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. JJC

    There are worse things than losing an election.
    One of them is kissing up to Oprah.

    April 3, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. bad idea

    Nando Florida.
    Dont you have any better thing to say.We are talking about John mccain not his wife.Everyone knews about Mrs mccain addiction to drugs etc.She even admitted her guilty and she did not contest at federal court.How low can you be to uses one family just because you dont like John Mccain?You are dirty as politic can get.You know at least even with her short coming she did not attend a racist church and she has been strong when people said bad thing about Mccain having a illegitamate daughter from bangladish.

    April 3, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  3. Jack Sommersby

    I may have voted for Kerry in 2004 (for the lack of John Edwards getting the presidential nomination) but I couldn't believe he spouted such inane, hypocritical stuff:

    “John McCain can run around all that he wants right now talking about his military experience,”

    Oh, and Kerry didn't run around talking about HIS military experience on the campaign trail?


    “but he made the wrong judgment about Iraq, he has a foreign policy that has made us weaker.”

    This is coming from the same guy who voted for the war knowing perfectly well Bush was hell-bent on invading Iraq no matter what? Sad if it weren't so palpably pathetic.

    April 3, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  4. jerry

    John Kerry should talk, a loser in the military and a loser in life should just shut up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 3, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  5. alarm bells ringing!!!

    Geez thoughts & Opinion..
    Kerry, Obama, Clinton, and the Democrats just want to get out and are willing to lose the war. McCain wants to win the war. Winning this war will make us stronger, and losing will make us weaker. You have it backwards again Kerry….....

    you have to be the biggest idiot in here
    are you still watching Rambo huh?
    its not about about winning a war.. fool
    ever thought about sending your kids to iraq??
    everyone needs to unite,meaning change,positive ideas
    and bringing HOME the troops. where they belong with their families
    you got ISSUES BUD!

    April 3, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  6. Joe

    I think politiians have failed miserably. Certainly, they have a difficult task but when you have a Senator that gets busted in a bathroom stall for lewd behaviour; it makes you want to pause.
    I hope Washington doesn't keep making the same mistakes and leads the way to get our country to where it ought to be.

    I think John Kerry should debate Pastor Hagee regarding Hagee's belittling Catholics and the people of third world nations.

    April 3, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. Bayou Joe

    Some people on these blogs need to find out the facts before they put their fingers to the keys. You come off as stupid, because you don't know the facts. All you people do is knock the other person down. Get a life. Christopher is way off base on Senator McCain.

    If you don't want to stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them. Semper Fi.

    April 3, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. May

    John Kerry is right. If only military experience can make someone a president, then how come the republicans did not select McCain as their candidate in 2000 when he was running against George Bush? Instead, they selected George Bush who dodged the draft and was a part-time governor of Texas.

    April 3, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. suzanne

    Kerry ran a stupid, inept campaign in 2004 and we got four more years of George Bush. I held my nose and voted for him then but I will not do the same for Obama. I don't agree with McCain on all the issues but he's a much better choice than the political and media creation Barack Obama.

    April 3, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. Hillary 08

    He's Nothing no more then a Obama Mama trader!!!!!!!!


    April 3, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  11. Walt, Belton,TX

    Kerry's endorsement of Obama cast a dark shadow on Obama's stature as a Presidential candidate, but now Kerry's idol and compatriot in traitorship, Jane Fonda, betterk known as Hanoi Jane has endorsed Obama. In case no one else noticed, that's a real big "RED FLAG" that just went up, folks!!! Every military man and woman should take note.

    April 3, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  12. Sue

    Kerry is just talking!!! He actually has no clue either! Do some research folks and you will find Obama's camp is "stretching" the truth.
    Obama will never get my vote and I am sorry I actually voted for Kerry, guess he can't be believed either. He is a big money guy and his votes etc need to be looked into. Let us get to the truth of the Obama campaign....they need a bit of scruitiny!!!

    April 3, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  13. Pete

    And the remedy from the two Democratic candidates? Surrender (or redeployment as they call it) and come home to hide, as soon as possible? What kind of commander in chief would that sound? Would that make us stronger? Dream Dream Dream

    April 3, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  14. Brian

    bomb, bomb, bomb Let's bomb Iran!

    April 3, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  15. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    McCain isn't fit for duty. Period.

    April 3, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  16. Concerned Canadian

    Wow....the 'flip-flopper' whose supporting Obama...whose gonna teach Obama how to flip-flop with the very best.

    Obama has the Black mafia from Chicago buying the election and then bullying their way to the White House and get ready for 'Bridezilla' Michelle Obama as First Lady....pretty weird.

    April 3, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  17. john williams san diego, ca.

    i wonder if Kerry got Mrs. Heinz' permission to speak again.

    April 3, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  18. kathy

    Now they are saying that 76% of Americans are ready for a black president, who the hell are they talking to, because i for one am not ready for a black presdent. I am tried of the media telling us who to vote for. Hillary is always being picked on, and she won't back down. Thats the kind of presdent that i want. Obama cries when Hillary gets on him, and she is a woman. Mc cain will eat him alive.He is so not going to win.

    April 3, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  19. Ann Romero

    Mr. Kerry considering you failed the test to make President, how can we listen to your choice for a similar voice like Obama. Clinton is the better choice and if she fails to win, then John McCain is the better of Obama.

    April 3, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  20. MD

    This is a repeat of sentiments during the Vietnam war. Are we waiting for 56000 service men and women to die before we say enough is enough?

    We need to leave Iraq on our own terms. We don't want to rush out of Iraq, like we did Vietnam.

    Please remember that we engaged in this war based on lies told the American people. Why is it that we try to sell the idea of freedom to the world, yet we condone the actions of our government that have trampled on our own civil liberties?

    Voting against funds for the war is not a vote against our troops. It is a vote against the actions of the government which are predicated on inducing fear in the people of this country.

    The initial code name for the war in Iraq was Operation Iraqi Liberation, which ironically Spells OIL. After a collective profit of 123 billion dollars (and counting) by the 5 top oil componies, do you still doubt that two oilmen – Bush and Cheney – cared about anything other than lining their own and oil industry friends' pockets?

    April 3, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  21. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Amazing! For the first time ever, I agree with John Kerry!

    April 3, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  22. Honesty

    Obama Wright From Day One!!!

    AMerica wake up!!!

    April 3, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  23. Jack Sommersby

    alarm bells ringing!!! wrote about Kerry:

    "ever thought about sending your kids to iraq??

    Equally, has Bush thought about sending his daughters to Iraq? I think you can agree that the answer is quite the definitive "no".

    I tell you what, if it were ever put on the ballot that every member of Congress who votes for war be required to send their own children to war if they were of age, all Americans - both liberal and conservatives - would overwhelmingly vote for such a bill. Any doubters?

    April 3, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  24. bama

    For a loser like Kerry, why does not he just shut up!

    April 3, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  25. Alex

    Kerry, sold us out one time and will sell us again, we've voted for you and you just simply sold us to republican, no words to say who you are!!!

    April 3, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
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