September 8th, 2008
02:19 PM ET
6 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.”

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soundoff (248 Responses)
  1. W Spivey

    McSame it's time for you to go and take the Lipstick and your little pink skirt with you. You are a lying sleaze ball.

    September 8, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. MarkieBee

    key word John McPain "wasteful." The amount of money that President Obama cuts from the budget that doesn't find its way into your defense industry buddies' pockets can be reinvested into a better, even more effective military. WASTEFUL John, WASTEFUL. Way to cloud the issue in an attempt to confuse even more low-info voters out there. Repugnantcan strategy 101. Dumb it down and lie, the people will follow.

    September 8, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Neo

    Evrybody wish real hard now and maybe it will just go away.

    September 8, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. Steve

    McWar has NOTHING to say. His vetting of Palin was to tell her to turn around. After getting one look at her DERRIER he was sold and made her the VP so that if he gets elected (GOD FORBID) he would spend his days in the White House looking at her going in and out of his office while doing the same as BUSH and IGNORING what matters like the latest TERRORIST PLANS TO ATTACK AMERICA AND AMERICANS. THE ECONOMY, IMMIGRATION, GETTING OUT OF IRAQ, BUDGET, which he know NOTHING about since he has never had to do one.

    September 8, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Eddie

    If Everyone is lying in politics .why are there no slander and defamation of character suits in court .Im sure that would stop this petty non-sense.
    Fed up and not voting !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

    September 8, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |


    September 8, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |

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    September 8, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Silence Dogood

    Arkansas: "Obama is right! " Which Obama are you talking about? The more military or the less military one?

    He wants more in Afghanistan (supposedly), supports Israel (supposedly), is ready to take on Iran (supposedly). you realize that version of him is with McCain right? Unless you listen to him the next day when he has no opinion on the matter.

    September 8, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Val from MA

    Obama has run his entire campain on lies and deceit from the very beginning of his campaign and you never complained.

    "Bridge to Nowhere" is not a lie – Palin did stop it (didn't she?) when as governor she learned more valuable information and facts about it and became a critic of the bridge.

    Just admit it, Democrats, YOU ARE SCARED, that you may just lose this very election. But you know what, Obama will be the only cause of your defeat. He should have swaollowed his pride and pick Hilary as his running mate. The whole thing would have been over by now if Hilary was on your his ticket.

    McCain/Palin it is!

    September 8, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Not Leadership Material

    John –

    I don't agree with you on fighting a war with Iran and Russian while maintaining a military presence in Korea, Europe, Afghanistan and Iraq.

    I don't agree with you on strategy & vision because you haven't presented one and in fact, you are INCAPABLE of doing anything but reacting to what others do ... you've not had a original thought. You can't be a leader with out VISION ... the vision says where we are going as a country and why ... you don't have one.

    You seem to think we "owe you your shot at being President" because you were a POW. You seem to think we owe Palin the Vice Presidency because she never had an abortion.

    You seem to think that both of you being rough around the edges and obnoxious is what we want in an Administration

    I'm a defense industry executive and I won't be voting for you.

    September 8, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Dean

    "I will decrease wasteful spending", "I will increase the size of the military". McCain suggests that these are mutually exclusive statements, but they are not.

    Beware, America – politicians are feeding you irrational arguments and you are ignorant enough to accept them.

    September 8, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. Tony

    Is this clown for real?

    These republicans lie as easily as they breathe. SPOOKY!

    The more that comes out about Palin's family the easier it is to understand why she is hiding from the news media. I wouldn't want to have to explain a lot that sordid stuff either.

    September 8, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. heartlight 3, Maui, HI

    I'm sorry but this is another lie. Obama has always said he wants to increase the size of the military so we don't get caught short-handed like we are now. He has also always said he wants to cut wasteful spending in the military. I still don't understand how these people can just make stuff up and the press reports it as if it is fact. Then the liars cry foul that the media is biased and everyone believes it. What's wrong with this picture? What's wrong with the American people?

    September 8, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. whiteboy for obama

    i cant wait until the vp debates ,when sarah mistakenly starts speaking in tongues.

