April 7th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
10 years ago

Schultz on McCain: 'The man's a warmonger'


Watch Schultz discuss Sen. McCain on American Morning.

(CNN) – Liberal radio talk show host Ed Schultz is sticking by his controversial comments about Sen. John McCain.

Schultz called the presumptive Republican nominee a “warmonger” at a North Dakota Democratic Party event last Friday and did not back away from the charge Monday morning.

“Labeling a candidate is not being disrespectful. And his policies fit the description, there’s no question about that,” Schultz told CNN’s John Roberts on American Morning, pointing to the Arizona senator’s positions on Iraq, Iran and Russia.

Schultz also took issue with McCain’s voting record on veterans’ benefits since 2001. “He has kicked the veteran to the side of the road like road kill with his votes,” Schultz told Roberts.

The Obama campaign distanced itself from Schultz’s initial comments Saturday, a response which Sen. McCain called “satisfactory” Sunday.

–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

Filed under: John McCcain
soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. John WA

    Webster's Encyclopedic Dictionary: warmonger- a person who advocates, endorses, or tries to precipitate war. LOOK IT UP! The shoe fits.

    April 7, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Vig

    This is the very reason McCain will not get elected President – the country had an opportunity to get rid of Bush 4 years ago and with him the Iraq war, and blew it. Now, the country will be given another opportunity to shut down this ungodly war with the election of either Clinton or Obama. Let's hope this country has learned from it's mistake.

    April 7, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Joel, Pittsburgh, PA

    I've said some pretty out there things myself, and Obama has never distanced himself from me.

    Should he have to?

    April 7, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. rajah kahn

    Shultz is absolutely right...All McCain thinks about is war and nore waf.. He is a WARMONGER...This is what the world needs, another WORLD WAR !!!.....Too many corruption , globally,

    April 7, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. Shawna

    Every time the senator begins a conversation he is talking about war. In his speechs he continuously talks about iran and other enemy's of America. He speaks about what he is going to do in the white house and WMD's as if he is President Bush. I see no diffence in Mccain and Bush, Bush claim to be a republican who would reach across the isle.

    April 7, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Jayson

    I love how the left confuses strong policies against countries like Iran as being signs of being a warmonger. If you talk tough and never back it up like the Democratic party does you don't get results since most nations in the Middle East only understand the language of force. The only time you will see an issue between Middle Eastern countries solved by means other then force and threats of force is when somehow it has to do with hurting Israel.

    As for anyone who actually thinks that the Democratic candidate will bring the troops home quickly your living in a dream world. There is no viable currently running who is willing to have their presidential record marred by millions of deaths in Iraq because the US pulled out and a civil war ensued. Of course these are the same idiots who expect things to change over night in Iraq in regards to political problems even when our own country didn't get things right on the Constitution the first time and had huge political problems in it's early days. Of course none of the baboons in Washington would know that since they seem to think that things ran so smoothly when this country began and that their was no political strife when the Federalist party ran this country in the beginning.

    April 7, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Cosette

    If only America were smart enough to ignore the extremes (Schultz & Limbaugh); then we could have a reasonable debate. Warmonger is kind of harsh; what McCain is is a professional, lifelong soldier-admirable, but certainly not presidential.

    April 7, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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