June 12th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
10 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(CNN)— Barack Obama seized on rival John McCain’s recent comment that it’s “not too important” when troops start being withdrawn from Iraq, reminding voters Thursday that the Arizona senator has also said he would keep troops in the country for 100 years.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. Joe

    Talk about fear mongering. Barack has taken McCain's comment out of context and is using it to scare Americans. Change indeed...

    June 12, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Thomas

    CHANGE is not always good god, socialism is not better..

    And where is Obama's CHANGE??? Someone anyone tell me what he has changed while in power?

    June 12, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. Wayne

    BAM, BOOM. McCain is on the ropes. Obama flurries!!!

    A permenent presence in Iraq is extremely costly. US Troops in the middle east will ALWAYS be a target. Iraq is nothing like North Korea, Japan or Germany in that regard.

    It's becoming clear the McCain doesnt understand national security and I dont understand the urgent need to give multi millionares tax cuts while the government is running huge deficits. Im pretty sure that multi millionares will be just fine.

    Obama is going to win in a landslide of McCain doesnt change his horrible stances on major issues.

    June 12, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. fraulein

    This statement from McCain is troubling because it represents a huge flip flop. In an interview in January 2007, McCain said that it was impossible to envision an Iraq where our soldiers were free from attack – that in fact this was not like the situation in Korea and Germany because this was the Middle East, where anti-american sentiment is different because of islamic fundamentalism. It's not an apples to apples strategy. McCain has completely changed his mind with no explaination as to how he came to these new conslusions. Where is my straight talk? At least tell me why instead of focusing on vetting VP vetters to excuse your own lobbyist ties.

    June 12, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. Alexander

    Billy from FL: What does McSame's plan to keep troops in Iraq for 100 years have to do with Jeremiah Wright? Is Wright responsible for your high gas prices? Is he responsible for your lack of insurance, clean air, clean water, high credit card interest rates, or illegal immigration? Did Wright have a "Mission Accomplished" banner hung from an aircraft carrier after he took a million dollar ride in a fighter plane just for pomp?

    June 12, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. jm skeen

    Your poll results showing preference by a majority for Obama on economic matters doesn't show what percentage of us feel that our continued presence in Iraq is having a significant negative impact on the economy now but will be a continuing drain on our economy in coming years. A vote for Obama in that poll was a vote against our continuing occupation of Iraq. This country and my grandchildren cannot afford another 8 years of Republican management.

    June 12, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Tony C.....Please read Barack Obamas web page on rumors...and leave Fox News alone.

    June 12, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. leon

    Obama is the most accurate representation of the corrupted school of politics from Chicago. As Bill Cosby said on his article on the Wall Street Journal the links between Obama and his Church do matter as they allow us to indentify and understand the ideology of Barack Obama and better define him as a politician.

    The DNC and the leadership of the Democratic Party will look back at the mistake made by them whey they selected (as he was not elected) Barack to be his nominee. Barack lack of good judgement will drive USA from the extreme right to the extreme left and beginning a very tough period for the country.

    As many HIllary supporters I will stay home or write in Hillary's name on the ballot but I can not be part of a movement (with not political or social platform) that is supporting a candidate that pretends to be a different kind of politician that he clearly is not.

    June 12, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. The Bush Twins : George and John

    It won't be long before we hear McCain saying he didn't say any of these things.
    And let's not forget: bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran !

    I almost feel sorry for the repubs 🙂

    June 12, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. Thomas

    "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."

    I take that bet! Trust me Obama is going to have a real fight on his hands...

    Nader the ONLY real CHANGE left!!

    June 12, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Andy

    Obama needs to lie about McCain to hide the fact that Obama will not get the troops out of Iraq for more than 4 years.

    June 12, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Jo Ann

    McCain does not care how long our troops stay in this war. He is still
    back in the 60's living his time as being a capative for 5 years. This is
    a new day and new time wake up John McCain.

    June 12, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Shelly in IL

    See how Senator O is always playing fair and going after the real issues? Why? Senator O needs to come out with it and come strong. McCain ,on the other hand, is hitting Senator O with: Bitter gate, Water gate, who's picking your Vp gate, Kitchensink gate, Michell's "unamerican" comments gate...lol

    Anything he can come up with and it's not fair, but I love your integraty Senator O.

