June 29th, 2008
09:27 AM ET
6 years ago

McCain: Obama's word cannot be trusted

Sen. John McCain had harsh words for Sen. Barack Obama on Saturday.
Sen. John McCain had harsh words for Sen. Barack Obama on Saturday.

(CNN) - Hours after sparring with Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama over immigration, Sen. John McCain told a fundraiser in Kentucky Saturday night, “Senator Obama’s word cannot be trusted”.

The comment came at a private event in Louisville, as McCain criticized Obama for reversing positions on public financing and other issues.

The Republican candidate told the crowd, McCain said, “You know, this election is about trust, and trusting people’s word, and unfortunately apparently on several items, Senator Obama’s word cannot be trusted.”

He was introduced by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who joked the two don’t always see eye to eye. In his comments, McCain said, “I take difficult positions sometimes. Mitch will tell you, I’m not elected Ms. Congeniality every year in the United States senate. But the fact is that I’ll keep my word to the American people and you can trust me.”

The charge came after Obama at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials accused McCain of backing down on immigration reform for political reasons.

He said, “One place where Senator McCain used to offer change was on immigration. He was a champion of comprehensive reform, and I admired him for it. But when he was running for his party's nomination, he walked away from that commitment and he's said he wouldn't even support his own legislation if it came up for a vote. We can't vacillate. We can't shift.”

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  1. TonyB

    Talk about an unfortunate statement! McCain implies that his word can be trusted by saying that Obama's cannot. This is rather terrifying given how McCain had to make deep promises to the far right in order to secure the Republican nomination. How can he now look moderates in the eye while saying, "I will represent you as President." ???

    June 29, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Vicky Avare

    WHO IS CENSORING MY MOST WORTHY, RELEVANT 2 MESS-AGES TODAY?

    APPARENTLY YOU ARE PROTECTING YOUR SAVIOUR, OBAMA ,BE-CAUSE MY WORDS NAILED HIM.

    " WORDS OF WISDOM " HAVE BEEN WASTED ON A BIAS OR IGNORANCE AND NEVER AGAIN WILL I PARTICIPATE.

    FIRST CHANCE I GET A COMPLAINT WILL BE ISSUED. MY MESSAGE WAS APPROPRIATE AND HAS BEEN DISCRIMINATED
    AGAINST. I'VE HAD SCORES OF LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PUPLISHED, EVEN SOME ON YOUR FORMAT. GET REAL! 6/29/08

    June 29, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. John Corboy

    I have equal respect for both candidates, but happen to agree with Obamas' opinions over McCain's. I think McCain does have an advantage in foreign policy, but for years what has that mentality done for our country? If you are fluent in world history you will find that violence only begets more violence and history repeats itself. I did notice someone mentioned "why vote for a politician whos going to raise taxes?", the answer is simple, it will generate more money to put into programs to build up the economy, the less tax the less money the gov't has to implement new ideas, i don't think it will cost each individual much of a difference out of their pocket, the brightside is together, with each person paying more, it will have a huge impact on the US ability to spend and improve conditions. Also, Obama has stated he is planning on raising taxes in the higher tax brackets, so people already suffering won't notice much difference.

    June 29, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. whiskers9

    After having read all the comments on this article I am extremely disapponted. Only two or three comments are worth reading- the others I am surprised that CNN feels appropriate to share. All the name calling and discrimative comments would indicate that the majority of these voters are not selecting their candidate on the basis of their ability to lead and to effect the change we need in this country that we all love. I am an avid Democrat but do not like the comments and laughs about McCain's age. I can only imagine what hurt some of these comments are to the mature individuals in this country and also to those who have illness or body failures that require them to need depends, etc. Has nothing to do with McCain's ability to lead or his contributions to this country. As far as those that feel it appropriate to speak disgracefully about his military service they should have to serve and live as a POW – no matter what the conditions, it couldn't have been pleasant. I have to agree with one of the comments above that said Obama's following is mean spirited. Michelle Obama is right this is a mean country. Young people should think about their parents, grandparents and elders before throwing such blows-it doesn't speak well of their judgement to do otherwise. Let us knowledgably and intelligently discuss the issues and expect that the candidates do the same. I am a Hillary follower who has changed over to Obama's camp – after the above comments I may reconsider. Discrimation has changed from gender to age-this is sad.

    June 29, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
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