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(CNN)— Barack Obama seized on rival John McCain’s recent comment that it’s “not too important” when troops start being withdrawn from Iraq, reminding voters Thursday that the Arizona senator has also said he would keep troops in the country for 100 years.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

    McCain is a warmonger! He is the "poster boy" supporter for Bush's war that was waged on the basis of lies and decption to the American people. McCain knowing all this still advoctes war. He was supposed to have all this foreign policy and Commander-in-chief edhge over Obam. However, I believe the American public will recognize that this 71 year old man lacks the abilty to lead. He may have had that twenty years ago, but he has lost it! I am not sure that just because he was a hero, a naval officer and pilot that those accomplishments truly equates with the abilty to be President. McCain would be like a President Grant but a lot older and with less abilty. Maybe his age is causing him to become senile.

    June 12, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Allen Friedman--- Henderson, Nevada

    John McCain has said nothing about how long we are going to stay in Iraq, what is victory, how do we pay long term and at what cost to the homeland,is it o.k. for the Iraq government to just sit back and do nothing. Why are questions not being asked by the press and public about answers. How long can his deception with no answers go on? This is the same way that Bush won twice and it seems that McCain learned from that and is doing just that. Next we will ask if we can have a beer on his wife with him. This man is good at non sence.

    June 12, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. The T

    Billy From FL....As a black man in this country I can come up with lots of hatful thing you guys have done and said over 250 yrs to my people...lets get it right or white. Keep your hate sit back and for the frist time I'm REALLY (THATS REALLY) PROVE OF THIS COUNTRY.

    June 12, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. Uncle Sam

    Who does John McCain think he is talking about using our troops to defend America for 100 or 1000 years?

    What president would ever do such a thing?

    President McCain '08

    June 12, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. CB

    McCain supports the proposal for 58 permanent US bases in Iraq. Question: Do YOU?

    June 12, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. Hillary 08!

    I worked so hard to get Hillary to the White House, and I'm furious at all of Obama's arrogant supporters who think they are so smart.

    But if McCain doesn't prove that he's not as reckless as Bush is on waging war, I'm going to have to hold my nose and vote for Obama. Obama better give Hillary a major role in his administration if he wins.

    June 12, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. AntiMcCain

    FINALLY! Senator Obama HAS to keep linking the expenses of the Iraq War (blood and treasure) to the economy! If he does that effectively, he wins the Presidency.

    June 12, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    June 12, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. Tony C.


    I don't pay any attetnion to Fox News. I got this from three other sites.

    I don't believe it, but time will tell. You sound like you take everything at face value and question nothing. Sure you're not a REPUBLICAN???

    June 12, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. Tony C.


    Like Obama would admit it if she did. Wake up "Sweetie" . This is politics!

    June 12, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. proud army and navy mom

    thank you sen obama, hit him every day on the issues.
    Remind Mccain of what he says, because he tends to forget.
    how anyone with any common sense could vote for this person is beyond me.

    June 12, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. Matt in Cleveland

    Billy from Florida who cares about wright and obama??? how on earth does it affect you??

    think about the issues

    100yrs in iraq matters to you
    billions a month matter to you
    country not being able to fix roads, schools, infrastructure because of the
    money pit called iraq MATTER TO YOU


    June 12, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. Peter

    It is about time that we set all feelings or politics aside and be real. Are we better now than we were 4 or 8 years ago? The republicans are the party in charge and should be held accountable for everything that happens in the last eight years. McCain is a republicain therefore he is responsible for in fact he has supported the president 95% of the time. Most of us agree that we need to take a different direction otherwise: 1,2,3 or 4 years from now: DONT F..CRY GAS PRICES ARE TOO HIGH, NO JOBS, CANT FEED MY FAMILY, WAR WITH IRAN, MORE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DIE FOLKS. DONT YOU GET IT? IF MCCAIN GETS ELECTED, IT IS OVER FOLKS, IT'S OVER. Whether you like OBAMA or not, He is offering us something different.
    dont you agree? please Use your brain and think, think..think..

    June 12, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. poetry

    i dont understand it when people post political poems on the internet

    June 12, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. mdg

    If the surge is working, we stay.

    If we're winning, we stay.

    If the Iraqi's are making progress, we stay.

    If 70% of the country wants out, we stay.

    McBush wants us to stay.

    June 12, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. Xavier, Saint Louis, MO

    When are our troops coming home, "That's not too important?" What planet is McCain from? He has to be the most out of touch candidate ever. This old cat doesn’t care about anything but winning a pointless war that never should have been started. He doesn’t have a clue about our economy or the struggling needs of the American people. How can you possibly vote for him?

    June 12, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Connie

    To BR, I want McBush to pick Mitt Romney also. Mitt looks like a used car salesman to me. Also what about the fact that Mitt and his five sons have never served ? Of course to the various misstatements that McBush has made we all know they were taken out of context, right, does old age come to mind. Connie from Indiana

    June 12, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. John Smith

    Is this not exactly the type of Change that Obama is talking about– attack, attack and attack. Well, Hillary was a fighter too; she started focusing on the issues too late and she lost. Now, let those "bitter" Hillary supporters wait and see what they are in for- fight, and fight nasty– that is Washington EXPERIENCE!

    Is the goal not for a President to bring "people" (the best) together who can carry out real solutions for this nation? Only one candidate has the dignity to do so- Obama. Given the "opportunity" this nation can count on his judgment!

    June 12, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. ANGIE

    go get em obama show them what mccain is really about remember mcain said he will never surrender in iraq my friends says there is nothing wrong with the economy admits to knowing little about it i dont know people sounds to me this man is all wrong not what we need right now dont you agree mccain is not in touch with our problems and the issuses that are going on all he does know and cares about is war and helping the rich get richer by continuing the bush policies think about it do we want to live another four years like the present ask your self that question!!

    June 12, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. To the warmonger puppet

    McWarmonger said Americans are in South Korea. Americans are in Japan. American troops are in Germany. That's all fine. Come on people, think about this, we are not at war in South Korea, nor in Japan, nor in Germany, so where is the relevance here? Are we spending as much to maintain our troops there? Are we having the same degree of casualties there? Are our troops facing the same degree of danger? What is the relevance? I will tell you. This is what is called, the only 2 things that have gone up is the Halliburton Stock and the price of oil, which is affecting everthing else.

    June 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. Kenneth M.

    It seems to me that McCain is saying that there is no rush to end this war in Iraq. That is odd considering that we now know we should have never started it in the first place. He said 100 years, he said it is not important. I dont see how Obama is twisting his words.

    June 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. Jim from PA

    As McCain says, let's go ahead and spread our troops all over the world for 100 years. What's wrong with this guy? Is he confused or what?

    June 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. ENOUGH

    The chickens are coming home to roost...all in the form of the weakest GOP candidate – you know him, you used to love him – now you'd barely recognize him – John "The Gelding" McCain.

    Are you better off today than you were 8 years ago?

    June 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. Matt in Cleveland

    Gary you want that great tax holiday wow it will save you $30 thats why every single economist says it is a sham

    oh they all say that because they didnt think of it 1st...what are you in 5th grade?

    June 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. Becky, KS

    Obama knows very well that McCain did not say there would be a 100 year war in Iraq.

    McCain was referencing to a potential presence in Iraq. Not unlike the military bases and personnel we have stationed all over the world.

    You, Mr. Obama are a liar, saying whatever you think it takes to get you elected. This is one Hillary supporter that won't be supporting you and your lies.

    June 12, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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