August 7th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain: High price of oil one justification for Iraq war vote

Sen. McCain took questions at a town hall event in Ohio Thursday.
Sen. McCain took questions at a town hall event in Ohio Thursday.

LIMA, Ohio (CNN) – John McCain offered a new justification for the Iraq war Thursday, arguing that if Saddam Hussein were still in power, he’d be a petro-dictator intent on using today's sky-high oil revenues to obtain weapons of mass destruction.

A voter at an Ohio town hall meeting Thursday asked McCain how he would vote on the 2002 war resolution if he had to do it again, given the advantage of hindsight.

“What do you think that Saddam Hussein would be doing with oil at $120, $125, $130 a barrel?,” McCain asked. “What do you think he’d be doing? I’ll tell you what he’d be doing. He’d be doing what he said he was committed to doing. And that’s acquiring and using weapons of mass destruction, which he did twice before.”

The Arizona senator elaborated on his other reasons for supporting the war resolution, including Iraq’s noncompliance with the U.N. mandated cease fire, as well as Saddam’s “brutal” human rights record.

Ultimately, McCain concluded, “If he were still in power, I believe that the world would be far worse off, especially with all the money he’d be making off of oil.”


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soundoff (596 Responses)
  1. Luke

    We knew the war was about oil all along anyway.

    August 7, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Justin (ny)

    EVERYBODY RUN FOR YOUR LIVES – UNLESS MCCAIN IS ELECTED THE WHOLE WORLD IS DOOOOOOMED

    BE SCARED OF ANYBODY BUT MCCAIN

    thats pretty much what the rethuglican argument is these days

    FEAR FEAR FEAR FEAR

    IT WON'T WORK THIS TIME

    OBAMA 08

    August 7, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. skunkrat The Marine

    McCain is one STUPID man, now he is using hypotheticals to justify this illegal war. Dose he ever stop talking about war? Did anyone suggest to him that if we had not started this ILLEGAL WAR , then maybe oil would be $60.00 a barrel.

    August 7, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. Hiram

    If I were the Obama team I would be pouncing on McCain's comments until next week. What a moron? He should really keep his comments to a minimum until the debates if he really wants to win.

    August 7, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. Nicki

    So I guess he just told us we went to war for oil. Thanks for getting this out there CNN.

    August 7, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. Phong Nguyen

    If the US can help stabilize Iraq and establish a pro-US democracy there successfully, President Bush can score a big one in history!

    August 7, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. Nora

    Does he think Americans are idiots ? Maybe ( Rs. ) ?

    August 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. Larry, Apex, North Carolina

    This guy is an idiot.

    August 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. Tecki

    This is absurd. "You see, if we hadn't invaded Iraq, then, uh, gas prices would be high."

    Is McCain getting desperate? Oh, and I thought we invaded Iraq becuase of terrorism or something. I guess we should be grateful that a republican has finally admitted that our soldiers are dying in Iraq for oil.

    August 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. Fitz

    Doesn't McCain sound like a snake oil saleman when he speaks. What do you think he would do? what do you think he would do? I'll tell you what he would do my friends?

    Reminds me of the old westerns with the guy in the wagon trying to sell the town folks a bunch of miracle cures in a bottle. Will it work? will it work? I tell you my friends, this will not only work, but it is guaranteed to.......... oh you get the idea.

    August 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. BUSHED!!!

    Sometimes best to say I don't Know!!!

    August 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. bill for barack

    How does he dream up all this crap anyway ?
    If these aren't the raving senile droolings of a man who has obviously lost control of his mental abilities, then I don't know what is.
    This man is not to be taken seriously.
    And on the world scene McCain promises to be a much greater threat to world peace than Saddam ever was.

    August 7, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    Please.

    August 7, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. skunkrat The Marine

    CNN how do you continue to allow this IDIOT get away with all of the stupid things he says?

    August 7, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Chris H. Illinois

    The price of oil didn't start to sky rocket until we invaded! McCain, you're an idiot.

    August 7, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Dan

    Why would we want someone else to control the oil supply when Exxon, Mobil, and Chevron could be doing it? Let's attack Iran and Saudia Arabia while we're at it, so American oil companies can continue to exploit American addiction...smooth McOil

    August 7, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. Kev from Alabama

    If we had never gone over there, gas would not be this high. This presidential race is becoming a farce.

    August 7, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. jim

    Wow same old fear. This guy has totaly lost it. How could anyone sit there and listen to the same lies bush used to justify going into Iraq in the first place? Now it would have been oil profits. Really is anyone dumb enough to buy into this.This is Tales from the Cript at its best.

    August 7, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  19. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Did he just say what we have been saying, and the republicans denying this whole time? Did he, did he, did he?

    The war is about oil?

    Hey you Maverick you, yea, let's go to war for oil!!

    Nimrod McCain and his pro war stances.

    August 7, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. susieq2

    ....and then no one mentioned that if we hadn't invaded Iraq, oil wouldn't be at these prices?

    August 7, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. tamera

    Is that all McINsane thinks about is war, war, war,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,so stupid.

    August 7, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. Peter E

    Well, at least one republican admits that we invaded Iraq for the oil. That's a step forward!

    August 7, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. aohs

    Be afraid America!!
    Be afraid of everything!
    Be afraid even of people we killed!

    And remember, only John McCain can protect you!!

    sheesh

    August 7, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. Iraq was and is dumb

    This is plain dumb and hypocrisy at its best – sewing stories and justifying the war and no "Bill from ALabama" you are not the only one. If only McCain were to accept the truth my vote would go out for him.

    August 7, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  25. What?

    So the high price of gas was worth 100,000 civillian lives? Is this guy for real??????????? Please tell me what kind of person would vote for this dipstick?

    August 7, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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