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. Kenneth Lindsey

    this is just tacky just days after the head man in the Pentgaon told the
    miltary to keep out of the election process outside of voting Mccain does this.Note to hi he does not speak for thewhole miltaty complex.

    May 30, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. NBC

    OK.....now tell us what we are going to do about gas, housing, health care, and the war. How is this crap going to help me and my family?

    May 30, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Andrew

    "General, I promise, if you endorse me and I am elected, you will only be required to meet half of the 16 benchmarks..."

    May 30, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. Bill

    In the 60's when i was in the Navy "It's time to hat up" was used referring to the time to leave was upon us. Sen. McCain, before former sailors, and others lose respect for you, maybe you want to consider this. America is against this Bush /Cheney war. We want change, and Barack Obama represents this change.

    May 30, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. California Democrat

    Sneaky, Sneaky!!!!!!

    May 30, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. kit

    Why doesnt CNN call out JM when he makes a mistake? where is the story of him misleading his audience of troop levels in Iraq yesterday?Senator Obama responded but no reports about that.

    May 30, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. JDM

    The JSC commander told the armed forces that they could not outwardly campaine for any one while in uniform!
    It was wrong for Mcain to do this.
    If you are in the service and did this, you would be punish. But I forgot Mcain is not! But would he punish someone if he could? I think he would!

    May 30, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. CHilallas

    McCain is a big lier. Why should the AMericans trust this man. His wife made billions of dollars but only reported millions. People think twice. 2nd Bush in the making. Vote against Mccai

    May 30, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Another example

    Use anything or any body to further the "evil" agenda of the Bush legacy....Shame on you McShame!!!!

    May 30, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. Jack

    Obama get a life! I can't believe now you're crying about a simple picture. What an ammature. What next???

    May 30, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Same ol' same ol'. These tactics are much more indicative of McCain's age than any health issue.

    I am DONE with the GOP.

    May 30, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    You can't teach what you don't know. McCain has been in the White House for approximately 30 years and doesn't know politics and military can't mix, he's dummer than dirt.

    May 30, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. S. Holt

    Amazing! It's either military personnel or people of the cloth. Let's just get on with the General Election. And No, Obama does not need to be in Iraq at this moment. He has Iraq right here, between Hillary and co. and Mc cain.

    May 30, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Democrats Rule

    This man is just TACKY – his attempt to wrap himself in the flag has no bounds

    May 30, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. karen

    Bush/McCain get off the Iraq kick about Obama going. He'll go but in a time of his choosing. He wants the troops home and NOW and so does the American public!!!! McCain–take an economic course and see how much your dumb war has cost the Ameircan people in lives and money!!!!! I'm going to start counting days till you return our troops and our money!!!!!! Go Obama!!!!!

    May 30, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. Shiloh Wa

    Reminds me of an old man who played football when he was young and pretends he's still in the game when he should be out riding a lawn mower.

    May 30, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. ket

    Come on CNN where is your fair and balance reporting? You should have been on top of this story earlier or did a democrat say something else that was more news worthy like Obama said sweety to another reporter. JM always apologizes once he gets the desired effect he is looking for.

    May 30, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. Lou

    I cannot believe some of the comments I read about why people are going to vote for McCain over Obama. Are some of the people on these threads just plain prejudice or blind and oblivious to what the GOP has done to this countries economy and standing in the world. Oil was $ 23 a barrel when Bush invaded Iraq and what is it now $130? Gas is averaging $4 a gallon and is affecting everything we buy from food to toilet paper! Go ahead and do the ill-advised thing and elect john McCain President, gas will be soon $10 per gallon after like he stated Bomb Bomb, bomb Bomb Iran! Just another point the largest oil reserves left in the world are in Iran people! Wake up people right now people are losing their homes, going to food banks, can not afford to go to the doctor or buy gas at its current price. What is next before we wise up pictures of thousands of cars and trucks stranded on the highways out of gas? Go ahead vote for McCain!

    May 30, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. Dee

    McCain is a HERO and I PROUDLY support him. OBambi is too cozy with people FILLED with HATE.

    May 30, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. Antidisestablishmentarian

    McCain's been there so many times and he still doesn't know the difference between Sunni & Shiite. His reasoning is fallacious, quantity of time does not equate to experience or knowledge.

    May 30, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. Brian

    Yes, and every month I head over to Yankee Stadium to catch some MLB. I know the game of baseball, but know matter how many times I go to the stadiium. It in no way means I'm qualified to manage the team or acquire the skills to be a MLB player.

    May 30, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. LYNETTE IN CA

    You would think someone that wants to be commander in chief and an ex millitary person should know that the armed services is completely off limits when it comes to taking sides dem or repub. This will not be McBush's last mistake. He will make many, many more.

    May 30, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. Reid Pelosi

    Gen Petraeus will tell the truth to anyone who will listen. Obama does not want to listen and can't stand the fact that McCain will.

    May 30, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. Patricia

    McCain IS military. What else does he have to offer? Foreign affairs ?(Bomb, bomb , bomb, bomb. bomb Iran) Forget it!! What has he offered in response to the economy? Norhting. Please, Americans, do not vote for someone who will make our world more unsafe. We need someone to lead our country with understanding, empathy and reason. PLEASE, PLEASE do not elect this person president.

    May 30, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. Joe

    John McCain should know better. Military personnel can't endorse a political candidate. I hope General Petreaus took the opportunity to tell Sen. McCain how over tasked the military is and how our military is now weaker because of a two-front war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Shame on McCain for using our military to make defense contractors more $$$. Our military already won the war and would return home with honor and respect. He should SURRENDER his views and realize that Iraq is now a war of diplomacy.

    Sorry for rambling

    May 30, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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