July 11th, 2008
08:38 AM ET
2 years ago

McCain misfires on Obama attack

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McCain criticized Obama for missing a Senate vote he also missed.
McCain criticized Obama for missing a Senate vote he also missed.

(CNN) - It turns out that John McCain made an off-the-mark error when he launched at Barack Obama this week over Iran’s missile tests.

In a statement criticizing Obama’s positions on the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the organization claiming credit for the missile launches, McCain wrote, “This is the same organization that I voted to condemn as a terrorist organization when an amendment was on the floor of the United States Senate. Senator Obama refused to vote.”

The problem with the critique? McCain also missed that vote on the Kyl-Lieberman amendment on September 26, 2007. Records show that Obama was in New Hampshire and McCain was in New York instead of being in the Senate chamber for the vote in question.

The McCain campaign admits the error but points to their candidate’s tough stance against the country President Bush once grouped into the “axis of evil.”

“Its time to make the Iranians understand that this kind of violation of international treaties, this kind of threat, threatening of their neighbors, continued military activity is not without cost,” McCain said on Wednesday.

Despite Obama’s voting absence, his campaign is touting legislation he sponsored in March 2007 (S. 970) which also would have designated the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization. Obama’s legislation never had a vote in the Senate.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (520 Responses)
  1. Scott Austin, TX

    Are we surprised? McCain can't remember what he had for breakfast.

    July 11, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. Generation X

    McCain- What button was I supposed to push?
    SS- Sir, the yellow button
    McCain- What did I push
    SS- Sir, you pushed the red button
    McCain- What does the red button do?
    SS- We just started WWIII

    July 11, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. P Diddy

    Look people- how about we ignore the media so they stop reporting on these two knuckleheads until say October? Everyone knows that every politician is in it for themselves and all they do is lie, cheat and steal. Obama has NO CLUE how to run a country, the guy can't even run his own household and McCain is TOO OLD to be a president. We wonder why our country is going down hill- b/c all you morons jump on the bandwagon of whichever party you are for. You cannot believe anything these people say or most anything you see on You tube. I will say this with CERTAINTY -Obama will NOT win in 08'. The GOP machine will dismantle him by September and he'll go write a book about how global warming is killing his children.

    Ron Paul 08'

    July 11, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. Theresa in Georgia

    CNN please continue to re*run the story with McCain acting like a deer in headlights when the reported questioned him about not voting for healthcare coverage for birth control pills!! I LOVE IT!! It is hilarious! Now that is a kodak moment. Who cares what Jesse Jackson said about Obama. I want to see more of John McCain's "snooby doo" moment! :-)

    July 11, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  5. reddog

    remeber mcbush said he would stay in Iraq for a HUNDRED YEARS if necessary, which is about how old he is.

    July 11, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. Ricky

    Rather be a liberal than a conservative anyday. Conservatives like living in the past while liberals strive for the future.

    July 11, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  7. Glad to be an Independent

    People say that age should not be an issue. Every time McCain makes an error likes this, I start to wonder how his age is affecting him. Forgetting who the U.S. is fighting Iran or Iraq and other errors call into question his age. Fair or unfair, his age is a question mark in my mind. To me, McCain is clearly not the same energetic maverick of 2000. I can not trust that he has the capacity at his age to govern the country. That is too bad because back in 2000, I was a big supporter of McCain. It is time for a change and means Obama.

    July 11, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Andrea

    This is typical. Why are we giving McCain more credit than he deserves? He does this all of the time. Is it his age???

    July 11, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. Ben

    McCain, while I support Obama, I have much more respect for you than I do Bush. That said, please get your facts straight.

    July 11, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. Ronald Schmeagan

    To me it's a testament to how bad McCain and George Bush have been for this country when people so desperately harken back to the grand old days of Ronald Reagan (not Regan). What actually happened under Reagan? Communism fell apart under its own weight. Great job, Republicans. We need someone who can split the difference between these two stupid warring parties, and that's Obama. McCain should stop pretending that he's a moderate. Cartoons here: http://spinachflame.wordpress.com/

    July 11, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  11. Bob

    Sorry CNN but MSNBC had this story a few days ago. If you weren't always reporting drivel about Hillary this could have been one of your top headlines.

