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(CNN)— Barack Obama seized on rival John McCain’s recent comment that it’s “not too important” when troops start being withdrawn from Iraq, reminding voters Thursday that the Arizona senator has also said he would keep troops in the country for 100 years.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

    Obama keep feeding McCain back his own words. Force him to talk about real issues in this campaign. His mind tends to wonder on other less important things. Just keep giving him back his own senseless words.

    OBAMA 08!!!

    June 12, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Bayou Joe

    The "100" year comment is getting old. We know what McCain said and we agree with him. Until we bring home the troops from Germany, England, Spain, Japan, Korea, then I will believe that the Democrats have a different agenda. Obama has no plan and no experience in the area of Defense of our Nation and protecting our allies.

    By the way I don't approve of keeping our troops based in Germany, England, Spain, or Japan. These industriazed countries are using my tax dollars to protect their countries. When these four countries start paying their debt to us and start spending their own money to defend their country, we the American Taxpayer will not have to pay so many taxes.

    Bring all our troops home and put them at the border. (both) of them.
    Why allow Canadians to come here too. Or is this just an Hispano phobia thing.

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

    I guess you Repubnicans are right about Obama having no experience.. it's not like he's Ronald Reagan or anything. Heck, at least Reagan had THREE FEWER YEARS in politics than Obama... oh, wait a minute.

    June 12, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. Down with Obama

    Ralph, don't bet your house on it, you will be living in the streets.

    There is a movement out there and it is just getting started!!!!!!!!

    Down with the current DNC, ,Howard Dean, Donna Brazle they are not true democrats.

    June 12, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Proud American

    McCains 100 year War ends in 2009. No McCain, No War!!!

    June 12, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. ED FL

    I see Mccain is back again trying to convince the public about his heroics [JOHN you got shot down and spent 5 yrs in prison] not quite the end of your history. You returned. 55,000 others came back in body bags or did not come back yet . You returned and your life has not been as stella as you would like us to believe .booze , babes, crooked deals with bankers and one of foremost lobbyists users and abusers has given you quite a history, now wanting to continue Bushes war and giving more money to the wealthy while denying earned benefits to veterans is not something to be proud of. You and LIE berman as the republican puppet show won't do it. go home and play bingo you only need to remember 5 letters.

    June 12, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. jane in CA

    Bush declared Mission Acommplished. McCain will holler Victory Accomplished in 100 years.

    June 12, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. Still for Hill

    I wish you Obama supporters were truthful about where Obama's money came from...

    We all know that John Kerry and MoveOn.Org supplied Obama with Kerry's email list from 2004. I got an email from them asking if I would support Obama...

    The media can act like Obama raised all this money all on his lonesome, but the truth is that Obama got a leg up from the ultra liberals...

    At least Hillary tried to raise her money from the rich instead of pandering to trust fund babies. Hillary only asked for money from us (you know, the working people of this country) when she HAD to.

    BTW, let's talk about pander... College kids, I'm going to pay for your college education. Oh, and don't forget, college kids never get sick, so they don't need insurance.

    This whole election was a scam and I feel sorry for Hillary that the people in her party pulled a fast one on her. She owes them no loyalty... I wish she would leave the Dems and run independent... The Dems don't deserve her.

    June 12, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. November can't come soon enough

    Hey Billy, you sound like Hannity, don't let him brainwash you, Rev. Wright has nothing to do with anything, he's some preacher, big deal, history is gonna look down and laugh when they read that the republicans actually tried to make a big deal out of someone's preacher instead of focusing on the issues. You can keep it up though saying "what about rev. wright, waaaa," and watch a sea of blue in november, I can't wait!

    June 12, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Barry really does think he can win with the empty "McSame" slogan, doesn't he?

    Wow, are so many Democrats who are loyal to the principles of our party and who want effective and responsible leadership going to be thrilled to have our party back again...

    Change is on the way... several years of Bush and the failed leadership of the undemocratic Democratic Party, then several months of Obama and the the failed leadership of the undemocratic Democratic Party, and THE PARTY IS OURS AGAIN AND WE CAN REALLY GET TO WORK.


