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.


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soundoff (362 Responses)
  1. Jane, College Park, MD

    He is a user and an opportunist.
    He pretends not to like Bush, but still uses him to raise money.
    Do you know anyone who has benefitted from serving as much as this man?

    May 30, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. William

    Vote McCain: Less jobs, more wars!

    May 30, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Glenn

    For someone who is running to be the Commander-in-Chief, you would think would have the intelligence not to use the photo with the general. This shows one of two things: (1) being ignorant of what the Joint Chief of Staff wrote the military officers about staying out of partisan politics( maybe McBush has promised the general some future office) and (2) not caring about what is right and flaunting it with the public. Personally, I think this is just another example of his age, possibly his health, effecting his judgement. McBush is really hurting on age, senility, judgement and honor. I also noticed he is not wearing the required American flag in his lapel as advocated by the psuedo patriotic policemen, Karl Rove and Limp Bushbaugh. The general should be seriously reprimanded for his insubordination to the Joint Chief of Staff.

    May 30, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. RealityKing

    General Washington must be rolling in his grave!!

    May 30, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Mc Cain is a Fossil

    McCain prepare for a thumping in the polls this November.

    May 30, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    THAT'S GOOD, BUT WHEN IS HE GOING TO ADMIT WE SHOULD

    HAVE NEVER GONE TO WAR WITH IRAQ. HE KEEPS SAYING IT'S

    THE PAST. NO, NO, IT'S NOT THE PAST. THE SAME PEARSON

    WHO MADE THAT MISTAKE, HAS THE SAME FLAWED JUDGMENT

    NOW & FOREVER. MCSAME & HIS PILL POPPER ARE NOT PAYING

    FOR THE WAR. WE ARE!!!!! THEY, THE CLINTONS, BUSHS. & CO.

    JUST GETTING RICH AT OUR EXPENSE.

    May 30, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. KiloWhiskey

    Who cares?

    May 30, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    MCSHAME HAS NO SHAME.

    May 30, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. Mr. Independent Voter

    Shame on you Mr. McCain for your continued use of our brave men and women in uniform to promote your candidacy. The Bush/McCain era must end.

    May 30, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Chris

    McCain and Petraeus should run together on the same ticket.....maybe they can be more succesful in Iraq over the next 100 yrs or so than the past 5+.

    May 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. NoSympathy

    He owes the taxpayers now, doesn't he? He's using a General we haven't finished paying for to bopst his campaign. Just put it in my stimulus check

    May 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. Dylan

    Maybe in their next email that can include a picture of an Iraqi household that has been blown to smithereeens or a military mother mourning the senseless loss of her son.

    End the war. Just say NO to McSame...

    May 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. David S., CA

    Whats wrong with the picture? Petraeus is a government official, though in the military and McCain has been very involved in foreign policy. Its seems pretty obvious that McCain would have met with him. This whole election thing is sickening.

    May 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. oscar

    God chose America to be the "police" of the world for a purpose- to maintain order and peace. if a leader act contrary to the will of God, He and He alone appoints one who will work to His standard. If we want to maintain our lead and reputation in the world, we should elect a leader after God's heart.-a leader who brings peace in the country and the world, aleader who thinks of the economic emancipation of the people. Mccain talks only of war and Iraq and forgets the econnmic situation of the country.For all who talks of experience.what was the experince of David before God chose him -the least of the sons of Jesse to be the leader and the "lion" of Judah. What has the age of methusaleh got to do with the wisdom of Solomon. my dear people let us put sentiments aside we all know the intellectual capability of these candidates, their policies, their sincerity and antagonism. think of the future of your children and grand children.

    May 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. Wise White Guy

    Let him use it. We can see through the BS that Patreaus is nothing but a puppet of the administration. He lost all credibility with his answers during the inquiry. It was obvious he was concerned with nothing more than following the Bush/McCain plan of continuous war. General is it true that we have recently been having more soldier deaths in Iraq? Yes but that is because of the surge? We needed to send in more troops to secure our troops and gain momentum in the war? Yes. So by sending more troops we have more being killed? Yes. Do you think the surge is working? Yes, very well. So we can pull the troops out soon? No that would cause a collapse. So the surge is working so we have to stay? Yes. So if the surge is working we have to stay and if we are losing the war then we have to send more troops? Yes. My question is......Do you think anybody buys this load of CRAP? Lets talk about judgement Mr. McSame. Most unpopular President in history and you do a fundraising tour with him and align yourself with his position on the war. Then you have the gall to say to Mr. President Obama that he has no experience on forigen policy, diplomacy and lacks good judgement. Has your age gotten to you? Perhaps the Post Tramatic Stress Disorder? You do remember that Mr. President Obama was opposed to the war when it was a very unpopular position to have and yet he stood his ground against it all becasue he knew what was right. He did not look up to see what way the political wind was blowing and make a decision based on that like YOU and HILL did. He is a man, you Mr. McSame are nowhere near the man that Mr. Obama is. NOW...let that tick start on your left eye.

