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. facts are facts

    McCain and Palin and the entire GOP have done nothing but lie and distort but because the news medias are in the pockets of the corporate elite nothing is done to highlight these to the public.

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

    obama is on both sides of every issue. that way nobody is allowed to ask him any questions.

    September 8, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Belle

    Let's see, Obama says his remarks about abortion were "Flippant" and Biden says life begins at the "Moment of Conception".
    Obama says he will CUT Military spending and NOW says he will increase it?
    Obama says he will filibuster FISA and then votes for it?

    If they go any more right, they will become Republicans.............

    September 8, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    So McCain is in favor or WASTEFUL military spending?

    September 8, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Veterans 4 Obama

    This makes me sick! Lets talk about your record on Veterans issues John. I wonder why you did NOT mention this at the RNC, oh thats right...your ashamed of your record! As well you should be, at least we do know that Barack Obama does care about these issues.

    September 8, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. Alice in Florida

    Obama always says what he thinks people want to hear!

    That's why he's behind in the polls – and Gallup calls cell phones! Check their website – they DO call cell phones, and Obama is behind!

    McCain/Palin '08
    Hillary '12

    September 8, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. chelle

    Hey John...stop calling everyone your friends....we're not. And stop pointing out changes in position like they are a bad thing. Shouldn't a President be able to change his mind? I mean George Bush got something in his mind and wouldn't change it no matter what the facts said......how's that working out for the US??? I think a change in position is just fine thanks. Better that than the stubborn ability to ignore reality .......

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

    Once again, Obama flip flopping. He is just like every other politician. At least McCain uses Obama's own video as evidence unlike Obama making unsubstanciated retoric as ussual.

    BTW, liberals, I had a great laugh this weekend reading you all's rediculous, idiotic remarks. Keep it up! It is a great source of entertainment!!

    NOBAMA 08.

    September 8, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. Boye

    I personally don't think you have to be a rocket scientist to realize the difference in increasing our military (personnel or infrastructure) and increasing military spending. You can increase overall military spending but still reduce overall wasteful spending. Well, I might not be too intelligent but what does "the size of our military" mean?

    September 8, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Mccain=Bush=the draft

    McWar is desperate, and losing his bearings.

    September 8, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. gary

    IF IT WASN'T FOR MCCAIN ,OB. WOULD OF HAD THE WAR IN OUR BACKYARD. SHOW O.B. MCCAIN FOR THE CON MAN HE REALLY IS. CHECK OUT THE FACTS AND SEE HOW THE MUSLIMS WILL LET YOU KNOW O.B. IS ONE AND THEY HELPED HIM THROUGH COLLEGE. THE YOUNG NAIVE MORONS JUST DONT GET IT.

    September 8, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Brian

    Cutting wasteful spending and increasing the size or our military are not mutually exclusive. You could easily save 10 billion dollars just by overhauling the procurement system used by the pentagon.

    September 8, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Lie, lie, distort, distort.

    I'm John McCain, and Sarah Palin said I should approve this message.

    September 8, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. Terry from GA

    I have one question for John McCain. Why didn't he support the last GI Bill? That said more about his lack of support for the troops than anything he has ever said or done. This also explains why more people in the armed services are donating to Barack than McCain. If Bush and McCain has addressed the situation in Afghanistan, Barack wouldn't have to request more troops for that area.

    September 8, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Gene DiGilio

    Everything Obama says is a lie!

    September 8, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. NO WAY, NO HOW, NO MCCAIN!

    McCain responded in Missouri. “My friends, you may not always agree with me but you will always know where I stand.”

    LOL! With Kerry as his hopeful VP....

    Then with Bush as his buddy so the Republicans take the White House last time.

    McCain – Who Do You Want to Be Today?

    September 8, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Kathy

    McCain has NOTHING but lies to run on!! His VP reads a speach written by some one else, full of lies (bridge to nowhere) and the GOP all faint! Gee, lets see if the woman who attended 5 different colleges to get only a BA in Journalism can write her own speeches!!!!

    September 8, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. ruffdeezy

    “My friends, you may not always agree with me but you will always know where I stand.”

    Sounds like the George Bush line of 2004. McSame has no ideas or plans. Your negative attacks are old and boring. Try convince people to vote for you with a good idea or two. Since I haven't heard a single one from you, I am not considering voting for you.

    September 8, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. Zed

    I am really confused with the results of the Election Polls. Every time I read users' reaction/comments on every news report on CNN, N.Y. Times, USA Today and other online news sites, I always notice
    that comments are in favor of Obama 70% of the time. How could the recent polls show that the battle is deadlock? Does this mean McCain supporters don't read news at all? No wonder why they don't know what's happening in USA nowadays. It's probably not because they don't care, they just don't get it
    .

    September 8, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. question

    in one word..........draft

    September 8, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Sen. Barack Obama

    Change You Can Believe In. Or Not.

    September 8, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. Laura

    Have we ever known where John McCain stands?

    September 8, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. Clinton supporter for McCain/Palin

    We need to be able to hear the truth from our candidates. There is no way we can afford the programs Obama is promising to us. This country is broke and took another big hit today with the takeover of freddie and fannie. It's time we woke up and realized this country is broke, and we need government programs cut, not inflated, or we are all going to be paying more than half the money we make to washington.

    September 8, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Benjamin Mazyck

    This is really dumb, because the McCain campaign is just trying to fire back because they were caught in the lie with Sara Barracuda's EARMARKED FILLED bridge to nowhere. Wake up America before we are dumbfounded why bush was elected again. These are distracting tactics that the McBush campaign are trying to deploy to take your attention away from the issues at hands. HEALTH CARE, EDUCATIONS, TAXES, you know the American Dream they promised so much of for the last 8 years. WAKE UP BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.

    September 8, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. E.C.Coleman

    Senator McCain is absolutely correct..........Obama has blatantly Lied about what he said in the Primaries, and also changed the "so called ideals" of his entire platform. Obama is the most unqualified and inexperienced candidate that this country has ever seen, and it is only because of Oprah and the Kennedys that he's running. If Obama cared about the "good of the country"............he would withdraw from the race. Obama has NO BUSINESS being in this Presidential Campaign, for he is a Radical Liberal and the country doesn't need this mindset from a President. Obama has been stunned that he is facing a female VP, and IF Obama had been as smart as he thinks he has told this country, he would have chosen Hillary Clinton. This country is sick of 'LIES" and 'LYING CANDIDATES LIKE OBAMA! '

    September 8, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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