August 5th, 2007
02:15 PM ET
11 years ago

McCain: Obama is naive

McCain criticized Obama's comments on U.S. involvement in Pakistan.

WASHINGTON(CNN) - In a statement echoing the recent foreign policy quarrel between Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama, Republican Senator and presidential hopeful John McCain accused Obama of "naivete" in a newspaper interview posted online Sunday.

McCain made the comments to The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina.

The Arizona Senator was asked about Obama's speech last week in which he said he would possibly send U.S. troops into Pakistan to pursue terrorists, even without the approval of the Pakistani government.

"It’s kind of typical of his naivete," McCain told the newspaper. "If we go in, and maybe we should depending on the assessment, we would want to do it covertly and we would want to do it in coordination with Pakistanis covertly as well. It wouldn’t be the smartest thing to do to announce to the world we’re attacking another country."

–CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Dan Bocchino, Somerset, NJ

    How can it be naive to try something new politically? What the current administration is doing now isn't working. Following the same path of inaction and fear is what's naive.

    August 5, 2007 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. Bryan Moyer, Sarasota, FL

    Maybe what we need right now is naivete, Mr. McCain. The pompous and arrogant nature of people like you are what is keeping us bogged down from cutting to the heart of these matters and getting these matters resolved.

    I find it offensive that people with high moral values and goals are continuously being smacked down by the establishment. The reality is that the establishment doesn't want anyone else to come in and solve the world's problems and show how worthless and obsolete they themselves are.

    Maybe McCain isn't Naive but he sure is useless. We need people with new ideas to solve the problems that the McCain's and Bush's of the world have gotten us into.

    August 5, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Afroz, Northern California

    First the comment about the Minneapolis bridge collapse, and now this. McCain needs to accept reality, his bid for presidency is going nowhere, and irrational comments aren’t exactly helping his cause.

    August 5, 2007 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. Vic, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    I guess not subscribing to business as usual is considered naivete these days. Isn't it obvious that business as usual is not working... who is naive senior Senator? Hey, weren't you the guy walking through the Iraqi market with a bullet-proof jacket and a huge contingent of military and stating that things were getting better over there. Naivete... really?

    August 5, 2007 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. michael, woodland hills, ca

    McCain has no credibility. He was wrong about Iraq and wrong about the surge, whereas Obama was right in both cases. I'll gladly take Obama's "naivete" over McCain's wrong-headed war mongering any day.

    August 5, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. lipper AMERICAN

    I can see the pattern develope 2000 the 'left leaning media' sold the story that Gore was an exaggerator and now their mission is to sell Obama as naive. Well it'll probably work too.

    August 5, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. sonya, atlanta, ga

    Republicans fear more an Obama nomination than HRC. They want HRC to be nominated so they can take her and bill down with all the stuff he has supposedly done while she been in the Senate. HRC is Bush-Cheny light- she is more one of them than with the Democrats.

    August 5, 2007 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. delta

    McCain is dead broke with his campaign – that he's not a candidate anymore. McCain foreign relation experience is based on North Carolina – he never saw the world.

    August 5, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  9. Hawaii Bob

    Mr., McCain, you should really spend more time managing your campaign staff....oh, wait, you don't have one anymore, they all ran like rabbits.

    Please stop. In your desperation, you are really embarrassing yourself and the state you represent.

    August 5, 2007 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  10. Caren

    Say Sonya from Atlanta, put the kool-aid down and detox. Obama has NEVER had any real campaign against the Repugs. They literally handed him his election on a silver platter. Actress Jeri Ryan,his first opponents ex-wife aired family dirty secrets and that made Obama the next Senator. No way could he stand up under what the Repugs have put Hillary thru and come out the winner. He HAS NOT been tested in anyway.
    Hillary is the only one running who has beat the Repugs in every election she's been in. What the heck are you Obama people smoking. He was right in 2002 so we should make him king in 2008? PLEASE people, detox before you hurt yourselves.

    August 5, 2007 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. George, Seattle, Wa

    Wow, so much for protecting the American people from terrorists. What was his reason for invading Iraq?

    Why is it supposed to be a bad idea to let people who may think of harboring terrorists know that we will act against them?

    August 5, 2007 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. Thomas, New Orleans, LA

    Americans slam Bush for "STUPIDITE'"

    August 5, 2007 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. Gail Ellis, Washington, D.C.

