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. DEBBI

    This is just what the DEMOCRATs needed.. A stiff kick in the pants to remind us all why we have to win the WHITE HOUSE ...
    This is how we UNITE the DEMOCRATs .. Now we all REMEMBER why we MUST WIN back the WHITE HOUSE ….
    Hillary and Barack supporters need to PUT DOWN THE SABERS STOP FIGHTING EACH OTHER and remember WHY we are ALL DEMOCRATS …

    May 15, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Karen

    Once again, Republicans are playing to the fears and ignorance of many voters.

    May 15, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Ro

    maybe if bush had done a little more talking, we wouldn't be in Irag and wouldn't have lost 4000+.

    May 15, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. Jeanne

    Nixon went to China. If you don't communicate with leaders that have similar and opposing views, then you don't have all the information you need to make an informed decision. I don't believe it's an error to talk to people. I think it's more of an error in judgement not to.

    May 15, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. Jim

    Nancy Pelosi has no clue. What does she think if you get all the terrorists in a circle and start singing songs that the world will be perfect? Or maybe if Obama brings his teleprompter to speak with mahmoud ahmadinejad they will be best friends?

    McCain or Clinton 2008

    May 15, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. Steve ILL

    What can you say about McCain. McCains living in the same "Foolish
    Delusion " world that Bush has been living for the past 7 years..

    May 15, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. AK

    While Bush's remark is outrageous, Pelosi's reaction is naive. Osama is having a field day. Hillary has the balanced view.

    May 15, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. john

    John Mccain is bush's lapdog who can't distant himself from this killer.

    May 15, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. PCM01

    Mrs. Pelosi is a very strong leader.
    Her clarity of toughts and impecable background are inspiring.
    This is the type of women that we need in politics.

    May 15, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. Diane Panama City Fl

    Senator McCain's comments reflect that he really is "losing his bearings" with his support of Bush's comments. After all, the Bush administration has been negotiating with North Korea and Iran over nuclear disarmament. Does that mean the Bush/McCain are appeasers that harkens back to the Nazis?

    May 15, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. sportsguydave

    Hey McCain: Why don't you ask the same question of your BFF Bush's SecState and SecDef?

    More lame rantings from a senile old coot whose only way of getting to the White House will be when President Obama invites him.

    May 15, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. Rebecca


    McSame really doesn't get it....I continue to be astonished at how he believes filing in line behind Bush will help him win the election. Mr. McSame, have ya READ the reports on Bush's approval rating??

    But hey, I'm not complaining...Obama will sail right into the Whitehouse!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. Kris from AZ

    Our strength should also come through diplomacy not who has the bigger guns then the other. Thats the thing of the past. Our greatest weapon to win the hearts and minds of the middle east is diplomacy and lots of work. Also the right administration to be in there. Obama administration!

    May 15, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. Sandy


    May 15, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. Frances

    McCain is Bush #3. I'm not surprise that he decides to defend Bush stupid comments. Bush is as dumb as a pile of rocks. McCain is just as stupid.

    All I have to say is bring it on in November.

    May 15, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. Sangeeta

    Why blame the president or Mccain if they feel that democrats are appeasing the terrorists? By thrusting Obama down our throat as the democratic nominee, his views become the democratic views, especially about his view of meeting leaders of rogue nations "without conditions". Obama is leaving US exposed to ridicule by his inexperience in world affairs.

    May 15, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. wd in calgary

    This is just making the fall victory for Obama easier and easier – McCain is so stupid that he is literally setting himself up for looking... well, insane may become even more accurate than stupid. Keep talking John! You are the Dem's best support argument all by your ridiculous self.

    May 15, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. Bert

    I think that comment was out of line b/c of the location of the speech. That sort of fighting should be done on our soil in our house. The content plus the location, shows the poor decision making skills and lack of tact the President seems not to be able to get away from and we as a nation are losing ground b/c of his apprent self serving agenda. Go U.S.A..

    May 15, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. Terry Richmond, Va.

    Mccain's stand on this issue reconfirms most of our fears, that if he is elected president we face four most years of George Bush's policies.

    May 15, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. Hms

    Pelosi should just shut up and do her job...

    May 15, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. Edward in Atlanta, GA

    Now Obama is getting a taste of the Kitchen Sink, what Hillary threw was just a mop bucket compared to what the Republicans are going to pull. Get ready the ride for the GE has started

    May 15, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. Rev. Mr. Robert Herrmann Fortson, GA

    Talking is not appeasment. Appeasment is something the isolationist Republicans committed before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

    May 15, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. robert, n.c.

    McCain will just continue the cowboy ways of Bush and we can not
    afford another war. He is trying to use the same scare tactics used in the last presidential campaign by Bush. Americans will not fall for the same trick by a different magician.

    May 15, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. Paula

    So why have Rice and Gates (under George Bush) been trying to set up meetings with Iran??? Also wake up America we have already seen 5 years in Iraq debt and McCain is already using 2013 for a Victory date for withdrawal !!!

    May 15, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. Gumby

    McCain is a democrat

    May 15, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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