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. Suziku

    As far as I'm concerned anything our idiot president says should be taken with a grain of salt and should just reinforce our belief that Obama is the best person to run this country!!!

    May 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. CW in DC

    What would you like to do eh McCain? Bomb bomb bomb Iran?

    May 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Uncle Sam

    I find it ironic that, after Sen. McCain was widely criticized for pointing out that the terrorist organization Hamas had endorsed the Obama candidacy, it was revealed that an Obama advisor had been meeting with Hamas.

    Americans for McCain '08

    May 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. An American

    What is wrong with talking to other countries? Oh yeah I forget John McCain wants to bomb, bomb, bomb Iran. I hope Americans don't fall for another war.

    May 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. Ken

    Bush's attack on Senator Obama is absolutely incredulous.This from a President whose only contribution to the ultimate sacrifice of 4000 brave American men and women was to give up golf!!

    May 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |

    Bush is a flunky. McBush is TOAST.

    The GOP still doesn't get that their "lying as usual" isn't working in 2008. Their stupidity and deception has hurt this country immeasurably, and the American people know it.

    Lying about Obama and Democrats is just going to dig the GOP grave faster and deeper.


    May 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Voter from CT

    It's fear tactics, and we are above it John Mccain, so let it go! It's what got Bush his 2 terms in office and as they say, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice....

    May 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Mike - Texas

    The thing is, that the President's remarks are right on the money!! If you look at the history of the past 4 years, the Democrats have belittled our troops, belittled our country and have been looking for ways to blame the President for everything while they look to appease and strengthen the enemy by giving them hope by demanding that our troops be pulled out immediately. If that is not appeasement, I don't know what is!!

    May 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Steve


    You can make this an issue all you want, but the American people are tired of the hate this current administration has exercised. It is time for dialog in this NEW WORLD ORDER rather extinguish all who resist the Bush dynasty.

    The Department of Peace must be seated at the table if the world is to be in ORDER.

    Warmongering is a thing of the past and that is why the RP is through.

    May 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |

    The President of the United States of American critized a candidate for the Presidency on foreign soil. What a SH%THEAD.

    Bush cannot leave office soon enough.

    May 15, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Dave

    The means peace through war. It is really time to turn the page on conquering the world. Lets lead the world to a better place or at least try. The world looks like crap. Hell, people are dying now, even in our on neighborhood (carribean) over basic food and water. McCain equals war..a vote for him is a vote to send our young into another dumb war.

    May 15, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. Stacy Clarks


    DEMOCRATS IN 08!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Yasriel

    Bring it on McSame and you'll find out that we've moved past the politics of fear. We want HOPE and you, my friend, can NEVER be the messenger of HOPE.
    Obama all the way

    May 15, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. KD

    You're right... Obama is so stupid for wanting to talk before he starts killing people. If talks fail, and there is still an issue, maybe then force should be used. Keyword: maybe. At some point we need a president that doesn't want to rule the world and just wants our country to be safe and strong. Bush is boob. It would be wise for McCain not to follow in his footsteps.

    I'm not a fan of Clinton, but at least she would attempt to correct Bush's mistakes rather than solidify them.

    May 15, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. enoch needles

    Bush is finished. McCain promises an end to Iraq in 2013 – what a coincidence, we'll have to elect and re-elect him to see that. What a fool.

    BTW, how are the sale of Suds in the Sudan, Cindy?

    May 15, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    McCain is an idiot... now he's able to predict the end of the Bush Wars in Iraq in 2013?

    Gee.... and what will the death toll be by then? And he even predicts bin Laden's capture or death (from old age?).... I repeat: what an idiot.

    May 15, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. ogle jibs

    sen, mcbush, how do you achieve peace, by threats and covert operations or by peaceful negotiations, i truely believe mcain has lost his bearing

    May 15, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  18. Nathan Krawkowsky

    The Jewish people and the Israelis are smart enough not to buy into this fear mongering.The solution to political issues is not necessarily bombing everybody into submission. Bush is more concerned about protecting the interests of the military lobby .Unfortunately, over the last few decades, the welfare of the American economy has depended on the USA being at war with somebody. THAT HAS TO CHANGE.

    May 15, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  19. Bob

    I don't know who told Bush to say it, but, he finally got something right.

    Obama's willingness to negotiate with radical governments is one major reason I'll never vote for him.

    Pelosi and her failed democratic congress will cost quite a few seats to be lost come November.

    May 15, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. Dan

    You go, Johnny! What Bush said re: the Dumbocrats wanting appeasement was 100% on the money. And of course, wimps like Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean immediately go ballistic. But hey, the truth hurts.

    It's very simple for McCain to win in the Fall. All he and the Republicans have to do is keep repeating the following over & over & over again:

    "The Democratic Party cannot be trusted with the security of our country. They're wimps and appeasers. They've been trying to run from Iraq for the last four years and they don't have the stomach for a fight."

    In what remains a very dangerous world, the contrast between a bona-fide, all-American war hero and an elitist, latte-sipping pacifist couldn't possibly be any clearer.

    May 15, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. Brian Thompson

    "Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along," Bush said at Israel's 60th anniversary celebration in Jerusalem.

    This coming from a man who three years after we had invaded Iraq, sat in the Pentagon offices and asked, "Why aren't the Shia more thankful since we got rid of Saddam Hussein?" Anyone who read a book, any book, on Middle Eastern cultures knows the answer, because for thousands of years Shia and Sunni have hated each other. Duh! Now he acts like he understands the situation, pleeeezzze.

    May 15, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. Democrat

    Republicans have blundered foreign policy. They have murdered American troops, and decieved the American public.

    They have no right to govern.

    May 15, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. Rena

    So what, do we think the only way we can get things done is by blowing up people or going to war? Have the Republicians ever heard of the word reconciliation? I mean sometimes it good to talk to people to see what they are thinking and how you can come into some type of peace agreement. Republicians are no better than Iraq and Al Queda, they are a bunch of selfish hogs looking out for their own interest and will murder innocent people and our US soldiers for their selfish greed.

    We as America need to learn to set down and try to meet half with these other nations without killing each other to do so. Stop trying to go in and bull dozer our way into other countries and force our policies on them. Obviously, we can't even run our own country let alone another country. America need to take a good look at itself before trying to judge another country for their actions. We are only a inch from forming a Hitler reign ourselves; kill ing everyone or booming everyone who don't comply to the American way. Please America is the one that need to wake up!

    May 15, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  24. shelly in IL

    Next McCain will say "I didn't say that" and denounce the comments. This guy is ridiculous and if you vote for him, you deserve what's coming to you!

    May 15, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  25. Unshrub

    So, I forget, is today the day McCain acts like he likes Bush or is it the day he claims he doesn't like Bush. It get's confusing. But it's hard to tell if McCain is senile or is he just preaching more republican rhetoric.

    May 15, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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