June 29th, 2008
09:27 AM ET
10 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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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (329 Responses)
  1. Mike

    Ahahahahahahaha. McCain is telling me that Obama's word can't be trusted when he has switched his position at least once on almost every major issue that this country faces? Give me a break. At first it was a hundred years in Iraq, now it's out by 2013. Make up your mind and stop criticizing your opponent for making a strategically smart move.

    June 29, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. Flip Flop McCain

    Is mccain kidding? I mean is he serious? He has flip flopped on so much I have no idea where he stands on anything, does anyone? And this is from a man who has voted against every GI bill proposed, voted three weeks ago on a bill guarenteeing women equal pay, he's was for immigration reform, GOd only knows where is he now on it. Come on mccain, your a joke, seriously. I will take Obama's sound judgement over mccains so called 'experience' any day.

    June 29, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. Allen In North Carolina

    President Obama is not the one flying around in his personel 737 jet..

    June 29, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. Miami Beach

    Thanks for stating the obvious!

    June 29, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Rave

    McCain's nothing (not only word) can be trusted
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    June 29, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. W.H. Thomas

    I don't think that McCain (Lord Sidious) has any room to talk about keeping his word. McCain has switched postitons more times than a Las Vegas prostitute on Valentines Day.

    June 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. CD

    You are an idiot McCain to think that we are idiots you liar.

    June 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. GOP supporter

    I don't know about "trusted word" but this country needs more than "words" today. Most Democrats take office on the promise for change after there is a solid economy and world stability left behind by the Republicans. It didn't happen this time around for a number of reasons, so the next President needs to be a leader. In the words of Lee Iococca.. Where have all our leaders gone??

    June 29, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. Michelle from Georgia

    McCain is absolutely right on this! You can't shift on immigration. We've got to do something. I am a teacher in a public school. A student who is unable to speak English receives more federal money to attend public schools than a regular education student. This is outrageous, but it happens. In fact, the amount of money is double that of a regular education student. Also, we are being told to lower our standards for testing for these students. They continue to get free and reduced breakfast/lunch, while tax payers continue to foot the bill. Our leaders need to wake up on this!

    June 29, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. James, Dover, DE

    Hmmm...Republicans talking to us about trust. Imagine that!?! These are the some folks who brought us 8 years of W. What a joke they are!!

    June 29, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. Eric

    Ok and your'san! Lol. Give me a freaking break! Stop with all of your @#$! pandering! You are not going to win!

    June 29, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. saga for Obama

    When American Continental Corporation, the parent of Lincoln Savings, went bankrupt in 1989, more than 21,000 mostly elderly investors lost their life savings.
    In early 1987, at the beginning of his first Senate term, McCain attended two meetings with federal banking regulators to discuss an investigation into Lincoln Savings and Loan, an Irvine, Calif., thrift owned by Arizona developer Charles Keating. Federal auditors were investigating Keating's banking practices, and Keating, fearful that the government would seize his S&L, sought intervention from a number of U.S. senators.
    After McCain's election to the House in 1982, he and his family made at least nine trips at Keating's expense, three of which were to Keating's Bahamas retreat. McCain did not disclose the trips (as he was required to under House rules) until the scandal broke in 1989. At that point, he paid Keating $13,433 for the flights
    And in April 1986, one year before the meeting with the regulators, McCain's wife, Cindy, and her father invested $359,100 in a Keating strip mall.
    John McCain told a fundraiser in Kentucky Saturday night, “Senator Obama’s word cannot be trusted”.
    You know, this election is about trust, and trusting people’s word,
    than we can believe we will be at war with Iraq for 100 more years.

    June 29, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. Erik

    So much for running an aboveboard campaign. Senator Has-Been is just getting desperate as the GOP continues to tank.

    June 29, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. Eli Winter

    Quick response needed about everything McCain broke his word.

    Keep not letting any label stick Obama

    June 29, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. G

    No one cares about public financing when you're jobless and homeless!

    June 29, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. Patrick Henry

    That's an understatement!!

    All of his solid positions as a candidate in the primaries are fading into a more conservative tone towards the general elections in order to pull in more conservative Americans.

    So which Obama is he. The most liberal in the Senate, a moderate to the bone as he now portrays–or just a chameleon whose core values and political positions change to whatever envronment he finds himself in.

    Will the real Barrack Hussein Obama–please reveal yourself.

