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. Donna

    Patrick..who is BARRACK? learn to spell his name correctly if you want to make a statement against him...LOL

    McCain shouldn't talk about ANYONES word not being trustworthy..they are ALL POLITICIANS..which makes them ALL LIARS..this is a slippery slope that he should NOT want to even be on....

    June 29, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Ell

    McCain get over it your upset about "Money"

    You cannot act as if your word is golden my goodness you have been all over every main issue. I guess it depends on who you are speaking to and what year it is. Be honest! America appreciate straight talk. If your mad just say it and get on with what changes we need to move forward. PLEASE NOT APPEALING!!!!!

    June 29, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. woman for GOP VP

    Hey, Obama supporters: Using thousands of exclamation points, distorting the opponent's last name and making obnoxious statements about age and use of diapers will NOT work in this election. These so-called educated urbanites (I am one of them) should be ashamed of themselves. McCain is as flawed as the entire Republican Party. Obama is no saint either and is certainly not helped by the drivel posted by his followers.

    June 29, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. jason

    McCain is really pressing these non-issues isn't he? I find it funny how he is saying so little about Iraq or the economy – because he knows he's wrong. Instead, he is hoping everyone will vote, or at least refrain from voting, on behalf of thinking "well, i just don't trust obama." THIS ELECTION IS ABSOLUETLY NOT ABOUT TRUST. You just want it to be about trust, so that it isn't about Iraq, Iran, or the economy. If it was about trust, none of us would vote at all – because no politician can be trusted. NONE.

    anyway, Obama was financed by the public. I don't understand how that isn't Public Financing – just cutting out the middle man.

    also, the idea that he has become a "typical politician" because of it is a little silly. How many politicians in the past refused the Public Financing program?

    June 29, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Unshrub

    It's hard to tell if McCain is senile or is it just another lie from the republicans.

    June 29, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Texas Trail Dog


    June 29, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. whathefunk

    McCain flat out sux.

    June 29, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. Mar

    Where has the real John McCaine gone? I find it pretty sad to call someone else untrustworthy when you have changed your stand on so many issues. I think the preprimary John McCaine was more believeable. As time goes on, I feel more and more like McCaine has become a puppet for the Republican Party and no longer a voice in his own right. Sometimes he comes out with things and I just say....Huh? It is like Rove and others are standing over him like puppetmasters, manipulating the strings so he says this or does this depending on what political hot spot the voters want answers on. Every once in a while he says something that actually sounds like John McCaine and you can tell the difference. It is going to be very interesting to see how he actually stands on his own when he has to begin debating one on one with Obama. Where HAS the real John McCaine gone?

    June 29, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Mac/San Diego

    All politicians use double-speak. Obama's supporters are so obsessed with their candidate that they can not acknowledge that their candidate speaks out of both sides of his mouth. McCain is playing the same political games to get elected.

    June 29, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. Ted van Tol

    When Obama visit Europe in summer he will see
    thousends of enthousiastic European supporters.

    When McCain visit Europe he will see.....................nobody!

    Our hope is on Obama the new most respected world leader ever!

    With love from the Netherlands

    Europe for Obama!

    June 29, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. Kyle in FL

    McCain is Right. I think Hillary needs to convince Super Delegates to switch their vote before the convention. We NEED HER!! Obama will never get my vote or most of the people in this highly democratic distict to which I reside. Wake Up America, Obama is a FRAUD!!
    McCain 08, Clinton 12

    June 29, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Sue

    Whose word can we trust, please tell me.

    June 29, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. Tim

    I am a proud democrat that resides in florida and will be voting for McCain come November. I have read some of the nastiest comments from Obama supportors. I dont want anything to do with the Democratic party at this time. To put it in perspective Obama lacks experience -and change what- to change his mind when the situation suits him. Thats not the kind of change that I want in a president.

    June 29, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. Jake Jamahl, Atlanta

    Sorry John,

    Pre-presidential John McCain could be trusted and was actually a good presidential candidate but presidential candidate 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.

    Unfortunately, the devil collects at the crossroads in November...

    June 29, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. Doreen Augusta Maine

    McCain should not be so absolute about Senator Obama especially since he has changed his stance on many subjects. I feel that Senator McCain cannot be trusted, and has a history of not being able to be trusted. This will all come out in the wash.

    June 29, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. mountain man

    Its true Obama hasn't kept his word on anything!

    June 29, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. Mike

    Obama is the consumate liar: During the campaign (anti-NAFTA at the debate, pro-NAFTA with Canada); and after (will accept public funds, now won't).

    If he lies openly to the people, how can he be trusted. Obama supporters are hopelessly naive.

    June 29, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. bev

    McCain you can;t talk you flip flop like a flip flop!!! So please for your own good keep quiet on this matter. All you have done is change your mind tobenefit yourself. Go,Obama!!!!1

    June 29, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. jaylo

    Has Obama refused to debate McCain too?

    June 29, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. Jim

    The Republicans know that if they repeat something over, and over again through many channels as possible, the American people will start believing it – no matter how wrong the info is. DON'T BELIEVE JOHN McCAIN. He will say anything to get elected.

    June 29, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |

    Let's see you acknowledge the fact that you were rescued by a Vietnamese citizen...see Veterans against Mcain website....not to mention your constant flops...and Senator Obama would be less than intelligent if he did not allow himself access to unlimited campaign funds. Obviously, he knows what to expect from you. Typical dirtbag repub strategy. By the way CNN, you don't have to post this one either

    June 29, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. carson grey

    Does anybody REALLY think that what we need is a Bush Republican in the White House in the next term? We are on our knees economically,
    we are on our backs when it comes to education.

    Michelle in Georgia: who's been running the educational system for the past 8 years? I don't disagree with what you said but I'm not sure you're clear on who is to blame.

    Given the state of the dollar, the state of the economy and the COMPLETE lack of corporate oversight that has been put in-place by Bush and his Republican clones who really cares about arrogance when your other option is watching the sovereign-nation Oil Companies continue to get billions in subsidies while YOU get saddled with debt and a declining standard of living.

    June 29, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. Selena

    McCain hoped Obama would accept public financing–because McCain would have benefited greatly.

    McCain wants to debate in a series of town hall meetings–because McCain is more comfortable in this situation.

    McCain has "flip-flopped" on so many issues and seems to, in the end; adopt the same ideologies of George W. Bush (i.e. offshore drilling).

    Does the public really care about public financing? If so, more than 11% of taxpayers would agree to contribute to this fund when they file their taxes.

    June 29, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. Doreen Augusta Maine

    Another question - where is McCain getting his money to purchase a brand new, custom built airplane for his campaign? He certainly doesn't appear to have the funds to do so.

    June 29, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. HG

    Neither can yours you old fool.

    June 29, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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