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. TOM

    I think both candidates suck. To the people who think we need to drag our guys out of Iraq, you will be the biggest cry babies when you gas prices go through the roof, because Iran or someone else takes control. I want this war and really hate it, but the fact is if we do not let the army take control and make sure they are ready before we leave, someone will take control and then the little our oil prices are now will sky rocket. From what our military leaders and even the media is saying, we are almost there. Obama will bankrupt this country! You think that our political system is politically charged now, if he gets elected it will be worse. McCain is a liberal republican. He will work with both sides on issues. Why do you think most republicans don't like him? We either need someone more toward the center or a Independant party member to step up. Otherwise we will have more of the same.

    June 29, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. nohillaryvp/Obama 08/12

    "John Flip Flop McShame "he knows more about Flip Flopping that is his middle name / we must tell him since he forgot what his name is .

    June 29, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. A CANUCK

    Now McCain's desperation is setting in ........just like Hillary's did.....
    next comes the old kithchen sink. Old politicians never change they just fade away....we hope!!!!!

    June 29, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. bigben1986

    With over 1.5 million small contributors like myself. I* consider that public financing. McCain wants to limit Obama's campaign ability by saddling him with $85m public finance while his surrogate will do a swift boat and Obama cannot defend himself. No thank you. Obama did the right thing. How about him borrowing money from the bank and use the campaign as collateral? He hasn't paid that loan yet. How come MSM not bringing that in the open? Where's the transparency?

    June 29, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Pete

    You people who are judging McCain on the basis of his wavering political positions seem to be making a saint of Obama. You're in for a terrible disappointment if you think an electable politician will stay any direct course. They each generally move on a political course, and slightly alter that course in light of the polls. They have to be electable, and have an electable position before they can carry out a larger vision for the country. It's called politics. Don't imagine your hero Obama doesn't play this game masterfully. And his years as a politician aren't seasoned enough to be as scrutinized as McCain's. With McCain, we simply have a longer track record on which to judge him. Bottom line, they each have sufficient character and integrity to become president. Choose the direction you want for our country. Do you want a more conservative laissez-faire system of government (rely on the system more, less on the government) or do you want a more socialist one? Is a stable and free Iraq achievable and in our best interest as a nation or should we just get out? These and other major issues will decide the race, not flip flop count.

    June 29, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Larry Buchas

    McSame is the pot calling the kettle black.

    We can't wait for history. Barack Obama, the next President of the United States. The world will once again be proud of America!

    June 29, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    WHO WAS INVOLVED IN KEATING FIVE?---MCBUSH

    WHO STOLE TENS OF THOUSAND OF $S

    WORTH OF PILLS FROM THE POOR ---MS MCBUSH

    WHO SAID THE WAR WOULD BE QUICK---MCBUSH

    WHO SUPPORTED ALL THE BUSH LIES---MCBUSH

    WHO VOTED NO MLK HOLIDAY ----MCBUSH

    WHO VOTED NO FOR VET COLLEGE -----MCBUSH

    WHO VOTED NO FOR EVERY AID

    FOR US WEMAN & CHILDREN--------MCBUSH

    MCBUSH IS A LIER & THIEF.

    June 29, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. Frances L

    I am a 45-year-old woman who has been reading some of the comments from Clinton supporters who will vote for McCain.

    Well it was McCain's supporter who had a video on youtube that said "How do we beat the "bi_ ch"?

    McCain's son is a member of a Country Club that bans women from a grill room.

    During an interview with Las Vegas reporter asking why McCain did not ask Jim Gibbons to chair his Nevada Campaign.

    Maybe it's the governor's approval rating and you are running from him like you are from the president?

    McCain: (Chuckling) "And I stopped beating my wife just a couple of weeks ago"

    Will likely change Supreme Court to the right to overturn Roe v. Wade.

    Voted against equal pay for women.

