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. janey

    Good for you, McCain–you have my vote as a former "democrat, disenfranchised".

    May 15, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. SAM

    What can you expect from a narcistic man of little intelligence? My disgust for Bush hit an all-time low when I read he's given up golf out of respect for our soldiers in Iraq. How profound, Mr. Bush. Did you also give up whipped cream twice a week for those who have died?

    He's posturing, frantically trying to win some level of acceptance rather than go out as the worst president in decades. He's a posturing joke, purposefully slanting Obama's position. The USA will be so much better off when Bush is GONE.

    May 15, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. What do YOU know

    I'm leaving the country if this guy is elected.

    May 15, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. Jason

    McCain in '08!!

    Stay the course, fight the fight, take the battle to them...we will not back down, we will not live in fear...

    BTW Nancy, have you looked lately at your approval ratings?? What ever happened to the 90-day blitzkreig you promised your voters once the Dems took control of Congress?? hmm??

    Anyone who in their right mind thinks we should sit down and chat with President Ahmadinejad is either crazy or watches way too many episodes of Dr. Phil.

    Go get them Johnny!!!

    May 15, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |




    Crawl on your belly sir and all those who follow you!

    May 15, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Michael

    So Gates and Condi can say the same thing as Obama, but not get blasted?

    Fear-mongering is the reason this country is in the red in the first place.

    May 15, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. Joe Regis

    Oh, yes Bush Republicans Mcain, you are right.

    We get the BOMBS, why talking to anybody.

    Disagree with us, just bombs and bombs again, then we have the nuclear option too.

    May 15, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. elmerg

    McBush is an idiot. He'd rather just invade and bomb a country than try to resolve issues using diplomacy.
    We don't need this guy in charge.

    May 15, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. BV

    Well said Pelosi.

    May 15, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. julieMn

    I ask all Hillary and McCain supporters to leave cnn blogs to the Obama supporters, Nancy Pelosi just enforces my fears that the dem party has been taken over by the new dem socialists, Obama will be the downfall of this country. to left,to radical,to extremist,to much sympathy for terrorist!!!!!!

    I hope cnn that you will post my request, we are a little tired of all the name calling!

    May 15, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. mitchell from arkansaw

    you are so done mccbush!you and your party are history,and you know it.just keep backing bush,and his criminal cronies,and they'll lead you down the same path.i hope you all get arrested for misleading the american people,into supporting an illegal war!and we're not giving you the chance to start another one ,with iran.

    May 15, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. Jimbo

    Its about time someone raised this issue. Democrats coddled Al Qaida in the 90's and we paid the price. I'm sure Obama can't wait for his Neville Chamberlain moment while the clerics laugh and finish the bomb.

    President Bush is absolutely correct. Liberals will be the death of freedom and western civilization. You can already see the appeasement in Europe. I'm glad McCain had the guts to defend it. Pelosi is naive.


    May 15, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. jim mosier

    Is it just me, or does Nancy Pelosi look like a drag queen in that photo.

    May 15, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. Gregory LA

    Great plan, Mr. McCain! I applaud President Bush for his comments because Obama is a weak and inexperience candidate and Americans need to know exactly where he stands on foreign policy. Frankly, we are sick of the Democrats bickering.

    You will have the last laugh in November, Mr. McCain.

    May 15, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. BJ in PA

    McCain talks about protecting Israel while he is saluting "Furor" Bush. Nobody's fooled.

    May 15, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Chris, Silicon Valley, CA, USA

    A war on "terror" is a war that will never be won or lost.
    It will forever be continued. It will bankrupt us as a country.

    May 15, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. Sharon Minnesota

    Hold your ground Sen. McCain. Pelosi is just another Obama liberal cultist who will do anything including selling out America to terrorists nations to get the democrats back into power. She and other Obama supporters are power crazy with no common sense or reason.

    May 15, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. Michelle in Philly

    Pelosi is a silly woman, I'm sick of this crap that you can't say anything against Obama, get over yourself man, if you can't stand a few harsh words then drop out.

    I'm glad Hillary is still in this, I hope America wakes up and dumps this whiner

    May 15, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. Brenda, Dallas, TX

    McCain has the war time experience hands down. Loud mouth Pelosi is on a learning curve.

    May 15, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. N. in Texas

    Bush has more ties to the Nazi's than most – ask his granddad.

    May 15, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. Sterling Brown, Kansas City, MO


    McBush won't be in the Oval to wield his brand of moronic adherence to Lil' Bush's policy up-chucks. Bush is like an infant continuing to eat and spit up on himself and fill up again instead of allowing himself to be burped and just take his nap. And Ole' McBush is drinking the same Kool-Aid.


    May 15, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. fontapa

    And another link is forged in the chain connecting McCain to George Bush....

    So Reagan was naive and irresponsible to keep an open line with the Soviets? How about, um, every other president but Bush? It seems to me a fatal error to stand by disastrously failed policies of the worst President in US history.

    But, please, John, by all means, make it easier for us to roll over you and your party in November. Pay attention, folks, John McCain just lost the election today.

    May 15, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. Jen

    I feel like McCain is out of touch...or maybe just "lost his bearings" an American I WANT my country to use diplomacy rather than fact, I thought that was what America is supposed to represent, peace and liberty...well Mccain, Obama does not need to explain his comments to me...I am in total agreement...maybe Mccain should reexamine his own position on the matter.......
    Obama 08!

    May 15, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. vic nashville,Tn

    Hi Both parties
    Gas price is $ 3.99 9/10
    you all Wasting time in our tax money

    May 15, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. NO-BAMA





    May 15, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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