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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soundoff (329 Responses)
  1. Karen, MIssouri

    McCain's own temper is a telling sign that nothing will ever get done in Congress. He will not be able to work with both parties there, and elected independents. We just can't have another president no one can work with.

    McCain is probably the absolute worst candidate the Republicans have ever presented to the voters.

    June 29, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Sherri

    It is indeed about trust. I do not trust the current administration. I do not trust anyone that aligns themselves with the current administration, as Mr. McCain does.

    They let us down with the Iraq War, the response to Katrina, the destruction of constitutional rights, and more. The GOP has solidly earned my distrust. Obama has my votes and my trust, as do the Democratic candidates at my local, state and federal levels. Democrat in 08! Go Obama!

    June 29, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. Carol - Lansing, MI

    To all you "so-called" disgruntled Hillary voters who state you support Hillary because of her work and direction but now are going to vote McCain. A man who diligently works AGAINST everything Hillary stands for.

    The MSM may not have done their homework as usual – but if they had, they would find that the majority of these websites, such as Puma Pac, Dems for McCain and the likes are not sites started, owned or maintained by disgruntled Democrats, but actually Republicans.
    Although the majority of these sites do not list anything other than contact phone numbers or addresses with Internic, a quick reverse lookup will give you the names of the owners. A quick lookup with the NEC will show that the majority of the owners of these websites and/or their spouses have contributed to the Republican Party and McCain LONG before Hillary suspended her campaign.

    Puma Pac, McCain/Hillary posters, we are not idiots. We know the majority of you are actually Republicans still trying to divide the Democratic Party and continue Rush's operation chaos.

    It will not divide us no matter how many fake "disgruntled Democrat" comments you post. You might as well save your energy, come November you'll see that it has been all for nothing.

    June 29, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. 1945

    Where is the story about Obama's uncle that liberated Auschwitz? Obama made that statement in 2004 and 2008.

    June 29, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. Ted Shugar

    Despite everything else, the choice is very simple:
    An empty suit versus a man who has the confidence and integrity of someone who has been to hell and back for his country.

    June 29, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. mitchell hussein martin

    honest abe mccain.gets heckled everywhere he goes for supporting bush regime torturing,and criminal wars on peaceful countries,like irack!

    June 29, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. NCilm

    He's so old, I guess he forgets he changes positions a lot. In fact changing positions is not always bad. It means you have took more time into rethinking the issue and verbalized it. If you are hard headed and always determined to keep everything the way it is (or hide what you will do), even if you know it's wrong, vote McCain. At least you'll be consistant, well.....not really.

    June 29, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. Alec

    Yes, yes..... it certainly is a lot of fun to anger us Obama supporters.... very clever. Very adult.

    The fact is (and you should have realized this by now) that Americans are more concerned about their country RIGHT NOW than they've been for quite some time. Us Democrats do not follow blindly, but with the most careful eye in politics (okay.... maybe the independents win that title, but we're second place). Those who accuse Obama supporters of "blindly following, etc." are disillusioned, because Obama has given detailed descriptions of his policy throughout the campaign. The odds are, you heard his sharp rhetoric and were so stunned that you tuned out the boring "policy" bits. Want to know what he's for: beginning the recall of troops in Iraq, reforming K-12 and college education by changing NCLB and providing a system to lower tuition costs, repealing tax cuts to the rich and big business, need more examples?

    It's well known that Obama draws the support of the educated base.....

    June 29, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. Republican Doublespeak

    Politics are ugly enough without double-speak. Republicans will undercut Obama at every turn without coming up with a forward-thinking policy platform ot their own. This is the politics of fear and lack of substance. Obama has shown himself to take the worse and have the levelness and judgement not to take the bait, to stay above the rubbish, and to present his own views in reasonable, measured, thoughtful ways. If the Republicans don't begin the debate on substance, then it is a demostration that they are afraid their candidate doesn't have any – which might be the case.

    June 29, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. wyoming dem

    To Brian, 10:28 poster, THANK YOU!!!!
    Check the facts folks, Pot calling the kettle Black.

    June 29, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. Frances L

    McCain you are the one who cannot be trusted. Obama is just being a smart candidate about public financing. He is being publically financed by the people who he should answer to, the voters and not speical interests or lobbyists who your campaign is crawling with. We know who you will have to answer to all the special intersts and as usual the lobbyist groups.

