September 8th, 2008
02:19 PM ET
2 years ago

McCain attacks Obama on military spending

McCain is attacking Obama on military spending .
McCain is attacking Obama on military spending .

LEE’S SUMMIT, Missouri (CNN) –John McCain is launching a new line of attack against Barack Obama, criticizing his rival for saying Sunday that he would buck his own party by calling for an increase in the size of the U.S. military.

“Of course, now he wants to increase it,” McCain told an audience in Lee’s Summit, Missouri Monday. “But during the primary he told a liberal advocacy group that he’d cut defense spending by tens of billions of dollars. He promised them he would, quote, ‘slow our development of future combat systems.’”

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McCain was referring to a YouTube clip from last October that features Obama promising the non-profit group “Caucus for Priorities” that he would reduce wasteful military spending.

“I will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending,” Obama said in the video. “I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems. I will not weaponize space. I will slow our development of future combat systems.”

In the video, Obama also said: “As president, my sole priority for defense spending will be protecting the American people.”

Obama, now the Democratic nominee, was asked on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday to cite examples of where he would be willing to break with his own party.

“I’ve said that we need to increase the size of our military,” Obama answered, noting that such legislation might anger some on the left.

McCain, who claimed in his remarks that the world is simply too dangerous to reduce military spending, said Obama is guilty of general election pandering.

“Sen. Obama told the extreme left what they wanted to hear during the primary, now he’s trying to tell you what he thinks you want to hear,” McCain responded in Missouri. “My friends, you may not always agree with me but you will always know where I stand.”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (248 Responses)
  1. santosh

    Only in a Rethiglican America is a black man who is a Constitutional Law Scholar, who served 8 yrs as State Senator and 4 yrs as US Senator and served on the Foreign Relations Committee not ever considered ready to lead but a white evangelical ultra conservative woman, with a BA in Journalism, and 19 mos as Governor of a state
    which is smaller than her hair do, considered ready on day one.
    BTW Barack, you are my hero for your community service and don't let trailor trash paliar tell you any different.
    we have seen these McTrashes before..

    September 8, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Brenda

    McCain was wrong and Obama was right. Cnn tonight LKL watch it that will be the slam on McCain face and his pitbull with lipstick... Don't missed it

    September 8, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Lola

    I don't understand why the media keep letting McCain/Palin keep feeding us lies and the media are not calling them out on it amd it so worrying why his VP with not apper on CNN for interview. We want to see her do interview on CNN not ABC, I don't trust ABC news since the last debate in the primary.It is really so deaffing that the media will let theirself be bully by the RNC. I thought the media are surpose to be serve we the citizen, this is so worrysome, if we can not trust the media. This is sad, what is happening in our own eye is sad. The media should stop parkaging Palin,lets here from her, I am undecide voter. My life and my childrens lifes depend on this election, I want to know where Palin stands on women and family issues.

    September 8, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. John in Ohio

    "Obama should have picked Clinton

    Oh well, Clinton 2012!!!"

    Good luck, a tired old also-ran feminist against a young sexy incumbent vice president, probably president by that time.

    Hillary will lose horribly.

    September 8, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. Redneck for Obama

    I really want to throw up. Europeans are now smarter than americans. They know McCain is all show and another bush style candidate. Here comes WW3.

    September 8, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Wisconsin Vet

    How Dumb as dirt do you have to be to belive this Guy (McSame). If you cut the wasteful programs that cost hundreds of billions of dollars to the american people you can then refocuse on adding to to the army size.

    The amount of one weapons program that nevers pans out could pay the wages of a thousand of soldiers for 5yrs

    WOW how hard is that to understand. If you ever sat at a kitchen table to balabce your bills. You do this every month, get rid of what you don't need in your life to pay for the then you do.

    McSame you have 7 kitchens pick one

    September 8, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. Foreign observer

    The war monger prepares the voters for a rise on millitary spendings in case he gets elected. Thats why the Republicans win so often ! They invest into weapons and not in peoples education.

    September 8, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Jeff Lind, Camarillo, CA

    I can't understand how so many people can believe that the republicans deserve 4 more years. As an Independent voter, it baffles me that there are people out there who think the last 8 years have been good. It's like being in an abusive relationship, I guess they get bullied and intimidated, and become afraid to get out.....
    8 years of this is enough.....There isn't anyone in government who wants to see the USA in a weak position, which we in fact already are, due to this wonderful war Bush has dragged us into, which has now gone on longer than WW2... Why do you think the Russians have become so emboldened....The only Republican who was any good was Ron Paul...Otherwise OUT WITH REPUBLICANS!!

    September 8, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. Pro American

    If Obama's lips are moving he is lying!!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. Audrey Fryer

    Aren't you people concerned about Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae – you are all going to be on the hook (taxpayers) to ensure that the foreign investors (China) don't lose their stock value. That's the real reason for the take-over by Government – John McCain, how do you reason this bail-out. As for Palin and Iraq, I guess when you have George Bush's speechwriters writing your slogans and the Bush/Cheney administration advertising how great you are, the public should be very very scared. This woman is further to the right than even George Bush. Bush bulls......you people with his "experience" and "down-home good ole boy" credentials and they are laying out the same story of Palin – and it would appear in the short run, you fools are falling for it again. Do remember, George Bush didn't go to all the trouble to create havoc in the World just to let it go to the Democrats. He is slowly but surely placing all his puppets in place for the next government (which is essentially his). Next problem, solve the American economy – have another war – that will make sure that all the defense contractors will make more money and give you people the "illusion" that the economy is great once again. He has taken your country so far into debt – and you guys can't even figure that out and you think McCain is any different – he belongs to the same crowd. I am very very concerned for the rest of the global economy if this group is "elected" back in.

