June 12th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama reminds voters of McCain's '100 years' comment

Sen. Obama reminded voters of the rising costs of the Iraq war
Sen. Obama reminded voters of the rising costs of the Iraq war

(CNN)— Barack Obama seized on rival John McCain’s recent comment that it’s “not too important” when troops start being withdrawn from Iraq, reminding voters Thursday that the Arizona senator has also said he would keep troops in the country for 100 years.

“I agree that obviously the most important thing is making sure that our young men and women aren't killed,” Obama said at a town hall event in Wisconsin. “But the notion that if they are not being killed that we can leave them there in perpetuity, 100 years John McCain says,” would be insensitive to the ‘burden’ the troops families face while having their loved ones over seas Obama said.

McCain was asked on NBC’s Today show Wednesday if he could estimate when troops could be expected home from Iraq.

"No, but that's not too important," McCain responded. "What's important is the casualties in Iraq. Americans are in South Korea. Americans are in Japan. American troops are in Germany. That's all fine. American casualties and the ability to withdraw; we will be able to withdraw."

Obama, who has been taking a more populist approach to voters lately, also sought to hone in on their money concerns reminding them about the sky rocketing costs of the Iraq war.

“[McCain’s] also not thinking about tax payers who are spending $10-12 billion a month in Iraq,” The Illinois senator said.

Adding, the money spent in Iraq could go toward job creation in the U.S.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (222 Responses)
  1. Darth Vadik, CA

    100 years....

    Not important that the troops come home....

    McCain is nuts.

    June 12, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Alanna

    Go get him Barack!!!

    YES WE CAN

    Obama 08 12

    June 12, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. Joe Six

    Does this go onto Obama's new truth website as an example of Obama misrepresenting what McCain said. It really is getting nasty, with Obama hurling the same lie and misrepresentation he has been using for months now, even after the media has pointed out that Obama was misrepresenting what McCain said. Obama is proving that he is no different than any other sleazy politician. This is change or is this just more of the same?

    June 12, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. donna

    I'm sure McCain's campaign will cry foul on this one..you know how they like to whine!!!!

    June 12, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. ALLBAMALLTHETIME

    Get 'em Bam!

    June 12, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. Dan, TX

    McCain really annoyed me today and the last few days with his BS.

    Texas ain't in the bag McCain, you're going to have to fight me for it.

    June 12, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Sante

    IDIOT!
    WORDS, WORDS, AND AGIAN JUST WORDS!! / meny times stolen/

    June 12, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. Damian Salter

    McCain is toast!

    June 12, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. Billy from Fl

    What about Obama's 20 years with Rev. Wright?????

    June 12, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. Tony C.

    Obama had better fall on his knees and pray that there truly is no tape of his mouthy wife Michelle railing against "whitey" in a diatribe at Trinity United Church of Christ (the church he has recently resigned from) as the Republicans have recently been blogging about and ignorant fool Rush Limbaugh has broadcast on his pathtic radio show.

    If so, why not for once do the right thing, tell the truth, and let Hillary be named the nominee now, rather than later!

    June 12, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. BR

    Dear John, Congratulations on being the Republican choice for 2008!!! Please, please, please choose Mitt Romney as your running mate. I believe he will round out your ticket in the economy issues with his steller record as a business man. Many thanks and you've got my vote.

    June 12, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. Franky

    "The Long Lasting War"

    Senator McCain: I will never surrender in Iraq!

    Senator Obama: Senator MCain wants to stay there for 100 years!

    Senator McCain: It is the responsibility of our county to serve the will of Iraq!

    Senator Obama: We could use that money for our economic woes!

    Senator McCain: Is not too important to discuss about withdrawal!

    Senator Obama: Senator McCain voted for the war! So he's responsible for it!

    Senator McCain: We do not need a naive person to handle this war!

    Senator Obama: We do not need a naive person to handle the war!

    June 12, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  13. R.I.F.

    Obama = hiting McCain on issues like why would someone want to leave tropps over in Iraq for 100 if casualities are low, whch they propbably wouldn't be low because Iraq is not like Japan and Germany.

    McCain – talking about how some vetter for Obama who once helped Bill Clinton decide to pardon someone.

    Folks, that's what we call someone who knows that they have legitmante issues to fight someone on versus someone who knows that they are swimming up a river with no paddle while carrying a 200 lb weight in the boat.

    June 12, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  14. Do me a favor

    If Obama wants the other half of the country to even consider him, please remove the word "CHANGE" from every poster and podium you are around...

