December 29th, 2007
05:05 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain says some White House hopefuls lack 'knowledge'

BEDFORD, New Hampshire (CNN) ­– In a campaign appearance Saturday, Republican John McCain dismissed the foreign policy judgment of some of his fellow White House hopefuls.

"And when I see, frankly, some of the candidates for president coming out with simplistic statements like ‘Well, we'll just go in militarily' - What?" said McCain, shaking his head.

"In case you haven't checked lately, Pakistan is a sovereign nation and they might want to talk to us before we send in the 82nd Airborne. It's the kind of statements that reflect the inexperience and lack of knowledge of what's going on," added the Arizona senator.

Days after the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the Arizona senator touted his foreign policy experience in that nation. "I know this area of the world. I've been going there for years. I know all of these people that are involved and I know the issues," said McCain.

McCain also defended Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, telling the New Hampshire audience, "When Musharraf came to power, Pakistan was a failed state. They were corrupt. There was not a real functioning government and people were happy when Musharraf came to power."

"Musharraf has done a lot of things we have wanted him to do," he said.

–CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

Filed under: John McCain • New Hampshire
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Ba Gua

    "Musharraf has done a lot of things we have wanted him to do," he said. Yet before this McCain said, "In case you haven't checked lately, Pakistan is a sovereign nation..." Uh, John, Iraq was a sovereign nation too and you supported invading and occuping it. This man speaks with forked tongue. Beware.

    December 30, 2007 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. Seattle Sue Seattle, Wa.

    I can't shake the vision of McCain a few months ago telling us how safe the streets of Baghdad was to walk down. And then just a few days later we see him in a photo-op walking a Baghdad street surrounded by about 100 American armed American troops and snippers on rooftops and about 5 helicopters in the air overhead.And he was was wearing body armour and a helment. Sorry but that is not my conception of safe streets. I can't believe any thing he says anymore.

    December 30, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. Kristy Sanborn, Buckhorn, Mo.

    Musharraf may have done a lot of things we wanted him to do, as Mr. McCain said. But look how long it took for Musharraf to lift the State of Emergency he issued, before he did lift it as the U.S. asked him to do.
    In my opinion, it wasn't lifted until Musharraff got everyone in place to include himself.
    Then he lifted it.
    I don't share Mr. McCains faith in Musharraf at all.

    December 30, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Ajay Jain, Garland, TX

    Why not name names and say its Hucabee that has NO experience.

    Go Hillary44 08!

    December 30, 2007 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  5. Geoff Williams Raleigh NC

    the context of Obama remarks on Pakistan were about whether or not we should act if we have actionable intelligence on Bin Laden, he essentially said if Pakistan doens't act, the US will. What is wrong with that? As he was on Iraq and, is proving to be right on Iran; he will be proven right on Pakistan.

    January 1, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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