    June 29, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  17. Roger

    It is true. I don't like what McCain has to say sometimes. But, he's honest and he says it like it is. Obama has been more of a politician than any of the candidates. He's like George Bush Senior, "Read my lips..." We can't trust anything Obama says. Obama only tells America what they want to hear. We all want change. We all want hope that things will get better. But life is hard and then we die. Heaven is the only change and hope we have in this life. The world is going to just get worse until the end.

    McCain '08

    June 29, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  18. Ted

    And you would turn down $500 million dollars from legit donors?

    June 29, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. Pat Va

    This from the KING OF FLIP-FLOPS???!!! It's going to be reported that this guy and Cindy-Lou Who failed to pay taxes on SEVEN properties that they own for 4 YEARS STRAIGHT. The taxes were paid on Friday (once the report surfaced), HOWEVER, some $1700 is still owed. And this creature has the unmitigated gall to question someone else's integrity??? And you PUMAS (or whatever the heck you call yourselves) are willing to vote for this clown as you struggle to pay your mortgages and taxes on your homes??? Better take another cold, hard look at this fraud...he's definitely a 3rd term of Bush...if not worse!!!!!!

    June 29, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. Utah

    Funny - McCain doesn't keep HIS word either. Just four days after he was shot down, McCain broke his oath to keep the Military Code of Conduct when he offered, then gave, valid and valuable military information to his captors . . . and then participating in a filmed interview used for anti-American propaganda purposes . . . for personal gain (to "purchase" medical care he thought he should have but which was not generally available to POWs). I'm not pulling this out of thin air - McCain, in his own words both in an interview in the May 14, 1973 issue of US News and World Report, and in his own authobiography FAITH OF MY FATHERS, specifically admitted those facts. If he would break THAT oath - thereby betraying his country, the Navy, his ship and his shipmates - how can anyone be sure that he would keep, and not betray, the oath of office he takes after president. The country deserves better.

    June 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. Brian

    Wait a sec how can you say he is the MOST liberal senator and then say he changes positions all the time???? Like everything McCain says it makes no sense...... Especially since he keeps changing his positions.

    * McCain criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as “an agent of intolerance” in 2002, but has since decided to cozy up to the man who said Americans “deserved” the 9/11 attacks. (Indeed, McCain has now hired Falwell’s debate coach.)

    * McCain used to oppose Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy, but he reversed course in February.

    * In 2000, McCain accused Texas businessmen Sam and Charles Wyly of being corrupt, spending “dirty money” to help finance Bush’s presidential campaign. McCain not only filed a complaint against the Wylys for allegedly violating campaign finance law, he also lashed out at them publicly. In April, McCain reached out to the Wylys for support.

    * McCain supported a major campaign-finance reform measure that bore his name. In June, he abandoned his own legislation.

    * McCain used to think that Grover Norquist was a crook and a corrupt shill for dictators. Then McCain got serious about running for president and began to reconcile with Norquist.

    * McCain took a firm line in opposition to torture, and then caved to White House demands.

    * McCain gave up on his signature policy issue, campaign-finance reform, and won’t back the same provision he sponsored just a couple of years ago.

    * McCain was against presidential candidates campaigning at Bob Jones University before he was for it.

    * McCain was anti-ethanol. Now he’s pro-ethanol.

    * McCain was both for and against state promotion of the Confederate flag.

    * And now he’s both for and against overturning Roe v. Wade.

    June 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. Butch Dillon

    Obama's word cannot be trusted? How about McCain's? Today, McStupid is the same, male bimbo that couldn't remain trustworthy to his marriage vows when he returned from Vietnam in the 70s. Read the story of his treatment of his first wife to gain some insight into his trustworthiness.

    June 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. Charlotte

    Nothing but hyperbole from both sides. LOL

    June 29, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  24. Puffin

    But McCain backed off on public financing during the primaries as well. Does not that count?

    Why is he so 'bitter' on this issue anyway? Obama took a big risk by rejecting public financing but he had to do it, since DNC is broke and Hillary demands money from him as well.

    June 29, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  25. smile

    ooooops I just pee on my depends…..the face says it all!

    what about the G.I. BILL?
    what about your campaign loaded with lobbyists?

    we cannot trust you, and do NOT call me your friend, thank you

    of course, another PRIVATE event, the master of the hidden

    June 29, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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