August 20th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
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McCain says Obama getting 'testy'

McCain is hitting back on charges he is questioning Obama's patriotism.
McCain is hitting back on charges he is questioning Obama's patriotism.

(CNN) – Barack Obama is getting a bit "testy," John McCain said later Wednesday at a town-hall event with New Mexico voters.

According to prepared remarks sent out by the McCain campaign, the Arizona senator will respond to Obama's Tuesday contention that the presumptive Republican nominee is questioning his patriotism.

Watch: McCain says Obama's getting 'testy'

"Yesterday, Senator Obama got a little testy on this issue - he said that I am questioning his patriotism. Let me be clear: I am not questioning his patriotism; I am questioning his judgment," McCain will say. "Senator Obama has made it clear that he values withdrawal from Iraq above victory in Iraq, even today with victory in sight."

Watch: Obama: I love my country

On Tuesday, Obama directly criticized McCain's recent comments saying the Illinois senator would "rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign." Top campaign surrogate Joe Lieberman also suggested last week Obama has not always "put the country first."

“In my opinion, the choice could not be more clear...between one candidate, John McCain, who has always put the country first, worked across party lines to get things done, and one candidate who has not," Lieberman said last week.

Related: What is patriotism?


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (237 Responses)
  1. Chris

    I say lets question his military service and watch McCain show his testy side. He has a pretty big mouth I hear...

    August 20, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Kitten for Obama

    McCain voted for a war that should have never taken place, then he comes back to say the surge is working and we are winning the war. McCain memory is not in check. He wants to say all of these things about Obama, when he voted with Bush to create this mess and soliders have lost their lives because of nonsense. McCain will call for another war if he is elected. THINK!!!!

    August 20, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. keesa

    people talking about obama is not hitting back hard enough , dont give up on obama i think obama got a strategy. this man is very smart at what he is doing. i think obama got so much on mccain he just letting hiim slid right now i think he is gonna what til late september to start hitting mccain, mccain aint gonna know what hit him, think about if he start hitting jabs right now about time end of september comes people or gonna forget about what he said. just think about it if he waits til the end of september in start hitting hard jabs until late october people are gonna stick to what he says. mccain aint gonna have a chance he went negative to early

    August 20, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. PS

    To all of you who are banking on McCain becoming President, You can start spending your sons and daughters college saving, because if he is elected ,they won't need it ,because he will use his EXPERIENCE to start a military draft to keep his promise to follow his
    FRIEND to the gates of hell !! So that means he plans on taking your sons and daughters with him. That is definitely the only promise he plans to keep!

    LISTEN PEOPLE LISTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 20, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. A house divided

    Getting testy?

    Obama has been testy and above criticism and has forbidden any questions and silenced all opposition from the start.

    That is why he lost more than half of his OWN party.

    August 20, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Steve

    When McCain was once asked why he thought there had been a victory in Iraq, he replied, "Well, there was a banner on an aircraft carrier, wasn't there?" This speaks volumes about McCain's intellectual depth (none). If I were Obama, I'd be testy too. In fact, I'd be telling McCain to shut the hell up in no uncertain terms. All he has done is whine and throw false accusations, mainly because he himself has nothing to offer. Go stand in a corner McCain. You have a time out until you grow up, you testy old coot.

    August 20, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. PS

    To all of you who are banking on McCain becoming President, You can start spending your sons and daughters college saving, because if he is elected ,they won't need it ,because he will use his EXPERIENCE to start a military draft to keep his promise to follow his
    FRIEND to the gates of hell !! So that means he plans on taking your sons and daughters with him. That is definitely the only promise he plans to keep!

    AGAIN I ECHOE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 20, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. Dishonest John

    McCain is acting like Hill ary. Keep swiping at him, until he hits you back and whine that he's defending himself.

    August 20, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Susan

    Liar. We, as citizens are not testy, we are mad as Hell, and we aren't going to take the Republican crap anymore. You have done everything but call your opponent a traitor, and you call yourself a respectful condidate? You ave the utter gall to throw out lies and innuendos, but God forbid that anyone questions you abilities. You have no judgement sir, and by the type of campaign you are running you prove that you have no judgement every day. Go back and read your own book sir, where you plainly state that you ran for the Presidency not on a need to serve your country, but because of your own AMBITION!!

    August 20, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. Copperfield

    Claiming Obama would rather lose a war to win an election is an attack on his patriotism, period. If anyone had made so much as a suggestion about McCain's patriotism, they would have been submerged in "How dare you insult a Vietnam Veteran and a POW?!"

    Obama gets more media coverage, sure, but its always twice as negative. McCain has this untouchable character and frankly, it isn't fair. Oh, and his story about the cross in the dirt, its eerily similar to Solzhenitsen's story; read it for yourself.

    August 20, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. Pedeen

    Mcain has lost his bearings completely! the best thing for the domocrates to do is to ignore him completely and concentrate with issues!. Mcain through fox news and ABC is spreading falsehood because he has nothing to run on except as a war hero!. The reps are desparate for a win and they will do anything to win! round some foreign students name them terrorists ! the public panics vote reps back again! and the evil on the world continues, oil prices skyrocket fore closures increases and if you complain about it! you are called whinners!! GOD BLESS AMERICA! Otherwise very soon we will be migrating to China for better paying jobs!!

    August 20, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. Selected by hate and division and race card

    Obama and his testiness is a big factor in his DIS appeal to many democrats.

    Hillary was not allowed to fight. Obama was given all the benefits of the doubt and advantages and support.

    It is a whole new game now.

    The race card has been played out- and called by the Republicans.

    August 20, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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