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. Nick - Arlington, VA

    Someone ask McCain why he didnt vote for the GI Bill.

    September 8, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Rick in NC

    God help us. When the politicians start yelling Liar, Liar, there is no hope for any constructive discourse. Whatever happened to the issues. Are they the first casualty of this process. The state of politics in this country is going down faster than a DC-0.

    September 8, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. not surprised

    Ugly posts full of hate, ridicule, and name calling. Your arguements and attitudes are counter productive if you're trying to win over votes

    September 8, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Dennis

    Sounds like Senator McCain was describing Governor Palin and her stance on the Bridge to Nowhere.

    September 8, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Bruce

    McCain is really reaching too deep into the LIE BOX Obama has supported the U S Military much more than McCain. Oh the old man must have forgotten how he voted against the GI Bill to give service members a chance to get an education. and how he voted againt the VA reform that is needed to provide the health care needed by those military heros tht return home suffering from the WAR he voted for.

    September 8, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. RuthieM

    Obama has always said, since early in the primaries, that he would increase the size of the military, he said it was absolutely necessary. So this is typical of McCain/McPalin lying about Obama's stance on this issue, or perhaps it's just McCain's typical lack of hearing again. I believe it's the second thing to go... I do think Palin or someone should give him a hearing aid while on the campaign trail at least, or tell him to pay attention, or to just stop lying. He probably also doesn't even know he has been following Obama every step of the way ever since the primaries, grabbing onto Obama's 'change' message, like Romney did too, and Hillary and the others. He saw his do nothing say nothing campaign was in the dumps so he grabbed Obama's 'change' mantel and decided to try and run with it. Only now he really doesn't know what to do with it. But doesn't he know the American people are not stupid - this time - and can see what he is doing for political expediency only, just like when picking his vice presidential nominee - political expediency - not 'country first'. Go Obama/Biden '08-2012!!!

    September 8, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. milo

    Enough with the nonsense about "present" votes. In the Illinois senate, a "present" vote is the exact same thing as a "no" vote. Way to make a mountain out of a molehill.

    September 8, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Oh boy....

    mccain=bush
    enough is enough.... it is now starting to become the he said/she said.
    i am ready for change and change will come with a new party not a different candidate.

    September 8, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. Michael in Houston

    Uh Tony, Obama did not say that, someone on his staff said that without his knowledge, Tony are you really John McCain on here posing as a someone else? You sure know how to slice and slant what someone else has said. Don't worry John errr I mean Tony, you errrr I mean McCain will lose in November so who cares what you errr I mean John McCain has to say.

    September 8, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Clinton supporter for McCain/Palin

    Our only hope is to have divided government. The democrats in congress were just as bad as the republicans when they were in power before. It will never be any different. We cannot afford to have one party control congress and the white house.

    September 8, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Tim

    McCain and Palin the original mavericks?
    heheheh....more like granpop and his nurse.
    This country doesn't need another dinosaur running it into the ground. And Palin was a ploy to attract women voters because that's McCain's opinion of women. He's stuck in the 50's where you gave women a pretty flower and they did what they were told. Please don't elect this baffoon and his token to the oval office.

    September 8, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. m

    Give me a break, John.

    Call me naive, but I think we can increase the size of the military without wasting money on weaponizing space.

    It is sickening, although expected, how the republicans are creating issues like this.

    Tell me Mr. McCain, when will we here about your plans for moving the country forward?

    September 8, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. ChicagoJosh

    Dear John, he did not flip on this issue. I'm sorry, but you might have to use your brain as you read the article. He told George S. that he wanted to raise military spending. He told the lib group that he was going to cut CERTAIN areas of military spending. If you've ever looked at a budget, its pretty simple logic.

    Instead John, you should of asked him where he will increase military spending. If your going to call him out, at least do an honest job of it.

    September 8, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. not surprise

    HE REALLY DON'T WANNA GO THERE, LAST TIME I CHECKED HIS VP PITBULL IS BARKING OUT SOME LIES,,,SO IF I WERE MCMAN,,I WOULD STOP BEFORE IT COMES BACK TO BITE HIM,,OH I'LL LEAVE THAT TO HIS PITBULL WITH LIPSTICK...

    September 8, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. Brian Rich

    Um, McCain is a vet and he votes against the vets 100 percent of the time. Who has a problem with military spending?

    September 8, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Len in Washington

    There's no problem in getting rid of wasteful spending in the military.
    There IS a problem in supporting ANYTHING military just to get elected.

    September 8, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. Biscuit

    Barack Obama from the very begining in the primaries had in increase in the size of the military listed in his plans. This is flat lies and spin from the McCain campaign and is of course to be expected.

    September 8, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Maggie VT

    I heard and believe John McCain , the Maverick voted against it and never showed for the last vote. He voted against the funding for the troops and never showed up for the final vote. And Obama's programs are 2 trillion and McCain's programs are 3 trillion. check the facts

    September 8, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. NC Man

    Cut wasteful GVT spending and wasteful "so call" social programs!! Obama is a joke!

    September 8, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. facts are facts

    Just sitting back and analysing what is happening I kind of compared the Middle East with America.

    The Middle East problems all seem to come from religous fanatics that keep their culture back like what existed in the Middle Ages. An example would be how women are treated and regarded by their society.

    America now seems like about a third of it's population could be categorized in the same manner as religous fanatics.This is segment of society that constantly grows through reproduction and in the eyes of many can almost be termed child abuse by indoctrination.

    It seems fairly accurate to compare how the religous fanatics in both countries only have one dominate concern which is to see the entire country or it's population conform strictly to it's religous beliefs and fashion laws to conform to their thinking.

    After reviewing and giving the latter lots of thought I feel very fortunate to live in a country that almost unanimously demonstrates a penchant for keeping religion out of politics allowing our politicians to deal with problems that affect their citizens not their religous beliefs.

    September 8, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Jerry---Illinois

    There are a lot of dumb people in this country, didn't
    they vote for George Bush twice.

    September 8, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. Dan in NJ

    Why is this an issue? He said he wants to "slow our development of future combat systems" and then he said we need to increase the size of our military. These two statements are not at odds with each other. The fact that John McCain sees "I will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending...I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems" as counter to improving our military says a lot about him.

    Obama 08

    September 8, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. Debby

    What about Obama's tax cuts. Small business that make over 250. and under a million will see a payroll and corporate tax increase. How is this creating new jobs if they go belly up? Its funny factcheck.org didn't say that in their analasyis about the "bridge to nowhere" article discretiting Palin.

    September 8, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. Angelina

    It seems that Americans love liars. Good for you. One day, you will open your eyes and... TOO LATE.

    September 8, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Tim

    Yeah cause McCain never flip flops....gimmee a break!

    September 8, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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