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. Jeff Brown

    Ho Hum...Another Republican attack ad... Yawn...

    September 8, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. Willy Brown

    Obama will do and say anything the DNC wants him to say.

    September 8, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. J from DC

    We went to Iraq to disarm their government from WMD's
    If the serge did not find the WMD's,
    How is it a success???
    Oil and War is all I hear form he republicans.
    Housing Market Breakdown.
    And the same administration that ignored this problem is taking it over. I guess more government intervention is the right answer after all.
    Can someone say hypocrites

    September 8, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. Central Scruitinizer

    wow i think ive been blacklisted

    September 8, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. Kuilor2k

    Obama doesn't want a military. he wasn't wiretapping. he even voted for it after campainging against it over and over. And he called it a 'compromise bill'. More like he compromised his supporters rights to get something he wants to use later IF he gets elected. That sort of flip-flopping scares the heck out of me!

    September 8, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Latina for Obama...NJ

    go to youtube and check out "SARAH PALIN AND THE ALASKAN INDEPENDENCE PARTY...(AIP).

    September 8, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Eight Is Truly Enough

    McCain's joking right?

    September 8, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    OH STOP WITH THE FINGER POINTING REPUBLICANS! OBAMA SAID HE WILL REDUCE "WASTEFUL SPENDING." WHAT PART DIDN'T YOU HEAR? "WASTEFUL SPENDING." STOP GRASPING AT STRAWS AND RUN THE RACE!

    September 8, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Latina for Obama...NJ

    GO TO YOUTUBE AND CHECK OUGT..SARAH PALIN AND THE ALASKAN INDEPENDENCE PARTY VIDEO...AIP

    September 8, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. texas DEM

    Obama should have picked Clinton

    Oh well, Clinton 2012!!!

    September 8, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Sean

    He never said he'd cut military spending overall. He will cut wasteful spending! There is a huge difference. Try again mcCain!

    September 8, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. No Way, No How, NObama

    How many "PRESENT" votes = "CHANGE?"

    September 8, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Get Real

    Please Mr. mCDraft shut up.

    Obama you had better start gettign out there and countering all of these lies or your but is toast.

    McCain/Palin equal bush lies,.

    September 8, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. Tony

    Flippity-flop! We'll see ultra-liberal Obama get exposed for this a lot during the next few weeks.

    This sounds exactly like when Obama told the public that he'd repeal NAFTA, and then basically got caught saying to Canadian officials "I was just lying to them to get votes, NAFTA's not going anywhere".

    September 8, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. DebM, Allentown, PA

    Pandering??? McCain is accusing Obama of pandering?

    Pot, meet kettle.

    September 8, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. Rebecca

    MCCAIN AND PALIN ARE BOTH FRAUDS

    PLAIN AND SIMPLE

    LIES AND MORE LIES

    ATTACKS AND MORE ATTACKS

    NO SOLUTIONS

    September 8, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. Single Mom

    McCain is an unfortunate political handicap, he is in my prayers. Obama/Biden are in my prayers also, the part of the prayer that is giving thanks!

    September 8, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Mike in Chicago

    OK maybe its just me but isn't it possible to grow the military and cut overall spending at the same time? For instance, if you budget $100 billion for space missle systems but instead only spend $40 billion on a larger army you could do both. Getting out of Iraq will cut our military spending a lot as well.

    September 8, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. USMC Mike

    Ummm..

    We spend more THAN ALL OTHER NATIONS COMBINED ON MILITARY EXPENDITURES....

    SO what's wrong with cutting wasteful projects and how on earth can you say that because Obama wants to reduce military spending that only boils down to reducing the "manpower" of the military...

    Wher is the Medai and when are they going to start holding McCain accountable for the lies and misrepresentations he is spreading?

    Thank god after the next two months, we'll get to stop hearing this windbag speak his wacky mind on the TV

    Good lord ...

    September 8, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. cmoore

    Typical Obama trying to play both ends. America is not stupid enough to buy into his double talk.

    September 8, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. fernando

    this is just another one of OBAMA's flip-flop. so who should be voted as the 'KING OF FLIP-FLOP," who else but OBAMA..........

    September 8, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    John McCain needs to be talking about the FDIC and taxpayers picking up the tab for failed Silver Bank's mortgage investments and land developments. Let's hear the real truth from John McCain if in fact he is the "Straight Talk Express". Tell the truth and nothing but the truth McCain.

    September 8, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. Nick

    Isn't it great that McCain believes increasing the size of the military and wasteful military spending are the same thing?

    September 8, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. Jon

    The world is too dangerous, that's for sure. Too dangerous for a pandering, untruthful presidential candidate like McCain and his unqualified, PTA running mate.

    September 8, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. Steve, IA

    Terrorists will get you in your small towns if you don't vote Republican!!!

    Get the Commies too!!

    September 8, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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