July 9th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
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McCain, Obama slam Iran

Obama and McCain have reacted to the Iran missile test.

Obama and McCain have reacted to the Iran missile test.

(CNN) - Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain said Wednesday Iran's missile test showcases the need for implementing a more effective missile defense system while his Democratic counterpart, Barack Obama, said the event highlights the need for more aggressive diplomacy with the rogue nation.

Watch: Iran tests missiles

"Ballistic missile testing coupled with Iran's continued refusal to cease its nuclear activities should unite the international community in efforts to counter Iran's dangerous ambitions," McCain said in a statement. "Iran's missile tests also demonstrate the need for effective missile defense now and in the future, and this includes missile defense in Europe as is planned with the Czech Republic and Poland."

"Working with our European and regional allies is the best way to meet the threat posed by Iran, not unilateral concessions that undermine multilateral diplomacy," McCain also said.

Obama, who has faced criticism for saying he would directly sit down with sworn enemies of the United States, told CBS Wednesday morning the test underscores the need for direct diplomacy.

"At this point, the report is unclear, it's still early," he said on CBS' The Early Show. "What this underscores is the need for a clear policy that is putting the burden on Iran to change behavior. And frankly, we just have not been able to do that the last several years, partly because we're not engaged in direct diplomacy."

Obama also said he will continue to push for an incentive package that seeks to deter Iran from its nuclear goals.

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soundoff (261 Responses)
  1. ANGIE


    July 9, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. Matt in Cleveland

    we would be on our way to bomb iran if McSame had his way

    July 9, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Frank

    What is Obama expecting from direct diplomacy? We have offered Iran options for actually having a peaceful nuclear program with Russia supplying and monitoring the nuclear fuel. They have refused. Earth to Obama! Hello? Iran wants nuclear weapons so they can wipe out Israel and confront the evil Western civilization. They will create much havoc in Europe. There is NO negotiation with this TERRORIST regime! Democrats are so far left I consider them non-americans! Shame on you Democrats!

    July 9, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. CONCERNED!!!!!

    to- zwormo—–Our country can't afford to have a president that says woops i made a bad decision. "I think that we got carried away in the moment " comment won't work when you are the commander in chief
    …………That reminds me ..during a press conference BUSH wasn't aware that gas was $4.00 a gallon-HUH

    July 9, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Really

    Incentives?? Lets pay our way out of everything. What does money grow on trees? Are we already imposing harsh economic sanctions. If Barrack does not become the President, maybe we should send him on a world tour to all of our enemies. They can have a big group hug, slip them a couple of billion dollars and everything will be better.

    July 9, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. Joe the Troll

    Why is it that Republicans are okay with diplomacy and incentives in North Korea, which seem to be working, but so against them in Iran? Could it be the oil?

    July 9, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. Bitter - New Orleans, LA

    So Obama wants to pay Iran to stop their nukes... and what happens when they build the nukes anyway? Then we can all laugh at how WE helped to fund their nuke program.
    I can only imagine what we've promised N.Korea over the last decade...

    July 9, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. curtis

    McCain will thank this is an offensive act and the United States should declare war instantly.

    July 9, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. BAM

    Obama will bring the Carter days back again! Bad ole' democrat! We'll have another hostage crisis – for sure! MCCAIN – the ONLY HOPE!!!

    July 9, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. martin

    mcbush wants missile defense in former eastern block countries,that is seriously ticking moscow off,to the point of russia threatening to target the sites MILITARILY.THESE GUYS WILL HAVE US IN WW lll,IF GIVEN THE CHANCE.while we have been draining our military,and our economy,for the mcbush war in iraq,russia has been quietly making good economic progress,with all the oil it's selling, at record profits[another side-effect of the iraq war].these mcbushes have made some very serious blunders ,during their war for oil.we wont survive 4 more years of this irresponsible REPUBLICAN conspiracy to get rich, while destroying america.

    July 9, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. Former HC Girl

    Gee I am sick and tired of this obama character. Please America, send him back to Chicago and let him keep his dirty politic there. This is one man we do NOT need in the white house running our country.
    Vote MCCAIN 08

    July 9, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. Typical White Person

    When was the last time a bully stopped taking your lunch money because you increased the amount of lunch money you gave him?

    Iran is a bully and one that is developing nuclear weapons.

    July 9, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. prairieguy

    anyone see McSame's supposed joke last night about sending cigerettes to Iran...."maybe we can kill them that way."

    With McSame it could be war and with Obama it will be diplomacy.

    I'll take Obama!!!!!

    July 9, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. NC for Obama

    I wonder if Mccain's missile defense will be the same as W's wmd defense. He would invade Iran in a second claiming the need to get rid of their missiles. Do not open the door for Mcwar

    July 9, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. Denise Groves

    I'm so glad Mccain will loose this fall. I don't trust what he says he will do. Since he is a hawk, more than likely, he would make an aggressive decision.

    July 9, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. PUMAs = Operation Chaos, Pt 2

    McCain's foreign policy is antagonism. I don't call that strong.

    Obama's on the right track!

    July 9, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. Nathan

    Missle defense = WW3 with Iran and Russia.

    Bad idea, diplomacy good.

    July 9, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. NotFallingInLine.org

    Maybe Barry Bam Bam can go to Iran and give a speech and the sky will open and the light will come down and celestial choirs will be singing and everyone will know what we should do.

    Obamessiah can do it!

    Knoxville NFIL

    July 9, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    We need to talk with Iran to find out how we can get them to stop this. There also needs to be some activity that will hinder their progress with nuclear weapons development and long and medium missile systems. Without both of those, it will take longer to make the area more secure.

    I worry that Iran could have "an accident" with their nuclear equipment.

    July 9, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  20. Elly

    Someone like Bill Richardson or Madaleine Albright needs to go over and face this man and you know talk face to face
    there is something about looking a man in the eye and talking... you know
    Obama has the right opinion about this
    America needs to Talk to their enemies as well as their friends
    of course this would never be on the Bush Cheney agenda and MCSAME yeah he would talk and then throw a grenade on his lap
    ^How any american can trust MCCain is beyond me!!
    Some of the things that come out of his mouth are darn right scarry!!!
    I would never trust this war monger around the button!!!!!

    July 9, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |

    Obama, I thought you said Iran was not a big threat? Well, at least until you gave a speech to the Jews.

    CNN, I just don't see Obama slamming anyone.

    He won't debate McCain, won't go to Iraq, ect.

    Obama is weak and not ready to be President.

    Still for Hill, but voting McCain

    July 9, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  22. katiec

    The only answer is negotiating and talking with our enemy, whoever they are. Due to Bush, McCain and the republicans our country
    has lost all credibility of being a peace loving nation.
    Not everyone has our beliefs, religions, and do not want to live
    like us. We cannot continue to try to force our ways down other
    peoples throats. Who do they think they are??
    This unjustified war has created problems that will haunt us
    for decades.
    And, what is so very scary, Bush has the power to declare war
    without approval from Congress. This needs to be changed
    immediately. The man has already done enough harm.

    July 9, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  23. Foreign observer

    With American rockets on Polish territory Russia feels threatened. US policy is making the same mistakes towards Russia like Iran is doing towards the Arabs.

    July 9, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  24. rachel

    Wasn't it Barack who a little while ago said Irain wasn't big threat? that they only spend 1/100 of the amount of money we do on their military? I am pretty sure it was him who said it.

    July 9, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. Nikki, Florida

    We would test our weapons too if another country was talking about us in the same way McCain & Bush are talking about Iran

    July 9, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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