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."


Filed under: Iran • John McCain • President Obama
soundoff (201 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Well the President's approach is way better that what McCain would have ever attempted. How'd that song go again? Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran. Keep your comments to yourself McCain.

    June 17, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. Sniffit

    "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 our behavior towards Iran over the past half century is to be considered a smashing success, McCain? Sit down, shut up and let the people with new ideas handle the hotplates buddy....mindless continuation of our previous policies, actions, statements and overall positioning towards Iran WILL NOT GENERATE PROGRESS. This is nothing more than a pot-shot from someone who would've perseverated the discord.

    June 17, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. JS007

    McCain is a fool. Obama knows very well that the best way to help the Ayatolla's crush the opposition is to make it look like the US is involved in some way. I'm so tired of the neo-con stupidity.

    June 17, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Big red shoes

    Mccain is a clown and should shut up. He will never be president.

    June 17, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. southerncousin

    Way to go John, now lets tell the truth about those new UN sanctions against NKorea that Hillary and the dear leader are so proud of. The biggest joke that has been perpetrated on the American people since the election of the Hussein Obama.

    June 17, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Rob

    Obama commands Israel to stop building settlements, yet says he doesn't want to be 'meddling' in Iran. No real hard thinking here to see which side Obama's leaning towards.

    June 17, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Willy Brown

    That's because Barry's clueless on the A A Job title

    June 17, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. Yute!!

    Thank God Johnny's not the president. Seems we may have avoided WWIII.

    June 17, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. phoenix86

    Oblama has reached a new low, even for him, with respect to his weak-kneed response to the ongoing oppression in Iran. Even FRANCE and Germany took a strong position in support of individual rights in Iran.

    Oblama's position is based on two overriding themes: Self agrandizement and fear.

    One and done.

    June 17, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. Claude

    This is an internal Iranian issue. Any comments by the US is not helpful. McCain needs to shut up and let the President do what he feels is right.

    June 17, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. Ivan Schiff

    Then when Iran crushes the protesters claiming they are a tool of America, McCain and his co-supporters will say Obama went too far.

    June 17, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. LOL!!!!

    Shut up, Johnny.

    What about our own little Bush/Gore debacle?

    June 17, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Cindy

    Thank God this man didn't win the presidency! We would be in another war because he wants to run the world. Let Iran handle their problems. America is always in everyone's business this is why we are so hated around the world.

    June 17, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. Chesapeake, Va

    Shut up Mc sain.... We have our own problems to deal with.

    June 17, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. gl, From Pittsburgh

    This is why McCain is not the President becasue he love to shoot at the hip. This is not the President of the USA call. Peace and be still is the right way. Stup up McCain you lost. No one is listening to you.

    June 17, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Jerk

    McCain, this kind of meddling in other countries affairs is what has made us less safe!

    It is up to the Iranian people to determine their future, not us!!!!!!

    June 17, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    Take with a grain of salt any comment coming out of an old clown who sang "bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran. (McCain should be a has been) War and conflict are always the answer for those who will sacrifice nothing in that war or conflict. Have known too many "hawks" (and parted ways with such) who's selfless rhetoric never matches their self centered, self righteous actions.

    June 17, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. katiec

    Hey CNN
    Why are you allowing comments on Mccain but have taken them away from other controversial articles?
    Mccain, if we cared about what you had to say we would have
    elected you president. By now you would have probably bombed
    Iran.

    June 17, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. Pete

    Thanks GOD that this knee-Jerk pro-WAR idiot isn't running the country. My GOD people. Let's see, Obama makes an address to the Islamic people of the world and wow, things start to change. These idiots would perpetuate aninmosity forever.

    Why do Republicans Hate America and everything it stands for? Why do conservatives HATE the troops?

    They would sell us all to our death to make a penny. We need to round them up and send them to re-education camps.

    June 17, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. Jim

    Well John, if you were president....oh wait, you lost. Nevermind...

    June 17, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. United States President supporter

    John McSame that's why you didn't get elected samo ol' bush thinking..

    June 17, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Eddie B.

    John McCain is a warmonger. Period! It would be the absolute worst thing for the U.S. to get involved with Iran's election process. If by any means, the protest for Mousavi is aligned with the U.S. support it would be devastating to their movement. The history of the U.S. meddling and basically trying to run Iran is over and plays against the U.S. every day. This is why he is not President!!! Barack is doing the absolute right thing.

    June 17, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. robert J

    I don't think John MCcain is qualified to speak on anything current. The man and his reputation and his thinking are from the past. Voters clearly stated this so why does the media continue to pander to his expertise? He is just another out of touch, just say no Republican . Let our President work in his way and lets see what happens. The Republicans had 15 years to screw everything up. Let the President at least have a few years of his own!

    June 17, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. Corey

    McCain, I agree it is highly likely this election was rigged. Albeit, what SOLID evidence do you have that the elections were flawed? Unless you have irrefutable evidence, unlike that given by the Bush Administration for Iraq (WMD's, Saddam/Bin Laden link) or the Johnson Administration for Vietnam (Gulf of Tonkin), imposing the will of the US on Iran will only lead to trouble, as evinced in both the Iraq and Vietnam wars. Moreover, it will only lead to greater US animosity in the Middle East region.

    June 17, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. Dante in Madison, WI

    Well we know how HE would respond if HE had one the Presidential election: Nuclear war.

    Fortunately he DIDN'T win the Presidency so in short, who cares what McCain thinks?

    June 17, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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