WASHINGTON (CNN) - In a response after Friday night's presidential debate, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger defended Sen. John McCain's attack against Sen. Barack Obama for Obama's willingness to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "without precondition."
Immediately following the debate, the McCain campaign released a statement from Kissinger backing the Republican nominee's sentiments on structuring any talks with Iran.
"Sen. McCain is right. I would not recommend the next president of the United States engage in talks with Iran at the presidential level," Kissinger said in the statement.
"My views on this issue are entirely compatible with the views of my friend Sen. John McCain. We do not agree on everything, but we do agree that any negotiations with Iran must be geared to reality."
McCain and Obama sparred during the debate over how to best handle relations with Ahmadinejad, who has repeatedly threatened Israel. Both candidates referenced Kissinger's comments from a CNN forum last week in which former secretaries of states discussed several topics including Iran, and the
presidential candidates disagreed over what Kissinger had said.
WHO EXACTLY GIVES A CRAP ABOUT THE OLD NIXON
BAG MAN? WE ARE TIRED OF COWBOY FOREIGN POLICY.
WE ARE SICK & TIRED OF COWBOY ECONOMICS.
McCain is too quick to hop on the bandwagon for war with Iran.
It's not necessary – yet – but I think Obama knows how to negotiate better than a hot-head.
IF a war is really necessary, I would trust Obama and his military advisors more than the old warmonger that is still trying to win Nam.
Sen Obama not so smart to think Kissinger would not come out and support Sen McCain..
KISSINGER CAN BE MCSENILE'S BAG MAN
AS HE WAS NIXON'S. HE IS ABOUT 50YEARS
BEHIND THE TIMES & OUR NEEDS. WE WILL
CALL ON HIM TO DEAL WITH CZECHOSLOVAKIA.
Sitting down with foreign leaders that are untrustworthy, dispise our nation and ways of living do not deserve a sit-down talk without preconditions.!!!!
Obama is so naive on this topic and should not be president of America!!
WE SHOULD ASK WHAT NIXON THINKS TOO.
ALL THESE OLD DECREPIT BOYS THINK WE CARE
ABOUT WHAT THEY THINK. AFTER WHAT THEY HAVE DONE
TO OUR COUNTRY & ECONOMY,THEY CAN ALL GO TO HELL.
Where oh where is Hillary Clinton?! America is going down without her. Look at these two fools. Americans, you made a big mistake.
Wow...I guess everybody that supports McCain will "lie" in order the make McCain "look" right on everything!
Kissinger is another traitor... he LIED about our involvement in Vietnam and Cambodia and eased into another unwinnable war.... sound familiar anyone? Lies? Unwinnable war?
NO McCAIN for President....
Bomb Bomb Bomb MCCain!
I watched the CNN program with % ex-secretaries of state. Kissingers's times are gone. no one gave him more attention after 15 minutes.
What he speaks and says reminds me of alzhemeir disease. CNN please let him live in peace and dont call him any more for any advise. Its a new and diferent world now. Kissionger is past. Any way thanks for whatever u have done Kissinger good or bad, we are all human after all.
Obama got caught with his pants down spinning comments again. Some may call them lies but I will give him the benefit of the doubt due to his inexperience and lack of understanding basic English.
NJ – there can be no President of America. America (N) is made up of Canada, US.
Obama for president of U.S.A.
THE JOINT NATION OF ISLAM AND THE UNITED TRINITY CHURCH POLL SHOWS: OBAMA 100%...WHITE DEVIL 0%.
I think both sides won the debate for their team. Republicans like offense and McCain was definately the one on offense. The democrats like defense, and Obama was definately the on that played more defense.
So both sides played their game. Now the undecideds just need to figure out what type of game they prefer to play.
Henry You were on tv saying those words so you cant take them back now to save John
"WHO EXACTLY GIVES A CRAP ABOUT THE OLD NIXON "
Umm, apparantely Obama does, he touted what he thought his position was.
How people think that we have the right to tell anyone "you HAVE to do A,B, and C before we even will consider talking to you"? It's called diplomacy people. You won't accomplish anything by ignoring people unless the agree to do whatever you want them to.
Just like bush!!
That's why the USA is in termoil now!!
Do as i say
or else!!!!!! Nobody cares!!
kissinger's lying because i watched and heard him say it! stoopid republicans. always lying.
He's as senile as McBush. Does these guys ever retire? Its like every eight years or so, they go in the old closet or some corporate board and get these ancient ploticians (aka Rumsfield).
Uh, wasn't it already established that Obama beleives that low-level negotiations should precede direct talks with the President? Did Kissinger watch the debate? Obama's point was that Bush-style diplomatic "blackouts" have been worse than useless.
Huh? Last week Kissinger says he's in favor of negotiatiion with Iran, and then he backs up McCrabby?
The fact that our (USA) maverick cowboy style of strong-arming other nations before we will talk to them no longer works is the reason why McCain is not best for our future. As all of the other leaders in the world have stopped looking at the US for direction because of this style, proves why we need to move forward for our future growth. McCain proved in the debate that he wants to maintain the maverick cowbow style and is a leader of the past. As McCain pointed out during the debate that bad government leads to a bad economy was the strongest argument why we need a change in the USA and not a maverick. Please vote this November 4th.
COWBOY FOREIGN POLICY & COWBOY ECONOMICS
DON'T WORK FOR US (BORROWED THAT)
WE ARE DONE, DONE, DONE & BROKE.