McCain: Obama campaign video invoking bin Laden is 'pathetic'
April 27th, 2012
09:32 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain: Obama campaign video invoking bin Laden is 'pathetic'

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain on Friday evening sharply rebuked a web video produced by President Barack Obama's re-election campaign that questioned whether presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would have ordered the raid that culminated in the killing of terrorism mastermind Osama bin Laden.

"Shame on Barack Obama for diminishing the memory of September 11th and the killing of Osama bin Laden by turning it into a cheap political attack ad," McCain said in a statement distributed by the Republican National Committee.

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"This is the same president who said, after bin Laden was dead, that we shouldn't 'spike the ball' after the touchdown. And now Barack Obama is not only trying to score political points by invoking Osama bin Laden, he is doing a shameless end-zone dance to help himself get reelected," he continued.

The video was posted Friday morning, just days ahead of the one-year anniversary of the operation authorized by Obama.

McCain, who is a top surrogate for Romney and was the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, said Obama deserves credit for ordering the operation, but characterizes the ad’s political motives as "hypocritical."

The campaign video features former President Bill Clinton praising Obama for authorizing the raid and explaining the gravity of that choice. "The president is the decider-in-chief. Nobody can make that decision for you," Clinton said.

Text on the screen asks, "Which path would Mitt Romney have taken?" It further quotes the former Massachusetts governor saying during his 2008 presidential bid, "It's not worth moving heaven and earth, spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person."

Romney later backpedaled from the comment, which he made to The Associated Press, saying at a presidential debate, "We'll move everything to get him."

Hours before McCain, a spokeswoman for Romney’s campaign likewise criticized the video.

"The killing of Osama bin Laden was a momentous day for all Americans and the world, and Governor Romney congratulated the military, our intelligence agencies, and the president. It's now sad to see the Obama campaign seek to use an event that unified our country to once again divide us, in order to try to distract voters' attention from the failures of his administration," press secretary Andrea Saul said.

Filed under: 2012 • John McCain • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    "Shame on Barack Obama for diminishing the memory of September 11th and the killing of Osama bin Laden by turning it into a cheap political attack ad," McCain said in a statement distributed by the Republican National Committee.

    Shame on John McCain for being a reactionary follower and not a leader.
    Commander Philip Francis Queeg, The Caine Mutiny !
    McCain was useless in the economic meltdown of 2008 and he is just as out of touch today.

    April 28, 2012 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  2. helenecha

    A few of us may mull it over that the killing of Osama bin Laden was not just a successful military action. And it must be the need of a reliable military strategy. Did Obama think it that matter? Now Obama campaign is seeking to use it, how can people make sure it is really about a matter of that?

    April 28, 2012 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  3. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    It may be a valid point about Romney. I've never heard of him doing anything that might harm a rich conservative. And bin Laden was against gay marriage, did not like folks from other countries, was a very conservative cleric, wanted the nation to pay for secular education, was pro-oil, was willing to use military actions against people he disagreed with and felt that women are not the equal of men.

    Darn that sounds familiar. But he would have sent in the military anyway because it might get him a vote or two.

    Romney would attend the opening of a refrigerator if he thought there was a camera there.

    April 28, 2012 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  4. kat

    Shame on you McCain! You always refer to yourself as War Hero, Maverick, what else? .....Loser!

    April 28, 2012 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  5. Bobby

    Romney said he wouldn't spend the money to find Osama bin Laden. Whether you like Romney or not, it's a fair criticism.

    April 28, 2012 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  6. Sydnium S. Adolsen

    Pathetic, just pathetic. Obama's message that Osama was dead lasted for minutes and that made my favorite TV show cut short.
    That's not the point. While killing him is ABSOLUTELY history, Obama made that as a lousy, no-brainer and political butterfly campaign video. No way, no how, no Obama could make him win. It's him against the EC and the whole America.

    April 28, 2012 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  7. Anthony Stark

    Bush wouldn't "have spiked the ball?" I remember him making a pretty big deal about getting Saddam.

    April 28, 2012 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  8. Phillco

    He is just mad he didn't think of it first.

    April 28, 2012 03:58 am at 3:58 am |
  9. szinda

    Wait, so Romney and all of the Republicans want to scream and cry about how Obama is not a strong leader and doesn't have what it takes to protect America, but it's "cheap" to point to probably his boldest move as President when it comes to national security? I have seriously lost all respect for McCain. And once again, Romney says one thing then says the complete opposite when people call him out. Even if you don't think Obama is a doing a decent job, how could you possibly vote for someone who has absolutely no principles? Romney has changed sides on almost every major issue in the past two years. If you vote him into office, who knows what kind of president we'll least Obama has convictions and sticks to them for the most part.

