May 15th, 2008
10:30 AM ET
13 years ago

Pelosi blasts, McCain defends Bush comments

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[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain and Pelos reacted to the president's speech."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted President Bush's comments Thursday suggesting that Democrats believe "we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals" and suggested Senator John McCain denounce them.

But the presumptive Republican nominee himself defended the remarks, said he intended to make Barack Obama’s willingness to consider dialogue with Iran an issue in the fall campaign, calling on the Illinois senator to “explain [that decision] to the American people.”

“It is a serious error on the part of Senator Obama that shows naiveté and inexperience and lack of judgment - to say that he wants to sit down across the table from an individual who leads a country who says that Israel is a stinking corpse, that is dedicated to the extinction of Israel,” said McCain Thursday. “My question is, what does he want to talk about?”

Pelosi, who is leaving later today on a bipartisan congressional trip to Israel, said there is a "protocol" of not criticizing the President when he is abroad, but then declared, "I think what the president did in that regard is beneath the dignity of the office of president and unworthy of our representation at that observance in Israel."

The California Democrat added that she hopes "any serious person would disassociate themselves from the president's remarks, who aspires to leadership in our country."

But McCain told reporters that Bush’s Thursday remarks made an important point. “It does bring up an issue that we are will be discussing with the American people and that is why does Barack Obama, Senator Obama, want to sit down with a state sponsor of terrorism?” said McCain.

“…I will make this an issue with Senator Obama throughout this campaign, I believe in peace through strength, and peace through strength is the way that we have succeeded in the past.”

Filed under: John McCain • Nancy Pelosi • President Bush
soundoff (330 Responses)
  1. RJ

    Bush has to be the dumbest rich guy in america!

    May 15, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. stop the madness

    John McCain is as big an idiot as his predecessor George W. Bush and just a dangerous!

    May 15, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. "Honky white guy from chicago"

    Pelosi, ...... said ........, but then declared, "I think what the president did in that regard is beneath the dignity of the office of president and unworthy of our representation at that observance in Israel."

    She needs to make up her mind. Cant be flip flopping on issues. Theres no time to please people.

    May 15, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. Jan, Knoxville, TN

    You go girl, Nancy. I cannot wait for January 2009 when the Democrats take command. Thanks for all you do in the House of Representatives!

    May 15, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. idahosa, Canada

    i know Bush will be to John McCain what Rev Wright is to Obama. funny enough as John tries to court independents and democrates, he is faced with a more daunting task of satisfying the conservative republicans.

    my advise to John is that "you can't eat your cake and have it"

    May 15, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. April Garlow

    Who is she that she has been choosen to defend Obama.I know he is still trying to remove his foot from his mouth,and can't be trusted in front of a microphone,but Pelosi's– wait until your father gets home ,approach to her job as speaker of the house has made her opinion null and void.

    May 15, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Phil in KC

    I think Sen. McCain is, at heart, an honorable man. I think his service to this country is exemplary. I even agree with him on a few issues (although not many).
    The fact that he defends President Bush's remarks, though, should be enough reason for anyone to vote Democrat or stay home this November. President Bush's comments were out-of-line and McCain should be condemning them, not defending them.

    May 15, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. AY

    This is the kind of experience that keeps the United States in Iraq till today. 100 more years. Good luck!!

    May 15, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. Fran

    Which is why Mr. McCain will lose BIG TIME in November!

    May 15, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. richard

    I think McCain and Bush next objective is to go to war with Iran.
    more oil = more money

    May 15, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. FL

    PLEASE bring a camera crew, BO, when you go. Let us all watch this! We couldn't get enough of this mentally ill monster when we spoke to US university. Much better to talk in his own country. Have to agree, what exactly does he want to discuss with him?? While you're at it, why don't you meet with Chavez next or is that next on your friend Carter's list? A Nobel Peace Prize awaits you, Senator – if you make it back.

    May 15, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Told you McCain is Bush's 3rd term

    May 15, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Nuwan Samaranayake

    It is not what Bush said that is most damaging but where he said that. A U.S. president criticizing a fellow American and a potential presidential nominee in a foriegn land shows his lack for ethical standards and lack of judgment. This is not the first time we have seen those anyway. He has been acting like a cowboy for past 7 years and why would he change now. McCain should have at least said that the way Bush did it was wrong. If he made that comment here in US, that is a different matter.

    May 15, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. disenfranchised

    Obama is going to have trouble with the republicans, Hilary wont. Wish you people could see that!

    May 15, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. Ray Kuta

    Where would we be today if President Kennedy refused to speak to our Russian enemy during the cold war? World War III ??????

    May 15, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |

    Hey! this not 1939, this is 2008

    If Bush do not want to talk to Iran a country not an organisation then,
    We should all start thinking again what gonna happen if Mc Cain win november election.

    Remember Iran also have friends.

    By the way when Bush is going to Bombe them? should I say nuc them?

    I just can believe he said that.

    May 15, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. D.C.Mataya

    We have been supporters of McCain- until his lastest run for President. He should take advice from his wife- winning at all cost is NOT a win! He has lost the art of truth telling and is such a disappointment. We love Cindy and disappointed in our present Republican leadership- Republicans deserve better!!

    May 15, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. Bob Stephens

    Mr McSame, maybe you could get Dick Cheney to run as your VP, and he could babysit you like he has done to George W, for the last 7 years, and explain to you who is fighting who in Iraq......

    May 15, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Max in San Diego

    Simply posturing through 'strength' of arms never works without dialogue. Lasting peace and progress is negotiated. Eight years of diplomatic "Silent Treatment" has brought increasing trouble and disrespect upon this nation. The Bush-Cheney method has been disproven, Senator McCain. The earth is not flat.

    May 15, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Jubilee

    What would be more valuable to a nominee in the presidential race right now? An endorsement from Bush? or an anti-endorsement?

    If I were running, I certainly would not want the increasingly unpopular president to endorse my campaign. Bush is one of the worst Presidents to ever step foot into the White House. Obama definitely benefits from Bush criticism. Thank you Bush. The blubbering stupor at which you hold the office never ceases to amaze.

    May 15, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. Necie

    Oh Brother.....Has anybody ever heard the phrase: "Keep your friends close and your enemy closer???" We are SUPPOSED to be Leaders in this world. It is Barbaric NOT to attempt discussions with our enemies for the sake of not just America, but other countries. If everybody just started obliterating everybody else, where is our childrens future? McBush must be shell shocked.

    May 15, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. Darryl

    Like George Bush, this man is full of S..t and will lead America in the wrong direction.

    Just find this man a nursing home so he can keep dreaming......

    May 15, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. Kentucky

    This proves that Bush and McCain think alike. McCain will just continue that programs that Bush currently has in place. This country will be in the Middle East for 100 years.

    May 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  24. Jeff Radun

    Again I am jewish I am a great suppoter of Hillay Clinton and and I am appaled that Obama would sit down with any country who wants the destruction of Isreal.
    I am not a republican but I would vote for McCain instead of Obama for this issue alone

    May 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Paul

    Bush is right, we cannot be naive when dealing with our enemies

    Hillary 08!
    She has a plan and the experience to lead our nation.

    May 15, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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