June 17th, 2009
11:25 AM ET
6 years ago

McCain again pans president's Iran response


WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John McCain told CNN Wednesday President Obama's statement that he doesn't want to meddle in the Iranian election controversy sends the wrong message.

"On this issue, I do not believe that the president is taking a leadership that is incumbent upon an American president, which we have throughout modern history, and that is to advocate for human rights and freedom - and free elections are one of those fundamentals," the Arizona Republican told John Roberts on CNN's American Morning.

President Obama Tuesday said that he has deep concerns over the election results in Iran, but stressed that "it's not productive, given the history of U.S.-Iranian relations, to be seen as meddling, the U.S. president meddling in Iranian elections."

McCain disputed that assessment. "We're not meddling in any country's affairs when we call for free and fair elections and the ability of people to exercise their human rights," he said Monday. "And when they disagree with a flawed or corrupt election, as the Iranian people have, [not] to be beaten and even killed in the streets."


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  1. Mick

    Don't kid yourself. If McCain has been elected, Iran and N. Korea would already have been bombed, and the world would be over. Blowhard war-monger! All the experts I have heard think Obama's approach is just right for now. Don't you have to vote on health care, John? Or go call Sarah and make sure she's OK today?

    June 17, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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