    I'm sick of hearing of it, and your idea of change is socialism, which cannot work in our democracy...

    June 12, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. Paul

    Not only will we be there 100 years, but it doesn't matter when the troops come home. We gotta send McCain the Manchurian Candidate packing!

    June 12, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. Do you pro-Obama supporters understand

    that we have troops in 140 countries worldwide right now and they cost us $1 trillion bucks last year alone?

    We have been in Japan since 1945... no big deal right?

    JUST SHUT UP ALREADY... unless you are for the withdrawl of every troop back home...

    if you are, then you should have voted Ron Paul

    June 12, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. OGirl

    Why is Obama now trying to smear McCain with the same lie he's been using for months. This is the same tired misrepresentation of McCain's position that Obama used during the primaries. I thought Obama was supposed to be a different type of candidate who would speak to the issues and not play the old Washington game of smearing his opponent with lies and half-truths. I am slowly coming to the conclusion that Obama is just like the rest of the Washington establishment, a typical politician who lies when he wants to, and then tries to claim he is above it all. This is not the type of change I wanted, this isn't even change.

    June 12, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. Ralph

    McSame will go down in history as losing a presidential campaign by the widest margin in modern history. This will be entertaining to say the least. Go Barack – kick his unelectable behind all the way to Nov.

    June 12, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. Justme WV

    Thank God – he had a church for 20 years....how bout you billy from fl? Got God? Get a grip!

    June 12, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. Mike

    First, keep reflecting the analysis of the appropriate use of the $10-12 bill a month. The Spending Republicans have repeatedly put this nation in debt and the democrats have 'righted' the ship.

    Secondly, being in the service and in confinement doean's gie a person the necessary skill to be the Commander in Chief. I have participated in a lot of things but I don't have the skill to be a leader.

    Mike

    June 12, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  21. slash

    Wouldn't it be great if either one of the 2 candidates would stand up and admit that all these little "blurbs" are taken out of context on both sides? I sure think it would make whoever did it first look like a statesman and a leader. But I suppose that's too much these days to ask for from an American President.

    June 12, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  22. gary

    OBAMA THATS ALL YOU CAN BRING UP AGAINST MCCAIN. HE IS MORE QUALIFIED THAN YOU FOR OUR LEADER. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A SAFE NATIONAL SECURITY BEFORE YOU CAN WORK ON ECONOMY AND OTHER ISSUES. THATS WHAT KIND OF JUDGEMENT O.B. HAS. HE HAS NONE. HE RATHER HAVE THE TERROIST IN OUR BACKYARD LIKE WITH 911. HE TALKS SUCH A GOOD GAME ,BUT CANT PRODUCE ANY SOLUTIONS ETC. HE CALLS A TAX HOLIDAY A GIMMIC ,JUST BECAUSE HE DIDN'T BRING IT UP FIRST. AMERICA NEEDS ANY KIND OF HELP WITH A FUEL COST EVEN IF ITS A SHORT TERM ,UNTIL A LONG TERM CAN BE. O.B. IS ONLY THINKING ABOUT HIMSELF. EVEN HRC BROUGHT UP A TAX HOLIDAY FOR A LITTLE RELIEVE. AMERICA IS GOING TO BE VERY SORRY IF O.B EVER GOT ELECTED. HE WILL LOOSE IN NOV. WITHOUT HRC ON THIE TICKET OR ANYTHING ELSE BIG. WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND.

    June 12, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  23. Shawna

    Thank you for getting back to the issues CNN...2.7 Trillion dollars in Iraq...Recession...The Stock Market down 400 pt....The dollar continues to lose value...Highest forclosure rates in decades...Two wars...Iranian threat...Chinese treat...and McCain says it's not that important and the economy is strong. That is not leadership you can believe in my friends.

    June 12, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. S. Wright

    Hey, Obama, how much did we spend after 9/11?

    You're and idiot; thanks for playing.

    By the way, how's Tony Rezko?

    June 12, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. insanity

    It's funny how the McSame campaign responds. When asked "Why does the new WSJ/MSNB polls says American people feel Obama is the best change candidate", the McSame campaign responds by saying "after the American people finds out Obama supports tax increases for ALL Americans, they will switch..." lol.. they can't deal the the facts so MsSame makes up facts. Obama's tax policies give a tax cut to 95% of Americans.

    McSame is not a mavrick, he uses the same old republican smear tactics and lies.

    let's kick these republican liars and morons out of the office.
    Change is in the air !!
    Obama 08

    June 12, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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