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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soundoff (240 Responses)
  1. Adrian Veidt

    Once again, McSame shows that he has nothing useful to offer. He had a perfect opportunity to give counterpoints, but what did he do instead? He just said that he'd like to give a speech in Germany someday.

    Seriously... McSame offers up that pointless nugget, and some people still yet say that Obama's speeches aren't substantive?

    July 24, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. Paul in Indiana

    and another thing, McCain's advisor criticizing Obama for calling himself a 'citizen of the world' is an idiot. We are all 'citizens of the world' and the fact that McCain's campaign would criticize him for saying that illustrates the way McCain thinks and is further proof that McCain would only alienate the USA further from the rest of the world.

    July 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. Terri

    The people are interested did you not see the thousands and thousands of people waiting for BO speak?

    The future president is speaking.

    Go Obama

    July 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. Jeff Long

    Obama is nothing but an opportunists! He just goes wherever his spit falls. I hope that when he blows in the wind, his spit falls right back on his face.

    Substance over Hype!! McCain '08!!

    July 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. nitro

    I guess you wont be giving a speech in Germany since you wont have the chance to be president.

    July 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. Ian

    Who are you going to address, President Putin?

    July 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Krissy

    McCain's good luck is that the mainstream media hasn't connected the dots that Phil Gramm wrote his economic policy AND Phil Gramm also is responsible for legislation that has caused increases in energy prices (enron loophole author) and the mortgage crisis (bank deregulation).

    The economy is the number one issue, and McCain's policy maker is a huge part of the problems we face today.

    July 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Matt

    I kinda like Obama, but this showboating isn't helping me change my vote. A house of cards only falls one way.

    July 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. David Goldman for OBAMA

    COM ON, DON'T BE SO HARD ON THE OLD IDIOT.

    HE JUST WANTS A CHANCE TO INFORM THE

    GERMANS THAT PUTIN IS THEIR PRESIDENT.

    July 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. 58-year-old white woman

    McCain needs to show more personal respect. As Obama said, he disagrees with policies and opinions, but doesn't attack McCain personally. To say that Obama doesn't care if he wins the war, especially when he is out of the country, is going to the bottom of the barrel. Desperate? Show some respect.

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

    lol...i had to laugh but McCain's got a point.

    July 24, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. Chuck

    I do recall Mccain recently giving a speech in Canada which was certainly a political sppech as he talked about NAFTA, etc. He was not President when he gave this speech. So where does Mccain draw the line of his speech in Canada versus Obama's in Germany? Do we note some jealousy here in the fact that McCain had 150 in attendance in Canada of which 125 were asleep whereas Obama had 200,000 in Germany.

    July 24, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. Bill from ALabama

    Proper etiquette,as usual,for a modest American Hero!

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

    I agree. Obama is pretending to be the President and he hasn't been elected yet. Shouldn't we the people of the US be able to elect the president and not have someone just push his way into office?
    This sounds more like a dictatorship instead of a democracy!

    July 24, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Has someone tald Obama that Germany isn't one of the 57 states, and they can't vote for him?

    July 24, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. Ann S

    My God, is CNN reporting positive news about an Obama-opponent. Where are your propaganda police today?

    July 24, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. Joe

    What a Losser and a lost old man.
    Your time has come and gone
    The world want a change!, real change
    No more rat RACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Retire and go home, spend time with your family
    Just go way, war monger!!!!!!!!!!
    The KKK generation need to retire.

    July 24, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. michelle, TX

    OLD MAN YELLS AT CLOUD

    July 24, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. Rob indetroit

    Well my friends John Mccain is just like Greg Stillson From the 1983 movie Dead Zone with Christopher Walken. Mccain would hide behind a baby like he hides behind the american Flag.

    July 24, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. Fred

    Lee,

    Why dont you crawl into the fox hole you came from. Oh yea, McCain may win but no won will like him like Obama. And the world will be in shambles.

    July 24, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. Jimmy in NJ

    Two Hundred Thousand people showed up and they can't even vote!
    Talk about an inspirational leader. Barack is the man.
    I would like to see the reception McCain would get if he tried the same trip abroad.
    Obama in 08!

    July 24, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. Sally, Corvallis Oregon

    Thank you Barack Obama for taking these first steps in extending good will to the nations of the world. The damage done by the current administration – the bullying, arrogant, elitist attitudes seemed insurmountable for too long and has left us increasingly isolated... Now our neighbors abroad are realizing – just as so many of us here at home have been able to – that there is hope.
    Yes We All Can! Obama '08!!

    July 24, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. Observer

    John, sounds kind of petty to me. Kinda like school playground bluster. Does not enhance your image one iota.

    July 24, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. Worst...Resume...Ever....

    Reading these posts on the ticker often makes me sick to be a registered Dem. You people need to tone down the hate rhetoric. You've become what you profess to despise.

    July 24, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. Nicole In NE

    negative, negative, negative.

    It is sad that McCain has taken to just basically attacking Obama and talking about Obama instead of hyping up his own policies and strengths. Guess that is how Bush did it....wait he isn't like Bush remember?

    Obama 08'

    July 24, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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