July 6th, 2008
03:05 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain campaign calls Obama's words into question

Sen. John McCain's campaign says Barack Obama has not been consistent on Iraq.
Sen. John McCain's campaign says Barack Obama has not been consistent on Iraq.

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain's campaign said Sunday that Barack Obama's remarks on Iraq "have left a significant question as to exactly what he intends."

"He has held almost every conceivable position in the course of his relatively brief career in the Senate," said Randy Scheunemann, McCain's foreign policy adviser.

Obama maintains his stance has not changed and said Saturday that "every single word" he says is closely measured.

McCain's campaign suggested Obama's views could be becoming more in line with McCain's Iraq policy.

"The position of [McCain's] campaign is that words do matter, and Sen. Obama's words have left a significant question as to exactly what he intends. If he is now joining Sen. McCain's position and saying that the need to maintain peace and stability in Iraq is a prerequisite before responsible withdrawal, which is Sen. McCain's position, we welcome his conversion to that position," Scheunemann said Sunday in a conference call with reporters.

The war over words started Thursday when Obama told reporters questioning his stance on Iraq that he will "continue to refine" his policies as warranted.

Obama denied any suggestion that he was shying away from his proposed 16-month phased withdrawal of all combat troops from Iraq, calling it "pure speculation" and adding that his "position has not changed."

National reporters and Republicans pounced on his comments. The Republican National Committee put out an e-mail statement saying that Obama was backing away from his position on withdrawal.

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soundoff (287 Responses)
  1. Bradley In Colorado

    It won't work, McCain. I know what you're trying to do, and believe me, you won't find any good dirt on Obama. It's like the lyrics from one song: "Ride the tiger! You can see his stripes, but you know he's clean!"

    July 6, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. Jeff

    Common sense is something that eludes John McCain.

    July 6, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. Vig

    McCain has brought into his campaign a kick-butt operative. You are going to see a new and improved McCain campaign that will shake-down Obama at every turn. Before they are done with Obama, write-in's for Hillary will dominate the ballots in November.

    July 6, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Eric in Ca

    Regardless how McCain or the RNC mince Obama's words, Obama is still the better candidate for many, many reasons. Obama has my vote. 8 years of this (add your own adjective) Economy, Iraq War, Healthcare, Energy, Above the Law Administration, Katrina, Foreign Policy failures, and the Out of Touch approach to government. THE ONLY CHOICE IS OBAMA!

    July 6, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. REG in AZ

    DECISION 08:
    __________________
    MORE OF THE SAME
    or
    CHANCE FOR CHANGE,
    your choice!
    ____________________
    (that is all there is, the rest is BS)

    July 6, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. No McCain!

    I know his, he wants to leave.

    Yours, McCain is very clear. You want to stay for 100 years. To be honest, I'd take the vague, but correct one over the warmonger plan any day!

    Obama '08!

    July 6, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. Denise Groves

    I do not see what the problem is with what Obama said. He wants to visit Iraq and refine what he stated earlier. If things have changed on the ground, he has to address those changes. he needs to confir with the guys on the ground. I don't have a problem with this.

    Is he suppose to do what Bush did an ignore everybody around him and do what he wants to do?

    July 6, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. NickNas

    hmmmm Are the words to BIG or is the TRUTH to much for them to comprehend?

    July 6, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Independent

    Oh sure, I would like to call lots of McCains word in question also....he is the major flip flopper....

    By the way, is Mr. Black still with McCain??? Now there is a man with questionable words....

    I thought McCain was going to run a campaign without bashing....it sure don't look like it, does it?????? McCain turned me off a long time ago....

    July 6, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. Lisa in Cincy

    Whatever. When McCain can remember from one minute to the next what HIS stance is on SEVERAL issues – then his campaign can comment on others.

    July 6, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. CITIZENS FOR AMERICA FIRST

    CALL THE OTHER GUY A LIER, HOPING VOTERS

    WON'T KEEP TRACK OF YOUR LIES. NO ONE IN

    THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN ELECTIONS HAS

    FLIP-FLOPPED OR LIED MORE THAN MCBUSH.

    MCSLEAZO ON VIDEO TELLING OVER 300 LIES.

    July 6, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. Make Love Not War

    THE RNC IS DELUDED AND GRASPING FOR ANYTHING.

