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. Chris from Baltimore

    Too Funny!

    Right Wing Candidate talks about "trust" after he and his Party nearly doubles the size of government, when they previously claimed they supported "smaller government."

    Right Wing Candidate talks about "trust" after he and his Party more than double the national debt, when previously they claimed they supported "fiscal responsibility."

    Right Wing Candidate talks about "trust" after he and his Party wage a religious "crusade" and foreign occupation against innocent families in the Middle East, when previously they claimed they supported "democracy."

    Right Wing Candidate talks about "trust" after he and his Party institute a national policy of torture, justifying such unAmerican attrocities by claiming that calling torture something different, that somehow means it's no longer what it is.

    Yeah, we sure can "trust" those Conservatives/Republicans.

    June 29, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. BARACK THE VOTE 08!!!


    June 29, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. andy dufrain

    No... lets trust you and your bush buddies!

    of course everything that Obama is saying won't necessarily turn out exactly like that.. no politician will ever be able to do everysingle thing they promise once they are elected.. well atleast no in the current time we are living in. BUT.. you think you will keep your word.. I don't think so.. more to the point.. what Americans will do is pick a leader, a captain, someone who guides the nation in a particual direction. FRANKLY you don't cut it.. you will push the country into more wars and more of the same old bush business....

    The people of the country want some real substantive change and McBush my friend you ain't offering dat!

    June 29, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. Pam

    McCain has changed his mind on almost ever major issue in this campaign. And we're supposed to trust him?

    June 29, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Molly

    McCain is RIGHT – obama is a FRAUD – and he says whatever he thinks will give him points politically. WHY did he stay in the radical, racist church for 20 yrs – political gain.
    His whole campaign is a stage show – so fake.
    What exactly does obama stand for???

    June 29, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. Sean, Detroit MI

    It's not being distrustful to reevaluate a situation and change your mind based on new information. That's called being logical. Only a fool maintains a course of direction when he realizes he's headed the wrong way. Once Obama realized he'd be doing himself a disservice by limiting himself to public funding, it was wise of him to opt out of it. I respect a leader who says "my original plan was flawed, so here's a better idea". Imagine where we'd be if Bush had this ability in Iraq (and numerous other poorly planned decisions) ? If this is all McCain can come up with against Obama, then November is going to be an easy victory and possible landslide for Obama.

    June 29, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. Vern Bartlett

    When he was in financial trouble, starting in December 2007, McCain began to twist the campaign finance rules to suit his own sense of economic urgency. When McCain isn't making a fool of himself offering gratuitous solutions to serious issues, he's flip-flopping on every past issue upon which he's expressed a position or voted. Who's the liar between the two candidates? It's McCain the flip-flopper.

    June 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. Obama = Carter's 2nd term

    Obama talks about change and many Obama backers talk about he does not take money from "big oil", but look at the facts.

    "Obama says “I do not take money from oil companies” but forgot to say that McCain does not either. Look up the Facts!!! Obama also forgot to say that 2 of his bundlers are top executives at oil companies that give $50,000 and $100,000 to him. That is a fact and you can even see that listed on his own website.
    Two of Obama's fundraisers are Robert Cavnar, the chairman and chief executive of Houston-based Mission Resources Corp., and George Kaiser, the president and CEO of Tulsa-based Kaiser-Francis Oil Co."

    And the change is where????? It is the same old thing.

    June 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. Sick of Bush republicans

    This from a man who has flip flopped on every issue and is once again a hipocrite about it. The dems may not have delived on Iraq but McCain clearly cannot be trusted on anything.

    June 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. Jim

    Stupid War Monger!!! BOMB BOMB BOMB!!!

    Atleast Obama uses words instead of bombs!

