July 9th, 2008
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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. Joel, Minnesota

    Ronald Reagan used diplomacy to end the cold war not treats of bombing Russia into submission. if we continue to bully the world into complance the world will fight back, and eventully we will suffer. 911 has shown us that it does not take a millitary power to hurt us where we live.

    July 9, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. Nate

    I think Obama has the right idea. We should be doing everything to prevent war instead of more GW bravado and tough talk. That has gotten us no where. Iran is reacting to our actions. We invade Iraq for oil and Iran isn't supposed to be concerned we'll do the same thing to them?? Their desire to build nukes is more related to being a deterrent against us. By softening our stance and opening up further dialogue we have a chance to change course. We can't continue threatening them unless we want to go to war- a choice that has already been made by some.

    This missle defense shield is a scam- A huge expensive defense contractor pet project that doesn't really work. Read up on it- it doesn't work. It sounds good the the fact is the Russians have missles that they are selling that are too advanced for the current US missle defense system. The republicans support it because the company that builds it is a lobbyist for them.

    July 9, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |

    Let Isreal defend itself. Send Lieberman over there to defend his constituents.

    The US needs to get the US back on track. There are no more resources here to send over seas.

    July 9, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. Enlightened Voter

    McWar will have us at war with Iran within a year if he takes office. That is a fact. With all his so called 'experience' he has extremely poor judgement and we all know by now it takes good judgement to run this country cause the 'experienced' ones have destroyed it. Thank you Obama for offering us a choice.
    And Hillary to Obama – you are an enlightened person.

    July 9, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. fred

    Neither of these two should even be talking about this. They should leave the foreign policy up to the current administration and both should be consulting with Bush.

    Bush knows he's a lame duck and should be giving a strong message that everyone agrees would be the course of action.

    I don't think McCain or Obama are the right people to take this on though.
    Barr or Nader...anyone but McO'bama.

    July 9, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Borne, VT

    Barack has a lot of faults, but not nearly as many as McCain. Cindy Lou always walks behind him like a little puppy. I can't stand him. He's like a little Napoleon. He's not good for America and not good for the world. We have enough trouble without a little dictator in the White House.

    Obama all the way.

    July 9, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. ET from OMAHA


    July 9, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. Wake up!

    And I must support America by voting for President McCain.

    July 9, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Nix

    This would be one of many mistakes he has made... recently. Number one: He should regret his actions against his pastor; an ordained man who had shown Obama the difference between carnal man's society versus the Church's culture of exposing the sins of individuals and nations. God, through the Church, ordains enlightened men like Rev. Wright, instead of blind politicians, to be that spiritual head of the sheep, like Obama says he was. Senator Obama – for his family's sake – would have been better off following his pastor through the gates of Heaven rather than trying to gain access through the gates of the White House to lead a nation of reprobates, now, much like himself!

    In addition, He made a mistake by flip flopping, by taking private donations from special interest bedfellows, and another by saying he would end the war in Iraq... period, after saying he would talk to the generals about what to do when he is – God forbid – elected Commander-in-Chief.

    Obama will win the White House, but like with Bush, America will be the loser!

    July 9, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. karen-phoenix

    Everything Obama has been saying is coming true! Diplomacy with Iran–get out of Iraq!!! Rebuild jobs in the US and get us off OIL!!!!!
    The man has great judgement far superior to MCCAIN"S old brain!!!

    July 9, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. We can't pay for another war people!

    John McCain basically admitted that we invaded Iraq for oil. (And let the terrorists run rampant in Afghanastan!) Now that we might actually need our military to protect ourselves and our allies we are too broke to do so. Thanks President Bush! Bring back diplomacy President Obama!

    July 9, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. MARIA GUPTA-LEE, San Diego, California


    July 9, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. NObama 08

    The truth is diplomacy doesn't work with theocratic dictatorships like Iran. We’ve been trying to leverage them through the UN for years. Talk will only delay the inevitable. Diplomacy is the route Britain took with Hitler in the 1930s. Where did it get them?

    If you think Hitler and Akmandidijab or whatever his name is are very different, you might want to brush up on some history and embrace those warm remarks he made about the holocaust being a fairy tale.

    Vote for a democrat or a republican, either way Iran is going to push until they get a war with the US. Their religion of hate drives them toward it. Do you think diplomacy will trump what they believe about their god?

    I don’t want a war any more than you isolationists out there, but sometimes the rest of the world won’t let you stand pat.