    According to Elizabeth Edwards, McCain's healthcare bill will discriminate against women. Edwards explains that health care insurers “‘rate-up’ my insurance bill for not only my status as a breast cancer patient, but also my gender,” noting that women are forced to pay more for health insurance

    He voted against requiring health care plans to cover birth control (3/22/03).

    He voted against comprehensive, medically accurate sex education (7/25/06).

    He voted against international family planning funding (3/14/96).

    He voted against funding to prevent teen and unintended pregnancies (3/17/05).

    He voted against public education for emergency contraception (3/17/05).

    And he voted against restoring Medicaid funding that could be used for family planning for low-income women (3/17/05).

    A supporter of John McCain's Texan Clayton Williams once joked during his failed 1990 campaign for governor against Democrat Ann Richards. Williams compared rape to the weather, saying, "As long as it's inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it." He also compared Richards to the cattle on his ranch, saying he would "head her and hoof her and drag her through the dirt."
    McCain ended up cancelling the fundraiser but kept the $300,000 Williams raised for him.

    The list goes on and on, there is not enough room, judge for yourself. They are all from major networks reports.

    June 29, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. EQ

    This coming from a man who talked about protecting the environment in New Orleans only to vote AGAINST a bill helping the Everglades the very next day? This from the same man who years ago was against torture and now is for it? This from a man who had originally spoken against Falwell after 9-11 yet in recent years supported his statements?

    No, Senator McCain, it is YOUR words that cannot be trusted. You have shown time and time again how you are willing to do and say anything if you think it will get you votes. You never cared about the environment until Obama started getting votes based on that. You never cared about the economy (and why should you with your 2nd wife's inheritance – the same woman you had an affair with while still married to your first wife who helped you through your time in Vietnam) until Obama started getting votes for it.

    Obama has show he believes what he says and says what he believes straight through – far more than can be said about McCain.

    June 29, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. Jenny

    Obama's criminal friends ,Rev.Wright, Ayers, Rezko, Farrakhan, Auchi. Rev. Michael Pfleger, Khalidi.
    When Obama lies he calls it (I mis spoke) he mis speakes more than any candidate ever running for president.
    McCain was found not guilty in Keating...but a lot of demacrats were found guilty.
    Re Iraq war:
    American casulties in Iraq since war began 4,076
    USA in 1 year death by accidents 97,000
    leading cause of accidental deaths Motor Vehicle
    well, we should get rid of all these vehicles all the people they are killing.

    I trust McCain more than the fool who thinks there are 57 States, oh, I forgot he mis spoke......:)

    June 29, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. Hispanic For McCain

    Whaaa!! whaaa!! Here we go again all you Liberal Democrate crying ,crying, crying, please get over it!!!!!!!!!!!! all of you on this forum!!! OBAMA cannot be trusted. That is why the Hispanic community inventually will vote for McCain because OBAMA is not to be trusted. As the Liberal Dem why OBAMA lost BIG!!in Puerto Rico because the puertorican don't trust him. Just ask the Cuban Community who going to get elected John McCain, ask the Mexican down at Texas, Ca, NM, NV, AZ, CO they will all turn to John McCain. The colombian people, the rest of the Hispanic People will vote for McCain. All of Hillary Hispanic people accept the politician will flock to McCain. Even if OBAMA put Hillary on the Ticket guess what NO DEAL!!!!! that right just say no deal. So all you morons that are for OBAMA in this forum get over it. John McCain si se prede!!!!!! Los hispanos con McCain!!!!!!!! Los puertoriquenos con McCain, la Raza Nation con McCain~!!!!!! Los Cubanos con McCain!!!!!!! Morons get over it!!!!!!!!!!

    June 29, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. Proud American

    My problem is not whether I can trust Obama but more that you scare me McCain. That worries me. You've shown us what you are capable of and I dont like it. McCain=Bush!!

    June 29, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. David Goldman for OBAMA

    MCSLEAZO FORGETS THIS IS THE AGE OF VOD.