    June 12, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Down with Obama

    Uncle Sam, quit listening to Obama...all he does is lie!!!

    That isn't what McCain said that we would be fighting over there for 100 years, but we will have troops there, just like we do in Japan, Germany, Korea.....etc.

    June 12, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. Fred Atlanta, GA

    WHAT ABOUT IT BILLY FROM FL?? I believe the topic of discussion is "Obama reminds voters of McCain's '100 years' comment" Not Rev WRIGHT!! once again you have nothing concrete on OBAMA and all you come up with is REV WRIGHT been there done that no one is talking about rev wright anymore. SO GET OVER IT!!!

    OBAMA 08/12

    June 12, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. Angela Frazier, Memphis TN

    Maverick my foot! More like and old mare!!!

    June 12, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Kevin in Maryland for Obama

    McCain has no clue, he talks about the economy but offers no solution to fixing the economy. The way you fix this economy is too end this war...end this war....end this war. Come on, John McCain stated that he is not concerned with bringing our troops home...............what the hell is he talking about, we need to get those kids out of there, right now, right now.

    America, if you put McCain in office then we will feel the "McPains" of his wrath. He is a man that has no clue about the economy, he only knows war....war....war....war. America, it is time to end this war that is a lie, and was a lie from the start. This is not a race about some one's race, but think, if your child was in Iraq, wouldn't you want them to come home.

    McCain, just hurry up and go to the nursing home and retire and get those old war memories out of your head.

    Here is how the economy works for you blue collar people.

    War Spending = High Oil Prices = Inflation of goods and services = Job Loss = Weak Dollar = Economic Depression.

    Now, the only way to fix this is to end this war and this spending and pump this money back into our own economy.

    Obama 09-2016

    June 12, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. M.E.M Kansas city

    Republicans You're Reign is over. A New Day is on the way. HaHa

    June 12, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Kaisisking

    John McCain revived the Bittergate comments and Obama didn't complain. After this we're going to see McCain and his campaign complain by saying Obama is playing dirty.

    June 12, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. MurphyMorseJohnson

    To Obama,

    Send that rival hay seed of yours back to Arizona–and the rest of the Republicans too.

    June 12, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. Proud American

    BTW if you Republicans have a hard time with what you're own candiate is saying... do us all a favor put duct tape over his mouth.

    June 12, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. jay

    My son School cant afford to fund it's summer school program and you people are still talking about Rev. Wright?

    Republicans will rather spend billions of dollars in Iraq than in the U.S, and they claim Dems don't love their contry. That seems a little backwards to me.

    June 12, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. Freedwoman

    Why is anyone listening to this guy Obama? He can not be President because he is not a natural born American. This explains so much...why he seems so fake and fraudulent.

    June 12, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  21. moreinfo

    McCain admitted he is computer illiterate and depends on wife in virtual getting about. He was asked whether he is a pc or mac person.

    June 12, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. M.S. Indiana

    So when Bush said the mission was accomplished, why did they send more troops over and not a police force ??

    June 12, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. David Goldman for OBAMA










    June 12, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. FEDUP

    If we bring our troops home from every country where we have bases, what would happen to this economy? You think unemployment is high now, wait until that happens. There aren't enough jobs to go around as it is. A lot of the people in the military are unable to find work when they come home. People never think past today. This is especially true with young people. That is one of the reasons for high suicide rate among the returning military. Nowhere to work, nowhere to go, no money to go anywhere. Think about it for just one second.

    June 12, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  25. Mikey

    Do me a favor wrote:
    June 12th, 2008 3:20 pm ET

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

    Please do ALL OF US a favor and forget your empty charges of socialism. What, do you think your version of McCarthyism will sway voters with such an unsupported (and unsupportable) charge?

    Try a real criticism, cuz that dog won't hunt. Obama is not socialist – but perhaps you are so far to the right, most Americans look like socialists to you.

    June 12, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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