    July 9, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. MIchael Lorton, Virginia

    Iran is sending a message with its missile testing.......beware Israel. McCain solution is Missile Defense Systems, which will only cause Russia to be added to the threat formula. McCain solution of sending more cigarettes to Iran should also include some Vodka....and as incidental as his statement was.......McCain could be the next president. Maybe we should arm the troops with "feathers" so they can inflict more physical harm on the terrorist....about as a sound solution as the ciagrettes..

    July 9, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Relax; as his last great act of stupidity, fearless, "Jet-Pilot" is going to attack Iran and leave a mess.

    McCain picks Jeb as VP.

    McCain catches "Kremlin Cold" and Jeb's in charge – no problem!

    July 9, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. Julian

    Only Israel and America are allowed to test their military weapons? Thats our problem. The best way to deal with this threat, is by talking and showing how the remainder of the Western World stand united in defense of any potentiasl threat. Go Barack!!!!

    July 9, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. NickNas

    Reason why I stopped depending on CNN for my news # 28872.988

    Even Faux news is reporting the comment made yesterday by mcCain..it is all over the place BUT CNN!!

    Google McCain hopes cigarretts kill the Iranians. He said this YESTERDAY BUT WAIT THERES MORE!!!

    McCains claims that his economic package was signed off by Hundreds of experts WAS A LIE!!

    Many disagree with it some didn't even know about parts of it and SOME do not even support him for President. ALL LIES!!!

    What is going on CNN???

    July 9, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. Kelby from Houston, TX

    IRAN IS TRIPPIN! I don't want to go to war with these fools until they catch Osama Bin Laden but these people are putting up their dukes and getting ready to fight.
    What do they want anyway? Why do they feel so threatened? Don't they know we want their oil and not their blood. Israel's actions appear completely defensive and they don't talk about pushing other nations into the sea.
    They lie about their nuclear program and expect us to believe their crap about enriching uranium for energy use. I say if they want to go to war FINE! We will take you to war. Even when the U.S. is wrong and misguided we are not the ones with whom to mess with

    July 9, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. karen-phoenix

    PS: I'm scared to death of MCCain. He is a "loose cannon" and his whole history of his personal life proves it!!! Very poor judgement and trigger happy!!

    July 9, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |

    Anita from Arizona,

    The difference between North Korea and Iran is that we set pre-conditions for North Korea and they actually followed through with them by blowing up a nuclear reactor.

    You Obama supporters are so foolish when it comes to foreign policy. Negotiating with terrorist only cause one thing: More terrorist.

    Obama's policies are Hillarious (I think, I really don't know where he stands on anything now with all the flip-flopping going on)! Open your eyes people!

    I will vote McCain and he is going to win. It will come down to the issue of energy independence. Obama is against Nuclear power and drilling for oil. Go figure.

    Still a Dem, but voting McCain

    July 9, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Carol, Lansing

    Hey CNN, how come you aren't reporting the lie about McCains so called balanced budget claim.

    He claimed he has 300 economists who support his economics and budget claim that he will balance it during his first term.

    Hmm, Politico contacted these people and it turned out to be another McCain lie, suprised. – Sounds like another "mission accommplished" claim.

    Obama 08

    P redictable Republicans
    U ndercover
    M asquerading
    A s disgruntled Hillary supporters.

    July 9, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. Tim

    McSame is a joke!!!!

    The Washington Post writes, “Sen. John McCain hasn't had good luck joking about Iran. But he tried it again Tuesday. Responding to a question about a survey that shows increased exports to Iran, mainly from cigarettes, McCain said, ‘Maybe that’s a way of killing them.’ He quickly caught himself, saying ‘I meant that as a joke’ as his wife, Cindy, poked him in the back. Last time, it was also Iran. His singing about bombing Iran to the theme of the Beach Boy's ‘Barbara Ann’ drew derision from many quarters but a ‘lighten up’ response from McCain.”

    The AP adds, “Cindy McCain's jab to her husband's back came a second too late Tuesday to keep him from making a wisecrack about the health impact of Iran's main import from the United States: cigarettes.”

    Imagine the World problems McSame would cause with his temper and track record of telling innapropriate jokes.

    No crazy war monger in the White House!!!!

    July 9, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. al


    BOMB.........BOMB......BOMB.......NUKE EM ALL!



    July 9, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. NG in DC

    Ask Hillary!

    July 9, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. Sharon

    Obama does not have enough experience to be President. It is obvious everyday since the primary season is over. He does not think things through. He changes his mind on everything. Do we need a President like that. It is becoming clearer everyday we need Hillary. People read the news and watch C-Span – if you would listen to his whole speech he does not have clear solution for anything.

    July 9, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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