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. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Why don't these republican bums just go away like to somila where they share the same values and will do less damage to the USA .

    April 28, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. papafritz57

    John you are pathetic. You need to get over the fact that the greater majority of Americans chose a young untested black man over you. You know why, because you have never acknowledged what Americans have done for you, only your own POW status. Hundreds of military mem were imprisoned in Hanoi John, but you have never acknowledged any of them, just yourself. You peed away your American taxpayed education at the Navy Academic, graduating fifth from the bottom of over 800 students and you garnered the highest number of disciplinarty infractions of anyone else in your graduating class. You were a lousy student and your status as a Congressmen floats like the wind the flows out of your mouth. There is nothing pathetic about President Obama John, just your indignant anger at losing to him. Retire John, to one of your eight houses acrossed the country and give a young man a chance for your job since you are doing nothing while in it.

    April 28, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. Mike

    Why shouldn't the POTUS be able to highlight that it was under his watch that bin Laden was brought to justice? Bush was able to create a spectacle over "Mission Accomplished" and it was alright for the GOP then.

    April 28, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. chris Omu

    JC is yet to get over his defeat by a relatively unknown black Senator in 2008. He is full of anger and I just pray he does not sufer heart attack when Obama floors Romney in November.
    Let the truth be told. Obama deserves commendation for taking that tough decision. His orders was obeyed and that is why Osama is dead today. Just Imagine if the action had failed and the Navy Seals had been killed? On whose shoulder would the blame be? Obama would have borne the blame...but he let him enjoy the glory and use it to his advantage...period

    April 28, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. Sue

    Oh Please! Spare me the phony outrage!!!

    April 28, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. jon

    What's pathetic is McCain expecting anyone to believe that a republican in Obamas shoes would'nt do the
    same thing. I think McCain is jealous.

    April 28, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. S.positive

    Is it because it is the truth. The TRUTH is always pathetic to the gop. All they do is tell lies lies and more lies... That is pathetic, liars...

    April 28, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. gt

    every american could of made that call........we have hunted that killer since 911...mccian right that was pathedic...

    April 28, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Romney should talk about the failures of his administration as mass gov, 47 in job creation in the whole USA ,I guess that's why he stole the disk drives, what a loser, he couldn't even get realected gov of mass or elected to the senate in mass and now wants to be president , already a three time loser, we don't want what your selling moron!!!

    April 28, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. tommyt

    more or less pathetic than picking palin?

    April 28, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  11. Mary

    Oh, Senator McCain spare us your deep concern. I'm sure you will be just as disturbed when the Romney ads start showing up with all sorts of nonsense. Come back to Arizona and retire...

    April 28, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. cathyinAZ

    Senator McCain needs to STHU! The President is responding to persistent attacks from Gov Romney regarding foreign policy as well as the fact Romney would not have tried to locate Bin Laden let alone eliminate him from the face of the earth. The GOP continues to do nothing but attack attack attack with no solutions. I am not always in support of the President's policy BUT would never consider voting for a member of the GOP EVER!

    April 28, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. Jess C

    This just cracks me up! McCain, please admit that you are a sorry loser.

    April 28, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. New Moon Rising

    who really cares what this little stiff armed angry maniacle little white haired pile of Melanomic skin has to say ... we would be in another 3 unfunded wars if he were president right now ... McCain has said some of the most aggregious things in the past and yet he has the audacity to speak to obamas foreign policy ??? if this man were so smart, he's been President.... at least he would have won ONE of the many many times he ran... but fact is , nobody wanted him for president ... and they stil don't .... so fold your stiff little arms back by your side little man, and go back into your swiss gaurd style chalet cukoo clock ...

    April 28, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. Mrs G

    And shame on your GOP party for claiming WMDs. NOW, that is pathetic.

    April 28, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Did Mittens say what he did? Than shuddup, you old fool!

    April 28, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. Curt

    If you only have one or two accomplishments to speak of for the past 3 1/2 years, ya gotta go with something, right?

    April 28, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. MaryM

    McCain and the Repubs are Pathetic. They are a party of zero ideas, obstruction, lies, diversion and nothing else. Ryan's budget is a joke. And please spare me the idiocy about the Dems not passing a budget. A budget that is worthless and that benefits only the rich at the expense of all other Americans is no budget. Romney's false claims that Obama has not accomplished anything is really funny. Let's put up a timeline of Obama's accomplishments compared to the GOPs obstruction and BS since Obama was elected and it will be clear to all which party is totally worthless.

    April 28, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. yea right

    yea right,,but you been running on being a P.O.W. for 50 years,,,,,,,,,retire blowhard

    April 28, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. Wally

    John McCain is the poster boy of PATHETIC, the only Boy Toy in the Senate.

    April 28, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. Eve

    So that awesome Video is really bothering you that much, old foolish McCain? Bet if dumb W had caught Bin Ladin there would have been a ticker-tape parade within hours in NYC and FOX NOISE would still keep talking about it on everyone of their spin-newscasts every night and forever more. Jealous much, GOP?

    April 28, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  22. GI Joe

    This kind of crap from a traitor that gave secrets to VN and ran his own campaigns on being a "prisoner of war"?

    April 28, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. D

    The GOP are just jealous that it wasn't them who caught Osama bin Laden. And McCain shouldn't talk about Obama being 'shameless'. McCain chose politics and personal gain over the American people by choosing uneducated Sarah Palin to be his VP so that she could get the women voters for him. That is shameless and disgusting. It's a campaign McCain, you advertise the best achievement, it's rule 101. Just like Ann Romney who is 'advertising' herself by sharing how difficult her struggle was to raise 5 boys and having MS. Would you call her shameless?

    April 28, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. enuff

    BUT it was ok for Bush to use 9/11 on everything he did, up to – and including questioning other candidates patriotism and loyalty to the U.S. Remember "french" fries? bin laden did happen under mr. obama's watch... just like 9/11 happened under mr. bush's.

    April 28, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. Reynald

    I bet $1,000,000 this is EXACTLY what McCain would have done if he were President... make that ANY republican as a matter of fact. Remember how their debate was all "I am the one who can cath Bin Laden"?

    April 28, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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