October 8th, 2008
10:16 PM ET
4 years ago

Cindy McCain goes on the attack

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Cindy McCain is getting tough on Obama.
Cindy McCain is getting tough on Obama.

(CNN) – Cindy McCain, wife of Republican presidential candidate John McCain, appears to have sharpened her attacks against Barack Obama on the campaign trail in the final stretch of the race for the White House.

One day after she told a Tennessee newspaper Obama is running the "dirtiest campaign in American history," Mrs. McCain criticized the Illinois senator for voting against a bill to fund troops in Iraq, a regular line of attack from her husband’s campaign.

“The day that Senator Obama cast a vote not to fund my son when he was serving sent a cold chill through my body, let me tell you,” she told a Pennsylvania crowd before introducing her husband and Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin.

“I would suggest Senator Obama change shoes with me for just one day. I suggest he take a day and go watch our men and women deploying," she also said, to boisterous cheers from the campaign.

The vote Mrs. McCain is referencing came in May of 2007, when Obama was one of 14 senators who voted against a war-spending plan that would have provided emergency funds for American troops overseas. He, like many Democrats, was pushing for an end to the war in Iraq, and the legislation included no provisions for that. Before that vote, Obama did support and vote for a funding proposal that included a timeline for withdrawal from Iraq - a troop funding bill McCain opposed.

A CNN fact check deemed the charge that Obama voted against troop funding "misleading."

Read CNN's fact check on that vote


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Cindy McCain • Extra • John McCain
soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. jnc

    McCain looked really old last night. He looked like the nursing facility let him come out for an hour to spend time away from the facility. This is exactly why we need an energetic thougth provoking person for the Presidency. Palin, is just to radical and has allowed herself to be used.

    I want people to remember that just becasue Barack does not have a lot of experience, I would much rather have someone in office who thinks before he speaks........................

    McCain, you are a war monger for real. As I watched you last night, I wish you would have gotten some therapy from you POW days. You talke about reducing the budget for DEFENSE, but still talk about the WAR, they don't go hand in hand.

    May I suggest Cindy wheel you back to the Nursing facilty, because it is apparent your a step from senility.

    October 8, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Chris

    Does Cindy McCain remind anyone else of Cruella De Vil, or is it just me?

    October 8, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Gerald in Georgia

    Who's next the Mccain Maid and Butler? Before this is over everyone in the household will be attacking OBama.

    October 8, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. Cooper

    Who wouldn't want to change shoes with Cindy McCain? I've never had $1,000 Manolos or Jimmy Choos!!! Cindy can drive away in one of her14 cars, to one of her 9 homes. Just get off of the campaign trail...please!!

    October 8, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. jy

    Wow, even "That's Sindy with an "S" "is angry and bittter! They both need their naps!

    October 8, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. JL

    Say it aint so, Cindy! You were the last remaining McCain person that I had respect for! So, so, sad what the McCain campaign has become.

    October 8, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Bethie

    McCain picks the dumbest of women.

    October 8, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. rush12388

    what's going on with McCain campaign since when saying half the truth is not a lie?

    October 8, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. MCMUNCHKIN/WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST ‘08 POLITICAL CAREERS FIRST, DRAMA GIMMICKS SECOND,THE SURGE THIRD, POOR OLD WARRIOR STORIES FOURTH, ECONOMIC CRISIS FIFTH, OUTTA TIME, SO TO HELL WITH THE COUNTRY!

    Just because you look like a bad draq queen in heels, do not blame "That One"!

    October 8, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. Mark Wagner

    Wow, you know you're getting desperate when you have to get your spouse to go out and attack.

    Imagine if Michelle Obama was out attacking McCain, everyone would be up in arms. But, again, you kind of have to feel sorry for someone who has more money that most people but still stole meds and self-medicated herself.

    October 8, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. Shari, NY

    Oh please, Cindy. I know a wife must be faitful to the end but please, in your pillow talk, put some sense into your partner. If you love him, save him from himself.

    October 8, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Sue, Indianapolis

    Cindy had better be keeping an eye on Sneaky Sara and Roving Eye
    Johnny.

    October 8, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. Eugene

    Amazing that she can come up with stuff like that. Sorry "this one". I'm voting for "that one".

    October 8, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. Frank, Dayton, Ohio

    Cindy McCain and her husband are the very definition of IGNORANT on this issue. Unfortunately the American people are not and they will demonstrate it at the polls.

    As to "the dirtiest campaign in American history" comment, that title definitely goes to McCain-Palin with their insistent spreading of lies and half truths, which they don't even retract in the face of bare FACTS.

    November 4 can not some soon enough for this to be over and John McCain delivered back to Senate.

    October 8, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. Jennifer

    Did you see her at the debate? She didn't even shake people's hands except for Brokaw and Obama. But the little people in the audience, she just stood there and followed John like an uppity shadow. She has a nerve!

    October 8, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. OS

    Cindy and Camp,

    Do you, Sarah Palin and John McCain think if a any human being on the face of this earth bears a muslim name line Hussein or Mohammad or Akabr – They are by default terrorist.

    This was the impression given by one of your Uniformed police officer when he was introducing the dumb Sarah Palin in Florida the other day by calling the middle name of Barrack Obama.

    This shows how uneducated, ill-informed and illieterate your husband and Palin,s supporters can be.

    You all should go and get some elementary education.

    October 8, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. dave g, minneapolis

    The Democrats and Republicans are both running "dirty" campaigns.

    They continue to try to force third party candidates from ballots in many states. They have made it impossible for third party candidates to be in the debates.

    They are both scared of real change. This is America and there are more choices for anything other than for President. Most people still think that they have to vote for McCain or Obama–two senators who just proved that they will work against YOU. They took your money and gave it to wall street–with no apologies and more pork. They will not offer change.

    October 8, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. John in Ohio

    Oh god it's the Lord of the Nazghul! The Witch-Queen of Angmar! Run Frodo ruuun!

    October 8, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. Jesus Praising & Freedom Loving Patriot

    The day she decided not to reveal her tax records, a cold chill went down my spine–let me tell YOU!

    October 8, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Linda

    Cindy should stick to what she does best, walk two steps behind her husband, smile and look pretty for the camera ops.

    October 8, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Alexia

    Go stand behind your husband, you look best there.

    October 8, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. Virginia Mike

    I think the striaght talk express just lost another wheel. Time for Cooter to make the repairs.

    October 8, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. ines

    McCain is sending out Cindy to do his dirty work for him now. McCain is reeeeaaaallly looking extremely weak now.

    October 8, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. Matt

    I'll take her shoes and her riches! Thanks Cindy!

    October 8, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. BBB

    If I thought she had a clue I would really consider what she has to say... but considering she has never had to stretch a dollar to last from paycheck to paycheck I think she needs to shut up.

    October 8, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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