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.”


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soundoff (248 Responses)
  1. Peased OFF

    I can't believe the blatant lies that McCaine is telling. He should be ashame of himself.

    OBAMA is going to have to call him out in a big way. Time is the election.

    Did you guys see the picture of Palin in American Flag bathing suit and a shotgun. Daughters drinking with guns.

    This is not family values

    September 8, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Terry, Lakeland Florida

    This is the part that scares me

    "I will slow our development of future combat systems"

    The #1 reason the US military is so powerful is our tech. We have the best there is to have, however our edge isn't that great and we need to continue to develop this edge. Slowing down our development will just ensure our foes catch up to us and once that happens we are dead.

    I hope Obama understands that it's not a numbers game. We will NEVER have the largest military, but we've always had the best trained and armed....not he wants to remove the best armed part....Lets see how that works out!!

    September 8, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Shari, NY

    Where is Bin Laden? How come he is not in the news?

    September 8, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Obama/Biden

    WHAT ISNT a LIE with McCAIN and PALIN??????? I cant believe anything they say!!!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 8, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Cynthia

    At least Senator Obama is telling you up front what he plans to do. Senator McCain's plan is the blind side you if he happens to get in office.

    September 8, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Tony

    Stop being so apathetic america. Get out the dictionary and look up the word maverick!

    September 8, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. Al

    This man is criticizing Obama on military spending. John, you have authorized the continued squandering on 10 billion a month in Iraq.
    I am going to say this continually, "It's the economy stupid", quote from James Carville in 1992 and to re-iterate again, Wake Up America, don't listen to this man and don't be charmed by Palin's good looks. Remember, if you elect McCain, you are stupid. You will be denying yourselves may great things.

    September 8, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Matt

    Obama is John Kerry without the wavy hair. Will say whatever it takes to appeal to his current audience.

    McCain up by 10 in the latest Gallup poll. Deal with it.

    September 8, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. Sammy

    People need to remember that the various elected leaders in this country often force the military to spend billions on weapons they dont want. Back in the 90's quite a few big programs were killed and we seem to be able to attack others just fine without them.

    September 8, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. Mike - Texas

    Obama is just doing his standard pandering.

    Remember when he was in San Francisco?

    He told them what they wanted to hear.

    He told them that the people in Pennselvaina and other rural communities were "bitter Amerians, clinging to their guns and religion with antipathy towards others".

    Pander pander pander.

    September 8, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. Roger

    here are the obamabots.....he is on tape saying he will SLOW the develoment of modern weaponary...................

    Oh no....Mccaine's lying though.

    You people can't be for real

    September 8, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. Sarah

    What spending more than 10 billions every month in Iraq?
    You and Sarah Palin are just liars...This is plain lie
    Also VP Sarah lied about the bridge, jet and lobbiests
    She is less than 1 week old and already have many lies more than the days since selected as VP...

    Is it a requirement to lie to become a leader in the GOP party?
    Bush is doing this, then McCain and now Palin...

    September 8, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Joyce

    With the choicd of Palin for VP it will be amost imopssible for me to vote for my party,
    I am a 69 year old woman and have been around women who think they know it all and don't know anything. I am not sure how she has gotten as far as she has but you can bet it wasn't with honesty.

    September 8, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. linda n carolina

    McCain's lips are moving...we all know what comes out ...lies lies lies.Hit em Obama and hit them day after day till Nov. This is the only thing they understand...

    September 8, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. Dave

    Obama= flip flop for them votes.

    September 8, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. Ex-PUMA for Obama

    Well, lets attack Palin on the housing crunch. This is what economic analysts say about her and her comment about Freddie and Fannie:

    "You would like to think that someone who is going to be vice president and conceivable president would know what Fannie and Freddie do," said Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. "These are huge institutions and they are absolutely central to our country's mortgage debt. To not have a clue what they do doesn't speak well for her, I'd say."

    Added Andrew Jakabovics, an economic analysts for the progressive think tank, Center for American Progress: "It is somewhat nonsensical because up until yesterday there was sort of no public funding there. Even today they haven't drawn down any of the credit line they have given to Treasury. 'Gotten too big and too expensive' are two separate things. The too big has been a conservative mantra for a while and there is something to be said of that in that they hold about half of the mortgage guarantees that are out there. And in the last year they have been responsible for roughly 80 percent out there. The 'too expensive to tax payers,' I don't know where that comes from."