    April 28, 2012 04:08 am at 4:08 am |

    McCain has been trafficking on his war hero\prisoner story for years. No room to criticize the Pres for telling the truth.

    April 28, 2012 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  11. Mike McHugh

    Please Sen.McCain Mitt Romney has publicly stated he would follow G.W.Bush's policy – put OBL on the back burner, not make an attack inside Pakistan. His decision, like his Op Ed against bailing out GM were wrong! His instincts were wrong! Mitt Romney touts his business skills, but that doesn't make a President or a political leader it just made him money.

    April 28, 2012 04:58 am at 4:58 am |
  12. Novote4republicansin2012

    I see the green monster of envie on McCramps aura.

    April 28, 2012 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  13. Milton K. Wiah

    Unlike George Bush who went to war in Iraq with no reason and killing more than 5000 Americans in the
    process, Obama brought that nonsense war an end, killed or captured most terrorists. It is
    worth mentioning his foreign policies accomplishments.
    Mr. McCain, just let your candidate tell the American people why he wants to be president of USA. The
    only thing we hear from him and his Republican Party is let Obama be defeated. Why?

    April 28, 2012 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  14. Marlee

    President Obama is a badass. I think bin lad should have been brought to trial.

    April 28, 2012 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  15. Marlee

    If gov cared about 9/11 they would care more for the first responders!

    April 28, 2012 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  16. Another Day in the RW Idiot MInes

    "Pathetic" is actually the word that best describes the GOBP, a once-great party now reduced to a cult of rich, white, angry old white men, bigots, gun nuts and gullible low-information sheeple who swallow the GOBP cult dogma and propaganda without question.

    Bonus points to the GOBP nuts for proving yet again they don't do analogies. Mentioning the successful raid that got Osama a year after the fact is not, and CANNOT by definition, be an "end zone dance" or "spiking the ball" after a touchdown. The GOBP idiots really do not understand things like time, history, facts and comparisons.

    April 28, 2012 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  17. W.G.

    McCains comments are pure political if he had gotten osama we as a country would be celebrating the 4th. of "osama "
    or something like that . President Bush actually flew the Bin Ladens out of the country on 9/11 when the U.S.
    AirForce were supposedly the only planes in the air . So it´s a legitimate question posed by the Democrats in light
    of the fact that Bush refused to look very hard for Osama and put oil profits above justice

    April 28, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  18. Jules

    Why is this pathetic, John? Only because a Democrat bought the dastardly killer down, I suspect. The ad uses Romney's own words and if that is what you are fighting, this is going to be a looooong campaign for you because he has said a lot that is outside the norm for most people.

    April 28, 2012 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  19. Nobama

    Obama's ad makes me sick!!

    Of course, any, I mean ANY president will make the same decision.

    What did Obama have to lose if the mission was not successful?

    It was the lives of other people that was on the line!!

    April 28, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    McCain is a pathetic old man who cannot get over the fact that Americans preferred a black person to him. If John wants to show Americans he is driven by hate, "Mission Accomplished."

    April 28, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  21. pc

    mccain is such a bitter old man. he just never got over obama making him look like a washed up old has been.
    mccain needs to accept he ruined his career when he put sarah palin on his ticket. he needs to apoloigize to the world for that nightmare!

    April 28, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  22. Albuquerque, Turkey

    I don't like either party they're both in the pockets of special intrests. However Someones jealous lol.

    April 28, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  23. Richard Miller

    The only thing pathetic Mr. McCain is you. Isn't it time for you to go home-permantently!

    April 28, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  24. Marie MD

    WOW!!!! Really POW because you disobeyed your orders to return to ship, mcnasty? REALLY?
    Who gives a rat's behind what the flip flopper did or who he congratulated??? He would have been cra ping in his pants to even think about allowing our Seals to go ahead with this raid.
    It starts with the village idiot from TX who didn't lose any sleep over bin laden and "watch this swing" to the teapulibkans who will never give President Obama the kudos to carry out and kill the man who was instrumental for killing over 3,000 Americans and citizens of other countries using commercial planes.
    This is how insane these rethugs have gotten. They are a bunch of disgusting human racist backwoods mutants.

    April 28, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  25. JJ in Michigan

    McCain is jealous and so is Romney. They will never give the President credit for taking out Osama bin Laden or for doing ANY GOOD DEEDS. Haters.

    April 28, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
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