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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soundoff (329 Responses)
  1. Patrick Henry

    Too bad Obama wasn't president two years ago.

    Then Al Qaida would have controlled Iraq instead of being defeated. I miss seeing Osama's face on television.

    Obama – "snatching defeat from the jaws of victory."

    June 29, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. RCH, St. Paul, MN

    Funny that McClone says that Obama's word can't be trusted, when Johnny's been the preeminent flip-flopper in this race. He was against immigration before he was for it; and he's already professed on numerous occasions that he's clueless on fixing the economy. No way I'm voting for someone who's going to 'Stay the Course' – no matter how disasterous the course has been.

    June 29, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. McCaint

    Don't like where McCain stands on the issues?

    Wait a couple days

    June 29, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. gitfidl

    Obama supporters (white and black) are in for a big disappointment .. they are betting on an unknown (and they have be persuaded to see McCain as Bush - which he is not)

    Obama favors MUCH HIGHER taxes .. 60% and 70% taxes (that will take MORE CASH out of the hands of working people - no way to avoid it) and create a deep long-term DEPRESSION (he would enter office in a Recesssion)

    He favors UNIONS and he IS A LAWYER and that alone will drive millions more jobs OUT of the U.S. makine employment even more difficult (and high taxes even more severe)

    He view corporations as "the enemy" and so he will punish them .. and that will drive them off-shore. No domestic corporations means no jobs. We already buy most of our consumer goods from China. That is the consequnce of UNIONS and LAW SUITS

    He wants to "give up" in the struggle with radical Islam .. that will only make them more brazen and result in bigger and wider wars (plural) The struggles with Islan were initiated by Islam and they have no intention of stopping ESPECIALLY WHEN FACED WITH WEAKLINGS AND QUITTERS

    None of the candidates has a rational energy plan. Obama has no plan at all.

    Obama has no idea how to help Wall Street get "fixed" and the president does not just "order up" a new economy. THEY will also see him as a blunder fool and the sub-prime type problem will expand .. fueled by foolish government policy.

    If Social Security is broke and Medicare is floundering (witness the pharmacy debacle) THEN any form of "national health plan" is impossible. That's just an outright lie (even Obamna knows that)

    UNLESS someone does something aboiut NAFTA Mexican transportation companies will displace American trucking companies (going BK at the rate of 1000/month) while Mexico subsidizes fuel from PEMEX.. making their operations much less expensive.

    When UNIONS kill of the last U.S. airline then foreign carriers (Mexico) will take over under the NAFTA umbrella just like the truckers)

    Obama says nothing about container ports and that willl get one US city bombed ... but he went to a Medrasa .. he knows that ..

    All summed up the US public is in for a MAJOR set back in this "unknown" they are excited about - with his Trinity church cohorts and his ex-hippie bomber friends ... tell who you are with and I will tell you what you are. It's not to hard to see.

    Bush was dumb. This guy is extremely dangerous and it look like it is going to happen.

    June 29, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. Jonathan

    What I would like to see and hear in a McCain/ Obama debate:

    Moderator: Mr. Obama do you have a question for Senator McCain?

    Obama: John, I want to know what happened to you? I respected your work on immigration reform. You had a balanced perspective with a clear path to citizenship for the many immigrants but recently you have only been interested in militarizing the border. What happened? You were critical of the Bush tax cut of the wealthy and called it voodoo economics, and now you want to institutionalize it. What happened? You were a proponent of campaign finance reform and then abandoned those ideas and have even violated campaign finance law. What happened? You were outspoken against the use of torture in interrogation and no one can speak with more authority in opposition to torture, but then you acquiesced and agreed to flawed legislation that defines certain forms of torture as being allowed. What happened? You were critical of voices of religious intolerance and then you sought out their support? What happened? As an admirer of you as a man and as someone who respects your record, I am concerned that somehow you have lost your voice, what happened to you along the way here?

    June 29, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. Jose R Lopez Miami,Fl


    Lets see a 3rd Bush Term Or a 2nd Carter Or 2nd JFK term?
    I think this american Will take his chances and Vote McCain.
    and Guess what Im 26, and think is experience is better than words.
    How bout dem' Apples?

    Best Regards.

    June 29, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. Sparky

    GOP Supporter wrote: "Most Democrats take office on the promise for change after there is a solid economy and world stability left behind by the Republicans. "

    The last time that was true was when Ike left office. It took us a decade to clean up the mess made by Reaganomics. Now it will take almost a decade or more to clean up from Bushmoronics.

    Just like the GDP and employment figures. If you don't get the results you want, manipulate the data so that way it becomes harder for voters to make a true comparison between administrations because the data is reported differently.

    Don't get me wrong. The Dems are no better when it comes to having their hands out and selling their souls for the campaign dollar but at least they are a lot less hypocritical about it.

