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. Paul Dear, Grand Rapids, Michigan

    I agree with McCain but support Hilary Clinton. GW Bush is as naive and a big fool when he announce he was going into Iraq, and w/o a cause nor the evidence. Now we as a country are in very deep trouble because of Bush, and oil prices will go over $200 a barrel. We need alternative energy to replace oil.

    August 6, 2007 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  2. Darrell, Foxboro, MA

    I think Obama is definitely inexperienced in terms of global politics, but maybe that is what we need? The McCains and Clintons of the world certainly haven't helped much lately. And I wish the neocons would stop pretending Pakistan is an ally. Man, good thing we've never unilaterally "attacked another country" without a good reason like McCain is worried about. Well, other than Spanish Florida, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Korea, Vietnam, Granada, Panama, Hawaii (technically we just started a revolution there), the Philippines, and Iraq. Oh...I guess we did.

    August 6, 2007 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  3. Ben, Olathe KS

    The only man with a foreign policy that makes sense is Ron Paul! America needs a Doctor!

    August 6, 2007 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  4. Marci Topeka, KS

    Maybe Senator Obama is inexperienced in war and having the US be the agressor against sovereign nations. Good. More of the same is definitely not what we need. Senator McCain is just preaching the same old things that keep us hated and at a useless war.

    August 6, 2007 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  5. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    Naive? Obama thinks he's a viable candidate, and is; McCain thinks he's a viable candidate, and isn't. Glass houses, Sen. McCain. Rock throwing not indicated.

    August 6, 2007 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  6. WDRussell, East Liverpool, Ohio

    Maybe our politicians should take the same drug tests as the ballplayers.

    August 6, 2007 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  7. Chris, Locust Grove VA

    When are you dropping out of the race McCain? As for the candidates I agree that none of them have really stood out to me at this point. I tend to be more of a Democrat but honestly politics is really getting to be a bunch of kids fighting on the playground on whether the person is safe or out. When will we go back to honesty and truth. I guess the expression holds true... "Crooked as a politician."

    August 6, 2007 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  8. Winston

    My only goal is to understand what the hell happened to us after a few generations. You guys and gals are all brainwashed to pick from a pre determined line up of "front" runner candidates.

    None of them have anything brilliant other than the same philosophy. You all need to quit being influenced by TV and think about truth and whats right. You are going to send us straight to hell arguing about "1st" runner candidates. You all are already forcing many of us to move our business and families to other countries. Unless you Americans can reverse your trends, you WILL live in poverty as the INFORMED ones will be gone with their money and jobs.

    August 6, 2007 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  9. Walter Poe, westerville, ohio

    Poor Guy. Everytime he opens his mouth he drops in Polls. You would think this man would learn his lesson after Bush slapped him around in 2000. POOr, Poor, guy.......McCain is flaming out.....Thank God

    August 6, 2007 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  10. DF in FL

    “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.” – John McCain

    Unless, of course, the GOP is doing the attacking. What a disgusting blatant hypocrite.

    August 6, 2007 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  11. D. Nelson Seattle, Washington

    Boy....There is a case of the pot calling the kettle black!! No pun intended. John McCain calling anyone naive or out of touch is laughable. He is the king of out of touch. He is old and needs to go take a nap.

    August 6, 2007 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  12. Paul, Philadelphia PA

    The more all the other "traditional" candidates rail on Obama the more I know he is the right man for the job.

    August 6, 2007 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  13. Loma Linda, California

    So, one more evidence that American politics is nothing but the pigpen of the world where money is now like the tail wagging the dog. Who in the hell wants this kind of Democracy, my Dear Mr. George you thresten the whole whole world your guns? Of course, this swinnery was predicted by none other than John Adams with these words: "Remenmber democracy never lasts long. It soone wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide". Letter to John Taylor 15 Apirl 1814. Do I miss something George W.?

    August 6, 2007 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  14. Ryan, Boston MA

    Does McCain have anything useful to say or any unique critism? Oh, and how is his campaign doing? And finally, why is this a news story, CNN? about spin... geez... but judging from the comments here it seems that the American public can see through the media's beautifully boring frame of Obama.

