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(CNN)— Barack Obama seized on rival John McCain’s recent comment that it’s “not too important” when troops start being withdrawn from Iraq, reminding voters Thursday that the Arizona senator has also said he would keep troops in the country for 100 years.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


    June 12, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. vic nashville,Tn

    Very good politics started
    Thanks for entertaining us

    June 12, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |

    This is another example of him losing his BEARINGS. It's not important when a 3 TERM soldier gets to come home and see his or her family? This guy can't be allowed to see the oval office much less plant himself in the head chair. He doesn't care about our troops when their in Iraq and won't support the new G.I. bill for when they come home. He cares nothing about WOMENS ISSUE and has a voting record that proves that. This is not change we can believe in its change we can't afford to let win in November.

    OBAMA 08

    June 12, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. Ron, LV

    Before you use the word socialism, you better get a definition of what socialism really is. Don't put labels on ideas and plans. Criticize them if you don't like them, but don;t use words such as socialism to try and daemonize them.

    June 12, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Dandelion.

    McCain opposes equal pay bill in Senate

    Politics – Republican Sen. John McCain said Wednesday he opposes a Senate bill that seeks equal pay for women because it would lead to more lawsuits. Senate Republicans killed the bill, which would make it easier for women to sue their employers for pay discrimination, with a 56-42 vote.

    June 12, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Nom Deplume

    Bayou Joe,

    Let's not forget South Korea. By Obama's logic, we should be withdrawing from there as well. Isn't 50+ years enough???

    June 12, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Letha, SD

    Whine, whine, whine, I'm getting so sick of this man and his constant whining and his Me Me Me attitude.

    June 12, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Mc Cain Dem

    Yea, and your guy is gonna save us, get real, he makes me sick.
    His change is empty rhetoric. He uses divisive tactics, propaganda and uses disenfranchisement to get power.
    He goes after the children because they believe his empty promises and lies.
    Today I am scared for America.

    June 12, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I'm an Obama supporter...McCains comment was out of context....that isn't fair to say....we are in other places (Korea, Japan, Germany) a 'presence' is not really 100 year war....enough Obama...

    I am a Republican that supports Obama.....

    June 12, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |

    That's right Obama. Fight back unlike Kerry.
    Make your party proud unlike Leiberman!
    Bring our troops home unlike McCrypt!
    BTW love your new website to combat all the smears implanted by the repubick lans!

    June 12, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. mdg

    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."

    And of course he said mac cause he thought they were talking 'bout him, right?

    June 12, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. fairandstraight

    Becky if you think Obama is a liar, what was Hillary when she laughed about her experience with Bosnia and receiving money from the Columbians?

    May Hillary supporters find comfort in her loss as they watch hundreds of families mourn the loss of their loved ones in a war she voted for, but opposed after she started running for president.

    The 100 years in Iraq is a bad idea. As long as there are roadside bombs, our troops will always be in harms way in Iraq.

    June 12, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Nom Deplume


    Been to Europe lately? And if it is so great, please vote with your fee and don't let the door hit you on the way out.

    June 12, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. No McBush in 08!

    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.

    Actually Senator Obama was born in Hawaii making him a full natural born US Citizen

    So You're wrong

    but don't worry being wrong is quite common among conservatives so i am sure you will still fit right in with the other Neo Fascists.

    June 12, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. Lisa

    After eight years of the Bush economic policies and the Iraq war, why would anyone vote for McCain who apparently more out of touch the Bush. McCain voted against the bill that provide funds for veterans education and medical care because he doesn't want those young men and women to have incentives to get out of the military. He voted against the bill that would make the oil companies pay more taxes and help low income individuals for what. This man is totally out of touch with the change that people need. And he is not offering anything better.

    June 12, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. Anita from Arizona

    Once again, Michelle Obama was referring to the voting turnout in the primary season when she made that comment about being "for once Proud of her Country".

    Once again, you question Obama's being a natural born American. Yeah, born in Hawaii (which the last time I checked is part of this United States).

    Get your facts straight, do some research on the candidates before basing your opinions, cause you sounds like a complete narrow minded idiot if you don't. Just thought I'd help you out there.

    June 12, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. JESSIE


    June 12, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  18. skunkrat The Marine

    Sen McSame is insane or he has the dumbest advisers in the world.
    The man is killing his chance of ever getting close to being President.
    There are so many important issues facing America and he is concerned about who is vetting Sen. Obama's VP candidates. Who cares? He is swimming in a sea of lobbyist and this is all he and his staff can come up with.

    June 12, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. Cindy in Boston

    McBush is singing bomb bomb Iran.....

    June 12, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |



    how many more months do we have to listen to his arrogant

    messiah rhetoric???

    and cnn you are a joke...for every 5 articles on obama you have

    one on mccain.....cnn, "news you can trust"...lol..yea right

    June 12, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. LS TX

    Obama is a person who expresses himself from the heart !

    :o} Go Obama '08

    June 12, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. Cheryl C.

    Please please please tell me why you guys usually put Obama first?As idiotic as it may sound to you I am sick and tired of "Obama & McCain" "Obama & McCain"! How about a little respect for McCain. Everyone's busting on McCain's age....well.....let him use it to his advantage just once.....how about McCain & Obama! Respect your elders, right? You got it.....I am a McCain supporter. I'd rather have a distorted face from defending our country in the white house than a pretty face that tells some good stories about our country...at least _he_thinks they're good!

    June 12, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. @everyamericans

    McCain says it's okay to have U.S. troops all over the world...and he will be making anither trip overseas!

    Guess what?....McCain doesn't care about the american people, but he is more interested in starting another war in Iran, while we stew in recession, house foreclosures, high gas pricess, falling dollar, lost of jobs shipped overseas, no health care...etc!


    June 12, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. Billiam the Kid

    Freedwoman, and that comment shows why you are so ignorant, and why these sites need to perform routine IQ tests before posting.

    June 12, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. aka1577, MI

    OGirl: Perhaps you are losing your bearings like your protege, Sen. McCain when you write stuff liek this below...

    OGirl June 12th, 2008 3:22 pm ET

    Why is Obama now trying to smear McCain with the same lie he's been using for months.

    June 12, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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