June 15th, 2009
01:01 PM ET
1 year ago

McCain calls Iran vote result 'corrupt'

Sen. John McCain told CNN that the results of Iran's recent elections are 'very disappointing…but not astonishing.'
Sen. John McCain told CNN that the results of Iran's recent elections are 'very disappointing…but not astonishing.'

(CNN) – Arizona Sen. John McCain responded sharply Monday to the disputed election result in Iran showing victory for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, calling the whole process "corrupt" and questioning the legitimacy of the current investigation into the matter.

"It's very disappointing ,of course, but not astonishing," McCain told CNN Monday. "The Muslim cleric extremists control the political mechanisms of Iran and it's not encouraging in a year that the ones who perpetrated this fraud are now going to be in charge of the investigation."

"I hope that we can succeed in our relations with Iran, but this is not a good sign and we should speak out strongly in opposition to what was clearly a corrupt election," said McCain.

The comments come after three days of unrest that prompted Iranian authorities to launch a probe into Friday's election result showing an overwhelming victory for Ahmadinejad over reformist Mir Hossein Moussavi.

The incumbent claimed 62 percent of the vote, prompting suspicion at home and abroad, particularly among Western countries already at loggerheads with Ahmadinejad over an Iranian nuclear program they fear is non-peaceful.

McCain's comments go significantly further than those of the Obama administration, which has not directly called the vote result a fraud but has expressed "concern."

"I think there are a number of factors that give us some concern about what we've seen," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Monday.


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soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. Shirley In California Now On The Fence Re Obama

    ... And we should do what McCain? Obliterate them? It is not our business. Yes, Ahmadinejad is dangerous and does not need to be in power. However, he will eventually be dealt with in one way or another. The problem with America is we interfere too much into other people's business. I for one am sick of war! Let's let the people of Iran make their own decisions and sort this out on their own. Why can't Americans concern themselves with OUR business - you know health care, jobs, OUR veterans... When will McCain learn we need to keep our mouths shut.

    June 15, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. E.C.Coleman

    McCain finally speaks.
    Wonder if McCain realizes how corrupt the obama administration
    has shown itself to be?
    Wonder what McCain thinks of the corruption in the Democratic party, obama, peosi, reid and dodd and all the rest of it?
    Wonder what McCain thinks of all the obama appointed czars that will rule areas of our society, without CONSTITUTIONAL Guidelines?

    All Americans should be focusing on this corrupt and dictatorial political situation here in the United States led by a socialist president.

    If the courst refuse to investigate ACORN thoroughly, as should be done, Americans around this country will SUFFER GREATLY. Uneducated people do NOT belong in the Census taking of 2010.

    June 15, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. Taa Taa

    Yeah, just like the election when Dubya won the first time... Corrupt and illegal. George did not when the election, it was given to him. So who are we to call their election corrupt, when ours was the very same way...

    June 15, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Too True For You

    "...this is not a good sign and we should speak out strongly in opposition to what was clearly a corrupt election," said McCain

    Boy, sure wish he had this insight and was such a strong fair election proponent in 2000 and 2004.....

    June 15, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. George

    I'm sure the vast majority of Iranians would find his analysis to be credible and accurate given his extensive research on the subject.

    Then again, what's there to expect from a gut-trustin' ideologue.

    June 15, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Dawn in Pa

    Well Duh!

    June 15, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. George the Democrat Obama fanatic.

    thats why i am glad i voted for President Obama

    June 15, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. John in NoHo CA

    McCain is right. He can be as loud as he wants because he doesn't speak officially for our country. Unfortunately, even though Obama has to be more guarded, as the president, he knows it's a fraud. He just has to be more careful because he has to deal with whomever ends up in office.

    June 15, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Seems to me that Republicans can spot corruption from all the way around the world. Hmmmmm - Maybe because they invented it. And they still want to dictate to others just like Bush/Cheney.

    June 15, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. Josh in TN

    Probably, But what was Bush's? We look like such Phonies pointing a finger.

    June 15, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. GG

    To gain the support of Iranians, Is simple as that just put the anxiety on IRAN GOVERNMENT

    June 15, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. Davis

    Listening to Limbaugh and is now convinced that he's the devil. This man is obsessed with President Obama, it's all he talks about. When he has a heart attack it shouldn't surprise anyone.

    June 15, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. IsaacTheForcedCatholic

    Maybe we should have their courts decide who is the winner just like we did in USA with Gore v Bush... We all know how that turn out. America has no right to tell other countries how corrupt their elections are when we, in America, have our own problems. McCain has no respect!

    June 15, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. Michigan

    As they say, well, duh! Of course the election was rigged, did anybody really think the President was going to risk losing?

    The big problem is trhere's not a dang thing we can do about it. It's their country and their mess and they don't want our assistance. The last time we got involved in Iranian politics, it didn't go so well.

    June 15, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Paul Dobro

    Another example of how bad we would be off with McCain/Palin. Beside all the baggage of Palin, this is not good diplomicy to escalate the tensions. I can't say what the best route is, but this knee jerk reacton is not good.

    June 15, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. Pragmatic

    McCain, not speaking as President of the USA, can go as far as he likes. However, too many people remember the 2000 election ... and wonder if Iran's comments on our elections would be welcome and productive,

    June 15, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Dave

    Yeah, just like the ones in America. And we act like some kind of moral judge of others. Give me a break.

    June 15, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. Patty in the CA mountains

    Bush and his boys taught them how.....

    June 15, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. Shari, NY

    Susan June 15th, 2009 1:09 pm ET

    so? what should we do then?
    __________________

    Good question. If the US sticks its nose in there will be a price to pay. If not, there will be hordes of people chanting and bearing placards in front of relevant international organizations and embassies, especially in NY. Darned if you do and likewise if you don't. Only in America!!!

    June 15, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. Becky

    I agree with McCain 100% – first time in a long time!

    June 15, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. Claudia in Houson

    Susan, you took the words right out of my mouth. Exactly, what should we do and I say nothing.

    June 15, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. phoenix86

    Who cares. Once Obama goes to Iran, they will abandon their nuclear program; the muslim dictatorship will be peacefully abandoned; democracy will reign supreme and all will be right with the world.

    Then Obama can deliver a "Message to the Animal World" and we will never have another Michael Vick affair again.

    June 15, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. RH

    McCain's suggestion is the absolute worst thing the US could do. To condemn the election process would hand the ayatollahs prime talking points against Mousavi's movement.

    June 15, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. gerry

    "It was clearly a corrupt election" I am no supporter of Iran and its leaders but where was the corruption? I haven't heard any facts to back this up. Maybe that goof-ball did win. In any case neither men have the power.

    June 15, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. Joe in CA

    A little late to talk about "fixed" elections Johnny boy. All you had to do was look to Florida in 2000 and Ohi in 2004 when "W" stole our elections and WE looked just as corrupt to the world then.

    June 15, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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