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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  1. Dan

    Obama cannot win without the white voters! Bye bye Obama!!

    June 29, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |

    Wow Again! McCain accusing someone of doing the same exact thing he's been doing since 2000. McFlip Flop needs to look in the mirror if he can stand up long enough to do so. You don't have any experience on the economy so you're in no position to comment or offer any solutions. How in the name of money can you be a U.S. Senator for 26 years and not have any idea how the U.S. Economy works. What the heck has he been doing in the Senate all these years? I doubt very seriously if he's even qualified as a leader on foreign policy where clearly McCain's personality and lack of knowledge between the difference of Shiite and Sunni would leave him looking like an older version of the dunce he's trying to replace. The facts are is that John McCain has been a Senator for 26 years and seems more out of touch with America than George W. Bush does. This man holds an official office in the U.S. Senate and is running for the most important job in the world and he doesn't even know how to cut on a personal computer. That is scary, and something people really better take notice of think about twice, maybe three times. Would you leave your future in a man, who is technologically, economically, and domestically inept and out of touch or give McCain the keys to a car he's way too old to drive carefully?

    June 29, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. Eleutheria

    Personal attacks; the Straight Talk Express crashed some time ago. Or perhaps this IS Straight Talk. If so, he can kiss my vote goodbye

    June 29, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. FL Dems for Obama

    At least we can trust Obama with the issues of our country more than we can trust Senator McCain...who by the way has done nothing but flip-flop on issues and express his views in the words that his supporters want to hear. Take for instance, his stance as being pro-environment. He's supposedly the environmental candidate yet he supports off-shore oil-drilling. How does that work?
    In the words of Hillary Clinton:
    "Senator McCain and President Bush are like two sides of the same coin but at the end of the day they don't amount to much change."
    Obama '08 Yes we can!!

    June 29, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Senator McCain,

    Everything is relative. Both are politicians and say things to appeal to people and get votes. I see both Senator McCain and Obama do it, to my disappointment at times. But there's a fundamental difference between their view and their perspectives, and Obama's direction is simply better. Is it hard to achieve what he wants? Yes. Can it be done in his one or two terms? Maybe not. But he pointed to a direction for our country and our humanity that we should all work toward. He embodies Christ' spirit better – w/ his speaking out against the Iraq War, and his reminding us that we should look for our brothers and sisters. He brings his faith in to benefit all of us, whereas John McCain keeps his faith to benefit himself only. Of course, it's a risky move to bring faith in a Democratic Party, and the public keeps saying keep religion and politics separate, but Obama found a way to bring faith in politics in a way that is not offensive to a majority of people.

    June 29, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. RW, NC

    Keating 5

    June 29, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain better get busy trying to remember what his "words" are. Atttempting to slander Obama isn't going to get it, McCain must talk about issues and stop attempting to avoid issues by parroting Obama.

    June 29, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. Gerald Shields

    After hearing that McCain is commenting that Obama's word can't be trusted , I wanted to say, "And your word can?!" McCain has screwed his own people, The Republicans, countless times, but not he says, his word can be trusted?! Conservatives, this is VERY FUNNY! Hahahahahahhahahahhah

    June 29, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. Bishop


    June 29, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. Tristan, Bethesda, MD

    McCain has a legislative record that you can use to see if his actions support his words. Obama does not and can effectively say anything he wants, knowing it won't conflict with his lack of a record. His problems come when he says two different things to two different groups – like when sends out mailers in the Ohio primary blasting Clinton on her NAFTA support, tells the Canadians not to worry about it, and now tells us that the rhetoric got "overheated" and he wouldn't do anything unilaterally.

    June 29, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Kevin G.

    Just a couple of observations...
    1. Probably 99% of the people making comments here are true patriots ... I mean, they love America and want the best for it, but they have different viewpoints. What an awesome country we have.
    2. I've read up on McCain too, and originally thought, "LOL what are his qualifications, he got shot down and tortured? That sounds more like a lousy decision maker!" Then I realized he was only following orders, putting his life at risk at that time. A risk he took, taking his chances following orders (that's what they do in the military, by the way.)
    3. None of these people are who I want as the CINC, POTUSA, or "Leader of the Free World." It would be nice to have a President who is articulate (like Obama for example), pro-small government (like Ron Paul), anti-IRS/pro-sensible taxes (Huckabee for example),
    etc. But that's not the choices we've got at this point. We get to choose between (in my view) a charismatic enigma (probably Marxist-based philosophy ... for you younger people that would mean "Communism"), or an old guy who's "seen it all" and though he could be lounging on the deck of a yacht, sipping Margueritas, listening to music, basking in the sun and enjoying his wife, family and his life and accomplishments, nevertheless still chooses to serve his country. When you're in your 70's, you know you don't have much longer to live. Whad ya gonna do. Yacht/run yourself ragged trying to be Prez. For me, I would go with the yacht!!! Something drives John McCain otherwise. It's not money, he's got that. It's not prestige, he's got that. It's not medals, he's got that. It's not a good looking wife, he's got that. It's not a family who loves him, he's got that. Why is he putting himself through this crappola? I think it's because it's like he says: He loves this country.

