September 17th, 2007
05:13 AM ET
12 years ago

McCain: Democrats should stand up to

McCain has been highly critical of an ad last week from

HILTON HEAD, South Carolina (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate John McCain criticized the field of Democratic presidential hopefuls Sunday for failing to apologize for the controversial advertisement that referred to General David Petraeus as “General Betray Us.”

“Now, they acknowledge that [Petraeus] is an honorable and fine military man, but they refuse to repudiate,” McCain said of the Democrats. “And as you say, if you can’t stand up to them, how can you stand up to the tough challenges that are presented to you as President of the United States? I don’t know the answer to that.”

The Arizona Senator was responding to a question from a military veteran in the crowd at a campaign stop here, who asked McCain how the Democratic candidates will have the courage to stand up to challenges they face in the White House if they can’t stand up to

McCain’s comments drew applause from the crowd of about 200 people, including dozens of veterans and their families, gathered at the Kingfisher Restaurant in this coastal resort town.

McCain has been campaigning on his “No Surrender Tour” in South Carolina accompanied by a blown-up version of the ad, telling crowds that the ad is “reprehensible.”

Related: moves from 'betray us' to 'betrayal of trust' ad

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: John McCain • Race to '08 • South Carolina
soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. John Dean, North Palm Beach, FL

    Wonder why John McCain is still considered a Republican Presidential candidate ? In 2000 disaster George Bush and the Republican Party destroyed McCain and his political ambitions. John McCain is indeed an old, a very old man, to be considered a predidential condenter. He should retire by now. Besides being boring his ideas are obsolete.

    September 17, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. Veronica, Stamford, CT

    You mean how you stood up to Uncle Karl during the South Carolina primaries in 2000? How you stood up to the Swift-Boat fools in 2004? How you stood up to those idiots linking Obama and Osama? Can you be any more of a hypocrite McCain? Why, I believe you can. Mmmmmmm ... the stench of GOP hypocrisy!

    John "Mad Cow" McCain should just quit while he's ahead.

    September 17, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. david , minneapolis, minnesota

    Although what move on .org did was a disgrace, the true measure of our democracy is standing up for the rights of those we can't stand and defend their right to say those things

    September 17, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. Craig Shaver

    Like the GOP stoof up to the Swiftboat crew?

    September 17, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. Bill Both, Terrace, BC

    All those McCain haters on this thread need to check their facts. I mean you guys are even worse than the right wing Hill haters, if that's possible.

    John McCain DID attack the Swift Boat ads as well as the attacks on Senator Cleland–which were worse in my view. And I am not sure what Veronica is even talking about as to SC in 2000. Those attacks were directed by Rove at McCain. He did his best to respond, but, unfortunately, Rove and his fellow chickenhawks succeeded in smearing McCain as they did Cleland and as they did Kerry.

    September 17, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Pete laurel Md.

    Republicans are trying to destroy every since they have seen they have played an important part in helping the democrats win elections and exposing their corruption.
    Where was the white house when the swiftboat vet were doing their lies and deceit on Kerry.
    Where was the whitehouse when the RNC was illegally stopping voters to vote.
    Where are the Email that Cheney, Rove, Bush and the rest of the republicans used to steal elections, get rid of judges they disliked and other corruption , USING THE RNC.

    September 17, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. Andrew

    Am I the only one that realizes that McCain DID NOT ASK THE CANDIDATES TO APOLOGIZE! Why don't you guys read his comments carefully. Standing up to moveon and apologizing for them are TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THINGS. I have read way to many comments that inferred that McCain criticized democrats for failing to apologize for the moveon ad. It's sad how unintelligent people are. I try to read all spectrums of news, but false statements like this makes me want to steer away from CNN.

    September 17, 2007 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. companyone

    ""MoveOn is not the Democratic Party, so they have nothing to apologize for/stand up against. Posted By Daniel, Richmond, VA : September 16, 2007 3:38 pm""


    Not part of the Democratic Party?...LOL


    We bought it.
    We own it.
    And we are taking it back.

    Un Quote

    This is what the owner of said about the Democratic Party.

    What's not to understand?

    1 st Video from The Top (see for yourself(s)

    ** I am not a Republican or Democrat...but facts are facts.



    Iraq War Updates/a>

    September 18, 2007 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  9. Jeff Badura East Hartford CT

    McCain's disgust with MoveOn "be tray us" comment is right on point !! This week in response to the question posed to him, Bush remarked on MoveOn's tactics !! Many pundits from CNN and MSNBC were saying Bush has more pressing needs than MoveOn comments !! But i disagree, the left far left nut-roots has been demoralizing the nation for three years now in regards to the war on terror !! Their 9/11 plot talk, their Nazi analogies, are pure and plain treason in a time of war, they are Bin Laden's best friend in the war here at home !! They actively root for failure in our struggle in Iraq !! Bush and McCain should not ignore this treason by the far left. As McCain so correctly said months back in a GOP debate: "presidents and parties don't lose wars, nations do". The GOP and its top leaders should point it out when ever the far left treason appears, for if they do not, then the slander and treason just gets louder !! Free speech is a fundamental right we all have here in this wonderful nation, but that being said, pointing out the ignorant and stupid speech that is slanderous and that is treasonous is also a right and a duty we all have. MoveOn, DailyKos, Huffington Post, Truthdig, and many more sites, Hollywood the media, the pop-culture, are a detriment to our national security in this time of war!! Shame, shame, shame, on them and their aid to the enemies we face. May Bush, and McCain keep up the pressure on these groups, and there ways, and may we never forget 9/11!!

    September 21, 2007 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  10. Right-minded Frank

    The fear of the Democrat Presidential Candidate's of denouncing the's hideous ad, exposes the invisible hand that has in controlling the socialist movement within the Democrat party. Proving the candidates are the true traitors against America's freedoms.

    September 23, 2007 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
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