    June 29, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. saga for Obama

    Trust? what does he know about trust?
    Carol his first wife trusted him too. trusted that he would love her through good times and bad times, richer or poorer till death did them part....or until a richer, hotter chick 18 years younger came along.
    Arizona trusted McCain to represent them with honor...KEATING 5 he disgraced his state, the house and our country...

    he said the Bush tax cuts are BAD FOR WORKING PEOPLE....now he he wants to make them permanent.

    reversed himself on HIS OWN LEGESLATION dealing with immigration...it was his own legislation for GOD sakes.

    AMERICA PLEASE THINK!!!!!! McCain is a lire and a cheat! NO more bush!!!! if you don't like Obama, for what ever your reasons may be, whether is be his policies or his race(thoughs of you pain me) if you dont like Obama because his tie...what ever vote for anyone but McCain. McCain CAN NOT BE TRUSTED!!

    however if you are sick of the condition of our economy, the WAR. gas prices, food prices, weak dollar then vote with intelligence vote with courage, vote with the strength that will obliterate the shackles the GOP has bind ed us by....VOTE OBAMA

    applies to you too PUMA...just kool it kitty

    June 29, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. Montana is Obama Country

    funny. I think the 1st Mrs. McC would have something to say about TRUST..... *** Cheater ***..!!!

    June 29, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. Jack

    OBama and his campaign are all fake – every move is staged to perfection. Hillary Clinton is the best qualified – but – the DNC picked the WEAK guy – who will never be elected – he is NOT qualified.
    McCain is a good 2nd choice – at least we can TRUST him!

    June 29, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. independent

    the king of flip-flops speaks and noone listens.i trust obama much more than warmwonger mcsame.

    June 29, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. Linda31

    ANd we can trust your word? I think not. If you are talking about public financing, I wonder why would you expect Obama not to be as prepare as he could possibly be. If it is up to making hard decision, I trust Obama completely. Personally, I would have wondered if he was really serious about this election if only use 84M when he use 240M in a primary.

    I also want someone who will adjust or shift if the situation calls for it.

    Its your words that I don't trust.

    June 29, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. Sean, Detroit MI

    Obama should just come out and say "My original statement on public financing was stupid and I would be a fool to stick to it." his decision to rethink his position shows he is an intelligent and self aware candidate who is not afraid to change his mind when he discovers he is wrong.

    June 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. Obama = Carter's 2nd term

    Ted June 29th, 2008 10:25 am ET

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


    I can see why he did it and would have done the same thing, but to try to spin it that he did not say one thing and did the other is same old way of doing things.

    June 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. cmitch FW, TX

    And why should we trust your words? you keep flip floppying

    June 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. Dave, Houston, TX

    You are a liar, sir.

    What Sen. Obama promised was to accept public financing IF you would agree to rein in soft money from the parties and from 527's. You were not interested in such an agreement where you hold a large structural advantage. It's not Barack Obama's word that needs to be called into question, it's your wobbliness on issues like torture, immigration and offshore drilling that should worry the voters.

    June 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Is this another comment McCain will flip flop on?
    Picture it, he is trying to get a popitical plum from President Obama, and it will be all cheesy smiles and complements.

    June 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Citizen

    There are only 118 more days until McCain goes back to the Senate.

    June 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. Ilene MI

    Hah!! And does he think I would believe ANYTHING a dirty republican says???

    June 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Obama 08: Female, 60, white

    McCain sidesteps this trust thing because he changes his positions with every audience...

    June 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. Belle2

    I agree! Obama cannot be trusted. He has shown that he will fight the dirtiest fignt in his quest for power. I don't agree with McCain's positions on many issues but I can look at his record and see what he believes. I look at Obama's record and I don't believe he believes anything, except in his own quest for power. I wish one of these men would give me a reason to vote for him.

    June 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. Greg FL.

    McCain wants to talk about trust? He has turned away from everything that made him great. He has embraced all that is GW Bush to win his parties nomination. He has a lot of nerve bringing up trust. He has flipped on almost all the positions he was held. McCain is the candidate that lacks in trust.

    June 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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