    June 29, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. Bishop

    ...and someone please SHUT the sellout Lieberman UP. He used to be a family friend....not anymore....loser!!!

    R.I.P. – N.Levin

    June 29, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Chrism

    I think Mccain supports have made him a new tag line above its the one so far
    "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"

    Vote for McCain 08 and the world will just get worse until we die.

    June 29, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. Joe G

    What are Obama's convictions? The man has none. He hangs with Wright and Pfleger for 20 years only to dump them while he's running for President?

    What about the recent Supreme Court ruling on handguns in DC? Does anyone believe that Obama supports the decision?

    What about Iran? Will Obama as president do anything to stop them from acquiring a nuclear device?

    He's a speech – one after another. He's very dangerous to this country and the world. He's weak and untested. And he's a fraud to boot.

    June 29, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. P

    I remember after McCain little stroll through Iraq when he lie to the American people about how safe Iraq was, he said that he had lied to the American people in the past and that he would lie to them again, why would any conservative went to support anyone who promises to lie to them in the future. I think he should apologize to all of us!

    June 29, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Tristan, Bethesda, MD

    Yes, there are still plenty of Hilary Democrats that won't line up behind Obama (PUMAs). Where you're going to see the effect is in Florida, a state with an older population and fewer African-Americans, and that was partially disenfranchised by the DNC Rules committee. While pundits like to talk about swing states, in recent years the situation has basically become that whoever wins FL wins the election because it has so many electoral votes. And if FL is written off, then Ohio and Pennsylvania really become the last firewall for Obama – there's no way he can win without both of those. Pay close attention to the state-by-state polls, and ignore the west coast states where people will fall in line behind Obama, as they're true blue blue "gimme" states anyway.

    June 29, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. A Recovering Republican

    Why don't you do real reporting and round this out by showing all the changes, flip-flops and nuances that McCain has done?

    10 years sober

    June 29, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. Pepou

    The old pot calling the kettle black ! Never has a politician done more flip flops than McSame !

    June 29, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. abhishek

    I think McCain is to the point regarding Senator Obama. Senator Obama has consistently used "avoiding to vote on controversial issues" so that he could take stands of his choie at a later time, he has changed his stand on public financing, he was totally against death penalty and now he is disappointed by supreme court decision, he is the most libral senator and now he wants to be a person standing in the center for most policies. I remember how he walked away from many crucial votes in senate in context to immigration. To summarize Mr. Obama is a pure politician who has nothing to offer except words that change very often.

    June 29, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Max

    After supporting the John McCain from 2000, and observing the John McCain of 2008, I think it's pretty clear whose word cannot be trusted.

    We need less words in this election anyway.

    June 29, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. Texas for Obama

    Your word can't be trusted either. Who has years of experience in the senate and has done nothing? Stop being a hypocrite, and hating on Obama. Your too old to be president and your going to continue George Bush's policies. We can't afford 100 more years of the Iraq war. Do something about the state of this economy since you have so much experience.

    The Republican's have always contributed to messing up the economy. It will take years to repair the damage that has been done. Please retire McCain. I don't want my grandchildren's future in your hands!

    June 29, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. jameo

    A person driving on a highway is lost and stops at a gas station for directions. The attendant says go to next light make a right and it will take you to where you want – trust me. The person follows the instructions and ends up back where he originally came from. No politician can be trusted – what we need are the right directions.

    June 29, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. Rob indetroit

    Do Obama have a plane????. I guess he is not a elitist.

    June 29, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Frank Ford

    Obama is a great orator. However.....too many platitudes, and empty solutions. McCain is the more honest of the two. I'd rather have bad news (like McCain gave in Michigan) and it be true, than good news and have it never come to fruition. Obama is in the over promise – under deliver mode....haven't we had enough of that from Bush. Obama will be more like Bush delivering positive spins that are incorrect and keeping us in this whirlwind where we don't know where the country is heading from an economic, leadership, health-care, and security perspective.

    June 29, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. Vig

    McCain has hit the nail on the head. Obama has now flipped-flopped out of pure convenience. Who is pulling the strings on Obama? Some say the money flooding his campaign is from George Soros who has the controlling interest in steering Obama into the White House and who has influence over media outlets and the talking heads they cherry pick to sing Obama's praises. John McCain is his own man. Obama isn't. You will see more flip-flopping from Obama in the weeks ahead. In my opinion, his candidacy is not legitimate – it was bought and paid for by the likes of George Soros and the media puppets. Restore justice, restore integrity. Say no to the status quo – join us – Write-In's for Hillary and put her in the White House.

    June 29, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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