    July 11, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  12. Jan From Boca Raton, Fl

    Exactly what has Obama done since he has been involved in politics?

    He dosen't vote except to say "present" He flip flops on the issues
    or lies. The Obama supporters keep bashing Hillary and saying Obama dosen't need her, then why in Gods name is he begging
    for her help. She is selling herself to the devil, Sen. Clinton raise
    your own money to pay off your debt, you don't need Slick Willy, and you will regret campaigning for him if he is elected. He will be worse
    for this country than the last 8 years with Bush.

    July 11, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  13. SHAWN

    OK ITS OFFICIAL: THE MEDIA WANTS BARACK OBAMA TO BE PRESIDENT. SO DO WE HAVE TO VOTE. EVERYTHING HE DOES AND SAYS IS PERFECT AND IF HE MAKES A MISTAKE, THEY MAKE IT OVER FOR HIM. I AM HAPPY FOR OBAMA, ALTHOUGHI PREFERRED MRS. CLINTON. BUT REMEMBER, THE MEDIA DID THE SAME THING FOR GEORGE BUSH WHEN HE FIRST RAN FOR OFFICE. THEY PAID LITTLE ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT HE DID NOT KNOW WHO THE LEADERS WERE OF SOME OF THE WORLD'S MOST UNSTABLE COUNTIRES. NOW LOOK AT THE CONDITION THE WORLD IS IN NOW.

    July 11, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  14. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    McCain IS a WALKING MISFIRE! He can't tell the difference between Sunni and Shia; he hired Phil Gramm to give him economic advice, the mastermind of the Enron loophole which has led speculators to drive gas prices sky high (not to mention he gave us the bank deregulation which led to the mortgage crisis), and now McCain favors keeping the insane Bush tax cuts for the rich which will bankrupt the country! Face it, bitterly partisan Republicans: This guy isn't smart enough for the Presidency! McCain = Bush 3. NOT FOR ME!!!

    July 11, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  15. Tony in Chicago

    I hope the media will continue to exposure these issue. McCain and his camp continuously say things that are flat out incorrect and it is hardly mentioned. Obama makes a consistent statement about the war in Iraq and a completely manufactured flip-flop charge hits every media channel for days. And yes Obama DID NOT change his position on Iraq. Finally today someone from an independent fact check group came on TV and said they reviewed all the tapes on Obama and any allegations that he changed his position on Iraq is absolutely false.

    The name Teflon John is accurate. He says and does anything and the media lets it go.

    July 11, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  16. JimG

    So how is it still a tough stand if you don't actually show up?

    July 11, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  17. Jay in NYC

    And they call Obama a typical politician???
    It's all a game but at least Obama can keep track of his attacks.

    July 11, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  18. Nikki, Florida

    You mean you're not believing all of McCain's lies and reporting them as truth...have we hit the twilight zone? Reporting the truth?!?!?!?

    *faints*

    July 11, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  19. Sam, North Carolina

    Let's see, which way is the wind blowing today? I'll sway that way.

    Here's a concept...if these candidates actually stood by the principles they believe in rather than pandering (and swaying) to each and every group that comes along, perhaps they could remember what they voted for.

    Here is a fact: no matter where you stand on ANY issue, there will always be someone that doesn't like it. That doesn't make you a bad person, that is just the way it is! The President will have to make a lot of decisions while in office, some of which are painful and don't sit well with some contingencies. That, too, is just the way it is.

    July 11, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  20. Robert M. Reidy N.Y.

    Did you see McCain try, stumble, stammer and nearly drool when pegged
    on the Viagra and the birth control discrepancy – Seriously pitiful !

    McCain will be the oldest President ever elected – and it shows...

    July 11, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
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