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. winnie-wow

    just as I suspected from Liberal-Left-Obama-supporting-CNN....a great comment was entered earlier and CNN does not have the guts to post it because it spills of the truth..that's the reason I remain loyal to "fair and balanced"...and to the teacher who commented about immigrants in the education system...you go Girl! I worked in a Public Health clinic for 12 years and those "leeches" are draining the tax payers of America bone dry...free deliveries for infants conceived in Mexico...free food...free everything....arrrrrrrrggh!! My blood pressure is rising!

    June 29, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    The only reason Obama has not changed his stance on more issues is because he has not had enough time in office to do anything other than take up space and be credited for it

    June 29, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. Wise White Guy

    Yup, no negativie campaigning will come out of your camp right McSame! You are like a dying fish on the pier. I think we see clearly who cannot be trusted.

    June 29, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. roger dowdle, lockhart, Tx

    SO McCain can't trust Obama's word?? Wasn't it McCain who opted for public financing during the primary, then ILLEGALLY used that money to secure a multi million dollar loan for his primary campaign? The committee could not get a forum to vote on the legality and whether McCain shoul face punitive action because there aren't enough committee members at this time. Guess who chairs the board to decide who can be committee members? McCain!!!

    June 29, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Vicky Avare

    Still waiting for my comment to appear. Will add another message now. McCain has a long way to go to catch up with Obamas flipflops.
    If you want to go back to all years of McCains Senatorship to count his flips, then also give him credit for taking an unpopular but correct stand against the Bush policies and stop the misguided spin that he's another Bush! Who can ignore that being FLEXIBLE WHEN THE NEED ARRIVES is an important strength in a Leader?! McCain has the maturity and wisdom to know the difference. The whishy washy, Rookie Obama is the Strawman who takes a fickle stand and swings as is politically expedient and /or to enrich himself! He speaks with fork tongue! Disillusionist Democrat

    June 29, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. Tim

    You are pathetic McSame. What about your promise to take care of the veterans? You have no room to talk at all!!!

    June 29, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. Wise White Guy

    I have to laugh he says Obama is not getting public financing. His entire campaign is being paid for by people like me (the public) a small amount at a time while McSame is getting around the system and being bankrolled by Big Oil and Big Corporates. This man has gone from a respected Maverick to a foolish old sellout in about 2 years. Very sad.

    June 29, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Karen, Missouri

    You managed to hit the NAIL ON THE HEAD!
    But how fitting....



    June 29, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. Frank

    None of them people can be trusted. The constitution is broken and cannot be fix. We the people let that happen.
    We the people are fighting among each other over what these politician has done to us all. Who got all the money who got all the jobs who gonna bring them jobs back. Wake up people the whole White house is stealing from all of us and we get the blame like we are using to much gas. Lets kick them all out of office and start over with a fresh people that is not on the take. Lets get a blue collar worker in there for president. get real people in there.

    June 29, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. Chris

    Wow, the height of irony and a sign of just how desperate the Old Man is getting. Maybe, like Bush and Cheney, McCain believes he can "create his own reality."

    June 29, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. KS2 Problema

    I guess we are now at the point of the campaign when John McCain will say just about anything in order to gain political advantage.

    It's fair for him to call attention to his opponent's changes of position - but a potentially dangerous maneuver for McCain - since the man has taken one seemingly principled stand after another only to vacate it when perceived political necessity seemed to demand it.

    A politician hypocritical?

    Tell me it ain't so.

    At this point, it's become hard to believe I actually gave John McCain money in his 2000 primary run. He has REALLY been a disappointment over the last 8 years.

    June 29, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. Christian, Tampa FL

    This is rich, coming from a guy who has changed positions on all kinds of issues, most recently on offshore oil drilling. Frankly, I wish we could trust McCain's word on the issues. I trust Obama more because the campaign finance decision made a heck of a lot of sense, and was a good strategic decision.

    June 29, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. Carol - Lansing, MI

    National Defense – who are you to tell me or any Democrat that we don't defend our Nation.

    My father died for this country in Viet Nam, my brothers have served, my husband served during Desert Storm and MY OLDEST SON IS IN IRAQ NOW ANY MY YOUNGER ONE JUST ENLISTED!

    I know the Republicans have painted a picture during Bushes regime that only Republicans are Christian and that only Republicans have the courage to serve in our armed forces.

    You sir or madame are ignorant. The US Military is just as diverse as the US population.

    I honor and respect and quite frankly expected each of my sons to serve when they came of age, and they are doing that. But don't you dare take away the honor and courage my sons and all the men of my family have showed with your IGNORANT PARTISAN CR*P!

    June 29, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. Jenny

    No more so than any of the other hundreds of captives who were each and every one tortured until they signed the documents put before them by the North Vietnamese.

