July 24th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain says he'd prefer to speak in Germany as president

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Sen. John McCain's campaign is doing what it can to counter the publicity from Sen. Barack Obama's trip.
Sen. John McCain's campaign is doing what it can to counter the publicity from Sen. Barack Obama's trip.

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain sharpened his attacks against Sen. Barack Obama on Thursday, saying he'd rather give a speech in Germany as president than as a presidential candidate.

Obama was in Berlin for the latest leg of an international trip intended to bolster his foreign policy credentials at home and set out his vision for a new era of transatlantic cooperation.

Watch: McCain says he'd prefer to speak in Germany as President

McCain was campaigning Thursday in Ohio, focusing on health care.

Speaking to reporters outside Schmidt's Restaurant and Banquet Haus, a German eatery in Columbus, Ohio, McCain responded to Obama's Berlin speech, which attracted large crowds at the Victory Column.

Watch: McCain discusses Obama's Berlin speech

"Well, I'd love to give a speech in Germany ... a political speech or a speech that maybe the German people would be interested in," he said. "But I would much prefer to do it as president of the United States rather than as a candidate for the office of the presidency."

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  1. Us liberals

    Guess McCain won't be making a speech in Germany then!

    He will NOT and can NOT be the President of our great nation! He lacks the tact and temperment to be a true leader...

    July 24, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Tim

    WHINER!!!!! Nobody will play with me. Pathetic, sad little man!!! Sounds like a little kid looking from outside the fence at a playground saying, well, I didn't want to play right now anyway. Mr Magoo just hasn't a clue!!!

    July 24, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Friend of Obama

    Well Senator McCain. I guess you will be giving that speech in 2016. You will be about 80 years old, and I do not think you will draw over 200,000 supporters.

    Obama – 2009-2016

    July 24, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. Deb

    McCain spoke in Canada on June 20, 2008, maybe 50 suits showed up for it.

    July 24, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. Anissa

    What about the speech McCain gave in Canada as a candidate for President?

    "I would rather speak at a rally or a political gathering any place outside of the country after I am president of the United States," McCain told O'Donnell. "But that's a judgment that Sen. Obama and the American people will make."

    "However, on June 20, McCain himself gave a speech in Canada - to the Economic Club of Canada - in which he applauded NAFTA's successes. An implicit message behind that speech was that Obama had been critical of the trade accord. Also, McCain's trip to Canada was paid for by the campaign."

    McCain's advisors should be reminding him of these things, so that he doesn't make statements that are completely hypocritical.

    July 24, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. Gail

    I doubt Germany wants Old Man McSame to speak to them at all.

    July 24, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. Scott L

    John, one correction...he is not the Democratic candidate YET...do not worry you will beat him in November. Dems only chance is to pick Hillary as Veep...and he won't do that.

    July 24, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. Truth Be Told

    ...can you say "BIT-TER"? ..some sour grapes there...wow...

    July 24, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. UgandanMoses

    I wonder if McCain would attract a crowd as energised and excited as the one in Berlin ... or anyone else in the world.

    July 24, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. Independent-Minded American

    No one's stopping you, McCain... You can go give a speech anywhere in the world you want... Stop hating...
    Besides, that speech was one of the best ever, and it was not political at all... please give credit when due!

    July 24, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Yetty

    Really what about when he went to canda and gave a speech. What was he giving the speech as?

    July 24, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. LGriff

    Whatever, you wish you were there.... CNN is this the best the news media can do for Johnny boy is to make him feel he's winning in the polls now. Want work. You guys tried, he will pick his vp, the surge the surge the surge but still Mccain hasn't came forward on no withdraw date. This poll was asked by a bunch of republicans.

    Please,,, America want be fooled this time.

    Obama. 08/2012

    July 24, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. mayahh

    Eat your heart out..

    July 24, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. sherry

    PLEASE...HES JUST SAYING THAT BECAUSE HE WASNT ASKED TO GO THERE.

    I CANNOT BELIEVE WHAT A CHILDISH WHINER HE IS

    ALL HE KNOWS HOW TO DO IS COMPLAIN
    ALL HE TRIES TO DO IS MAKE OBAMA LOOK BAD TO MAKE HIMSELF LOOK GOOD.

    IT WONT WORK YOU OLD FOOL.....YOUR A HAS BEEN AND WONT EVER BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    JEALOUSY IS SO UNBECOMING............

    July 24, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Rise America Rise

    I think it is hilarious that he is going to a german restaurant. He is probably confused and thinks that Obama is there, not realizing the difference between a german restaurant and the country of germany. Oh well, i hope nobody clues him in,,,, let him continue his quest to follow obama, its nice that he finds ways to be happy.

    July 24, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    MCBUSH WONT'S A CHANCE TO IN PERSON, MAKE PUTIN

    THE PRESIDENT OF GERMANY, AS HE DID IN HIS TOWN

    HALL MEETING, MORON.

    July 24, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. georgia independent

    Fortunately, he ain't going to get his wish. :-)

    July 24, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. Lesley

    This man is truly arrogant. If we really are a nation of whiners, then McCain is definitely the right choice for prez.

    July 24, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. Frank

    Obama is a joke, and he has made a circuis of his candidacy! People will continue to find out more about this clown and come November, McCain will win and the clown can go back to his home town! Obama has made a joke out of our Presidential election, and he will live to see the consequences! Go home clown, go home!

    July 24, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. Biffington, Biff

    You can always tell when his people have written a decent line for him to repeat...

    his delivery is worse than the postal service...

    July 24, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. Dick in Sioux Falls

    Yes, I'm sure McCain would rather give a speech anywhere after he is president, but I pray he will never have that chance.
    I cannot imagine any thinking person who would choose McCain over Obama when it comes to the "Commander in Chief" role. John McCain has been in the pocket of the Military-Industrial Complex ever since he got out of the POW Camp in Vietnam. He would exactly emulate George W. Bush, as he did in the decision to invade Iraq. The test for a future Commander in Chief is not whether or not the surge was successful. The test should be in the judgment shown or betrayed in the decision to send our brave young men and women to their deaths or maiming in an unnecessary war, to say nothing about bankrupting this country to satisfy a Presidential whim on false pretexts; when the real reason was the obscure chance that we might benefit from Iraq's oil..
    Now

    July 24, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. Gail

    Sour grapes! Too Funny!!!

    July 24, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. Benito

    i guess it mean he will never be in Germany to give a speech! OBAMA 08

    July 24, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. McBush the 3rd!!

    McSame is falling apart before our eyes whatz happening to his left cheek?

    July 24, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. Southerner For Obama

    NOT TO WORRY, YOU WONT BE ABLE TO GIVE THAT SPEECH AFTER ALL. IT'S SAD THAT MCNOTHING HAS NOTHING GOOD TO SAY ABOUT OUR NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE US. HE EVEN THINKS THAT THE SPEECH THAT WAS GIVEN WAS NOT WHAT THE PEOPLE OF GERMANY WANTED TO HEAR AND HE WOULD GIVE ONE THAT THEY WANTED TO HEAR. LET'S SEE HOW THAT SPEECH WOULD SOUND (CRICKET SOUND)

    July 24, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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