    Concerned citizen of the World.

    September 8, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. BJ

    And I quote "I will slow our development of future combat systems.”

    Slowing down development of these systems will, in the not to distant future, put our military at a distinct disadvantage.

    NO CUTS TO MILITARY SPENDING. Just a repeat of the good old Clinton days...

    September 8, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    We DO need to spend billions on missile defense.
    We DO need to replace our aging nuclear stockpile with new nuclear weapons.
    We DO need these things and many others.

    The military needs to be strong to defend this county and its allies (NATO)

    Thank God the only use of nuclear weapons have been in WWII but we DO need them and need to know they would work if counted on.

    Those that say we don't need or never needed nuclear weapons have a narrow view of history esp the cold war and what they truly were used for during the USSR vs USA years.

    We may never need to use them but we DO NEED TO HAVE THEM for reasons that do not involve detonating them.

    September 8, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Amy

    Yeah, McCain stands on the side of the fence where his front yard is so big he can't see how his neighbors are living, struggling day to day or living check to check while copying the 'Change' term to his campaign because he knows that ignorant Americans will fall for his lies and win over some naieve women voters emotions by asking a female, who is unqualified, to be the Vice President candidate. Don't forget, she is still a republican and our country will be worse off with the two of them in office. Don't fall for it women!!!! Vote Obama!! He is the one who is here for us as Americans!!

    God rest his sould, my Grandfather was a POW, and received a purple heart, but that doesn't make him qualified to be elected as President. Wake up Republicans and vote Obama/Biden!!!!

    September 8, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. AA

    My favorite...

    My friends, you will always know where I stand – John McCain.

    He's right. He stands with Bush 90+% of the time. Then calls himself an agent of change.

    So that means he's going to change himself?

    And where would that make him stand?

    Hopefully in the corner of Arizona somewhere trying to figure out what he means.

    Peace.

    September 8, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. Ingrid

    You did not print a rebuttable from the Obama campaign because? You certainly printed a McCain camp rebuttal to Obama's accretion that his opponent will soon release an ad containing a lie.

    September 8, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. No to McCain!

    In recent interviews, McCain says that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac got themselves into this mess because of corruption and greed. What he does not mention is that his campaign's economic adviser, ex-Senator Phil Gramm, sat on the senate committee that helped deregulate the mortgage industry. While doing so, Gramm and his colleagues failed to put into place even the most basic safeguards to protect against failures. Republicans do not like regulations, even the necessary kind. McCain and his party need to take responsibility for the financial fiascos of the past eight years, including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Bear Stearns, the list goes on....until then, they should say nothing at all about 'doublespeak'.

    September 8, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. Lola

    I don't understand why the media keep letting McCain/Palin keep feeding us lies and the media are not calling them out on it amd it so worrying why his VP will not apper on CNN for interview. We want to see her do interview on CNN not ABC, I don't trust ABC news since the last debate in the primary.It is really so deaffing that the media will let theirself be bully by the RNC. I thought the media are surpose to serve we the citizen, this is so worrysome, if we can not trust the media. This is sad, what is happening in our own eye is sad. The media should stop parkaging Palin,lets here from her, I am undecided voter. My life and my childrens lifes depend on this election, I want to know where Palin stands on women and family issues.

    September 8, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. Eddie

    Yawn ,I so tired of not hearing about issues that affect everyone instead of ones that affect only the rich and religious ................
    Im going to bed now .

    September 8, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. beevee

    Now McCain appears to be a real maverick and is throwing punches at Obama from behind the shield of another maverick liar Palin. America! Pl. don't make a mistake of electing another war monger.

    September 8, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Mike

    Isn't Biden's son a lobbyist? I guess Obama wasn't truthful about shaking up Washington with change! What next, him flipping on campaign financing? OOPS! Well at least his speeched sound nice, right?

    September 8, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. Zac, Atlanta

    I've been wit this campaign from the start, and from what I recall, Obama wants to spend more money to put more boots on the ground, but cut back on our nuclear arsenal and spending on unproven programs (for instance: shooting bullets out of the air with bullets)

    September 8, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. crystal mitchell

    Again the GOP is talking out of the nonsense. When Obama say's something you can rest to know that it is right. Obama can't aford to be wrong. Obama doesn't have the luxuary of error. MCPalin can say anything and we go WOW!!!!!!!!! Right or wrong, lie or truth. We need to grow up and look at what's really right for this country. Obama/Biden. Is our best choice. This country is really in a state of emergency. And we do not need more of the same, eight years is too much . To afford 4 more years of GOP the country would collapse.

    September 8, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. Enough!!!!!

    Please McCain, sit down. You have not had an original thought yourself. All you can do is try to steal the CHANGE that has been introduced by the Obama Campaign. Just a shameless fraud.

    September 8, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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