    The whole "John McCain betrayed his country in North Vietnam." campaign is the kind of low-grade, cheeseball tactic engaged in by political opponents who can't find anything legitimate with which to go at him head-on.

    Voters with brains in their heads ignore smear campaigns like this one. Voters without brains in their heads get the government they deserve.

    The day you get tortured for almost a decade and DON'T break is the day you can say John McCain betrayed the US in Vietnam.
    Until you have been tortured as he was, you have no room to talk on what he did in Vietnam.

    June 29, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Joseph Adewole

    Dear John McCain,

    Just do one honourable thing, vote for Barack Obama.
    you will see that he is the only candidate that could be trusted because he will do whatever he says he would do.
    Just cast your vote for him.

    June 29, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. marty from Indiana

    What a laugh. Mr. McCain has flip flopped on issue after issue. And he has the nerve to talk about trust and honest????? Either he has a short memory or he has alzheimers because he changes his views every day. And why won't he talk about solutions rather than about Obama? He has nothing new to offer.... he has no new ideas for America. All he has to offer is 4 more years of Bush ideas.

    June 29, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. Linda31

    A lot of you already said it and how true. McCain is throwing whatever he can to see what sticks. Problem is there is no substance behind it.

    June 29, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. pp

    simple facts from recent BBC documentary ( Daylight Robbery) on american money in Iraq:
    28 billion USD , thats public money is unaccounted for till now
    un qualified and single contracts given to favourites( dick cheney etc) who made billions on cost plus contracts
    qualified and big compnaies ( bechtel, parsons, haliburtons, KBR) make a nonsense of their reputation in earning good bucks in Iraq and claiming billions of dollars by doublijng their expenses shown , expenses added by sham companies in panama, luxomberg etc

    Without Iraq govt approval hunt oil gets billion dollor contract with Kurd state in Iraq, Mr hunt was put in by Bush as a memeber of advisory committee which had special access on inside Iraq info.

    The lady in pentagon who questioned the KBR deals was demoted and superceded

    just see it and you will have an idea what has been going around for years...please be informed and choose what u want for your future

    GBU America

    June 29, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Independent in New Mexico

    Same lines, different voice. I've heard these same charges in every campaign since 1948. I'm getting a fertilizer burn from all the B.S.

    June 29, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. Max Weatherford TX

    All politicians are liars and are only in office to enrich themselves.....The people thought that the Republicans where the problem so they gave the Senate and the House to Democrats. What did we get: pork barrel spending over $600 million–$4.00 gasoline-and a house speaker that complained that her private jet was not suitable because it had to stop and be refueled. Obama says he is for change-lets tax the oil companies–did that in the 70's and we all waited in lines for gasoline-CEO's make to much money--hmm-I wish one of those high paid CEO's was running Social Security.......it would probably be solvent. When will the people learn–anytime government is involved things go to hell in a hand basket......Hey Dems you got your Congress-can't wait for $8.00 gas.

    June 29, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. Gilbear

    pot calls kettle black (;-D)

    June 29, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. Michael

    This seems like a risky strategy for McCain. Obama's change on campaign public financing came because Obama basically invented a new form of public financing with his small-donation-driven internet fund-raising machine. McCain's flip-flop on torture, and a host of other issues seem far more serious.

    The other thing to bear in mind is that while we'd like our leaders to be right all the time, the next best trait is to recognize their mistakes and fix them. This is surely the most significant criticism of Bush is that he's never been willing to admit that Iraq was a mistake, and thus never been willing or able to make reasonable corrections. I think Obama wins this battle on flip-flopping and honesty. But else does McCain have?

    June 29, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. Obama/Hillary 08

    If no one wants the job give it to me. I live in Delaware my address is 2575 liberty street Wilmington,DE 19808 and my phone number is (302) 333-8649. I am unemployed and I can use that VP job to make some money to pay my college loans. I am a very good thinker a democrat that can bring good ideas to McCain and the republicans.

    June 29, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. I Say No to Juan Insane McSame

    This lifelong Arizona Republican refuses to vote for Juan McSame, the pandering Depends clad friend of illegal alien employers. He fought hard for amnesty and lied to Republicans about how he was going to work on it. He pulled every trick in the book with Ted Kennedy to get it slammed through before the public would know about it.

    However there are plenty of us that watch Juan's every move because we know that he cannot be trusted.
    His $300Million "prize for a new battery for cars" is a perfect example of his pandering. Today the cost per mile for a plug in car is extremely low, and the first company that comes up with a new battery that takes mileage out far will become extremely rich in the "free market" that Juan McSame ignores.

    Just a pandering old fool!

    June 29, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Aidyn

    Senator McCain you are completely right about that!

    June 29, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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