    Obama '08

    August 6, 2007 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. joe smith, des moines, ia

    LOL. It's kind of sad to watch McCain's career circle the toilet. He was once such a rising star.

    August 6, 2007 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. Anonymous

    Obama may not have the same length of experience, but maybe his living abroad in many different places and his background would help him excel at international relations? John Mccain is just grabbing at straws since he knows he wont win.

    August 6, 2007 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  17. J.B. Oak Lawn IL

    It's interesting that Republicans are going out of their way to take on Barack Obama.

    They rarely say anything about Dennis Kucinich or Bill Richardson, despite some hot positions taken by those two.

    That is because they konw that Senator Obama is well-positioned to win the nomination and general election.

    August 6, 2007 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  18. Greg, Maryland

    "It wouldn’t be the smartest thing to do to announce to the world we’re attacking another country."

    Didn't Bush go ahead and announce his plans before he sent our troops to Iraq?

    August 6, 2007 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. Sam, Col, Ohio

    Mr. McCain...throw in your towel because you will never be President. Maybe it's time for the good citzens of Arizona to consider someone to replace Senator McCain.

    Keep the pressure on the rest of the candidates Obama, maybe they will get a spine and tell us what they really think...not what they think we want to hear.

    The citizens of the United States are smarter than the politicans think. When we hear stupid comments from them, it only helps us to turn from that nut and look serious at another candidate.

    GO will make a great President!!!

    August 6, 2007 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  20. Austin, Chicago

    "It wouldn’t be the smartest thing to do to announce to the world we’re attacking another country." – Hey John, isn't that exactly what Bush did, telling Iraq "we're coming!" for 3 months? And they wonder why we never found the weapons... sheesh.

    August 6, 2007 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. Bernard Rathmell Lockbourne, Ohio

    "Tell the Pakistani", why not just send an e-mail to Osama Ben Laden? Maybe, MCain has his own brand of naivete, naive is voting for an Iraqi War Resolution that re-directed our military resources to Iraq, "Calling all insurgents"!, Al Qaeda sends recruits to Iraq and allows the Taliban and Al Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan to rebuild and take refuge in pakistan where they have more allies than Musharraf. We left before the job was done, even Bush has used that logic.

    August 6, 2007 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. Bill, Bloomington IL

    The Obama campaign is stalling and this idea may sink the ship. Iraq or Pakistan? What is the difference? U.S. soldiers will still pay the price. I guess the Obama people are the new war mongers.

    August 6, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. Craig, Lake Orion, MI

    The fact that both McCain and Clinton find reason to disagree with Obama makes me feel even more confident in my decision to vote for Obama in the 2008 election. McCain and Clinton are both business as usual politicians and it is clear to me that "business as usual" isn't working. Obamas views are a breath of fresh air in a political climate that has been sucking wind for quite some time. Go Obama!

    August 6, 2007 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. Josh

    I've never heard the word naive so much in my life. Who was naive in 2002 when the Iraq war was being "debated"? Was it Obama, who opposed the war? Or was it people like McCain and Clinton who voted for the war without even reading the National Intelligence Estimate?

    There is no way to bring all of the troops out of the Middle East. At least Obama has a plan to redeploy them to where they should be, fighting the terrorists who attacked us.

    And to those who continue to say that Obama is obviously "naive" and "inexperienced" because he wants to "bomb our ally, Pakistan", please get a life and educate yourself because you are the ones who are bringing down our country with you ignorance. If you actually take 5 minutes to read his speech instead of listening to spun headlines and soundbites, you would know that he never ONCE said he would bomb Pakistan.

    August 6, 2007 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  25. Lou, Mississippi

    The more both Republicans and Democrats bash Senator Obama for telling the truth, the better he looks to those who actually have the power to pick our next President.

    I love Senator McCain but wrong on this issues just like those who seek to earn "political" points from bashing Senator Obama are too.

    August 6, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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