April 5th, 2008
04:58 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain criticizes Obama over speaker

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[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/05/art.obama.ap.jpg caption="Obama campaigned in North Dakota Friday."](CNN) - John McCain criticized Barack Obama Saturday for not denouncing comments from a speaker at a North Dakota Democratic Party event calling the Arizona senator a "warmonger."

The comments in question came Friday evening at an event in North Dakota where Barack Obama also spoke. Radio talk show host Ed Schultz addressed the crowd, during which he criticized McCain's support of the Iraq war and called him a "warmonger." Obama was not present for Schultz's comments and spoke later at the event.

"I hope that in keeping with the spirit of Sen. Obama, that they condemn, that Sen. Obama will condemn such language since it was a part of his campaign," McCain said. "But that kind of language is unnecessary for this campaign. I think its very clear how I feel about war and my experiences with it."

Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Saturday McCain should not have been described that way.

"John McCain is not a warmonger and should not be described as such. He's a supporter of a war that Senator Obama believes should have never been authorized and never been waged," she said.

Obama's campaign also notes Schultz is not an official supporter of the campaign and was asked to speak by the North Dakota Democratic Party, not the Obama campaign.

Meanwhile, the McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds noted the Arizona senator denounced a radio-talk show host last February who at a campaign event repeatedly referred to Obama's middle name, Hussein, while criticizing him.

"The quickness he showed in rejecting the charged environment should reinforce in the minds of voters that there are some elected officials, like John McCain, that walk the walk, and others that are only talking," Bounds said.

(3:45: Updates with McCain comments)

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soundoff (447 Responses)
  1. Bob

    Nope. Pretty sure your still a warmongerer.
    Yeah, thats exactly what you are.

    April 5, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  2. John Olson

    dictionary.com's definition is "a person who advocates, endorses, or tries to precipitate war." John McCain is a warmonger. Nobody should apologize. Instead, they should criticize McCain even more.

    April 5, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  3. Manny

    Anything to get in the news, huh John.

    Obama 08

    April 5, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. Dr. Ted Baehr

    The shoes fits – ol' Superfries McCain wants the United States in Iraq for 100 more years. And while that will get a lot of Iraqis killed, I think the downside is that we will create a socialist welfare state that isnt even properly Christian.

    April 5, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. PhilT

    Of course Obama doesn't believe John McCain is a "warmonger". Sen. McCain supported the war and the surge, but his motives are pure and he is a true American hero and patriot who only wants us to finish honorable what unfortunately was started by the Cheney-Rumsfeld-Bush machine. Many were mislead into believing in this war.

    On another note, Barack finished the week out nicely.

    1) Hillary "misheard" the Richardson question.
    2) Mark Penn – what a disgrace and another example of the senator's poor judgment.
    3) The hospital story about the "uninsured"mother. Tall tale Hillary at her best.

    Phil T.

    April 5, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  6. Sandi/ Georgia

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaw....... Did it hurt your feeling McBush?

    April 5, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  7. Warmonger!?

    McCain ...not a warmonger?

    He just wants to bomb, bomb, bomb...bomb, bomb Iran.

    April 5, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |

    John McCain's compaign has focus primarily on war and fighting. What would you call that?

    April 5, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  9. Janesville, WI

    "War monger" is strong language, but there is no doubt that Sen. McCain is more pro-war when it comes to the Iraq war. Continuing on in Iraq at anything near current levels, may or may not make our country more safe, however, there is no doubt that it will bankrupt our country if this continues for 2, 10 or 20 more years. History shows that wars and debt is what collapeses all super powers and at $10 Billion per week for a country in or near recession and $8 Trillion in debt...someone has to alert the country to Sen. McCain's desire to continue Bush's failed foreign policy.

    April 5, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  10. Lalone

    Th headline is misleading. It should read: McCain demands retraction of the truth.

    April 5, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  11. Manny

    The problem with Hillary:

    She is the last person who can identify with the "working man", since she has spent most of her career courting corporate donors. Now that she is on the ropes, she'll do anything. If the people of PA think Hillary is going to help America, they should think again. Hillary, as usual will help herself and "pretend" she's helping America.