    September 8, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. Gerry in Virginia

    I worked for the military for 20 years at an army base in the California desert... Believe me, after witnessing the waste that went on at that place, you bet Senator Obama can cut out a lot from the military budget and put the money to better military use. I worked at an Air Force base in Sacramento California and there was again huge amounts of moneys wasted that could have been better used. If Senator Obama can cut out the waste and ole john boy has a problem with that, then its time he turned in his and sarah's time sheet and went home.... HA....LIKE THEY HAVE A TIME SHEET .....

    September 8, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. John in Ohio

    The "extreme left" doesn't want a weak military, we want a strong military that is only used when needed.

    When needed.

    When needed.

    Not because some crazy old warhorse wants to re-fight the Cold War.

    September 8, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. Sarah

    McCain and Palin get their health insurance paid for by the government (hers in Alaska and his in Washington). Yet they oppose giving the nearly 46 million uninsured Americans the same access to affordable health care.

    John McCain's kids don't have to worry about paying for college. Yet he has opposed every single education support program to help others.

    McCain and Palin say they will stand up to oil companies. Yet the only energy policy they support gives millions of dollars in tax breaks to oil companies to do more drilling and he has opposed every piece of federal legislation to explore alternative fuel sources.

    McCain and Palin say they will revamp how Washington does business. Yet his campaign is filled with lobbyists and she has cooperated with Sen. Ted Stevens in funneling federal money for useless projects in Alaska for years. And McCain and Palin have no solutions for Americans worrying about their jobs in a fragile economy. Is Palin the right choice for you?

    McCain and Palin want us to leave their families alone. Yet they want to make rules for our families by eliminating our right to make our own choices over abortion, eliminate our access to family planning education or domestic partner benefits, and our freedom from discrimination.

    They want to control what our kids learn in school about sex and about science. In short, through the policies they promote and the judges they support, they want the government to have more control over our private lives than at any time in history.

    McCain and Palin now say their campaign is about change, too. Yet the only real change they have proposed is a change from a suit to a skirt in the vice president's office and one man fighting a misplaced war for another in the Oval Office.

    That seems to me to be the right reason to oppose them in November. It's not the process or the people, it's what they represent. This unconventional choice of a vice presidential nominee by John McCain won't result in a win in November, because McCain and Palin are the wrong choice for the country.

    by Hilary Rosen

    September 8, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. Ms. White

    America...the republicans have lied to us for 8 long years.... and wants us to forgive, entrust, and vote for them this election year to fix the problems the republicans caused... I guess the old man and the pit bull are asking...we have been biting you for 8 times...let us bite you for 4 more years.

    September 8, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. JB

    What a crock.

    McSame you are the ULTIMATE FLIP FLOPPER!


    September 8, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. Liars

    I like how when Republicans flip flop people defend it as "oh well they changed their position for the better" but when Democrats do this its seen as the most terrible act of mankind


    September 8, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Lisa

    "My friends, you may not always agree with me, but atleast you know where I stand." John Mcfuddy you stand where the puppet master tells you to stand, that is all I know.

    September 8, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |

    I think Osama BinLaden is watching all this from his plushly appointed cave....LAUGHING !......think about it in 3 days from now!

    September 8, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. Milo Ippolito

    How can you cut military spending AND increase the number of troops? Dick Cheney's contractor buddies won't like the answer.

    September 8, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. lil

    There is one thing I have noticed about the republican party is that
    no matter what they stand together even if they dont agree and i know
    that to be true from watching the commentators on the cable channel
    they said negative things about his choice at the onset but as soon as
    he intoduced her they all came to her defenseObama/Biden supporters could learn something from that.
    How many republican have bad mouth bush even now with a 30%
    approval rating they still dont really bad mouth him.
    My reasons for saying this is we as Obama/Biden supporters need to try this and stop putting our canidates down.
    In the last few days since the rep convention I have notice that we have been more together and speaking out more than ever before
    this has really brought our minds together I am very proud of us
    Obama/Biden supporters.

    September 8, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. McCain/Palin

    Why do you think he got such an overwhelming welcome in Europe. And didn't he call himself a citizen of the world. Maybe you need to start asking what kind of change he really wants.

    September 8, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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