    June 12, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. charles

    mcbush doesnt care about anything except war. he doesnt care how much it wl cost or how long it wl last. all he cares about is pleasing his master bush. he admitted in 2005 that he agrees with his master bush more than he disagrees.but now he wants to accuse obama that he is linking him to his master. there are a lot of people who are 71 or over who are far more intelligent than granpa. he is a joke.

    June 12, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. Election Watcher

    The irony here is that the same CNN poll which gave Obama an edge on the economy today, gave MCCAIN A MORE THAN 10% LEAD WITH REGARDS TO FOREIGN POLICY!! It also showed that McCain is perceived as a leader by a greater majority of americans. In fact more americans believe McCain when he says we are comitted to remain in Iraq than believe that Obama understands the economy.
    The sad fact is that we are stuck in Iraq for a while regardless of who's elected.

    June 12, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. insanity

    To : "Mr/Ms Do me a favor"

    you're a stupid moron who knows nothing about socialism / capitalism. There are far more progressive policies in europe. They live longer and happier. Most people there don't suffer as Americans do for health care. They don't have a housing crisis. They don't pay nearly as much for their drugs as we do.

    Why is it that most republicans who decides to post are morons?

    June 12, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. Shawna

    On May 30th, Rush Limbaugh said he had heard a rumor that a tape exists of Michelle Obama using the word “Whitey” from the pulpit of Trinity United Church of Christ.

    No such tape exists. Michelle Obama has not spoken from the pulpit at Trinity and has not used that word

    June 12, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. Lisa

    Joe Six, Billy from Fl, and BR... You all are insane. What about Rev. Wright? So what, who cares what he said. I want to hear talk about the issues and from the candidates. One of which doesn't know what he says from on day to the next. I know what I heard and its rather puzzling of those who are on the ssame playing firled with him. Have your say though, but he won't win in Nov with this nonsense he has going on.

    June 12, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. marie

    Joe Six – Obama was telling the truth. Maybe you may learn something from telling the truth.

    McSame said that bringing the troops home is not important.

    My husband is currently on active duty in the military. This just shows you how out of touch this man is. He opposes the bill that would give active duty personnel extra benefits. There is a large number of military families who live on food stamps. I don't hear him talk about that. McSame is living in the past. Kudos and repects for his military record, but he returned home. Over 4,000 soldiers died in Iraq and million more died in previous wars. These soldiers never came home to thier loved ones.

    I am also concerned about a lot women issues that McSame does not support especially Roe vs. Wade. I refused to have the government tell me what and what I cannot do with my body. That is what McSame will give women if he wins the election.

    I would encourage all military wives and women out there to not vote for this man. Bring the troops home so they can enjoy their families just like McSame is doing with his.

    June 12, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. Ken in NM

    Joe Six,

    How is Obama twisting his words? Doesn't he want permanent bases in Iraq?

    June 12, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. Jamaall Kansas

    Mcsame only talks about war we want the troops out of Iraq Now Obama keep hitting this old War monger with everything you have we can't affford another term of Bush

    June 12, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  22. Obama-Junkie, IL

    That's right Obama...nail McCain on his comments on the war! I know Obama is saving the best ammunition against McCain till September and October, but the fundamental question McCain has not answered about Iraq is how many Americans must die or be injured in Iraq in order for McCain to say "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!" If we go from 50 Americans per month to 15 Americans per month dying in Iraq is that success?!?!

    June 12, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. Down with Obama

    I hate to break this to the Obamabots, but we WILL be in Iraq for 100 years I don't care who the President is.

    We are still in Japan, Germany, Korea.....etc!!!!

    June 12, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. Ro

    I wonder what the familes of the National Guard and Reserves think when they hear McCain say it's not important when the troops come home.
    Signing up for the regular Army or Marines is one thing.......you know you may get shipped out somewhere...you almost expect it....but the Guard and Reserves expect to be gone for a weekend or two here and there.....Bet it's important for them to come home.

    Does he really think staying in Iraq is the same as staying in Germany???

    This man is just plain scary.

    June 12, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  25. McBush

    Mccain is fool, lets continue to waste our resources in Iraq and spend our money in another country. We have better things to worry about like catching Osama Bin Laden and boosting our economy. I will never vote for that dude

    June 12, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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