    WE HAVE HIM LYING ON VIDEO AT LEAST 3OO TIMES.

    GO TO THE REAL MCCAIN IF YOU WANT SOME LAUGHS.

    HE IS NOTHING BUT A BAG OF SLIME WRAPPED IN THE

    AMERICAN FLAG.

    June 29, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. TeddyB

    Im making this statement, McCain also unerlines his greatest weakness, his stubborness. Metaphor time: if you're on a train, planned to take a certain track, but it is currently blocked and there is another open track, do you switch? I fail to see how adapting to changing scenariosis a weakness. I know of another president that has paved the road to hell with stubborn, blind, good intentions.

    June 29, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. TeddyB

    In making this statement, McCain also underlines his greatest weakness, his stubborness. Metaphor time: if you're on a train, planned to take a certain track, but it is currently blocked and there is another open track, do you switch? I fail to see how adapting to changing scenarios is a weakness. I know of another president that has paved the road to hell with stubborn, blind, good intentions.

    June 29, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. Jake

    And look who is telling us who cannot be trusted. One of the biggest song birds this country ever had. Shame on you Mr McSame.

    June 29, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. Peter E

    I don't need McCain to tell me that. I already know it.

    June 29, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. Pete

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You people who are judging McCain on the basis of his wavering political positions seem to be making a saint of Obama. You're in for a terrible disappointment if you think an electable politician will stay any direct course. They each generally move on a political course, and slightly alter that course in light of the polls. They have to be electable, and have an electable position before they can carry out a larger vision for the country. It's called politics. Don't imagine your hero Obama doesn't play this game masterfully. And his years as a politician aren't seasoned enough to be as scrutinized as McCain's. With McCain, we simply have a longer track record on which to judge him. Bottom line, they each have sufficient character and integrity to become president. Choose the direction you want for our country. Do you want a more conservative laissez-faire system of government (rely on the system more, less on the government) or do you want a more socialist one? Is a stable and free Iraq achievable and in our best interest as a nation or should we just get out? These and other major issues will decide the race, not flip flop count.

    June 29, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. Dixon, Des Moines Iowa

    I have to say that I don't mind a leader who can change with the needs as they present themself. I know that both parties like to send out the flip flop thing on each other, but I don't understand why. Times and needs of people change. As for Mc Cain saying Obama's word can not be trusted. I believe there are a few incidents where Mc Cain has been involved in some shady dealings. I'm sorry, maybe that is the "years of experience he is claiming".

    June 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. El Sapo Asado

    Hello, Mr. Pot, I'd like to introduce you to Mr. Kettle. You seem to have a lot in common...

    June 29, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. Gary Chandler in Canada

    I'm curious about something. When sex scandals break out, why are the left wing, liberal Democrats caught with adult women; and the right wing, conservative Republicans caught with men, (not that there's anything wrong with it) and boys?

    June 29, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. Tm

    We don't have any good candidates... McCain: too old and experienced... Obama: too young and no experience...

    June 29, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. LT for Obama

    This coming for the biggest flip flopper ever. This man has gone against his own word on a consistent basis.

    By the way McCain, how have you been paying for your campaign for the last three months? How have you paid for the new plane? Private funds, that's how. If you were truly interested in public financing, you would have pursued it consistently instead of flip flopping on the issue before deciding to go with it only AFTER Obama made his declaration.

    June 29, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. Peter E

    I already knew Obama can't be trusted. It's not news.

    Vote Ron Paul! Change you can TRUST in!

    June 29, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. mobee

    susie June 29th, 2008 11:00 am ET
    The democrats took over congress in 2006 with words of change and Pelosi and her group has done nothing in 2 years! Obama will be the same.

    Thanks for this comment, it proves that the state of the country is a direct result of the Republicans without ONE veto for 6 YEARS of the Bush administration. Now, if we can get a Democrat president, things will get done in this country.

    June 29, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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