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(CNN)— Barack Obama seized on rival John McCain’s recent comment that it’s “not too important” when troops start being withdrawn from Iraq, reminding voters Thursday that the Arizona senator has also said he would keep troops in the country for 100 years.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

    i still wanna know what EXACTLY needs to take place for our troops to come home. that "we'll know when it's time" argument is complete and utter BS!

    June 12, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. R.I.F.

    To: Freedwoman June 12th, 2008 3:52 pm ET

    Check out Obama's new anti-smear website. Maybe you can get some real facts and stop getting lies from Sean Hannity and Rush. BTW, Fix News has a website if you want to blog over there. I think they'd love you.

    June 12, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. RE: Freedwoman u r a joke!

    Freedwoman what a stupid comment to make. u are one of those "underinformed" or "uninformed" or "misinformed" idiots that should not even be allowed to vote.

    GO get em Obama! True BLUE AMERICANS FOR OBAMA 08!

    June 12, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Boy wonder, go back to Chi-town

    oh please.....ploys, plots, BOLOGNA!!!!

    June 12, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. Felly

    Mcbush is too old to remember anything he said lately.

    June 12, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. Olivia

    Obama is always spinning, always taking remarks out of context. He did it with Hillary, now he's doing it with McCain.

    He is sounding like just another politician, contrary to his claim that he is different and signify change. Don't be fooled. He's worse because he says he's above the usual politics while doing the same old same old.

    June 12, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. 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 when this loser does as losers do…


    June 12, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. martin

    keep hammering away,president obama,mcsame is getting defensive and careless,with his obvious frustration at his dwindling support.everytime he speaks ,he loses more support.republicans should vote for ron paul or bob barr.better yet,barack obama.

    June 12, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA








    June 12, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. Alanna

    Freedwoman June 12th, 2008 3:52 pm ET

    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.

    McCain wasn't born here either. So what do you suggest we do?

    June 12, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. You Know Who

    As I see it McCain has several handicaps:

    1) He does not represent change when the country is in the mood for change. Just look at his poliicies.

    2) He is not inspiring. Honestly, his speeches put me to sleep. How is he going to motivate the country?

    3) Age is not on his side. Presidency is a gruelling schdule, on the mind and body! Can he handle it?

    4) Economy, he admits is not his strong suit. Currently, it's the economy stupid!

    5) He is on the wrong side of the argument for Iraq war. People want to cut the losses and bring troops home.

    Maybe, you folks can think up a few more issues.

    So, get ready nation, for President Barack Obama. Obama08

    June 12, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. Richard

    Mccain is a crazy old man! He will no doubt start war with iran and probably want to go back to vietnam to finish unfinished buisness if given the chance!

    June 12, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. Peter

    If the old man said so then so it stands. You can't change that and so as long us McCain supports the war then there is no way he will escape being scrutinized for every word he says about the war. He can't defend the war without getting muddy because every American knows it was never a just war. The rest of the world told Bush but he wouldn't listen. Virtually everyone is trying to let McCain know that the time for war in Iraq is up but he insists on some victory which in my opinion is only achievable in a conventional war and not a war where a half the people you are fighting for are saying leave.

    June 12, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. aaron from minneapolis

    Leader board:

    #1 concern: The economy. Who do most americans think can better handle the economy? OBAMA.

    #2 concern: The war. Who do most americans think will do a better job of ending the war and bringing our troops home? OBAMA.

    Who's going to win the Presidency? OBAMA.

    June 12, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. Billy from Fl

    What about the 20 years Obama spent with Rev. Wright?????

    Obama is making a play on McCains words.
    He's got to do something to cover his inexperience

    June 12, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. 4 more years!

    SEN. McCAIN: No. No. I-the fact is that I'm different but the fact is that I have agreed with President Bush far more than I have disagreed. And on the transcendent issues, the most important issues of our day, I've been totally in agreement and support of President Bush.

    June 12, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. Caryn, WDC

    McCain LOVES war. He talks about war in his new TV ads. His grandfather went to war, his father went to war, he went to war, he sent his sons to war. That doesn't sound like someone who hates war, it sounds like someone who only know war.

    June 12, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. Pete


    You see how ignorant McCain is? So goes his followers. You see how McCain has no clue? So goes his followers.

    You see how McCain has his head up his.....? So goes his followers!

    June 12, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  19. Kenneth M.

    We as a society have too much experience to vote for McCain. We have seen what experience has done for this country and it aint nice

    June 12, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. Venus


    Good way to keep McWar on the issues!

    We are not statying in Iraq for 100 years! We had no business going there in the first place!

    Americans needs money, homes, healthcare, and jobs!

    This summer... we are starting large anti-war protests!

    Go get em' Bam!

    June 12, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. Smarter

    Obama is just doing what Replublicans do every election year. Your opponent says an unpopular thing, and you ride on it. Replublicans are just getting mad that Obama knows how to campaign really well. Obama wil make McOld look so bad in the coming months, that the media will ask Obama to take it easy on him. I remember one of those debates with Gore vs. Bush, when Bush asked the moderator for help because Gore was going on and on and making him look bad. Guys like Obama, Clinton and Gore are just smarter than guys like Bush and McOld.

    June 12, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. TIAJA22

    Why I wont vote for McCain...

    1st. McCain has a reputation as a politician who has difficulty keeping his pants zipped, according to Republican sources. He acknowledges that his adultery broke up his first marriage.

    2nd. McCain's second wife Cindy, the daughter of a wealthy Budweiser beer distributor, was addicted to prescription narcotics and even stole hard drugs from a medical charity that she ran.

    3rd. In 1995, McCain sent birthday regards, and regrets for not attending, to Joseph "Joe Bananas" Bonano, the head of the New York Bonano crime family, who had retired to Arizona. Another politician to send regrets was Governor Fife Symington, who has since been kicked out of office and convicted of 7 felonies relating to fraud and extortion.

    Also he was a founding member of the Keating Five. If you dont know you better do some research on who you are voting for.

    OBAMA 08

    June 12, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. Enlightened Voter

    I have absolutely no respect for john mcwar. He doesn't care about average Americans, only the super rich. Besides he's nuts, literally insane.

    June 12, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. joe

    we sacrificed our great soldiers and we should never leave without finishing the job . obama needs to be a little more truthful.No president will quit Iraq in this condition.it will set a bad example.WAR WAS WRONG but we have to finish it now.surge is working.bush is wrong and i hate war but i support and will vote for mcain on this.we need a president who understands this.I don't want my fellow americans lives wasted in vain.

    June 12, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. anthony

    Joe Six,

    McCain said that he can envision the troops staying in Iraq for a hundred years, as long as they are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed. Now, do you think that the Iraqis will stop attacking one another or the American troops as long as we are there? They don't like us. But we will keep our troops there anyway waiting for that day when Iraqis stop attacking us. This means that we are staying there even though our troops are being injured, harmed, wounded or killed, right?

    June 12, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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