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. Douglas

    CNN, please, also report that McCain gave a speech in Canada a month ago !!! How can McCain criticize Obama for doing something he did himself in Ottawa?

    July 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. LaShanda

    Wait a minute! Was he talking this nonsense when he traveled Europe and the Middle East after he became the presumptive nominee? LMAO! He sure wasn't! Sounds like jealousy to me!

    July 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Kevin

    What does that even mean? Is his criticism of Obama that Obama hasn't won the presidency yet? Wait 'till November, McCain; it will all happen in due time.

    Obama '08!

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

    McOld have forgotten that he gave a speech in Ghana about a month ago...were you a POTUS then. This oldman will say anything to be in the news. He can't even remember what he said a month ago..

    July 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. Mark

    Lee I fail to see how anyone is BUYING the election, is your vote for sale???

    No one's is, and its actually illegal to Buy one's vote...so the election is not for sale, nor is anyone buying the election...

    If you like what you hear you will vote based on what you hear, not by how much someone spends....

    I could spend one dollar, and my counterpart can spend millions, but if you don't like what one says, then your not going to vote for them..

    So enough of the buying the election garbage...its not happening.

    I however love what Barack stands for, and what he says, so regardless of what he spends, or how much or how little, he gets my vote.

    He does not advertise much in Illinois, so he does not spend much here...he does not need to, we have seen, and heard him from day one... and he will have my vote

    Obama 08!

    July 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. Richard

    HA no one would show up to listen to your speech!

    July 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. People make no sense

    Lee – it is obvious that your candidate is inspiring at all. The old 2000 McCain was a great man until he was swift boated by Bush and now look at him. What a shame for a man of his stature to be like this.

    July 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Justin

    It was you, Mr. McCain, who challenged Obama on his foreign policy credentials, now he goes over seas and the people seem to love him. Who is it that has problems with their foreign policy credentials now?

    July 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. Ian

    McCain also added the Obama is no longer invited to his birthday party.

    July 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Walt

    Wah! Wah! Wah! Wah! Someone give that man some tissue as well as Depends and Viagara!!

    Please stop all that dang whining.

    July 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. James Hussein, SC

    One of the most important (if not the most important) speech given by an AMERICAN, for America, was given today; and this is how CNN shows respect to us all.

    Once again CNN and Senator McCain show their lack of integrity and respect for the American citizens.

    July 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. SURGE, SURGE, SURGE

    McCain stop whinning. The RNC had a clock ticking on its' website for how long Obama had visited Iraq. Now that he made a successful trip, you critcize and whine. Poor campaign strategy, I smell desperation. Maybe you should focus on your policy for America and stop attacking Obama. Americans are not voting for the person with the most attacks, and I personally don't know where you stand on issues like how to fix the economy, mortgage crisis, or your energy policy and health care. The only clear issue I understand is your war policy.

    July 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Terry

    John McCain you shouldn't be so upset. You're the one who started the clock/timer showing the last time Barack went to Iraq. He only took your suggestion and expanded to a middle east / european trip.

    July 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Miko Kansas City

    This man is so funny!! Barack is not paying attention to him but McCane continues to React to every word and action that comes from Obama. Its ironic because McCane actually sounds juvenille!!

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

    McCain is right - what was the point of the speech, except to make headlines? Obama said nothing substantive, but that's really nothing new.

    July 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. john

    McOld have forgotten that he gave a speech in Canada about a month ago…were you a POTUS then. This oldman will say anything to be in the news. He can't even remember what he said a month ago..

    July 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    Obama's speech speaks volumes of the kind of president he wil be. He was accorded the presidential welcome in Iraq and came out of the meetings sealing the deal with Iraq on a timeline. He defended Israel June 4th, the next day says it was "poor phrasing". In Israel he decided to change his middle name to Jeremiah as he spoke to the Israelis and pledging his undying committment ardoned in the white yarmulke . He dines with Royals in Jordan where he chose to define success. He gets to Berlin and sounds repeats President George Bush second inaugural speech. Can the Senator be himself?

    July 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. Cindy

    I mean... what would you expect him to say? "I'm going to Germany, too! And I'm going to attract even bigger crowds! He can't get bigger crowds than me! Waaaa!"

    At this rate, McCain's going to get a sympathy backlash. He wanted to show up Obama by exploiting his overseas experience. And now his challenge to Obama is biting him in the butt. What's done is done. Let's move on.

    July 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. Less

    McCain is obviously very jealous.

    What does McCain expect, Obama is very well liked by a lot of people around the world.

    McCain will NeVeR get this attention and it is because McCain and the RNC crawl out from under a rock, criticizes Obama, and then turn around and crawl right back under.

    July 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    Well, McSurge, don't forget the speech you made in Canada, oh did you forget that already??? So did I actually, until MSNBC called you out on your hypocrisy...

    Obama/Biden, 08

    July 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. DKR

    Yeah because he can't afford it. He is so old. He is not getting enough donations to take a world trip.

    July 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. McSameMcCain on myspace

    Really, is that why you don't bring the press with you on your trips? You should be happy you don't get more press coverage you old old OLD man. It would just show you up more as the doddering old fool that you are.

    July 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. EC

    obama is now a citizen of the world! WOW. I do'nt care how far he runs he can't get away from rev. wright. If you can't change your church, you can't change the world!
    McCain has it right, he is not running around the world trying to smooze every person he meets.

    July 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. Bill from ALabama

    ps: Is the media so desperate to find support for Obama they are scourring death row for something positive to say about Obama? Now that is a population of support,I would be impressed by!

    July 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. Sharon

    I believe the speech today was a political rally. His campaign needs to pay for this trip instead of the taxpayers.

    July 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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