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

McCain criticizes Obama over speaker

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Obama campaigned in North Dakota Friday.

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. Tom, Cville, VA

    McCain seems to be an honorable man in many regards, but his comments about Iraq ("100 years more") and Iran ("Bomb, bomb, bomb... bomb bomb Iran") certainly suggest he is a warmonger. We've had two terms of warmongering in the White House. That's two terms too many. McCain also wants to make Bush's tax cuts for the rich permanent. If you want something better than what Bush has given us, McCain is not the answer.

    April 5, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Paul

    American politics are so silly.

    April 5, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Voice that matters.

    Another denouncement, okay don't people have right to express themselve any more?

    Mccain is a war monger everyone knows that. If it was up to him he would have bomb Iran or start war with Iran.
    So, what about it if someone call him a war monger.

    after all he voted for Iraqi war even though they didn't have WMD.

    denounce what?

    April 5, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. The Man

    Great, now Barack has to deal with McCain, Hillary and Bill Clinton. One guy against three and he is still winning. Thats how solid a candidate Barack Obama is.

    There is zero point in asking for a ego maniac like Hillary to drop out now, so we will play this out till June 4th. After Barack wins the general election though, everyone should finally achknowledge how much he really did win, with everything against him.

    Clinton News Network.

    April 5, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. barry...dana pt....calif

    Hey Senator McCain..if the shoe fits, wear it

    April 5, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. Tyler

    The are sure digging deep for a negative attack here. Maybe the correct term is fearmonger.

    April 5, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. vee

    Senator McCain

    I reject and denounce what radio- talk show host said.

    But you do support war, don't you?

    That is why you have lost my vote even though I like you the best.

    April 5, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. LifeLongDemocrat

    Not a spokesperson for Obama, eh? Hard to belive if you ever tune into his show. Can't have it both ways Obama!

    April 5, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Angela

    warmonger – a person who advocates war or warlike policies

    Sheesh!! Isn't he the one who will keep us there another 100 years if necessary?

    April 5, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Charlotte

    Obama is the same old politics. He just tells us, he is not. Some believe everything he says is so wonderful. The rest of us, know he is full of it.

    April 5, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. john williams san diego, ca.

    typical air (scare) america host.

    April 5, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. Obama welcomes Hillary supporters

    Why people acting like Obama controls what people say? Get mad at the person that actually said it, not at Obama just because that person supports Obama. Geez

    April 5, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. dEMABRAT

    How is this for research-
    23 million jobs were created, the lowest black and latino unemployment in US history, the biggest surpluses in US history. Land preserved for parks instead of commercial use was the highest since the Teddy Roosvelt administration. The lowest crime and abortion rates since the 1960s. The longest economic expansion since world war II.
    A record of black judges being appointed to federal and state courts.
    A record of women appointments in the federal government.
    The 1990s were a decade of peace and prosperity.
    And was our President?
    A Clinton

    April 5, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. tom, Boston

    Insane Mccain is Not a warmonger?

    who do they think they are kidding?

    April 5, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. Jen, Gainesville

    Get over it. He is not even an official supporter of Obama. Obama should not apologize for any offensive comments made by anyone. Although the word does not sound good, the message is correct: McCain supported a war that has costed us billions of dollars and over 4000 lives.

    April 5, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. carrie

    but john,you are a war monger

    April 5, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    McCain thought "Bomb bomb Iran" was funny despite the implication of many thousands of deaths of innocent civlians there...he supported the pre-emptive, illegal and immoral attack on Iraq from the beginning...if that is not war-mongering, what is?

    April 5, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. C Watson

    Obama did not hear the remarks and repudiated them after he was told about them.

    April 5, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. Dave C - N.J.

    Mock indignation at it's best!

    April 5, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. cnn rocks

    cnn,clinton lied again about a hospital event,pls report it.and lets call a spade a spade mccain advocates for iraq war so by defination is a war monger period.
    dems 08

    April 5, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. NotaDem AZ

    Let others do the dirty work. Obama just sits back and out of the line of fire. You can't win on the issues and your record or ability, so use the degrade the other candidate mode.

    Obama needs to come out of hiding and make his own comments. Worry about beating Clinton before you take on the big boys. obama is out of his league.

    McCain all the way. No surrender, No retreat. McCain in 08

    April 5, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. Kathy Normandy

    What is wrong in telling the truth ??

    April 5, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. Obama08

    Once again we have people believing that Obama himself is responsible for the actions of others.

    April 5, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Sandra Brown

    Here we go again!

    Obama didnt have anytihing to do with the comment that was made about McCaine. Schultz is not a supporter of Obama. Why is it that he has to continue being responsibel for words that comes out of other people mouth. I guess there is no such thing as freedom of speech.
    Enough is Enough!

    April 5, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. vanchava

    McCain is a warmonger

    Is he not for the Iraqi War?


    April 5, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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