July 24th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
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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. Anonymous

    Luckily, Obama will be able to do both.

    July 24, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Of course McBush doesn't want to speak to the German people as a candidate for president. He'd be laughed out of the country as the idiotic buffoon that he is. All he can talk about is his precious surge working, degrade Obama and ridicule his ideas, and give credit to the idiot in Washington for the price of oil going down. We deserve something better than that. He's almost as embarrasing as Bush is.

    July 24, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. A.S. Minneapolis

    But I guess it's ok to give a speech in Canada as a candidate for the office of the presidency? Hypocrisy anyone?

    July 24, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    ok, johnny boy, i don't blame you, i would wait too. No need for you to go all the way to Germany and make a complete fool of yourself. You are doing a great job of that here in the US of A.

    July 24, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Heather

    I don't want to speak in Germany either. Just for the record. Don't bother asking me to.

    July 24, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. Joe

    He had no problems giving speeches as a presidential candidate in Canada or South America.

    Is someone jealous?

    July 24, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. soy

    aww McCain is jealous. You're such a hater. Please go take a nap

    July 24, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. Mama D

    Mccain need to stop whining, complaining and freakin grow up. He better try talking to them right now because he probably won't get that chance once Obama becomes President!!

    July 24, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. Kiran

    I don't know if McCain is being childish by whinning about the lack of press coverage he is getting or is in admiration of all the press coverage Obama is getting.
    It just may be the latter b/c you gotta love a guy who EFFORTLESSY LOOKS, TALKS AND THINKS LIKE A LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD.

    GOD BLESS OBAMA AND GOD BLESS THE U.S.A

    July 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. Sammy

    On the surface McCain has a good point. But considering our international relations are probably at the lowest they have ever been in this country, whether or not the rest of the world likes Obama is important to me as an American voter. Its going to be very difficult to repair 8 years of the Bush 'our way or the highway' approach.

    On this issue we are better off knowing now whether not Europe (for example) is more likely to meet us halfway depending on who is president. If they like both candidates so be it and we can put this issue to bed. Obviously they like Obama in a big way. But I dont know about McCain... and I want to know.

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

    Hopefully he will never get a chance as president so he might as well go and bore the Germans now with his platitudes.

    July 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. JJ

    McCain could only dream about attracting that many to one of his speeches in our outside the US. Keep dreaming!

    July 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. Robert

    Give it up McCain, you're looking dumber and more childish by the day.

    July 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. Enough

    Oh well, that means he'll never speak in germany.

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

    Too bad you'll never get the chance, Johnny boy.

    July 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. mike.e

    Would someone tell John"THE CRYBABY" Mccain to stop whining.

    July 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Don't worry Mcsurge and crew will steal the election like they did in 2004 with Florida and the "recount". They have all the the MSM eating out of the palm of their hands. You wimps in the media.

    July 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. Phil, FL

    I challenge you to go ON YOUR OWN Campaign money (Obama paid for the European leg of his trip).

    I challenge you !! Let's see you go McCain. Do it. How many days since you went to Germany ?

    We know, you went to Columbia.

    July 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. Diing in Washington

    Why is it okay to give numerous speeches specifically in Canada, Columbia, and Mexico? Your desperation has turns me off big time. Sad

    July 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. a southern bell for OBAMA

    HE HAD A EUROPEAN TOUR & MCSENILE HAD

    THE SAME 30 GERIATRIC FOLKS SHOW UP,

    THAT SHOW UP FOR HIS TOWN HALL MEETINGS.

    July 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. ES NYC

    That's simply means never!

    July 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. Stephen

    Well, luckily he'll do neither.

    Hey, I figured out how to get around the fact that McCain won't campaign on weekends.

    I'm going to make a pullstring doll that says "Obama won't drill" and "The Surge is working."

    Make multiple and he can appear on all the Sunday shows. Then it will be like McCain is really there and he can still get his much-needed weekend rest!

    July 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    AHHHH, I get it: he's at a GERMAN restaurant. Boy, Mayor McCheese sure is clever.

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

    Poor old senile McCain. Mister sour grapes!

    July 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. Damian

    Oh poor baby! Somebody's feeling a little sore.

    Yes McCain, thats why you made such an effort to get your voice heard in the three Berlins, State side. Hypocrite!

    I think the point McCain, is that if you'd have been that popular you'd have made a speech. But you're not, so it's a bit of a mute point.

    Pity you won't get the chance as president, my friend.

    July 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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