    That's okay, because Hillary is just the person that they deserve as their president.

    April 5, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  12. Mike from CT

    Also Saturday, Clinton campaign officials acknowledged that an anecdote Clinton has made a staple of her stump speech in recent weeks may not have been true and wasn't thoroughly checked for accuracy before she began repeating it on the campaign trail.

    Since competing in Ohio's March 4 primary, Clinton has shared the story of an Ohio woman who worked in a pizza parlor and died after giving birth to a stillborn child. The woman was uninsured, Clinton said, and twice denied medical care at a local hospital because she couldn't pay a $100 fee.

    Clinton said she learned of the story from a deputy sheriff whose home she visited while campaigning in Ohio. She told the story as recently as late Friday, at a rally in Grand Forks, N.D.

    Officials with O'Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens, Ohio, have disputed the story, saying the woman, Trina Bachtel, was insured and did receive care through an obstetric practice affiliated with the hospital, The New York Times reported Saturday.

    April 5, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  13. Steve Ca, USA

    I feel badly for John, it would take some effort to see him in the White House. If he made it there, people do you realize he would be the second president shot down as a combat pilot, and a president that couldn't beat a national guard pilot that is the current president.
    If I were to fly in a plane piloted by any of those three repubilcans, two Bushes, one McCain, I would either die in a crash or make it out in a parachute. With that I would vote for someone that will not crash the country, or shot down the country by being a bad pilot.

    April 5, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  14. Terry in Fl

    The only war Barack Obama is interested in is a race war...but he's to chicken to be on those front lines as well. He's strickly a back door, sneaky, stab you in the back kinda guy. He;s got plenty of fight in him, just not the kind he's going to let the public see. I wish the people supporting him would see that. You don't sit in a pew and listen to hate speeches for 20 years and then tell people you don't believe in them. Come on..wake up people.

    April 5, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  15. Mary Lee Atlanta,GA

    When is the warmonger gonna apologize for all the things that Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity are saying about Obama. The warmonger needs to reject and denounce Rush encouraging the Republican crossover voting. I have not heard him apologize for that yet !!!

    April 5, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  16. A Soldier

    Mccain is a war monger. He is another bush.. This country is in for a serious hardship if this idiot is elected.

    April 5, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  17. Ed K.

    What does McCain expect? Look at all the crap the Clintons have endured.

    April 5, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  18. Mark A. Baker

    McCain? A warmonger? It's a fair cop.

    He was an advocate for an unnecessary, factually unjustified, & illegal war. He continues to advocate the war and has gone so far as to suggest 100 years of occupation as being needful.

    Warmonger is hardly the worst he could be legitimately styled.

    April 5, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  19. Norman

    That's how far America has fallen, when you can't even call a warmonger
    a warmonger, after McCain did a little Eagle's Nest jig, croaking, "Bomb,
    bomb, bomb, Iran", and he warn't just a whistlin' Dixie, he wants a War of
    a 1000 Years, and has specifically said so, many times, because war is
    the only way the Neo-Con's can extract war profits from the US taxpayer.
    Declare tax cuts, grow government deficits faster than even WW2, grift,
    rinse and repeat. And they call this the "last, best hope for humanity"??!!

    April 5, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  20. Marty

    Obama is not what he appears to be. I urge you to think twice before voting for that man.

    April 5, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  21. Dan

    McCain we cannot afford to stay in Iraq! Not only is it costing us thousands of lives, we are broke! It's a civil war, let the UN do their job and make a humanitarian effort of it! The vacuum we have created there will not be filled by our presence. You are a warmonger! Just like George Bush!

    Obama 08

    April 5, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  22. K.Celina IL for Hillary

    I hope Obama will be the one, who should be out of the contest soon.
    This person is empty suit, talker with nonsense.
    Poor experience, lazy (he need somone to keep his work in order),
    corrupted (Rezko link)-not good for President of the USA
    We need HILLARY TO LEAD THE COUNTRY , to clean up after Bushe's yrs of damages.
    Hillary is a strong candidate, women, who will CHANGE our life, economy, health care, education and USA image in the World.
    VOTE FOR HILLARY !!!!!!!!

    April 5, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
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