    He has flipped on every major issue and according to more than one person, he voted for John Kerry instead of Bush, which of course he now denies.

    He even likes to steal ideas that he has not supported before i.e.

    After mocking Obama‘s proposed talks with Iran, McCain went on to propose his big new idea on Iran of his own, this worldwide divestment campaign to hit Iran economically. It was Obama who proposed divestment last year in a bill with Sam Brownback, a bipartisan effort that John McCain did not support. Another flip flop of McCain’s. We all thought we knew McCain, but that changes so often, we do not really know who he is. He cannot be trusted. If elected, will he go back to his "Maverick" ways.

    Another worry is does he have PTSD. We all know that many soldiers are coming back with that and as we all know he was a captive for 5-1/2-years. That may explain his short temper. I certainly do not want harsh hasty decisions. He is well known for his temper and then coming back later to apologize. We do not need another "fast trigger" in the white house.

    June 29, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. scootmandubious

    Not playing the race card here, but isn't this a case of the pot calling the kettle black?

    June 29, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. National Defense

    There is one thing that we can be confident of! That when it comes to defending the nation Barack and Michele NOW say they love; that neither they nor their liberal do nothing followers will step up and defend this nation of freedom and equality. All the liberals will turn their backs and let the true patriots do their fighting for them.
    So go ahead! Vote for Barack. And then hide in shame like cowards when and IF your wishes come true.

    June 29, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  14. Anna

    McCain says this campaign is about "trust;." then why is he even in the race?

    June 29, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Carol

    Neither are any good. This time I'm voting Libertarian. Bob Barr '08

    June 29, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. Patrick

    That was a cheap shot from Obama on the immigration issue.

    JOhn McCain risked the nominatioon of his party when he fought for immigration reform. Obama hasn't stood up to his party in this way ever nor do I see him doing it in the future.

    Put your country first!

    June 29, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. The Truth


    June 29, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. katiec

    Wow, what a variety of comments.
    I just cannot understand how any intelligent voter would want
    four more years of diaster. Mccain, Bush and the republicans
    have almost destroyed our country with the war, unlimited,
    unfunded spending, an economy that has fallen arpart,
    school, medical systems broke, altering the Constitution,
    and on and on and on.
    And, these so called Democrats who say they are voting for
    McCain, they evidently do not care about the future of our
    country. Please explain to your children, grandchildren and
    great grandchildren that you support a party that has made
    them the victims with the largest deficit ever which they
    will be burdened with for many years to come. And,
    give you love ones consolation when they march off to
    any unjustified war that you support.

    June 29, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. Rob indetroit

    If Barack comes up with a better solution it's not flipflopping it's useing sound Judgment something bush should have had done. "sniff sniff" change your diaper old man.

    June 29, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. A CANUCK

    McCain is like a stool with two legs........he will topple !!!!!!!

    June 29, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. Larry

    Look who is talking. How many times has he flip-flopped and forgotten what and where he said something?

    June 29, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. Carol

    Obama is a ATTORNEY and first term Sen. lookiing for Pres. Seat. with unlimited funding from untold millions. McCain is a Military Officer
    taking limited funding. Was the truth?

    June 29, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. FLIP FLOP!!!!

    Texas Trail Dog ...........S AY THAT AGAIN, AND AGAIN, AND AGAIN JOHN. YOU'RE SO RIGHT ON. THE MAN IS A CORRUPT INDIVIDUAL. SHAME ON YOU HILLARY FOR ALLOWING YOURSELF TO BE PUT UNDER THE TRAIN............Trail DOG I see you CHANGED your NAME from.........BRAIN ,Knoxville TN ............MAYBE you GUYS are Cousins! .........BACK to McSame.........John McCain has flip-flopped on all his maverick ideas, partisanship and become an extension of George Bush.
    Your words ring hollow John McCain as you have sold your soul to the right

    June 29, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. AJP,Richardson, TX

    I can't Believe McCain said that.

    John himself looks like a little hood.

    June 29, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. nohillaryvp/Obama 08/12

    When McCain holds his Town Hall meetings they go the Rest Homes and recruit people so the will be asured of at least a small crowd in attendance .

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