May 30th, 2008
02:25 PM ET
3 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. Tony, Miami

    Command McCain the politics have change, it is no more don't ask don't tell it is now you steal we tell

    May 30, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. kayla

    MR. MCSAME, AFTER ALL THE LIES YOU AND THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION SAID TO GET US INTO WAR. THAT IS THE LEAST YOU CAN DO. MAYBE IT'S YOUR CONCIENCE BOTHERING YOU
    SEN. OBAMA WILL GO TO IRAQ ON HIS TIME NOT ON YOURS.

    May 30, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. AZM

    Not sure what the issue is here... but it sounds like it was fixed...

    I'm guessing it's so Active military leaders aren't depicted as taking one side or the other?

    Although it seems to me the majority are Republican... at least those that have an opinion on politics at all. However that's only an opinion.

    May 30, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    That's not his only mistake.

    May 30, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Voting DEM - either nominee

    Maybe Senator Obama thinks it is better to use taxpayers monies here in the US rather than to fund a jaunt half way around the world, into a war zone, just for some PR. Putting soldiers, as well as staff members, in danger protecting a politician is NOT an efffective use of taxpayers monies.

    May 30, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. Michael O.

    I do hope that Sen. McCain gets down with his campaign and devise more sound strategies that appeal to the citizens and not this inexciting one.

    May 30, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. Obama '08 '12

    McSame = Same Old Lousy Pandering

    Maybe he should be McSLOP

    May 30, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. minka, de

    grandpa mcbush go away

    May 30, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Jason M. Bryant

    So, the problem is that it makes it look like Petraeus is endorsing McCain? Is that right?

    May 30, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. @americans

    talk is cheap; playing politics with our military is despicable.

    SHAME ON mcshame.

    May 30, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. lean Democrat.

    for many Democrats, 4 more years of McCain is far better than having a person with un-American values.

    May 30, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Chief

    McCain, go fart and hope nothing else comes out.

    May 30, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. goawaymongers

    McBush will make PLENTY mistakes during the campaign- and one is that he underestimates the power and tenacity of the American people. We want change- and he isn't it!

    May 30, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. Pony show

    McCain is a one trick pony. Iraq, Iraq, militray, Iraq, POW military, Iraq and Iraq. Take away this issue (where by the way he is dead wrong) and you have an old senator out of touch and unable to govern with new ideas that are badly needed this term. Nothing new here, he will simply maintain the status quo.

    May 30, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. TonyNJHC

    Nobody is perfect, but what is the great sin here? Two military men shaking hands? This campaign season is striking new lows. It seems that anything that does not suite the Obama supporters, they cry fowl and keep crying. The United States of America is the Greatest Country of earth, and it needs an experienced candidate to guide its people through troubling times and a very new type of economy which is going to need action, not just "words" from Obama. I can't forget Obama's comment "just words?" . That sums up all of his political experience. He may have a good speech writer which lightning hits with what others feel to be a great speech, yet none of them impressed me or others I know. We like others wonder what the big deal with Obama is all about? Should an enemy of Democracy threaten us, President McCain will know what to do in quick order. He possesses military knowledge and know tactics. When I was a child, all of the TV stations went off playing The Star Spangled Banner. Jets were shown flying as the sun went down, showing that our coast was being guarded by the soldiers of the sky. We all could sleep better knowing that while we slept, someone was guarding our country. What military experience does Mr. Obama have. Where's his chest of medals. Just as I guessed, but he said his uncle liberated a concentration camp liberated by the Russians? God save our country and if this campaign comes down to McCain against Obama, guide Mr. McCain to a well deserved Victory, and please help us all to forget the name Obama. It reminds me of the wrestler W.C. Fields saw while playing hooky from his job. I forget the name of the movie, but his desk looked like mine does at times.

    May 30, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. DOH!!!

    NOT the first of many mistakes this man has already made. McFlip-Flop McBOMB Mc100-years-of-war McBush McSame McNasty McDidn't Want an MLK Holiday McTemper Mc Called His Wife a !@#$.....and it goes on and on and on and on.....

    May 30, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. Casey

    So the U.S Army is now for hire to the highest bidder. that what the AD says in a nutshell.

    May 30, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. Arrthur Elmer

    John McCain is nothing more than a Bush clone, and he, like Bush will do anything it takes to try to mold public opinion to make him look good. It does not matter if he has to rely on lobbyists to run his campaign after trying to convince the public he is against the free flow of money into campaign coffers.
    McCain should get Lieberman to his running mate, that would make a good foursome with Bush, Cheney, McCain and Lieberman.
    They are so greedy and power hungry they will lie, cheat, cajole, and kiss up to any dictator that happens to be from Israel, and any big country like China, but then try to starve the poorest nations like Cuba saying it is a threat to human rights.
    China is the worst nation for human rights on earth, yet Bush will say nothing of substance against and will not even bring charges through the WTO for China dumping goods into this country.
    Vote for a third Bush term vote for McCain.

    May 30, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. FreshAir

    and by won't happen again we mean, it won't happen until next week.

    May 30, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. Brenda

    "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."

    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.
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    It "will not happen again." You mean you (McCain) won't be going for a three-peat? I'm willing to bet Petraeus ends up on a McCain flyer somewhere down the road.

    May 30, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. Petraeus for Obama 08

    you know the deal! take that picture down.

    May 30, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. WOTHLESSCASECLAIM

    This old man is unpredictable he will do any thing to make him self look knowlegable about the foreign policy, but we all know all he is trying to do is continue what bush has started and use Gen. David Petraeus they are all in this together they have failed us we can not let them do it another 4 years with Mccain. The era of McBushPetraeus is over.

    May 30, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. Okra Mouth

    McCain is a war profiteer.

    He needs this war to go on so that he can raise a lot of money.

    Our economy is in trouble, and I just don't understand why some people still want to vote for McCain who has CLEARLY stated that HE DOES NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE ECONOMY.

    McCain was a bomber pilot in the Vietnam war. It is not surprising that his foreign policy song goes like this: -Bomb !!! Bomb !!! Bomb !!! Bomb !!! Bomb !!! Bomb !!! Bomb !!! Bomb !!! Bomb !!! Bomb !!!

    If you have never seen McCain saying this song, go to Youtube and search for "McCain's bomb song"

    May 30, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. Garth

    One would think a military man would know better. But a Republican may not.

    May 30, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. Liar, Liar pants on fire

    I support Obama, but can appreciate McCain admitting he had made a mistake. This is something Hillary will NEVER do, because she doesn't feel she is EVER wrong.

    May 30, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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