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. independence

    just like our returning vets trust your word?you dont think vets deserve benefits after their service.you've gotten everything in life for free since being pow,while those who dont surrender,get nothing.

    June 29, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. saga for Obama

    awar e wrote:
    A vote for the hard core Liberal Obama is a vote for an arrogant, pompous, devious, obfuscating, power-hungry guy with no moral center in the White House. It is thus a vote for the backward and downward spiral of America!

    funny aware, cheating on and leaving your wife for a richer younger model is..."good moral character"?

    Keating5 is bad business for a great country...is that what you mean when you say "power hungry"?

    taking public trips on his wife's private jet...seems a little "pompous" ah...dont ya think?

    Keating 5 speaks volumes of this mans "character"

    June 29, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. Glenn Steadman

    john mccain need to realize that he is talking about pointless issues, so what if obama didnt take public financing, if he were in the situation that obama was in he would have done the exact same thing, obama can be trusted and i trust him, he will bring much needed leadership that this country has been deprived of for th last 8 years

    June 29, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. bohica

    I didn't know that church was racist – William Ayers, who is he – We should all take public financing – I love the folks in Western Pa. – It was just a little money I needed from Rezko – Did I say I would bomb Pakistan – This is just the tip of the ice-burg folks, he's right, you can't trust a word that comes out of his mouth. But those of you who think he's the next coming, it won't matter. We could have a picture of him committing a crime on a child, and you would all stand up and cheer. WAKE UP. The village called, they want there Idiot back.

    June 29, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. susie

    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.

    June 29, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Patrick of Canton, Ohio

    No one can really trust either of these fools. Ron Paul should be our next president. Not the idealistic flip-flopper or the realistic flip-flopper.

    June 29, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. JOYCE

    look at the pot calling the kettle black
    how sick can this old fart be
    he is senile and totally out of touch
    he is a sick old bahamainman

    June 29, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. Filipina

    I dont trust you McCain, you flip flop and lie too much so pls don't try point at obama.....Obama ROCKS!

    June 29, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. stan

    Trust.....After years of Dems complaining about the Repubs, now that the Dems are controlling Congress I see "nothing' getting done-still. And I'm supposed to trust them...And, all the Dems are offering us is a Jr senator with no experience??? "Scrapping" Hillary altogether?
    Have we forgotten about trusting Jimmy Carter; Following Nixon & Gerald Ford (Ford was probably the most honest man ever to be in the White House) . Jimmy Carter led us right into stagflation, interest rates @ 22% and a micro-managed hostage standoff that made us the mockery of the rest of the Globe. And Ronald got the hostages back by an arms deal. Don't agree with those tactics? Well-just ask one of the freed hostages for their view on it...
    Obama will "change" things alright. He'll "negotiate" us right back into a hostage crisis-OR WORSE. The terrorist organizations will walk all over him-period. And has everyone forgotten who got us into Afganistan in the first place? Bill Clinton–A DEMOCRAT. long before Bush Jr. I remember how people trusted Bill... Oh-and for those that want to blame the Repubs about the 4000+ soldier losses so far (which includes "Bill's" Afganistan)-remember the tens of thousands lost in Vietnam? Under LBJ? A DEMOCRAT….who sent the first marines in 1965.
    I'm an independent voter-and for me it's a no brainer; Even though I don't really trust any politician. It's McCain all the way...My gut tells me the terrorists will think twice before screwing with him...

    June 29, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. david milwaukee, wi

    let's see McCain has changed his mind on global warming, offshore drilling, immigration........and that's just recently!!! i'd keep going back but McCain's got a hell of a lot to years to look in to. I don't trust McCain's word but maybe it's because i don't trust that he could remember where he parked his bus without aides helping him find it

    June 29, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. Greg

    McCain took a tough position on immigration until he ran for the nomination, then he dropped that like a hot potato... (oh, my immigration bill, no I wouldn't vote for that now, border security is what will get me elected, I mean border security is what the people want).

    June 29, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. Georg

    President Obama is the one flying around in his jet with his company, the Media.

    June 29, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. Tanya Kujath

    Desperate people say desperate things.

    June 29, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Ardnuas

    McCain is the TRASH TALK EXPRESS.....All he has done is sit on committees for 20 years and people call him EXPERIENCED... How stupid is this?
    Obama/Biden08

    June 29, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  15. Dominic

    McCain what makes your words more trustworthy and last time i check we need more than just words we need a better nation

    June 29, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. Ben

    I wish to thank McCains campaign managers for adopting the same tactics used by Hillary's campaign managers. They took her from a 20 point lead to absolute defeat! How did they manage this? They felt by attacking Obama she could win. Keep it up McCain managers!

    June 29, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. Phil

    Are you kidding.

    Obama 08

    June 29, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. John, Tampa

    McCain, why didn't you pay your property taxes for 4 YEARS...maybe because it was just one of AT LEAST (maybe more) 7 homes you and the beer queen own. Your worht more than 100 million and you dont pay taxes and you have credit card debt over $100,000

    and Im supposed to trust YOU....doubt it

    June 29, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. Sam

    NO chance MAC. YOU should leave this race ASAP.

    June 29, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. franco

    Of course!

    Just remember that Obama is just another typical Chicago-made, Chicagoan-style politician........therefore, he will continue to say anything, to do anything to get power........That includes manipulating words, facts, values, religion, feelings, public image, and, of course, us, the common people..........

    God Bless America!!!

    June 29, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. wbnc

    Hillarious. John McCain took public financing when he put it up for collateral on a private loan early in the primary race. And, then he flipped flopped by paying the loan back and went private until he realized he couldn't raise enough money and then opted again for public financing after Barack Obama opted out of public financing so he could say Barack flip flopped. The only shoes he knows how to wear are Bush's!

    June 29, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  22. carrie obama

    maccain.maccain,maccain
    wont u learn?
    why wont u learn?
    hmm hmm
    OBAMA 08,12

    June 29, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. Ben London

    McCain, you are the biggest liar. You are worst than Bush. Comparing Bush and McCain is not being fair to Bush. Bush is indeed better than McCain in decision taking.
    You don’t have conscience that’s the reason you left your first wife.

    June 29, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. Sheri

    McCain, McWar, McBush, McNafta he is the one who cannot be trusted.

    OBAMA 08

    June 29, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. David

    I'm sorry, but George Bush Sr. left the economy and government budget in shambles (largely thanks to Reagan), Gerald Ford's administration left rampant inflation and helped fuel the conflict in East Timor which is still broiling today, and Herbert Hoover left the great depression, which he may not have directly caused, but efforts to reduce its effects only exacerbated the money supply problem.
    Which Republican presidents (other than perhaps Eisenhower) left the United States in good shape as a Democratic president took over?

    I'm not saying that the Democrats always do a perfect job, but I don't believe that Republicans leave more stability. I think Bill Clinton left the nation in a better situation than any Republican has, with a booming economy and organized efforts that actually came close to capturing Osama bin Laden (the warnings about whom Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney brushed aside in favor of focusing on Iraq at the beginning of the Bush administration).

    June 29, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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