    WE HAVEN'T FORGOTTEN THAT MR. MCCAIN SAID THE UNITED STATES WILL STAY IN IRAQ FOR AS LONG AS 100 YEARS.

    LIKE DR. PHILL WOULD SAY: THE RNC NEEDS TO GET REAL.

    July 6, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. SMEARS/LIES WON'T WORK IN 2008 MY FRIENDS.

    GIVE IT UP MCCAIN. OBAMA HAS CLEARLY STATED HIS POSITION OF IRAQ HAS NOT CHANGED.

    July 6, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. Robert in OR

    Im so sick of this sort of Bush-esque spin. Saying you would be willing to change a position, in the future, if circumstances change, is different than "flipfloping" by doing something like, for example, voting against a torture ban due to politically convenience despite a supposed lifetime of opposition to torture.

    July 6, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. A man of many words

    What????

    You mean because he changes positions... I mean "let me make myself clear", I mean "let me be perfectly clear", I mean "don't parse my words"?

    Obama is perfect. He has perfect judgement, perfect vision, perfect solutions and perfect words.

    All he lacks is ACTION- and experience, and qualifications, and a track record, and trustworthiness....

    July 6, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. Connie

    I question John McBush's actions, like going to Canada and putting Barack Obama down,like Jan. 2008 signing an autograph on a picture of the American Flag , against the rules on respecting the flag.John McBush and his stooges are tiring to turn ever thing against Obama, but it is not going to work this time big dog.Also Mr.Liberman is it flip flopping when you lose the nomination for senator as a dem. and all of a sudden now you are an independent.Give it a rest,when you lay with dogs you get fleas. Barack Hussein Obama 08

    Connie"Hussein"Sturgeon from Indiana

    July 6, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. Out for himself

    He intends to make history by becoming president.

    He does not intend to DO anything...just like the last 10 years in elected office.

    July 6, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. bk

    Looks like now Obama is agreeing with McCain like he did when he ran against Clinton. Obama is a loser and doesn't have a clue what he is doing. Obama can read a prepared speech real good. I can't believe the American people would vote a guy in for president because he says hope and change, and reads a speech. Do you remember Bush ran on change too, and look what happened. Bush lost every debate and the people still voted for him. Obama won't even debate. Don't be fooled a second time, we can't afford another inexperienced president.

    July 6, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. ANGIE

    mccain give it up i thought you wanted to run a clean campaign but no instead you just attack obama and his campaign another one of your lies mccain well at least obama isint planning on keeping us in iraq for 4 years 12 years or 100 as you had stated sir and what about bomb bomb bomb iran is that also on your agenda sir mccain you are a dangerous person as well as mentally incompenet to run this country i think we should have a look at your mental records!!!

    July 6, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. caribbean admirer of OBAMA

    Mcsame can't do jack! The only improvement he made was to read slow from e prompter a speech he didn't write. Can't wait for the landslide in November when Obama will shake-down McCain dispite the unloyalty of the HRC-support for the Democratic nominee.

    Obama'08

    July 6, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz

    OOOOUR "HERO" AGAIN.

    A GERIATRIC BUSH, WITH LESS INTEGRITY.

    MCBUSH & HIS OTHER FLIP-FLOP SOUL MATE LIEBERFOOL

    CAN'T KEEP TRACK OF THEIR OWN POSITION.

    July 6, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. Supreme Leader of the people

    Stop it!

    Do NOT question Obama.

    That has been banned by Obama and his campaign.

    His biracial ethnicity is all that matters... so just STFU!

    July 6, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. Ralph

    The GOP would rather fail than make any necessary changes.

    July 6, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  24. bill for barack

    I must say one thing for John McCain. His comments about Iraq have left us with no doubt whatsoever about his intentions. He intends to keep us there for at least another hundred. He intends to continue the death, the destruction, the carnage – all the things he dreamed he could inflict on the Vietnamese.
    How ironic then that the ONLY endorsement McCain has been able to garner is from the Communist who was his captor.
    John McCain – Endorsed by the Communists.

    July 6, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. DM, Arlington TX for Barack Obama 08

    The alternative to having senator McCain as President is continue counting the body casket returning to the family members, the children who have lost their mothers and fathers sisters as well as brothers.

    Senator John McCain will never see reality until his family member return in the same way.. I love my children in the same ways I know him and Cindy love theirs.

    Let not choose this way... Let choose peace and coversation to war...

    July 6, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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