April 3rd, 2008
05:45 PM ET
9 years ago

Kerry: McCain's foreign policy made us 'weaker'


Watch John Kerry's interview on The Situation Room.

(CNN)—Sen. John Kerry said fellow veteran John McCain’s military background doesn’t necessarily mean he would be a good commander in chief.

“John McCain can run around all that he wants right now talking about his military experience,” Kerry told CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux, “but he made the wrong judgment about Iraq, he has a foreign policy that has made us weaker.”

He added that the last eight years have been a failure in foreign policy, “and John McCain has supported it in its entirety.”

McCain himself has acknowledged his support of the war in Iraq could cost him the presidency.

Pointing to former President Ronal Reagan’s lack of military experience, Kerry explained presidents have overcome not having a military background by knowing who to ask questions of, and surrounding themselves with people who do share military experience.

Kerry, who endorsed Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential run earlier this year, said military experience has value, but judgment means more. “[Obama] has a very clear vision on how to make America stronger,” the Massachusetts senator said.

UPDATE: A Republican National Committee spokesman blasted Kerry's comments. “John Kerry has absolutely no credibility on Iraq. Kerry’s attacks on Iraq ring hollow considering his inability to offer a consistent much less coherent stance on the issue," said RNC spokesman Alex Conant in a written statement. "Kerry would be better off trying to explain why Barack Obama broke his promise and voted against troop funding for our men and women in uniform.”

–CNN's Emily Sherman

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John Kerry • John McCain
soundoff (144 Responses)
  1. Texan

    Look who is talking.. keep quiet Sir Kerry. you had your say !
    You have endorsed a person who goes to the church where Rev Wright 's ideology is taught.

    But, you are smart man, You may get VP position in Obama's cabinet.

    April 3, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. Marie in California

    Who cares what Kerry says? He's a loser has-been. And, like Obama, way too far Left for most of America.

    Obama is just another cheap Chicago politician with three major flaws.....no character, no judgment, no experience.

    No Obamination in the White House!

    Hillary or McCain – 2008

    April 3, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  3. DemHypocrisy

    Get out of politics Kerry, you are out of touch with America. You lost and now you support a loser

    April 3, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  4. Jon

    Shut up, Kerry.

    What a moron. An old, senile fool.

    Who won three purple hearts. Never let us forget that in 2004, and look where it got him. The man is a fool.

    April 3, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |


    April 3, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  6. Anna

    McCain has never been in charge of war or peace.
    Thats the point that Kerry is making.
    Being a hired gun for the guys that make the big decisions does not give him experience to lead our country.
    In fact it makes him worse, he is a follower not a leader. He has not had one novel idea in his entire life.

    April 3, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  7. Oleg, CA

    Republicans should be happy they are not in jail for this war, but no... they chose to say something.

    Obama 2008

    April 3, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  8. Vig

    Why are we hearing so much from Kerry? This is a guy who seems to think he's still running for something. We don't care.

    April 3, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  9. aware

    Kerry, you are a loser and so is your arrogant protege Obama.

    You and Kennedy gave Obama poor advice. He is reaching too high too soon and his super ego maniac/super con artist rhetoric will destroy him and the Democrats!

    Obama sat in a racist church under a racist pastor/mentor for 20 years has certainly absorbed the black liberation ideology of blame/victimhood. This ideology doesn't help anyone become a voctor. However, it is great for establishing a dependent following.

    Do you really want America to be like Chicago? 🙁

    April 3, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  10. Ann

    Hilary supporters are upset with the ugliness of the Obama campaign and the Obama supporters.

    At one point I didn't care who the Democratic nominee would be because anyone would be better than a Republician. If Obama is the nominee, I will stay home in November. No way I will vote for Obama.

    April 3, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. Jermaine

    RNC needs to jut shut it and stop emailing me and other RNC members,w e were for GW, however MCCAIN is no GW nor is he Ronald REAGAN. In terms of REAGAN OBAMA shows more REGAN like qualities than a Mccain Presidency will ever show and as Republican and a huge RNC contributor I will never vote for MCCAIN. He is an opportunist and he should not have won the nomination, it was rigged in his favor and OBAMA-CLINTON ticket will resoundedly beat him come November in a HUGE landslide!


    April 3, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  12. Pate


    April 3, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  13. Joe

    John Kerry... wow. there really isn't much to say about this man. McCain has 100x more honor than John Kerry has.

    April 3, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  14. goon

    Come on guys!
    You are all talking walking republicans.
    Believe me or not , the electorate map is totally blue this year. No republican is able to win the WH in 2008. Furthermore, they going to lose not only the WH, but also several seats in the house. I promise. so, you guys stop hoodwinking us pls.

    April 3, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  15. tim

    uh didn't Kerry want McCain to be his VP, ya so shut up!

    April 3, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  16. Willy

    Kerry could even beat W so why is this smuck running his mouth now?

    April 3, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  17. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    John Kerry is the most stupid politician I have ever known. Loser has something to say to the winner? I am sure McCain is way better than Obama, that is sure. Kerry just like the media appearance.

    April 3, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  18. Lifelong Democrat

    Kerry, your time is up!!!

    Please leave the stage and stop talking. You have and will always be a loser. I can't believe I voted for you 4yrs ago...I want my vote back!

    April 3, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  19. Anybody but McCain

    McCains a great guy with a tremendous character, but he is not the person for the Presidency.
    I vote HIllary. Obama is a media creation and a bad one at that.
    I know most of you are Republicans in this forum but come on, do you really want to vote McCain in?
    Give me a break,spare yourself another Bush type who is not really aware of what is going on in todays political scene..

    April 3, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
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