    Even conservative analysts acknowledged that the statement simply did not hold true.

    September 8, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. Erik

    Hey Republicans – FACE THE FACTS. Like a good leader, Obama said he wanted to eliminate WASTEFUL SPENDING, not OVERALL SPENDING. (just like you do in your own home) What's wrong with a more efficient military. Oh, that's right, Republicans are the DEFICIT party. How much do we owe now?

    September 8, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. John

    Do the Repubs actually believe that this kind of lying and misrepresenting what has been said is going to work this time. After all eight straight years of complete Republican rule has brought our country to where it is at now. Wake up America we are only a heartbeat away from 1929 again and for all of you who can't grasp what I am saying get your nose out of the boob tube and study a little history.

    September 8, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. Viet Vet

    May I see your tax return Mrs. Palin, Your highness? I would like to vet
    you cuz no one else will

    Charles Gibson will throw her some soft balls and all the repugs will swoon and stumble over themselves. Maybe she'll find a stage and give you a wave. Pretty sickening – -she's a freakin' politician

    September 8, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. Val from MA

    You go Sen. McCain! YET ANOTHER "CHANGE OF HEART" FROM OBAMA. What else is new – everything he ran on during primaries is no longer relevant because he now has to appeal to the independents. And you Democrats are complaining that Palin began to oppose the "Bridge to Nowhere" only when she became a Governor of Alaska and quite frankly when she had more valuable information to her to fully form her opinion on it? Give me a break!

    September 8, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. Linda in NC

    Is McCain grasping at straws? Voteing against the G I Bill? Denying benefits to the very people he wants to stay in Iraq and a VP that says God wanted us to go to Iraq This McCain/Palin thing is very scary. Palin and McCain sound like programmed robots repeating the same thing over and over again.Palin can't make a speech unless she is spewing venom and when she did say something about Fannie Mae and Freddie mac she got it wrong check out huffington post.I am a middle aged white women and I'm not stupid enough to believe her or MCain
    Go Obama/Biden

    September 8, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Carl from MI

    My friend the Arkansan For Obama! summed it up perfectly!!!!!!!

    "Obama is right! We don't need Billions of Dollars of Missiles setting up in space like the so called "Star Wars System" that Bush Sr. wanted. We don't need to spend Billions in Nuclear Weapons either.

    Wars are fought with Soldiers, Guns, Tanks, Ships, and Planes. That's how we have fought every war in the Modern age, and that's how we are fighting in Iraq. That's where the money should be spent!

    Putting a missile defense system in space is pointless. But for some reason that's what Reagan, Bush Sr., Bush Jar, and McCain wants. Maybe they are aiming at Aliens or something lol."

    Most excellent words, my friend!! I couldn't have summed it up better myself!! KUDOS!!

    Has everyone noticed how Cheney is ratcheting things up over in Georgia with Russia? Trying to get our nation primed with FEAR over another war, even though Georgia was CLEARLY the aggressor and wasn't expecting Russia to deliver the smack down they did!!

    Now I'm not saying the Russian smack down was a proportional response, but they clearly sent a message... if the Bush Administration is going to incite "Freedom Cleansing" of those who don't agree with their policies in Georgia, there will be repercussions. The Bush Administration convinced Georgia to go after the rebels, and Georgia suffered because they listened.

    WAKE UP, AMERICA!! VOTE SMART.... NOT SENILE!!

    September 8, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    Can the McCain campaign get anymore disgusting???

    Obama is right, again – they must think we're Stupid...!

    September 8, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. Andrea

    The original mavericks certainly do a lot of attacking! The American people deserve more. With all the lies they try and sell I'm shocked they call themselves Christians!!! Here's one for you..... Come up with an original idea!!!

    September 8, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. Dee

    Is whether or not a candidate opposes his own party views at all relevant..what does it prove? It seems a nonsensical issue. Good grief, there are so many huge issues facing the U.S. that asking a candidate how he may oppose his own parties views now or in the future is ludicrous & a waste of time. Im sure the voters would much prefer the media asks the important issues.

    September 8, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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