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.”
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.
obama is on both sides of every issue. that way nobody is allowed to ask him any questions.
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.............
So McCain is in favor or WASTEFUL military spending?
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.
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!
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 .......
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!!
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?
McWar is desperate, and losing his bearings.
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.
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.
Lie, lie, distort, distort.
I'm John McCain, and Sarah Palin said I should approve this message.
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.
Everything Obama says is a lie!
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?
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!!!!
“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.
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
in one word..........draft
Change You Can Believe In. Or Not.
Have we ever known where John McCain stands?
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.
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.
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! '