    June 29, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Ray

    Are we all grown or what? Who cares what candidate's supporters are saying? There are childish, ignorant, and irrational things being said on BOTH sides by BOTH Hillary and Obama supporters. I know it won't happen, but I wish people would act their age for once and vote on the issues that matter to them. All this spiteful stuff is beyond me.

    Obama 08

    June 29, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. orlando

    McFlip-Flop, said that Obama is not to be Trusted. Is this the same guy who embrace Bush failed policies, the same guy who failed to show up in the Senate to vote, the same guy who voted against the GI Bill and now claims he was for it. The Straight talk express has changed to the Double Talk Express (DTE)

    June 29, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. MBFLA

    Sorry, there was more than enough Lying in Bush W's terms I and II. There's no way anyone should risk more of it for McBush term lll. How dumb do you think the American public is? Oh, really?

    June 29, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Lisa

    I don't like Obama or his buck tooth wife. I'm sorry Michelle but someone had to tell the truth. I'm still hoping in the background that Hillary wins.

    June 29, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |

    Can someone name me 1 president who had experience, before they were elected?

    June 29, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Obama Fan

    I do hope that one thing comes from obama's candidacy is the end of affirmative action. Now that we have a minority candidate who beat a woman, can we drop this nonsense and start requiring that ALL Americans graduate from high school, avoid pregnancy when they're kids themselves and do what successful people have always had to do to EARN that success? Speak the language correctly, dress like you're not a convict and all around GROW UP. OH, and check the guns and knives at the door...

    OBAMA 08!

    June 29, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. Louise

    NO politician's word can be trusted, including this current Republican- white-male-establishment-old-guy model.

    June 29, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. NOTIEE

    A man who believes we can actually live better by changing both our lives and failed policies of the present regime?
    a man who has practically changed his position on most of the issues he has believed and supported as a Senator?

    June 29, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Herman in LA

    Read through all of these flip-flops by McCain then tell me if Obama can live up to this supposed stellar standard of integrity:

    "The past couple of weeks have been especially difficult when it comes to McCain flip-flops.

    * McCain supported the drilling moratorium; now he’s against it.

    * McCain strongly opposes a windfall-tax on oil company profits. Three weeks earlier, he was perfectly comfortable with the idea.

    * McCain thought Bush’s warrantless-wiretap program circumvented the law; now he believes the opposite.

    * McCain defended “privatizing” Social Security. Now he says he’s against privatization (though he actually still supports it.)

    Wait, I’m not done with the last two weeks yet….

    * McCain wanted to change the Republican Party platform to protect abortion rights in cases of rape and incest. Now he doesn’t.

    * McCain thought the estate tax was perfectly fair. Now he believes the opposite.

    June 29, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. Franky

    Look who's talking, LOL!!!!

    June 29, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. Cynthia

    McCain saying Obama can't be trusted is like the pot calling the kettle black. McCain is the king of flip flop. Did he say that before or after he was heckled four times on yesterday.

    June 29, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. John

    Comments are running 99% to 1% against McLiar.
    Very good sign.

    June 29, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. Time to move on

    Mccain u achanged position on every BIG issue and now u are talking of trust.Anybody there?

    June 29, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. Michael

    Obama and McCain are both back stabbers. They'll both smile at you and as soon as your back is turned they'll thrust it home into your back. They are both cut from the same cloth, only one has faded (McCain) more than the other.

    Why would one elect someone like McCain who is in such bad physical health anyway.

    My GOP vote is for Ron Paul. A man who has successfully delivered over 4,000 healthy babies is definitely someone you can trust.

    June 29, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. Donald

    There's nothing to trust about Obama. He doesn't offer positions, just slogans. But at least everyone feels good. Democrat or republican. Just two different entities owned by the same people/

    June 29, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. bill in oklahoam

    Let me see.

    Mccain lets not drill offshore
    Mccain lets drill offshore

    Mccain lets talk to hamas
    Mccain we don't talk to hamas

    Mccain lets use public financing in primary
    Mccain we do not use public financing in primary

    Mccain Lets not use time lines to get out of Iraq
    Mccain we will get out of Iraq in 4 years
    Mccain we may stay in Iraq for 100 years
    Mccain Its not important we get the troops out

    Mccin bush tax cuts are bad
    Mcain bush tax cuts are good

    Mccain wary about religous leader of intolerance
    Mccain come support my campaign

    Who has credibility problems John?

    June 29, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |

    Caney Cane is a HYPOCRIT–he BROKE the MOST HOLY VOW: he cheated SEVRAL TIMES on his betrothed...HOW CAN HIS WOARDS BE TRUSTED...he further admitted that his x-wife, Carol, had reason to be upset and bitter–meaning that he put her through hell with the lies and cheating. I ask you, Senator Caney-Cane–if we cannot even trust you to tell your wife the TRUTH–why in the hell should the American people trust one stinkin' word you say?!

    June 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. Jason, Texas

    That is the funniest and saddest thing McCain has said to date.

    OBAMA 08

    June 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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