    May 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. Charlotte

    The Obama-bots don't want to count Florida, Michigan, Puerto Rico. They want to count Guam and the Virgin Islands, will wonders never cease? I also have trouble with caucuses in that a miniscule number ot voters decide for the whole state. Less then 9,000 people voted in Wyoming, out of about 250,000? If you are unable to stand for prolong periods, if you can't get off work, how is this represenative? Hillary won the caucuses in Nevada where voters were allowed to vote at their place of employment. Doesn't that make you at least wonder about the rest of the blue collar people?

    May 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. RB

    Come on McCain, you know the rules on this type of crap! Are you going to be another Hillary Clinton?

    May 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. boered1

    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

    Okay explain to me, a retired Sailror with 21 years enlisted service, why you think it is important for you to come to Iraq, endanger troops by pulling them off the front line leaving those facing the REAL problems with less help, and by using them as your personal security, not counting the fuel used by the airborne support you had, so you can have your "dog and pony" show? What REAL intelligence can be gained by that? NONE we all know VIP tours are only shown what they are wanting to be seen, I have "put on the top hat and cane" too many times for you and your ilk MrcCain to be persuaded by this line of crap!

    If the generals cannot give a FAIR and accurate accounting to the President, and Congres, of the status of the area under their control they should be relieved of command simple as that. As a CPO if I could not tell MY boss of the status of those who reported to me, whether they were doing the job they were supposed to and what efforts were being made to correct outstanding deficiencies I would have been fired on the spot!

    May 30, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. Conservative Buyer- CA

    This is why Obama is smart enough not to go the McCain route and use the general and the troops as political footballs.

    Instead of worrying about not going to Iraq, McCain should worry about why he hasn't been to Tent City or the disaster victims from Hurricane Katrina.

    All I remember is McCain celebrating with Bush on the day after Hurricane Katrina had left the bayou in a disaster zone.

    May 30, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. Marie-Lynn

    This old man is just 'crap'

    May 30, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. Chuck, Democrats United We Stand

    Just another distraction that is so very unnecessary in politics. Come on everyone lets get real. If Petraeous wants to endorse McCain then let him come out and say so. But then again, that would be against military protocal as higher ranking members of the Military are not allowed to openly endorse any candidate as it may be perceived as undue influence over the troops.

    May 30, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. Ron

    I hope Obama is not going to go over their and be taken in. The Iraqi Military machine has more men then we do in country. It is up to them to eliminate the insurgency IF THEY WANT TO, THAT IS!!! our people hve done their jobs, we have trained them and its up to them. We as a country cannot keep throwing money down a hole which has no bottom. It is time we brought our people home and start rebuilding our own country. We must stop sending money to every country in the world who has a problem. why does the world figure it is up to us to be social workers for the world and supplier of free money for the world. Worse thing is the money we send never gets to the people, It all ends up in off shore accounts in the persons name who is running the country. Ask our government to explain the 56 billion dollars that is missing in Iraq. Where did it go?? END THIS SO CALLED WAR, BRING OUR PEOPLE HOME, AND THE FIRST SENETOR OR CONGRESSMEN WHO SUGGESTS SENDING MONEY TO A FORIGN COUNTRY, FIRE THEM!!!!!!

    May 30, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. David Goldman for OBAMA

    OH YEA BABY, HE DIDN'T KNOW THE GENERAL WAS IN THE

    IN THE PICTURE & HE DIDN'T KNOW HIS WORLD WIND TRIP

    COST US ( TAX PAYERS ) MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. INVITING

    OBAMA TO GO THERE. THAT'S A GOOD ONE. HE WENT THERE

    & STILL DIDN'T KNOW WHICH SIDE WE ARE FIGHTING. HE

    BECAME KNOWLEDGEABLE AFTER HIS TRIPS.

    May 30, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. OBAMA SUPPORTER

    McCain, what is your issue here? So, you have been to Iraq a few more times than OBAMA? Yet, Obama doesn't have to go to Iraq to know what a crime it was and still is to be there in the first place. Do you think you really understand what it is for the citizens of Iraq McCain? What do you want OBAMA to see that he does not know already? What if your wife was slain, bombed or hijacked in Iraq McCain? What about your daughter? You might be a veteran but would you really let your family go there if you could foresee them dying in Iraq? You can't tell me yes. If America was invaded by Russians or Germans and they bombed us to try to bring our country up would you want you like it if they were killing your family, friends and the troops were everywhere here? No. you wouldn't and don't lie and say yes!

    May 30, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. David

    Just like Hillary Clinton, McCain is ready to do anything to get elected.
    But it won't work this time around, because people knew the secret.

    May 30, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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