    How does America look now? Though I was born and raised in Washington, D.C., this election makes me sick!!! Everyone acting like children when we have our nation to think about! Concentrate on the issues and stop the bull!!! It is not about image. It is about the people! PLEASE bring our country back to what we promised it should be. PLEASE!

    August 5, 2007 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  14. Matt, Chicago, IL

    McCain is absolutely right. Obama is naive. First of all, the remarks about meeting with everyone from Castro to Chavez were simply rock-headed. This comment about invading Pakistan is even stupider. A potential President of the United States shooting his mouth, casually and theoretically, about the invasion of another country? This isn't a high school election. Everything these candidates say is heard by the entire world, a fact which Obama doesn't seem to realize. Say what you will about President Bush, at least when he makes his inflammatory comments they're spoken deliberately. Obama seems to be making it up as he goes along.

    August 5, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. fedupwithourgov't


    August 5, 2007 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  16. John, Minneapolis, mN

    I'm proud to see that most of us aren't falling for the GOP's negative politics as usual. I vehemently disagree with the person who said we only have candidates to vote against again. That's negative thinking we don't need. I think either Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama or John Edwards would make a fine president. Certainly 50 times better than our current chump-in-chief. Whoever wins must be prepared to work WITH other governments and not just do whatever the heck he/she wants in foreign affairs. For anyone who actually read this far, how about instead of a presidential library for GW Bush, we erect a presidential outhouse instead? It would be much more appropriate.

    August 5, 2007 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  17. Peter, Richland, WA

    He's right. Obama is very young and naive. He would be another Jimmy Carter IMHO (when he was he's got some stones..).

    August 5, 2007 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. DS

    What does it say about Hillary when people like Mitt Romney and John McCain agree with her talking points?

    August 5, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  19. Scott Flynn, Detroit, MI

    What a sad country we live in when someone with as little experience can be so popular for President. Let Obama actually accomplish something big in his life – then run with the big boys. The naive are truly the Obama supporters.

    August 5, 2007 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  20. Christian, Palmetto FL

    Yes, heaven forbid a presidential candidate be frank and honest to the American people about his foreign policy ideas...

    I'm with Obama in this debate.

    August 5, 2007 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  21. lipper AMERICAN

    'It wouldn't be the smartest thing to do to announce to the world we are attacking another country' NOW you believe that McCain? Let's see....that's the thing to do if a republican proposes it but stupid and naive if a democrat does. Where do these people come from and why won'y God save us from them?

    August 5, 2007 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  22. Richard, NY NY

    you guys dont get it... the repubs are going after obama because they want hillary to run. they figure its their best shot at winning!

    if edwards or obama gets the nomination, they'll have to contend with a candidate that people may actually like. thats what they're hoping for... help ensure hillary is the demo candidate and use her polarizing image to mobilize the conservative religious base.

    they probably believe its the only shot they have.

    August 5, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  23. Kal

    CNN liberal trolls are out in droves.
    Obama is clueless. I don't think he even knows the difference between army and navy, let alone trying to come up military strategy. Let's get real, at least amongst the dems, Hillary is smart enough not say such stupid comments.

    August 5, 2007 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  24. Wallace, Philly PA

    Hey McCain, your old politics is tired. You look like a walking zombie. Please bury your campaign while you still have a few strands of hair. You are insignificant at this point, so stop trying.

    August 5, 2007 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  25. Timbaktoo , Amherst , NY

    I strongly feel senator obama is right it is next month that we would have the sixth anniversary of 9/11 & yet no sign of osama & all the taleban. The most dreaded terrorist main culprit of bombay blast Dawood Ibrahim who is drug kingpin & finencier of all jehadi activities & terrorist training is in pakisthan living comfortably & pakisthani ruler always have same reply that these persons are not in their country.What sort of government is this which has no control over its land.General is a total failure. President Bill clinton made an effort to kill osama & took permission from pakisthani government to launch cruise missile attack & that attack narrowly missed osama as he was informed from ISI chief's Hamid Gul's office of the attack & he ran away to safety.I feel Senator obama has the guts to say that he very well by now understands who is freind & who is enemy & has moral courage to say that enough of general Musharraf we must act on our own the way we did in serbia.I feel Governer Romney should take some lessons as to who is our freind & who is enemy , we are not here to listen sweet talk from from pakisthani government but to see decisive action from them. The time for carrot is over & now is the time for stick.My vote would go to the candidate who is ready to make decisive action to get osama & taliban & hang them the way saddam got hanged.

    August 5, 2007 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
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