmingly.

    In addition, this attempt by the McCain camp to frame this election as being primarily about the war is hilarious, considering that McCain doesn't know even the most basic facts about who we are fighting and who is causing insurgency. As of less than 2 months ago, McCain confused the Sunnia and Shiia and referred to the insurgents as "Al Quaeda." Do we really have to put up with more of this lack of intelligence, misspeak, and sheer ignorance for another 4 years? 1) It's the economy stupid! 2) It's education, health care, social security, and pensions, stupid! 3)If you're going to run your campaign about the war, at least know what you're talking about

    May 30, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. Lovely in VA

    That's right ! Stay on him Barack !!

    May 30, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. Army Veteran Against McCain

    Reasons why Veterans, active duty personell, and anyone who cares about them should not vote for McCain:

    *AWOL for May 22nd vote on GI Bill. Expressed opposition to bill saying "it was too generous to Veterans".

    *Voted against Bill in September that would have mandated adequate rest for troops between combat deployments.

    *Voted No on $1.5-billion increase for Veteran Medical services (money would have come from closing corporate tax loophole).

    *Voted No on establishing a trust fund to bolster underfunded Veteran Hospitals.

    *Voted No in May 2006 against $20-billion allotment for expanding Veteran Medical Facilities.

    *Voted No in April 2006 to increase Veteran Outpatient care.

    *Voted No in March 2004 another $1.8-billion reserve for Veteran Medical care (again funded by closing corporate tax loopholes).

    Bottomline, McCain is more interested in taking care of big business then the men and women he wrongly sent to fight in Iraq.

    May 30, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Val

    Stop whining Obama and produce some results instead of your empty rhetoric. All you know is whine, whine, and more whine. You want some cheese with that whine?

    McCain will win in November in the landslide. We'll see what you will whine about then.

    McCain 08!

    May 30, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. Brien

    Why arent more people calling Sen. McCain out on this crap. The whole basis of his campaign has been turned upside down by McClellen's book. Yet he is still out there beating his hawkish war drum. Dont put on some theater calling Sen. Obama to the carpet for not visiting a battle ground that we should not be battling on!!!

    May 30, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. Crush Rush

    Maybe you should just use the pic of you and Perching shaking hands.

    May 30, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. Veterans for Obama

    McCain YOU ARE A TRAITOR!

    YOU ARE NOT A HERO!

    May 30, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. Cynthia

    One of many sneaky and underhanded things that Senator McCain has done. I'm glad the Obama people are on it.

    May 30, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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